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Sunday Links: A Novel Idea

Sci-Fi week wraps up with where it all started: books. Also, the Islanders birddog some salary caps.

Jori's ready for the season to start - are yoooooouuuu???
Jori's ready for the season to start - are yoooooouuuu???
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The next time we have previews for a game, it'll actually mean something! Also, there will be an organ playing after goals, just like all credible reports/anyone with half a brain knew there would be all along.


  • The Blues last their final fake game against the Wild in The American Fertile Crescent of Hockey 5-4 on an overtime goal by Mikko Koivu. Worth mentioning though that Jori Lehtera scored twice & notched an assist, while Jaden Schwartz tallied two assists of his own. [Blues]
  • To poorly paraphrase Eddard Stark, "Roster moves are coming." They started yesterday before the game with Biz Nasty being let go from his PTO. Which I'm glad about, if for no reason than that now I don't have to learn how to spell his actual last name. [SLGT]
  • Here's a great piece about how Hitchcock & Armstrong's appreciation for and practical in-game use of advanced analytics. Hitch also admits that initially he "was offended" by them. Other than their refusal to mention which figures they use or who's providing their numbers, this is about as great as a MSM article on fancy stats could be! [STLToday]
  • Kevin Shattenkirk wants the Blues to push it REAL good. [BND]
  • The fake scores from last night. [ 10/4]
  • There is exactly one (1) preseason game left in the league, and it's the Carolina Hurricanes against the Capitals this afternoon. [ 10/5]
  • The Blackhawks and Bruins were both in serious salary cap trouble, needing to dump someone to get everything legal. The New York Islanders were happy to help them both, adding Nick Leddy from Chicago AND Johnny Boychuck to their defensive core. In their...less than exciting division (though I think it'll be a lot better this year), the Isle are really pushing to contend. [Puck Daddy]
  • The Long Island reaction, from our old pal Dom: [Lighthouse Hockey]
  • Those Fuckers Up North also assigned The Anointed One Teuvo Taravainen to the AHL. Good because he has weird name and a stupid number. 86? What the hell is he, a tight end? [Second City Hockey]
  • Jonathan Drouin, many people's pick for the Calder Trophy, could start the year on IR. [Raw Charge]
  • It's Sunday - find out which NFL games you can watch to avoid the Rams. [506 Sports]
  • Speaking of the Rams, time to look at that elephant in the Dome - are they leaving town or not? This week saw the bringing to light of a couple of new reports, but what do they really mean? [Turf Show Times]
  • The Cardinals lost game 2 to the Dodgers last night on an 8th inning home run by Matt Kemp. [Viva el Birdos]
  • Yesterday I brought you two videos in the style of a Saturday morning cartoon opening. Well boy was that an odd coincidence, as yesterday was the first Saturday morning in the history of American television without a single cartoon on broadcast television. Clutch your bowl of Fruit Loops tightly and weep. [Gizmodo]
  • Oh you know how it is, you're jogging though the Smokey Mountains, when all of a sudden you stumble upon an old abandoned town in the middle of the woods. Believe it or not, this wasn't the first act of a slasher film. [Huff Post]

So far in Sci-Fi week (plus), we've covered Guardians of the Galaxy, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly/Serenity, Star Wars, Star Trek, Galaxy Quest (nice one, DK!), Stargate, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and Doctor Who. But you know what we haven't covered? The wide world of science fiction novels.

First of all, a shoutout to my favorite sci-fi book series as a child: the goddamn Animoprhs! It told the story of 5 kids who could change their forms into any animal they touched, while fighting an alien race of parasites that control your brain. And trust me when I say that it's the darkest of all the stories we've covered this week (including Revenge of the Sith). Here's why such a great and popular property needs to be on film!

And our big finale, a *ahem* loving musical tribute to the author of such Sci-Fi classics as Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury. (NSFW, by the way.)

Now THAT'S how you get students to love reading!

Toss some links DK's way, because tomorrow is Monday.
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