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Friday Links: I Am (Frakin') Groot

TGIL: Thank goodness it's links!

I still think the new sweaters have JUUUUUST too much yellow to them, but they look good.
I still think the new sweaters have JUUUUUST too much yellow to them, but they look good.
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Some Blues played a hockey game last night. Later today, I'll play some Sporcle games. Both events are of equal insignificance.


  • The Blues lost their home preseason opener to the Blue Jackets 5-4 last night. But it's preseason so who cares - all that "matters" is that Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice. [Blues]
  • Here's the BJs' perspective on that glorified scrimmage. [Blue Jackets]
  • As you may or may not have heard, Alexander Steen, who was set to make his preseason debut last night, was held out because he was 'banged up." It's almost assuredly nothing to fret over, but it would hardly be the first time a seemingly frivolous injury report turned into a long-term scratch. [STLToday]
  • Ken Hitchcock called the Blues 0-fer preseason thus far a "wake-up call." A bit dramatic in my opinion, but if it keeps up from starting sluggish out of the gate, it can't be a bad thing. You do you, Hitch. [Frozen Notes]
  • Hey, here's a season preview of the Blues, by...Blackhawks blog Hockee Night?'s actually really funny, give it a read! Just ignore the photo on the bottom, it's disgusting. (And don't be like that one commenter and not have a sense of humor.) [Hockee Night]
  • You want to see the other preseason scores last night? You need to click this: [ 9/25]
  • You want to know what other teams have preseason games tonight? On a Friday? You should see this: [ 9/26]
  • Blue Jackets forward Nathan Horton has a degenerative back problem. He'll be out indefinitely, and may not be able to play again. Sorry to hear that. [Puck Daddy]
  • Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal will now miss 3-4 months of time due to what's now being called a "broken fibula." Another bonus of this post - a reminder that there are now 89 shopping days left until Christmas. [Canes Country]
  • Buffalo Sabres defesnemen Josh Gorges, who used to play for the Montreal Canadiens, said that he couldn't allow himself to be traded to the Maple Leafs because he hated the Leafs so much. Good on ya', lad. [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • I'm pretty sure SBNation's editing system doesn't yet allow for emojis, but if it did, I'd tell you that Puck Daddy emoji-previewed "Those [pointed finger] [A-OK hand symbol]-ers [arrow pointing up] [compass pointing north]." [Puck Daddy]
  • The Edmonton Oilers made headlines this summer by hiring one of the foremost advanced analytics analysts to help bring their organization into the 21st century. Meanwhile, their Albertan counterparts, the Calgary Flames, spent yesterday's practice learning how to fight. [TSN]
  • Toronto's defense was bad last year. Like, historically bad. Will former Blue Roman Polak help make them better? (Spoiler alert: probably not.) [SportsNet]
  • This season, persistent divers aren't the only ones who'll be fined for multiple offenses. The head coaches will be as well. Reportedly, the PA pushed hard for that, as they claim a number of head coaches have been encouraging it. But don't worry, they don't name Alain Vigneault's name. [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • Last night was the final home game for Yankees legend Derek Jeter, and it ended with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 9th because of course because he's Derek fucking Jeter at Yankee fucking Stadium. [Pinstripe Alley]
  • 49ers wide receiver Stevie Johnson is looking to draft YOU for his fantasy work team, so he's been looking for scouting reports via twitter. Stevie Johnson does Twitter correctly. (Sticktap to CrossCheckRaise.) [Deadspin]
  • Who knew Bingo was a full-contact sport? And by "full-contact" I mean "you can be attacked by a woman with a pair of scissors." [Riverfront Times]
  • Last night I saw a fantastic production of Fiddler on the Roof, maybe the most perfect musical comedy ever written, at Stages St. Louis in Kirkwood. It runs through October 5th, and I could hardly recommend it more! It's notable, as this week is the 50th anniversary of Fiddler's original Broadway debut - not to mention Rosh Hashanah (L'shana tova to our Chosen Game Timers, by the way!). Plus, it's not like you have NHL hockey filling your nights between now and then. [STLToday]

I know DK made this week's theme around British/Irish comedy, but once he played the Monty Python card, I didn't really have anything left in my tank (way to go, Tyler!). So instead, I'm just going to get a jump start on next week's assigned theme, which just happens to be one of my specialties: sci-fi!

I am Groot. I am Groot. I am Groot. I am Groot. I am Groot. I am Groot? (Translation: First of all, the greatest hero of our time: Groot from the new hit Guardians of the Galaxy - which is technically less "sci-fi" and more "space adventure," but I'm the one doing these links - what're you gonna do about it, punk?)

Next, a nice reminder of how disturbingly brilliant Battlestar Galactica is, in a Queen-friendly format. (With a little Firefly shout-out thrown in for good measure.) (EDIT: Spoiler alert I guess...but really, if you haven't watched Battlestar Galactica by now, what are you even doing with your life?)

All of this has been linked before, and all of this will be linked again....but if you have something new, send them the frak my way!
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