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Earliest hockey articles (Slow Saturday reading)

July 26, 2009
Whoa, easy. Someone can’t take a “floss” joke.

On a slow Saturday since some of our Armchair GMS are undergoing some scheduling conflicts, the subject of the great coming of age book “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” came up. It reminded me of the fact that I forced a few hockey articles on my college newspaper a loooong time ago.

Being that its fairly certain that these are the first hockey articles I ever posted, it might be fun to read these underdeveloped little pieces from an era in which it seemed that I might become a real journalist. (You’ll probably see why that never happened).

So here’s three posts, with a brief description and a self aggrandizing one-liner/excerpt.

1. “Here’s Hoping the NHL sticks to its guns” (Published: July 25, 2005)

My Crosby-centric article written in the summer before the first pro-lockout season.

“After the New Jersey Devils shocked the heavily favored Detroit Red Wings in the1994 Finals with the awful-for-TV neutral zone trap, the league would see more “clutching and grabbing” than a North American Man/Boy Love Association convention. “

2. “Younger, goonless NHL brings change from the ordinary” (Published: October 14, 2005)
Another article from the original post-lockout season, this one with a hysterical mug shot.

“Goons have been described as “dancing grizzly bears,” but honestly, I don’t want to insult the agility of those gigantic yet intriguing creatures.”

3. NHL Heckling Guide (Published: October 4, 2006)

Don’t be shocked if this becomes one of next season’s big features (the concept, not the rushed column).

“Do you hate old people? Then bring a walker to the AAC when the Red Wings come to town and heckle 44-year-old defenseman Chris Chelios.”

And, eff it, since hockey and mustaches are inexorably linked:

4. Moustache Mania (Published: August 29, 2006)

So, I became editor in chief of a college newspaper. What do I do? Devote a huge center spread feature to the ‘stache. Jeez.

“Judging from Josef Stalin’s bushy moustache and Hitler’s, well, “Hitler moustache” … it almost goes without saying that if you want to take over the world, you cannot put up a respectable effort while clean-shaven.

I mean, seriously, how can you expect to be truly evil if you cannot stroke your moustache and cackle with your minions? Even Saddam Hussein, a noted failure, acknowledged the moustache requirement.

Looking back, it’s hard to wrap my mind around the sex symbol status of Moustache Hall of Fame member Burt Reynolds. Sure, I’m jealous of his bear-like hairy chest. I’m only human. But I don’t quite understand the Reynolds phenomenon.”

Note: Sundaytainment will probably still be posted tomorrow, but it might be late due to expected hangover complications.

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.