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I dropped off the lady-friend this morning sometime around a number that starts with “5″ in the a.m, and sat down on the couch to polish up today’s Puck Daddy column, on why it’s better to have a legit starter and legit back-up than two starters.
I am an absolute zombie, which is kind of a bummer, cause I intended to go to my favourite sports pub and catch the Isles game at four, and I’d like to be in a good mood. I’ll need to be if I intend to tolerate barstool chat with The Guy-Who-Can’t-Go-Home-Cause-He-Hates-His-Wife (“Simmons is old!”) and the Guy-Who’s-Been-There-Since-His-Long-Lunch-And-Gave-Up-On-Going-Back-To-Work-So-Now-He’s-Shithoused-And-Chatty.
I mean, I’ll still probably go, I’ll just be pulling my hat lower. Gotta get outta the house. Come on down and watch the Isles game with me if you want.
And here, for no particular reason, is Ralphie pouring a pint:
Here’s some fun stuff:
Go check out Joe Posnanski’s piece on the 32 greatest sports calls ever. I’d say I got goose bumps and chills a full five times, and I only listened to a dozen-or-so of them. Great stuff there. Al Michaels “Do you believe in miracles? YES!” Made me realize, y’know, I still haven’t seen the Miracle movie. Isn’t that crazy? Just sorta thought I’d run into it eventually.
Yesterday’s Puck Daddy column on “love to win” vs. “hate to lose” was inspired by a phone call with a gentleman name Addison Carpenter who works with Human Exventures. Basically, they focus on the maximizing the potential within athletes. Addison, if you’re reading this, please, plug anything you want in the comments section, good chatting with you. Talk up Total Player Talent, Who The Puck.com, whatever you want.
Here’s a shared experience:
How many of you smartphone-owning guys keep everything in your left pocket (if you’re a righty) like wallet, keys etc, and just your cell phone in your right? Admit it, I just nailed your pocket set-up. If not, whatchu got? Walk me through your system. I’m always looking to upgrade.
That brings me to the “I love cargo shorts” segment of today’s blog. I’m dreading when they go from “not exactly in” to “horribly out of touch,” cause they’re just so practical. I have two pairs I wear regularly, and I swear, I could go on vacation without packing a bag if I stuffed those things right.
I’ve been obsessing over my new Jimmy Eat World album, cause they only come out with one every few years and they’re like, 12 songs long. If you like slow, soothing stuff, they always do it up right. I love the song “Invented” off this album….. called “Invented.” Get it.
This one is tough to explain, but I’ll do my best. Actually, I think I just figured it out as I wrote that sentence:
There seems to me to be this divide between hockey players who are everywhere at once, and guys who do things singularly well.
Curtis Glencross does each individual skill phenomenally well. Skates like the wind, heavy shot, can run guys over, all that good stuff.
But something, for me anyway (and remember, we were teammates) was…. not lacking, that’s not the right word, but “off,” maybe? Maybe since he’s become a pro he’s ironed out those details, but it just seemed like everything had to be perfect for him to showcase that shot, or speed, or whatever.
It probably boils down to this: he wasn’t a stop and starter.
Someone like Patrice Bergeron, or anyone who people consider to be a great defensive forward, these guys just never seem to be out of the play. Sometimes they might miss rare, rare opportunities to jump for a breakaway I’m sure, but they just always do it the right way, they’re on the right side of the puck, and you can count on them.
What I’m trying to say is: I feel like Glencross (a great player with tons of skill, whom I like, yada yada) is on one of those bubble hockey tracks and can’t get off it, forward and back, forward and back – meanwhile Bergeron is able to be anywhere. I dunno, that was meandering, but there’s a point in there somewhere.
Ho’kay, friends, Romans, countrymen – it’s a Justin/Tyson solo weekend. Follow me on twitter if you’d like to be a part of the magic.
And in the meantime….. Here’s me on Off The Record with Michael Landsberg. We have a good time doing those bits, and he actually seems like a really good guy. Despite his preference for what Wyshynski described on-air as ”baby gap tees.”
TGIF! Hope it’s as sunny and warm there as it is here! C’mon down to Nate’s around 4:00 for a beer!