letsgottoafghanistan:

Is this for real? My fucking god.

A Taiwanese report on violence in the NHL playoffs. I’m in tears laughing. 

This is amazing.

nationalpostsports:

Bruce Arthur: With mayhem breaking out across the National Hockey League playoffs, it was only a matter of time before the fever reached Philadelphia. The Flyers and the Pittsburgh Penguins had spent two games playing crazy hockey, but it had to do with skating and scoring and comebacks and goals. That stayed. The fever joined in.

And it was the Penguins who melted down, perhaps irrevocably, in an 8-4 loss to Philadelphia that gave the Flyers a 3-0 series lead, in a series that has already featured about a dozen games’ worth of head-shaking moments.

None more than in the Pittsburgh camp. Dumb penalties, another short-handed goal allowed, team-wide defensive malfeasance, cheap shots, and goaltending so poor it would have embarrassed the Flyers to have employed it. Pittsburgh was supposed to be the epitome of class in the league, a franchise that valued discipline and, of late, railed against the gong-show aspect of hockey. Before the game, Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said he had 20 players who were looking to be leaders.

Well, some of them led the collapse.
Photos: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, Tim Shaffer/Reuters

This was a seriously crazy game. Glad I don’t like either of these teams.

(via nationalpost)

Globe and Mail:

Girl wins bid to play virtual self in EA Sports NHL 12 video game
[…]
Hockey is attracting more female players, but when young skaters like Lexi turned to the leading NHL video game, the custom player characters they could build in the game came with many different looks – so long as they were male.
“I asked my dad, ‘Why aren’t there girls in the NHL video game?’ And he said, ‘I don’t know, write a letter.’ So, I did,” [14-year-old Lexi Peters] told the Globe and Mail from her home in Buffalo, N.Y.
She sent a typewritten letter to the executives of one the largest video game makers in the world, asking them to add women players.
She wrote: “It is unfair to women and girl hockey players around the world, many of them who play and enjoy your game. I have created a character of myself, except I have to be represented by a male and that’s not fun.”
[…]
The first response she got back from Electronic Arts was disappointing. But she figured at least she’d tried.
“I heard back a few weeks later and they told me it couldn’t happen because it has to go through the NHL.”
What she didn’t know was that the president of EA Sports had forwarded her letter to David Littman, the lead producer of the company’s NHL game. His reaction was different.
“Lexi’s letter was a wake-up call,” Mr. Littman told the Globe and Mail. “Here’s a growing audience playing our NHL game and we hadn’t done anything to capture them.”
Mr. Littman then did some stick handling of his own: finding the budget to build her into the game, as well as getting permission from the NHL and EA’s legal department.
Then EA Sports gave Lexi the news. Not only were they adding a female character option, but they wanted Lexi to play the part of the “default” female player that gamers would then be able to customize.
“I was so excited,” says Lexi. “My dad called my grandpa immediately, who called my Uncle Chris, like a chain reaction.”
Users can tailor the female character by changing hair, eye colour and the name on the jersey if they want, just as with male players.

Globe and Mail:

Girl wins bid to play virtual self in EA Sports NHL 12 video game

[…]

Hockey is attracting more female players, but when young skaters like Lexi turned to the leading NHL video game, the custom player characters they could build in the game came with many different looks – so long as they were male.

“I asked my dad, ‘Why aren’t there girls in the NHL video game?’ And he said, ‘I don’t know, write a letter.’ So, I did,” [14-year-old Lexi Peters] told the Globe and Mail from her home in Buffalo, N.Y.

She sent a typewritten letter to the executives of one the largest video game makers in the world, asking them to add women players.

She wrote: “It is unfair to women and girl hockey players around the world, many of them who play and enjoy your game. I have created a character of myself, except I have to be represented by a male and that’s not fun.”

[…]

The first response she got back from Electronic Arts was disappointing. But she figured at least she’d tried.

“I heard back a few weeks later and they told me it couldn’t happen because it has to go through the NHL.”

What she didn’t know was that the president of EA Sports had forwarded her letter to David Littman, the lead producer of the company’s NHL game. His reaction was different.

“Lexi’s letter was a wake-up call,” Mr. Littman told the Globe and Mail. “Here’s a growing audience playing our NHL game and we hadn’t done anything to capture them.”

Mr. Littman then did some stick handling of his own: finding the budget to build her into the game, as well as getting permission from the NHL and EA’s legal department.

Then EA Sports gave Lexi the news. Not only were they adding a female character option, but they wanted Lexi to play the part of the “default” female player that gamers would then be able to customize.

“I was so excited,” says Lexi. “My dad called my grandpa immediately, who called my Uncle Chris, like a chain reaction.”

Users can tailor the female character by changing hair, eye colour and the name on the jersey if they want, just as with male players.

Pulling so much harder for Boston right now.

Pulling so much harder for Boston right now.

motherjones:

firthofforth:

nationalpost:

A team by any other name … is not for WinnipegTrue North was naturally receiving plaudits from around the country on Tuesday for returning a seventh Canadian franchise to Winnipeg, and well they should. But the group also seems oddly fixated on cutting ties with the past. How can this team not be called the Winnipeg Jets? Consider that all the recent stories about Jets merchandise selling out across town also included this coda from retailers: Jets stuff has always sold well. People have, for 15 years, longed for the return of the Jets. Now they are to be told that the prodigal franchise is to be called the Manitoba Somethings? Ugh. Time to put that vintage Hawerchuk jersey away. Same too the vintage Soetaert.There is nothing wrong with embracing the city’s hockey history, and spare us the talk of a clean start. Yes, the Jets struggled in their first go-round, but the Boston Red Sox couldn’t win a thing for 86 years, and no one tried calling them the Massachusetts Moose.

Any team willing to call themselves the “poohs” is a gift to tabloid news headline writers.

The Winnipeg Poohs logo is inspired—maybe even the best mascot idea since the Ole Miss campaign to replace Colonel Reb with Admiral Ackbar..

This is cool and all, but I want the Whalers back.
IDEA: Move the (bankrupt and owned by the NHL) Coyotes to Hartford, thus the old Jets would become the new Whalers.

motherjones:

firthofforth:

nationalpost:

A team by any other name … is not for Winnipeg
True North was naturally receiving plaudits from around the country on Tuesday for returning a seventh Canadian franchise to Winnipeg, and well they should. But the group also seems oddly fixated on cutting ties with the past. How can this team not be called the Winnipeg Jets? Consider that all the recent stories about Jets merchandise selling out across town also included this coda from retailers: Jets stuff has always sold well. People have, for 15 years, longed for the return of the Jets. Now they are to be told that the prodigal franchise is to be called the Manitoba Somethings? Ugh. Time to put that vintage Hawerchuk jersey away. Same too the vintage Soetaert.

There is nothing wrong with embracing the city’s hockey history, and spare us the talk of a clean start. Yes, the Jets struggled in their first go-round, but the Boston Red Sox couldn’t win a thing for 86 years, and no one tried calling them the Massachusetts Moose.

Any team willing to call themselves the “poohs” is a gift to tabloid news headline writers.

The Winnipeg Poohs logo is inspired—maybe even the best mascot idea since the Ole Miss campaign to replace Colonel Reb with Admiral Ackbar..

This is cool and all, but I want the Whalers back.

IDEA: Move the (bankrupt and owned by the NHL) Coyotes to Hartford, thus the old Jets would become the new Whalers.