Last night I went to play and scored two goals.  This was the conversation with my assistant today:

ME:  This is the price you pay for two goals [pointing to the bruise on my forearm].

Assistant:  Did you say “two girls?” [SHOCKED; ABSOLUTELY SHOCKED].

ME:  NO!  I meant two hockey goals!

A picture of my funny auto correct conversation with a hockey buddy last night.  They say iPhone tries to guess the words you use the most.


To Err is Human

Hello readers. I know it’s been a while since my last posts. I have no excuse other than laziness. But sometimes a person just needs to take a year-long nap.

Last year, I consulted with a coworker who is much more tapped into the gay culture than I. I wanted to see what kinds of posts I can write to attract more readers among the gays. The conversation went something like this:

Me: hey what can I write about to get more gay readers?

Gay Culture Consultant (GCC): write “that player is hot” kind of articles.

Me: I don’t really want to do that.

GCC: write “that player is gay” articles.

Me: I’m never going to do that. I’m not even going to remotely speculate on that.

GCC: can’t help you then. Hey which players are hot?

Me: arg… Google Adam Henrique and Tyler Seguin.

I’m saving you the trouble of googling. Pictures after the link.

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*  Disclaimer:  The title is borrowed from author George R. R. Martin.

Where did that team come from?

Bryce Salvador (24) Celebrates the Game-Winning Goal

My Devils are halfway to the impossible now, on their way back to Los Angeles where an entire city must be asking the above-mentioned question.  Just four days ago, the Kings were happily cruising along, one victory away from giving the City of Angels its first Stanley Cup with an amazing young goalie and a stream of good luck.  Now, the Kings have lost two consecutive games for the first time in months.  The Devils, by contrast, are gaining confidence by the minute.

Of course, with the series currently at 3-2, my Devils are clearly still the underdog–one mistake and the series could end with the Stanley Cup parading through Hollywood and Beverly Hills.  But we are, as of now, halfway to a feat that has only been achieved once in NHL history:  bouncing back from a 3-0 series to win the Cup.

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*  Disclaimer:  The title is borrowed from author George R. R. Martin.

Well it ain’t over yet.

I am of course not happy about being down 3-0 in the series.  In fact, it outright sucks.  Being shut out 4-0 last night just adds insult to injury after the two overtime wins by the Kings.  But even I have to acknowledge the wonderful performance by Jonathan Quick, the amazing goalie of the Kings.

The Kings’ reaching 3-0 so quickly (Quick-ly? :) ) also cut short the series I planned to pen.  I initially planned to write five pieces, counting on the series go to at least game 6:  prelude, overture, crescendo, finale, and postlude.  Now it looks like finale will come much quicker than I thought.

So I struggled to think of what to say.  And then I saw this post from another Devils’ fan on Facebook.  This said all I need to, and I will just copy and paste the post after the jump.

Honor, civility, sportsmanship, and candor, important qualities to possess even in the heat of the game and especially when frustrated by the prospect of elimination.  I will try, knowing that many times I will fail, to carry these qualities with me in my life and my games.

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A month ago nobody would have believed it.  My Devils will be playing the Kings for the Stanley Cup.

The two young captains, each only 27 years old, accepted the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl (for winning the Western Conference) and the Prince of Wales Trophy (for winning the Eastern Conference).  Of course, consistent with tradition/superstition, neither touched his cup as it was considered a jinx.

*  As anyone who watches HBO’s hit series “A Game of Thrones” would know, the title is borrowed from author George R. R. Martin.

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In Round 1 of the Eastern Conference I rooted for the Boston Bruins.

No, it was not because of Tyler Seguin.  It was that nobody wanted to play against the Flyers.

Based on the seeding, Eastern Conference Round 1 pitted the Flyers against the Pittsburgh Penguins.  The Flyers won that series in six games, beating their long time rival.  The remaining three series all went to Game 7.  Based on their seeding, if the Bruins had beat the Capitals (Caps), then the Devils would have been matched up with the Rangers.  If the Caps won, then Devils would have gone up against the Flyers.

Nobody wanted to play against the Flyers–a consensus shared by the fans of the Rangers, the Caps, and the Devils in my office.

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