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Monday Links - I Really Do Not Like Jonny Gomes

Fuck Jonny Gomes. An open letter to Nashville. Hockey injuries and hearings about suspendable offenses. Big ass hockey trades. Lou Reed has died. And an awesome marching band. Get the Bailey's and have Irish coffee this Monday.

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Frederick Breedon

I'm actually not that angry about the Cardinals game last night. But I'll spout about what REALLY pissed me off about it later . . . though you've probably figured it out if you can read headlines.

It's Monday. You want links. I've got links. Let's link it up! #HighFive


  • Episode 15 of Beyond Checkerdome will be coming at you soon. It was . . . not nearly as good as last week, but we had a blast.
  • Brian's Prospect Sunday info . . . for everything you'd ever want to know about Blues prospects and more. [SLGT; SLGT; SLGT]
  • Sean Leahy has some good stuff about Alexander Steen, his hot start and whether or not he's "underrated". [Puck Daddy]
  • Jeff has an open letter to the Nashville Predators organization and their fans. It's a good read with valid points. Though I'm still pissed about the Chris Pronger trade. And quite a bit more about the Bill Laurie Era. Fuck that guy. [SLGT]


  • Five games last night. Here were the scores. Apparently the Avalanche(s) think the Stanley Cup is given out at the end of October. Holy shit, they keep winning. []
  • Five games tonight. And for once, NBCSN isn't going to torture the earth with a shitty Buffalo team. Instead . . . it's the home opener for a shitty New York Rangers squad. More on Buffalo . . . next. []
  • Big news . . . the Sabres traded Thomas Vanek to the Islanders for Matt Moulson, a '14 first round pick and a '15 second round pick. Some think the Sabres fleeced the Isles. I disagree. Moulson isn't much without John Tavares, actually, and now he's on a MUCH WORSE team while Vanek gets to join a young, talented group on Long Island. Both are UFA's after the season. [SB Nation]
  • I like Hockey Night in Canada. I like The Arcade Fire. The two mixed yesterday in last night's Hockey Night in Canada intro. And it was fucking creepy. And awesome. [Deadspin]
  • Greg Wyshynski interviewed Bobby Orr recently. If you regularly listen to the Marek vs. Wyshynski podcast, you know this interview didn't start well. [Puck Daddy]
  • Everybody from the Bobby Ryan trade seems to be getting hurt . . . except for Bobby Ryan, of course. Young Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg will be out 4 to 6 weeks with a broken hand. [SI NHL]
  • The Flames unveiled their new third sweaters yesterday. I think they're a bit of a dud, but then again, I fucking LOVED their old-school thirds from recent years. [Flames]
  • What's NOT a dud, though, is this Calgary Fire Department helmet that the Flames give to their player of the game. Look at that beauty. [Puck Daddy]
  • Brandon Dubinsky hit Saku Koivu in the head with an elbow. Usually that draws the attention of the Player Safety Cops. [USA Today]
  • Scottie Upshall sprayed Lightning(s) youngster Radko Gudas with a water bottle yesterday while he lay on the ice next to the Panthers bench. Gudas did what any rationally-thinking human would do . . . slash the shit out of the Panthers bench. Gudas got 2, 10 and a game. Upshall just got two, and he should've gotten more. [Puck Daddy]
  • Martin Hanzal hit Jeff Petry in the head when the Coyotes played the Oilers Saturday. So he'll get to talk on the phone with the Player Safety Cops. []
  • The Hurricanes have lost Cam Ward for a month and are just now getting Anton Khudobin back from injury. So they're short a goalie. Who do they turn to? Yep, you guessed it . . . Rick DiPietro . Because that can't get more hilarious. [Charlotte Checkers]


  • In my neck of the woods, a couple transients got into a fight over a pork chop. [KPAX]
  • Had any member of the Red Sox other than Jonny Gomes gotten the game-winning RBI last night, I'd probably have less than no problem with it. I do not like Jonny Gomes. I think he is a douchebag and a detriment to his sport. And also, a complete dick who should be lucky that a team as good as the Red Sox thinks he's useful. And yet, there he is . . . Jonny Gomes, World Series Game 4 hero. Fuck. You. [SB Nation]
  • Something dressed kinda like the Jaguars mascot "streaked" onto the pitch at Wembley Stadium during the 49ers-Jaguars game last night. [SB Nation]
  • Sad day in the world of rock and roll. The legendary Lou Reed has died at age 71. [Gawker]
  • And because rock and roll couldn't have enough bad news yesterday, Fleetwood Mac bassist and co-founder John McVie was recently diagnosed with cancer and they had to cancel a tour because of it. For reference to anyone unaware, Fleetwood Mac is what Lady Antebellum would sound like if Lady Antebellum had any fucking talent whatsoever. [CNN Showbiz]
  • Midwestern squirrels are strong. A community college in Iowa says one of those bastards vandalized a bike on campus. [Y! / AP]


The University of Maryland Marching Band is fucking awesome. Dr. Who, Game Of Thrones, The Avengers and Pirates of the Caribbean, all in one halftime show. (S/T to Kate)

Why yes, I'm a nerd. Why do you ask?

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