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I used to pick the Three Stars of The Game roughly 36 times a year in the ECHL. Sometimes I had help, but usually it was a solo effort.
After writing a 500-to-800 word game story, writing three names on a piece of paper seemed fairly inconsequential. In reality, I knew that more people would remember those three names than any that made my story.
When it came to picking the Three Stars, I had a few rules that I followed almost religiously:
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There’s a long, hilarious tradition of hockey enforcers parlaying their popularity to something that transcends the game. Often it’s something cheesy. Think Dan Carcillo’s radio show, Paul Bissonnette’s Twitter feed, or Tiger Williams’ cookbook.
While the cover of “Done Like Dinner” is priceless, legendary Broad Street Bullies tough guy Dave Schultz takes the cake – er, the cheese – with his original recording of “Penalty Box,” an ode to his home away from home. Recorded in 1977, it somehow didn’t reach any of the Billboard charts despite such timeless lyrics as “Love is like an ice hockey game/Sometimes it can be rough/Girl, you’ve got me so all aflame/I never never get enough.”
It did reach YouTube, which is all we care about. Enjoy:
The “N” word is a very powerful word. It creates a lot of hurt and brings our society down as a whole every time it is used.
I thought perhaps that our society passed the point of using this type of offensive language. Guess I was a little naïve.
All good things must come to an end and unfortunately, that statement applies to every season of HBO’s “24/7: Road to the Winter Classic.” Just like last year, the series ends with a great hockey game and leaves you actually looking forward to the end of the season – so you can tune in to the next Winter Classic.
The final episode begins with some foreshadowing. Read the rest of this entry »
Danny Watkins is a 27-year-old ex-hockey-playing Canadian firefighter. But he’s taking a break from all that to play offensive line for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles. Go figure.
The last two weeks of “24/7” have been lots of fun to watch. A cast of interesting characters and great on-ice action makes you eager to tune in the following week.
This week’s episode provided as much, while offering a close look at the replay booth in Toronto – something many hockey fans have always wondered about.
It’s that time of year again. That time when HBO gives me and hockey fans everywhere an early Christmas present: its “24/7 Road to the Winter Classic” series, a present that I’ve been waiting for since last January.
Last year, the Winter Classic featured Sidney Crosby and the Penguins facing off against Alexander Ovechkin and the Capitals. With the two most famous hockey players prominently featured, HBO had a huge hit on its hands.
When HBO decided to add a second season, this time featuring the Flyers and Rangers, some fans including myself were wondering if it would be able to hold up to last season due to a lack of big-name stars.
As it turns out, the series still is lighting the lamp. Read the rest of this entry »