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Thursday Links - For All Your Booze-Sneaking Needs

Yes, it's still MST3K week, but we have a couple ways you can sneak booze either around the office (if you wear a tie) and on your next hunting trip. Also, Tennessee . . . is silly. You'll see why. This time, it's not their hockey team.

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Switzerland-on-Sweden violence? THAT sounds like an oxymoron.
Switzerland-on-Sweden violence? THAT sounds like an oxymoron.
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I lost my mother five years ago today. May she continue to rest in peace.


  • T.J. Oshie is skating with the team still. His return date is still very well up in the air and probably a bit far off, but . . . as he said, "It's nice not to be miserable." Yes it is, Teej. Yes it is. [StL Today / Morning Skate]
  • Lou has that Oshie tidbit as well, plus notes on the first NHL fight for Alexander Steen, David Backes moving back to center (for now), Magnus Paajarvi stepping up, the injury to Ryan Reaves and the goalie plan for Thursday and Saturday. [In The Slot / Lou Korac]
  • I think I forgot to note that the Jumbotron Sign page of Tuesday's St. Louis Game Time print edition was nationally-televised Tuesday night during the Blues-Sabres game. As for Buffalo sauce being overrated, I don't particularly AGREE with the sentiment, but . . . there ya go. [Twitter / @GTBradLee]
  • Grant (CanesAndBluesFan) was busy yesterday . . . first, presenting Part V of his "WOWY is Worthless" series . . . [SLGT]
  • . . . then presenting data on whether or not it makes a difference if an NHL team plays a tired goalie. [SLGT]
  • Jake Allen wants OUR help in designing his new mask. We have until next Wednesday to enter. Here are the deets. [Blues]
  • TSN's Scott Cullen does a great series called "Statistically Speaking". This week, he sings the praises of Jori Lehtera in light of his hat trick and stellar play alongside Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko of late. (S/T to CrossCheckRaise) [TSN]


  • Saturday, some of our pals from On the Forecheck made it up for the Blues-Predators game. They had a good time. I'm sure they'll be back. But for now, in advance of TONIGHT'S game, check out their blog . . . it is excellent. Dirk Hoag isn't running the show anymore, but he put that place in good hands. [On the Forecheck]
  • Also, if you remember our pal Kris Martel from a recent episode of Beyond Checkerdome AND the head Preds fan in THIS awesome video . . . check out his blog, The Predatorial. [The Predatorial]


  • Two games last night. I know, exciting. Well, one of 'em was, anyway. [ 11/12/14]
  • Nine games tonight, including that one for the Conference III lead that you may have heard about. [ 11/13/14]
  • Ryan Lambert takes on Slava Voynov, the salary cap, glow pucks, milestones, ads on sweaters, Jim Nill and the Coyotes in this week's Power Rankings. [Puck Daddy]
  • Dan Bylsma says he's preparing to return to an NHL coaching role soon. Guess it'll have to be the right one. []
  • According to a report, the NHL has chosen an ownership group for a possible expansion team in Las Vegas. Alright, good. Seattle next? Please? [SB Nation]
  • Dan Boyle, who broke his hand in the season opener against the Blues, is slated to return to action tonight for the Rangers. Good news. [CBS Sports Eye on Hockey]
  • If you're looking to tie Connor McDavid breaking his hand in a fight to your anti-fighting agenda, you're fucking stupid, writes Greg Wyshynski. [Puck Daddy]
  • And yeah, about the hand-breaking thing . . . it's confirmed, and McDavid will be out 5 to 6 weeks because of it. Whoops. [CBS Sports Eye on Hockey]
  • Speaking of injuries, the life of Blue Jackets forward Nathan Horton has been made a "living hell" because of his degenerative back condition, so much so that he is mulling possible career-ending surgery so that he may live a normal life again. Goddamn. [Blue Jackets Xtra]
  • It was announced a couple days ago that Corey Perry and Francois Beauchemin had "viral gland infections". Well, the Ducks confirmed that they both have the mumps. Well golly jeepers. [SB Nation]
  • Ever wanted to see a life-sized Jaromir Jagr caricature made out of marzipan? You never thought of it, you say? Well, no one cares. It exists anyway. [Puck Daddy]


  • Remember point-and-shoot cameras? Well, if you're about 20 or older, you probably do. Elementary school children? Not so much. They had some interesting reactions to seeing one. (S/T to Kate) [CNet]
  • Wear a tie to work? Well, there's a flask for that. (S/T to I_AM_SPARTACUS) [Amazon]
  • But what if you're out hunting or bird-watching? Well, there's a flask for that, too. (S/T to @HitchsHat) [Papa Bert's]
  • This rowing regatta is a metaphor for the Sabres' power play (or, really . . . their season, especially if they don't end up with Connor McDavid at the end of it). An absolute fucking disaster. (S/T to UIWWildThing) [Deadspin]
  • The Blues are playing the Predators (AGAIN) tonight, so what better way to note this event by pointing out this story? A really nice Nashville theater damaged (and later closed) by the 2010 Tennessee floods will reopen as . . . an indoor shooting range. Yeehaw. (S/T to CrossCheckRaise) [The Tennesseean]
  • Before we point and laugh at the Seahawks for allegedly watering down their beer, I would not be shocked if they're one of about a thousand arenas in North America that do this. They simply got caught. [SB Nation / Lookit]
  • This is incredibly sad, if true, but a great learning point also, if true: police reports are saying Oscar Taveras was five times the legal limit of intoxication at the time of the crash that killed him and his 18-year-old girlfriend. Ugh. [SB Nation]


The Best of MST3K Volume Three includes riffs from Prince of Space, Zombie Nightmare, Space Mutiny, Time Chasers and Master Ninja. Prince of Space and Space Mutiny were in Volume One, so there will be repeats (this is a different YouTube uploader than the previous two volumes). But who gives a shit, right? Here you go:

"Shake it, Ralph Macchio!"

I have an extra special "Best Of" video for tomorrow (well, if you're an MST3K fan), but if you have any other MST3K videos and . . . oh yeah, links . . . send them to me:

And be on the lookout for Episode 60 of Beyond Checkerdome. I swear it's coming soon! In fact, today, if the stars align properly.