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Month: May, 2013

IIIiteracy: 27 May 2013

by J.R.

A recap of tonight’s Conference III playoff action with help from the geniuses at SportsYapper:

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A Dozen Distractions for Decoration Day

by J.R.

let_us_help_youThe Memorial Day playoff game is a cruel reward.

Unlike other weekday games, the anticipation isn’t salved by the diversions of the workaday life. But because our Canadian cousins had their summer-starting holiday last week, the league refuses to drop the puck in the afternoon, as they would had the game been on an actual Sunday as opposed to a feels-like Sunday.

So here we are, six hours before the puck drops on Game Six in Detroit —the NHL couldn’t even use the one advantage of Eastern time and start this one early — and hairs are being yanked out across Conference III territory, bald spots appearing from Bald Mountain to the Bald Mountains.

You need to get your mind off the game, lest you wake up Tuesday morning Getzlaffed from the pressure.

As a public service, III Communication has 12 projects, a half-hour each, to keep your mind off the game.

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IIIiteracy: 25 May 2013

by J.R.

A recap of tonight’s Conference III playoff action with help from the geniuses at SportsYapper:

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Happy Hour In The Heptarchy: Moonshine, Ginger Ale and Brunswick Stew

by J.R.

It’s five past 5 across Conference III (leave work early, Colorado — you have our permission), time to hit bricks and get that freakin’ weekend started, am I right?

Of course I am.

It’s been a tough week for some of you so loosen your belt, pop a top, grab a spoon and stop being such a sourpuss. III Communication’s got good news for everybody.

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IIIiteracy: 23 May 2013

by J.R.

A recap of tonight’s Conference III playoff action with help from the geniuses at SportsYapper:

Chicago, Detroit: Hathis haguy hathinks HaKaren HaNewman hais hot. Is it the Blackhawks face-off woes which have allowed for the Wings to take charge or is because Jimmy Howard is quite good?

Or maybe it’s the power play. Wait. Shaw wasn’t scratched.

Again, there is no President’s Trophy curse.

IMPORTANT: American sports have too many adverts. Especially Terrie The Smoker adverts.

Uh-oh. Kindl fired.

IMPORTANT: “ie – Jordan or Cutler.”

Getting a little testy. Also, seriously, Howard is going to save all of these.

What is a sweer?

It’s beyond all belief.” Also, apparently, the Hawks were terrible for so long so now the Wings have to be terrible? This is a reasonable point.

Dan Cleary fills an empty.

Uh-oh.

Un De Ces Quatre, Nous Tomberons Ensemble: The Avs Get The Gang Back Together

by J.R.

The Colorado Avalanche have officially hired Patrick Roy as head coach, re-uniting him with Joe Sakic in the Mile High City.

A fiery motivator and not one for dullness, Roy comes from the Quebec Remparts (which exist) of the Bad Scrabble Board League.

We don’t engage in much speculation here, but yesterday on a radio hit in Nashville, new Predators assistant Phil Housley gushed about the chemistry Paul Stastny and Craig Smith had at the World Championships. Meanwhile, Roy coached erstwhile Predator Alexander Radulov. Seeds of a deal?

Probably not. Enjoy Serge and Brigitte:

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Blue Peter: On Horachek, Heartbreak and Inside Jokes

by J.R.

horachek1 In his last second-period intermission interview of the 2013 season, Predators associate coach Peter Horachek wrapped things up as he usually did — by praising, with a hogshead of faux-sarcasm for the questions asked by Pete Weber and Terry Crisp. I know that seems either tautological or oxymoronic, but he is acting like the praise is sarcastic as a joke on his reputation for having disdain for Pete and Terry’s questions.

But then he said something to the effect of “And for J.R. and everyone else out there, I’ve got the gravel all ready for the summer.”

At that moment, a man who had long been a punchline — unknowingly at first and always treated lovingly — gave a big fat wink to the crowd in on the joke, letting them know he was in on it, too.

It was as if a character became ever more cognizant he was a character and then finally acknowledged his author.

And, in this case, that marked the end of the character. Peter Horachek was fired by the Predators, — by phone! —for reasons I don’t fully comprehend (and neither did he), unless someone at the top said someone had to go and decided it would be the second-in-command.

But Peter Horachek wasn’t just a character, of course. He was an actual person with an actual job (at various times in his career with the Predators, he’d been in charge of the power play and/or the defensemen). And his departure from the Preds means, at least for the time being, one of Conference III’s Three-ist men is unemployed.

But let’s go back to the beginning.

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IIIiteracy: 20 May 2013

by J.R.

A recap of tonight’s Conference III playoff action with help from the geniuses at SportsYapper:

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Trialogue: Talking About Hal Gill And Art Garfunkle With Hockee Night

by J.R.

This week, J.R. joined C.T. and Fork for Hockee Night’s PUCKCAST. It was a good time. To quote my hosts, we talked about:

  • Clambake
  • Is Hal Gill responsible for the recent rash of Sasquatch sightings in the Nashville suburbs?
  • The new rivalries of Conference III
  • Canada’s version of Memorial Day
  • What it’s like to be an intern on Coach’s Corner
  • Elvis’ best movie

As always, direct inquiries to conferencethree[at]gmail[dot]com or tweets to @jrlind.

IIIiteracy: 18 May 2013

by J.R.

I ate French toast today

I ate French toast today

A recap of today’s Conference III playoff action with help from the geniuses at SportsYapper:

Detroit 4, Chicago 1: Plenty of confidence from Chicago pregame with a 1-0 series lead and priorities straight. But how that confidence faded with “suspicious” “non-calls” early on. And all that confidence seemed justified when Patrick Kane scored first.

Even with the smallest of leads, the yappers saw an opportunity. Alas, that lead was erased by Brunner — a “hirrible” goal to give up.

ARE YOU A PANZY? Google the streak, bro.

A gorgeous goal by a pinching Smith gave the Wings a lead — of course, they did not deserve it. And when the Mule added the insurance goal, all those good feelings were gone.

I bet you’re not the only one, chief. All of sudden, is the regression on?

Do the Wings have the ‘Hawks on the run?


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