November 11 2012 02:13PM
On November 11th, 1918 the leading nations of the world finally put a stop to the largest display of industrial self-immolating lunacy it had ever seen (but sadly would not ever see). In four years, the belligerent nations of the Allied and Central Powers had managed to annihilate roughly 17 million souls, both military and civilian. At the Somme, a small section of river in Northeastern France, the two managed to combine to destroy 1 million men in just over a year. Today the Somme is referred to by some as the graveyard of armies.
All of this accomplished very little, as the world would dance again to the same nihilistic tune for a new generation.
That war would see mankind throw approximately 60 million souls, both military and civilian, into the abyss.
November 11 2012 11:55AM
Hey did you hear Gary Bettman and Don Fehr were talking about the Collective Barg-zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Here are your Top 10 KHL Goals, Saves, and Hits of the Week! The KHL has been on a mini-break but return to action on Wednesday. Enjoy!
November 11 2012 10:27AM
Photo: Hakan Dahlstrom/Wikimedia/CC BY 2.0
It's Hockey Hall of Fame week, so we lead off with a question: should the Canucks retire Pavel Bure's jersey? From there, the conversation goes all over - NHL equivalencies, the impact of the lockout on AHL attendance, whether rebuilding actually works, the U.S. presidential election, how to win an Evander Kane autographed stick and jersey, NHL '13, puckhogs, the demise (or exaggerated demise?) of the Sedins and much more.
November 09 2012 02:02PM
Jake Goldsbie over at Backhand Shelf wrote a fun post today comparing NHL figures to Pokémon. Inspired by that, I decided to write a post comparing the Toronto Maple Leafs to various fictional creatures from the original 150 list from Pokémon Red & Blue.
If you weren't born in the late 80s or early 90s, this post probably isn't for you, but, screw it, I don't want to talk about labour issues. The Goldsbie post went up under the tag "No, you're a slow news day" and, he's right.
November 08 2012 11:09AM
I scoured through some of the Leafs schedule when I was looking at the worst penalty minute stretch. It started to look like a hint of something a little different. I started thinking about the breakdown in season segments and how the Leafs performed over 10-game segments. How did the Leafs do at even strength?
Using timeonice.com scripts I dissected the Leafs schedule into eight separate segments of ten games, *although I added the last two regular season games to the eighth segment since a two-game sample is just ludicrous*. I wanted to isolate the two components of interest, shooting percentage and save percentage.