Hockey can Step In

Stern seems to be choking this one away, not unlike Bettman in 2005

It is somewhere between difficult and impossible to say when the National Basketball Association is going to resume play.  It still strikes me (and I have to believe most people) as somewhat unlikely that the entire year will be lost, but we do know that it will be at least another 5 weeks before games begin, with Commissioner David Stern having said that the month of November is now out.  With the World Series having wrapped up, that leaves the National Hockey League with at least two months of being the only show in town from Monday through Friday, as far as professional sports are concerned. Continue reading

WMR: Back from the Crash

It is back. I have to be at work to open Wednesday mornings, which consists of unlocking the building, setting a few things up, and then 3 hours of essentially nothing.  To fill the void, I came up with the concept of Wednesday Morning Ramblings.  I’ll give you a little rant, you give me the same passive indifference I have known and loved for the past few years. Deal? Deal.

This week, I apologize for the layoff and get into the perils of having a new laptop.

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Congratulations, UAH

The University of Alabama-Hunstsville officially killed their Division 1 NCAA Hockey program yesterday, nailing the coffin shut on the only varsity program in the American south.  I am biased (I have a buddy on the team, and I have played for a guy who coached there), but this strikes me as colossally  dumb.  I’m not going to bother with a reasoned obituary, Chris Peters over at United States of Hockey did a great job with that.  Instead, I am going to do what I do best and rant about just how dumb of a move this was.

Continue reading USOH’s Obituary  →

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Grantland too Good not to be Great

It will be more or less impossible for Grantland, the ESPN spinoff website billing itself as a crossing of popular culture and sports, to fail entirely, and there are two reasons for that: Chuck Klosterman and Bill Simmons.  As an unabashed fan of both writers (I have read Simmons since 8th grade, and consider Eating the Dinosaur, Klosterman IV and Sex, Drugs and Cocopuffs among my favorite books), I am predisposed to like the site, and eagerly anticipated its June launch, but even if you are a Sports Guy descanter (and there are plenty), or aren’t as familiar with Klosterman’s work, if you like sportswriting even a little bit, Grantland will be worth a bookmark and a daily visit.  Having said that, the site is still in its growing phase and has some significant kinks it needs to work out. Continue reading

WMR: Baseball Apathy / Don’t F*** With a Win Streak

 

These assholes are just one reason I am losing interest in Major League Baseball

It is back. I have to be at work to open Wednesday mornings, which consists of unlocking the building, setting a few things up, and then 3 hours of essentially nothing.  To fill the void, I came up with the concept of Wednesday Morning Ramblings.  I’ll give you a little rant, you give me the same passive indifference I have known and loved for the past few years. Deal? Deal.

This week, why I haven’t taken an interest in the baseball playoffs, and why I am eschewing personal appearance for the team. Continue reading