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Saturday Links - Straight Up

Now . . . do you NEED links leading into the All-Star Game? Probably not. But do you WANT links leading into the All-Star Game? Sure, perhaps. So that's where I come in.

PICTURED: a massive human being
PICTURED: a massive human being
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BLUES NEWS:

  • We took our sweet time posting Episode #116 of Beyond Checkerdome. Because time needs to be allowed when  the franchise's greatest goal-scorer, Blues de-facto Ambassador of Fun Brett Hull, is involved in our history segment. [SLGT]
  • Vladimir Tarasenko will take part in the shot accuracy, the skills relay as a left-handed one-timer shot and the shootout competition today. [SLGT]
  • Johnny has Lynx links. [SLGT FanPosts]

HOCKEY NEWS:

  • The NHL tried to fuck John Scott out of his All-Star Game spot. He wouldn't let them. Dan says he deserved better. I think most folks would agree. [SLGT]
  • An unpopular opinion here - that it's just fine the league suspends players who skip out on the All-Star Game. (Alright, then maybe they shouldn't also be telling John Scott in a not-so-subtle yet kinda subtle fashion he isn't good enough for the game.) [SB Nation]
  • Five solid quotes from NHL players regarding John Scott. [USA Today / FTW!]
  • Meanwhile, Panthers forward and hockey legend Jaromir Jagr laments the entire matter of his inclusion into this contest. [TSN]
  • There will be 11 players participating in this weekend's All-Star festivities that were not even born yet when Jagr's NHL career began. [CBS Sports Eye on Hockey]
  • The Ducks got hot ahead of the break, and Ryan Lambert has words and numbers on why in this week's Trending Topics. [Puck Daddy]
  • Jake Mastel, coach of the NWHL's Connecticut Whale (top club in the league, in fact), resigned yesterday under still-unknown circumstances. [Today's Slapshot]
  • Mexico won the IIHF U-20 Division III championship, finishing the round-robin tournament with a 9-2 thwacking of South Africa, earning a promotion to Division II of the tournament next year. [The Color of Hockey]
  • Meanwhile, from the top level of this year's junior tournament, Maple Leafs prospect William Nylander is set to return to the Marlies following his recovery from a concussion suffered during the IIHF World Juniors. [Sportsnet]
  • Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner was fined $10,000 for killing a grizzly bear, basically without the proper licensure to do so, three years ago in British Columbia. [The Sporting News]
  • The Sharks have put terrible asshole Raffi Torres on waivers. [San Jose Mercury News]

OTHER SHIT:

  • The 30-year anniversary of the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger was Thursday. Hear from an engineer who tried to stop the launch. [NPR / The Two-Way]
  • Wanna stop people from pissing in a park that only has three bathrooms? Build an outdoor urinal! Sure. [Y! / AP]
  • A wretched #Hot #Sprots #Taek from ye olde Fox Sports regarding the 2015 Kansas City Royals. [Deadspin]
  • Surfer Tom Dosland fell from basically the very top of a 40-foot wave. He was not seriously hurt, but boy does this look wicked. [SB Nation]
  • Build your very own phone-controlled life-sized BB-8! [Nerdist]
  • Google paid a dude $12K because he bought Google's main domain name and owned it for . . . basically, one minute. [Mental Floss]

BEER OF THE DAY:

  • Another brewery I miss from my western Montana days . . . Kettlehouse. Their signature scotch ale, Cold Smoke, is damn tasty. I wish I'd brought more with me from Montana. [Untappd]

VIDEO:

How have I not posted this fascinating cover of Paula Abdul's "Straight Up"? Well, now I will:

This is really good.

BluesMay is back tomorrow. Hoosier Blue is slated for Monday. And I'm slated for Tuesday.