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Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “No Addition” Edition

Howdy folks! I’m back, after a brief little boondoggle last weekend. And As I looked in from the road, I notice my co-blogger had taken a few shots at me last week. So I was faced with a choice. Be the bigger person and ignore it, or respond to his “addition” of Five Thoughts last week with a few shots of my own this week. I think the title of this weeks post tells you what I decided on. Let’s get started, shall we?

  1. Wow, we really seemed to time the NHL playoff picks post we did this week correctly or something. It generated a lot more traffic than we expected. Why on earth someone searching for “Expert NHL playoff picks 2012” was ever directed to our humble little bastion of silliness is beyond me, though. Still, it had me thinking for a few days. We could do “All Playoff Picks, All the time! Any Sport! Any level!” I can see it now… “Coming up next on The Beerbarrel, St. Andrew’s 4th grade girls soccer tournament picks!  Or maybe not.
  2. Speaking of the NHL playoffs though (Yes, this week’s post is going to be a bit NHL-centric), if there’s one thing I can not stand – it’s the idiots that come out this time of year with some of their “Logic” or “Playoff Truths” or whatever else they call that garbage. One of my favorites that’s made the rounds already this year? “Team X can’t win it all because their goalie has never really won anything in the playoffs” (With “anything” meaning “Won a Stanley Cup”). Here’s a quick story – Once upon a time there was a goalie who “hadn’t won anything” in the playoffs. In fact, he hadn’t even played with the team most of the regular season. Then he became the starting goalie for the playoffs. And the Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup that year. Patrick Roy? No, although he did pretty much the same thing years later. This goalie’s name? Ken Dryden. If you’re too young or too ignorant to know his place in hockey history, look him up. A good place to start? The hockey hall of fame. So, stop with the nonsense already people! Once upon a time, EVERY goalie who has now “Won it all” hadn’t “Won anything in the playoffs”, until they did.
  3. Now, speaking of hockey, and the NHL playoffs, and the NHL in general…. I do not want to hear another word from the NHL on the subject of “Hits to the head” or “Player Safety”. I’m sorry, you’ve given up that high ground. A defenseman bounces another players head off the boars and glass twice, cracking the player’s helmet in two places in a move resoundingly called “Uncalled for” and “Deliberate” and you give him a tiny little fine (This is a guy in line for an $8M contract and you fine him $25K?? That’s like fining me a nickel!) because you found out the guy who got his head bounced off the boards was okay? No harm, no foul huh? So the next time someone tomahawks their stick over another player’s head? If the player isn’t hurt, it isn’t a penalty? Listen, I’m okay with it just being a fine. I’m okay with you letting a lot of stuff go in the playoffs in keeping with the “It’s the playoffs” reasoning. But, and here’s the thing before I get off my soapbox.. Having done that, please stop all the lip service BS about curbing blows to the head, and player safety and all that crap. A blow to the head, is a blow to the head. It’s bad news and it should be dealt with accordingly. Not based on whether or not someone got seriously injured. You know why? Because the next time it happens and you call to see how the player is? You’re going to be lied to. You’re going to be told he can’t talk right now because he still doesn’t know where he is. And then you’ll base your decision on that, suspend somebody, and your policy will have compromised the competitive spirit of the game. The end.
  4. Boy, I got off on a little rant there, didn’t I? Let’s change gears and move onto something different. One hundred years ago this coming April 15th, the RMS Titanic sank. It was a tiny little boat you may have heard of at some point. To commemorate it, there is a “Titanic Memorial Cruise” following the same route, with the same number of passengers, same menus, etc. Is it just me, or does this seem to land squarely in the “This could end very badly” department? Especially when the cruise had to TURN BACK AROUND due to a medical emergency. Folks, that there may have been what we here at the Beerbarrel like to call… A HINT. Best of luck to you out there.
  5. Lastly, I hope everyone here in the States is ready. Because speaking of April 15th… well, you get a little bit of a break again this year due to the 15th being a Sunday and the 16th being a holiday in Washington DC, but April 17th? You’d better be ready. It’s Tax Day! Blech.

Okay folks, that’s five and I really have behaved myself and not taken too many shots at people. As long as you ignore the first 4 or so items in today’s five thoughts. So, I hope everyone has a great weekend and we’ll see you all again here soon. And remember… Watch out for the Tax Man!

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

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Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Meandering Mind” Edition

Howdy folks and welcome to another Friday. We’re wrapping up a rather, well… those no rather about it. We’re wrapping up a fantastically warm, record setting unseasonably warm week. So let’s see what’s bouncing around in Beer’s brain this week and see what we can see, shall we? I can guarantee one thing this week. This one could get fairly random….

  1. Sometimes I try to keep notes during the week of things I think might be fun to use in this space. Other times, things will get sent in, especially by our good friend PB. I should probably let him do a guest spot one day. Anyways, sometimes we have notes ready, other times we don’t. And sometimes, as I’ve said before, the stories can just kind of write themselves. And sometimes, a headline just screams to be mentioned. And when that happens I usually use it. Right after I clean the coffee I spit out off my monitor after I read a headline that said… “Boy with doped goat can compete in Colo. fair“.  I mean, how often do you see the phrase “Doped Goat” in a headline?
  2. From the “it wasn’t ever really the boat’s fault, but it probably does need to go” department…. The artist tanker ore hauler ship formerly known as the Exxon Valdez is in the news. Seems it’s been purchased by a company in India that’s known for decommissioning and scrapping/salvaging old ships. Now, after the bad PR of the oil spill and everything I can understand the boat being sold and renamed. Even though it wasn’t the boat’s fault – it just went where they sailed it, the stigma was there. And it was also apparently involved in a collision and damaged again at another point. Sometimes, things are just unlucky. Ever had a car with a windshield that attracted every flying people on the road? Same concept. And in cases like that, sometimes it’s best to just let it go.
  3. And speaking of old boats…. In this case a really old, really (in)famous ship. We’re talking about the Titanic. There’s not a lot to say about this one. Everyone knows the story. Ok, I’ll be honest, most people probably know the MOVIE version of the story. Still, the basic concept is the same. The ship sank. Hope I didn’t ruin the movie for anyone. Where the ship landed on the seafloor remained unknown for a great many years. With improvements in technology, it was eventually found. And now, something really cool is being done with the photos and data that’s been gathered from the shipwreck.
  4. While I can’t say I’m overly into college basketball, I do tend to watch some of. And I have to admit I tend to pay attention to the commercials. And there are some great ones out there now. While I can’t speak to their effectiveness at selling or promoting their products, I find them fantastically entertaining. Which ones am I talking about? Well, there are two “series” of commercials out right now that I highly suggest you Youtube. I’m speaking of course, about Peggy and Mayhem.

  5. And speaking of advertising… I realize the main goal of advertising is to separate you from your money by means of a purchase. But listening to satellite radio lately… Wow. There’s obviously a different (lesser) degree of regulation on the things that get advertised. I’ll be honest, some of them border on coming right out and saying it’s a scam. It’s worse than listening to late night infomercials! So, just a friendly reminder to all those who listen to satellite radio… when they start advertising “Foolproof Investments”? There’s truth in that advertising. In the sense that there is a FOOL involved in any investment in them.

Okay folks, that’s a quick five and I’m going to see if I can find a way to enjoy the rest of today before we launch headlong into the weekend again. As for today’s video, even though I talked about the Titanic, there’s no way I was using that horrid song from the movie. So I went with something completely different to keep up the randomness.

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer