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Thursday Links - Life Is Random? Stunning!

Plenty of good stuff to look at today. Check it out and pass it on!

"Life is HUMANGOUS big. Like universe. And trapezoid."
"Life is HUMANGOUS big. Like universe. And trapezoid."
Hannah Foslien



  • Fox Sports Midwest announced that they would be televising ALL 71 Blues games not being covered nationally. [SLGT]
  • Carl Gunnarsson is a much different defenseman than the one he was traded for. But that's what the team wants . . . a transition guy. Gunnarsson is definitely that. [In The Slot / Lou Korac]
  • The late, great Dan Kelly would have turned 78 yesterday. Here's a piece from (UGH) Dan Caesar from back in February about how DK put the Blues on the map. (S/T to @akmark78) [StL Today]


  • Performance vs. potential. It's a fun debate, unless you're Ryan Johansen or Jarmo Kekalainen/John Davidson. Ryan Lambert talks about the Johansen situation in a Trending Topics Extra. [Puck Daddy]
  • Speaking of our old pal JD (no, not THAT one) . . . he's calling the Johansen contract talks "extortion" at this point. Of course, JD also once willingly gave Jay McKee $16MM for four years that one time, so really, who do you trust? [Blue Jackets Xtra]
  • Your next Emoji preview? The Wild(s). [Puck Daddy]
  • Speaking of the lesser half of the Avenue of the Saints Rivalry, their top goaltender--Josh Harding--will be out several months. So, who's back? Yep . . . Ilya Bryzgalov is back! This'll be fascinating, I'm sure. [CBS Sports Eye on Hockey]
  • When will the NHL start putting ads on jerseys? Well, the fact that we're saying "when" is something, but they say they'll wait for someone else to do it first. [TSN]
  • In what might be the first smart thing the Sharks did this summer, they extended young defenseman Justin Braun for four years (starting with the 2015-16 season). [CBS Sports Eye on Hockey]
  • Sean McIndoe (Down Goes Brown) writes as only he can about the NHL's "analytics awakening". [Grantland]
  • Speaking of analytics . . . I mentioned a couple weeks back that teams may start wearing tracking chips to track puck possession and whatnot. The Rangers are one of those teams that will be doing this sort of tracking, along with other technological advances for their players and coaches. [SNY Rangers]


  • About 80 episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 are now available for purchase or rent on Vimeo. Or, y'know, you can get 'em all for free here. Your choice. (S/T to @Jabber28) [The Dissolve]
  • BREAKING NEWS: Life is random. WHAT A SHOCK, RIGHT?! (S/T to CanesAndBluesFan) [Slate]
  • A hacker figured out how to hack into printers and get them to play Doom. Opens up a world of possibilities. (S/T again to CanesAndBluesFan) [Ars Technica]
  • Why is the Ebola outbreak so important to watch? Well, for one, we could all be fucked if it isn't controlled. But here's an in-depth analysis of things. (S/T once again to CanesAndBluesFan) [Wired]
  • PFT Commenter, technically one of our cohorts (he writes occasionally for SBN), is comedy gold. (One more S/T to CanesAndBluesFan) [Slate]


And sticking with MST3K . . . I recently saw their "Space Mutiny" episode, and then I found this clip, with all the riffs on the main male character's name. And it's excellent:

I'm partial to "Big McLargeHuge", personally.

So presumably at some point this weekend, J-Mill will have links for you. You should help a brother out:

And stay tuned for Episode 52 of Beyond Checkerdome . . . yes, the new recording schedule means we post the pod a bit later at times. Enjoy!