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Looking Back: Maybe sex sells TOO well

July 3, 2009

Now that free agency is cooling down from frenzy to yawnfest, CLS can tone down its pace from double-bass thrash metal to a nice breezy summer jam. Believe it or not, we’ll still be pretty productive and prolific here (expect a weekly summer schedule post in a day or two) so make sure to keep checking us out whether you do the RSS thing or bookmarks or what have you.

One thing we’ll do for sure is a weekly “Looking Back” feature to wax nostalgically about some of the more memorable (or oddly hidden) moments in the history of this goofy little blog.

We thought we’d start with the one that continues to boggle our collective minds, an early piece about free agency titled “The Busts and the Busty.” Click on the embarrassingly huge boobs to read it:

There are a few things that stand out about this post.

For one thing, the hysterical thought that Joe Sakic was briefly a fantasy hockey “steal” and Ryan Getzlaf (the balding bedrock of our fantasy hockey team) was briefly a “bust.”

Naturally, it’s obvious that people keep coming back for reasons that go beyond snarky fantasy hockey observations. Namely, the heaving breasts. Take a look at the most “popular” posts at CLS since mid-March, according to Google Analytics:

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To give you an idea of the “company” that this throwaway fantasy hockey post is in:

1. Glen Sather bashing post, one of the most inspired pieces we’ve written for CLS.

2. The semi-embarrassing boob post we’re talking about today.

3. The MS Paint post, which features a stunning rendering of the once-in-a-lifetime meeting between Gary Coleman and Mark Messier.

4. A Salary Cap study of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

5. Where should the Sedins cycle in 2009-10?

6. The Red Wings = the Los Angeles Lakers.

7. Found in Translation, Chris Kontos’ absolutely brilliant pilgrimage into the world of Japanese hockey.


So, to summarize that list, the boobs post beat: the greatest post in CLS history (Found in Translation), a fun parallel post between two of the most popular sports franchises in America and a handful of our most popular posts.

This makes us want to vomit.

Oh well, we’re sure there’s some kind of message here. Right? Tell us.!

March 11, 2009

We had some legal difficulties with owning the domain name to this site. And by legal difficulties I mean that I made the mistake of having my brother’s lazy ass buy the domain and he was too busy being unemployed and stuffing his face with french-fry covered corn dogs to do the menial task of redirecting the domain name to this site.

I won’t go into too much detail about what had to transpire between the three parties but suffice it to say that my internet reputation is still safe (at least for now) Jimbo won’t have to fork over 600 dollars and his Xbox and Fat Brother Andy can continue to enjoy shaving years off of his life with near-grotesque levels of cholesterol.

But now, we’re happy to announce that is officially own and operated by, err,!

Other names that take you to CLS:

(Don’t ask about the last two.)

So if you’re lazy like us and you don’t like putting the “.BlogSpot.” into the address bar, now you don’t have to!

About Cycle like the Sedins

February 10, 2009

It’s always more fun to learn the details of a blog in an imagined FAQ format:

Q: When was Cycle like the Sedins founded and by whom?

Cycle like the Sedins began in September 2008 (although, it truly started in October). It was founded by me, James O’Brien.

Q: What’s the point of Cycle like the Sedins?

The original plan was to run an NHL blog with frequent roundtable discussions (get it, cycling?) with a mixture of experienced bloggers, a fabulous newcomer with a woman’s perspective (ugh, I feel like a local news anchor with that last phrase) and the viewpoints of a snarky hockey newbie.

Unfortunately, that panel was filled with people who were/are very busy, so the “cycling” part hasn’t really come true yet. Perhaps with time and increased readership, that idea will become a reality. (Send me an e-mail if you’d like to become a contributor)

At the same time, each panelist helped out and are still welcome to put in guest posts whenever they’d like. And features including “Hockey Orphan” and hopefully more in the future will encourage the participation from people across the blog-iverse. Ultimately, this blog is intended to be a fun, weird NHL blog that celebrates the fun, weird hockey blogosphere.

Q: Who made the logo?

That would be my pal Abel Prado. He’ll tell you what time it is.

Q: What happened to Bertuzzdays?

Writing those Bertuzzday entries were great fun, but doing it every (Ber)Tuesday proved difficult. I’d like to start that back up once we get contributors who are creative and generally more intelligent than I am. Need some help with that one.

Q: Why do you hate brevity and love parentheses asides so much?

Whoa, easy there Smokey Bear. No reason to get fresh.

Q: Which blogs do you read regularly?

Lately, it’s been possible for me to follow more blogs than usual. Deadspin, Puck Daddy, Kulka’s Korner, From the Rink, Pensblog and Puck the Media are surefire daily visits. There’s a million other great ones: love keeping up with the boys at Battle of California, Melt Your Face-off can go toe-to-toe with the Onion, NHlolz is indeed of “LOLcats” quality and there’s nothing but great stuff on all the blogs on the sidebar. Don’t forget Joe Pelletier’s Greatest Hockey Legends blog, either. Pelletier’s a bank vault of hockey history information.

It seems impossible to overrate hockey blogs. This section could go on forever: Barry Melrose Rocks, Bangin’ Panger, Japer’s Rink, Art in … seriously, there’s a ton.

Always looking for great hockey blogs.

Q: How do you cope with your smoldering lack of originality and depressing irrelevance?

OK, now you’re just being a dick.