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Saturday Links - Bach On Mandolin

Got 15 minutes? Watch Chris Thile just fucking go to town on his mandolin with Bach!

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  • Oddly enough, Martin Havlat met his demise not by injury but his own doing otherwise . . . he requested his release for "personal reasons", and to that end, the Blues have placed him on unconditional waivers. Let the speculation begin! [SLGT]
  • Robb takes you through player usage thus far this season, pointing out a few key players, in this week's #Fancystats Friday. [SLGT]
  • The Blues signed 2014 draft pick Samuel Blais to a three-year entry-level deal. Strictly a procedural move to lock in his first three professional years. [Blues]
  • Not even a shortened stick and a baseball mitt could've helped Brian Elliott (or, for that matter, Jake Allen) on Thursday. But he tried it out in practice anyway. [Frozen Notes]
  • The Blues are facing a certain team from Chicago tonight, one they faced 10 days ago. There was a big to-do in that game and such, one that I believe the Blues would like to avoid if at all possible. [StL Today]


  • Second City Hockey has news and views on the Blackhawks . . . [Second City Hockey]
  • . . . as do our kindred spirits over at The Committed Indian . . . [The Committed Indian]
  • . . . and they have a vendor that needs help. The boys at TCI were able to lend a helping hand when SLGT vendor Clarence had to battle cancer. It's our turn to return the favor. [The Committed Indian]
  • Oh, and also, Duncan Keith and Michal Rozsival have both been activated from IR and should be available to play tonight. Bleh. [Sportsnet]


  • Four games last night. All of them ended with scores. The road team won each of the four games. [ 11/13/2015]
  • There is one important game tonight and 12 other ones. [ 11/14/2015]


  • Ryan Lambert drops an enormous deuce on the contract the Red Wings signed Justin Abdelkader to the other day in this week's Trending Topics. As he should. [Puck Daddy]
  • The first NHL fine for embellishment this season goes to . . . Red Wings forward Teemu Pulkkinen! Congratulations, young man. Or some shit. []
  • Check out this tremendous four-man passing play from the University of North Dakota hockey squadron. Dayum. (That stupid fucking song, though.) [CBS Sports Eye on Hockey]
  • Alex Ovechkin is shooting the puck a lot, as always. But the Capitals forward is unlikely to ever break the single season record, held by Bruins legend Phil Esposito. [USA Today]
  • The NHL suspended Avalanche(s) forward and Captain Gabriel Landeskog for two games following a head shot to Bruins dickbag forward Brad Marchand on Thursday. [TSN]
  • Canucks goaltender (and old "friend" . . . seriously, fuck you) Ryan Miller doesn't want his five hole to get any bigger, I'm guessing. [Sportsnet]
  • The Ducks would've been better off drawing a dick-and-balls on the telestrator. [SB Nation]
  • Nikolai Khabibulin had not officially retired yet . . . that changed yesterday. [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • The Predators have been lucky in one regard . . . their old top draft picks don't score against the Preds while playing elsewhere. Unless your name is . . . oh hey, Scottie Upshall! Well that's great news. [Nashville Post]


  • I'm pretty sure you know what happened in Paris already.
  • And because clearly enough hadn't already happened at Mizzou recently . . . now MU's head football coach, Gary Pinkel, will resign due to health concerns. #FuckCancer [USA Today]
  • #SoccerAtBusch: The USMNT looked rather impressive in a 6-1 rout of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (which sounds like the name of a 50's swing cover band) in St. Louis last night. [SI / Planet Futbol]
  • The IAAF has suspended Team Russia from participating in upcoming track and field events--including next year's Summer Olympiad in Rio--due to doping concerns. [Deadspin]
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson reads mean tweets directed at him. [Nerdist]
  • 15 really damn cool dog and cat houses. [Mental Floss]
  • Control your emus, people. [Y! / AP]


Frontman of Nickel Creek and The Punch Brothers (and soon-to-be host of A Prairie Home Companion) and fucking AMAZING mandolin player, Chris Thile, plays Johann Sebastian Bach's "Sonata No. 1 in G Minor" . . . of course, on his mandolin. 15 minutes long, so grab ye some coffee:

Fuckin' rad, man.

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