Tag: Hockey

Pennant Fever #1: Los Angeles Sharks

Pennant Fever #1: Los Angeles Sharks

Auction Finds, Sports
The Los Angeles Sharks played just two seasons in the World Hockey Association (WHA) under that name, from 1972-1974. After the 1973–74 WHA season the franchise moved to Detroit to become the Michigan Stags, and again mid-season to Baltimore to become the Baltimore Blades. The WHA lasted until 1979, by which time the Sharks were long gone. That meant that as far as pro hockey went in the city, the NHL's Los Angeles Kings were once again the only game in town. (Click the pennant to see the hi-res version.) Don't forget to check out the rest of my Pennant Fever entries.
Album Cover of the Week: The Vancouver Canucks, Hockey — With a Little Help from Your Friends

Album Cover of the Week: The Vancouver Canucks, Hockey — With a Little Help from Your Friends

Album Cover of the Week, Music
That's right, the NHL is back! I thought I'd dedicate this week's album cover post to a hockey-related LP, but I quickly found that there simply aren't that many out there. There are plenty of covers with a football or baseball theme, but not so much hockey. What I did find was this curio from the mid-1970s. It's the 1975 LP from the Vancouver Canucks, Hockey -- With a Little Help from Your Friends. This is just great, whether you love hockey, vintage logos, or funky and weird albums. This isn't a music album, so don't go expecting the '70s hockey equivalent of "Super Bowl Shuffle." This is a mostly spoken word record, featuring playing advice and tips from Canuck players such as Don Lever, Rick Blight, Bob Dailey, Dennis Ververgaert, Curt Ridley, Harold Snepsts, Phil Maloney, an
Back to the Future: What Else Happened on November 5, 1955?

Back to the Future: What Else Happened on November 5, 1955?

History
The date is burned in the brain of legions of Back to the Future fans -- November 5, 1955. It's the day Marty McFly arrived in Hill Valley of the past in Doc Brown's DeLorean from October 26, 1985. But aside from the events shown in the film, what actually happened on that autumn day when Michael J. Fox went back to the future? Let's look at the day that was Saturday, November 5, 1955. Entertainment The #1-selling song in the U.S. was "Autumn Leaves" by Roger Williams. The #1 album in the U.S. was Love Me Or Leave Me (soundtrack) by Doris Day. The #1 best-selling books in the U.S. were Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk (fiction) and Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh (non-fiction). #3 on the fiction list? The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, baby! The Honeymooners e
Here’s some stuff I enjoyed this week

Here’s some stuff I enjoyed this week

Internet, Links
Here’s a fresh batch of some quality interweb finds I’ve come across over the last 7 days: For the 5 or 6 people who haven't seen Charlie Sheen's interviews on NBC's Today and ABC's Good Morning America, watch them now and start winning. (Television Blend) A thought-provoking piece on music listening, and how long it should take to "get" an album before writing about it. (The AV Club) Was a Vanity Fair editor secretly working for the Church of Scientology? (The New York Observer) Ruh roh — Infamous NHL tough guy Bob Probert was suffering from degenerative brain disease when he died last year. (Deadspin) The Jersey Shore, as it was in 1910 before infected with the likes of Snooki and the Situation. (Shorpy) Vengeance Dad, meet Karate Kyle. (Know Your Meme) Did Americans
A brief recap of my Olympics experience

A brief recap of my Olympics experience

Sports
I didn't have the gumption to post on a daily basis during the 2010 Winter Olympics, but I did watch a lot of them.  As I get older I find that I enjoy the Olympics more and more, although I think I prefer the Summer games more.  So here's some random observations on the 17-day spectacle that was the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics... • First off, I know I'm not the only one who thought NBC's coverage sucked hard.  I don't even care about the tape delays so much (since I'm not around to watch during the day anyway), but there was so much else to hate.  Look, I get that television networks are businesses, and the primary goal of a business is to make money.  But really, could NBC have been any more clumsy about the unending barrage of commercials?  After awhile it felt like I was watching
This Week in History! (February 22-28)

This Week in History! (February 22-28)

History
*February 23, 1927: The Federal Radio Commission (precursor to today's FCC) is created with the passage of the Radio Act of 1927.   President Calvin Coolidge urges the Commission to execute their duties with "all urgent haste", as Howard Stern's first show is only 50 years away. *February 25, 1964: A 22-year-old Olympic champion upstart by the name of Cassius Clay defeats heavyweight boxing champion Sonny Liston by TKO.  Clay changed his name to Muhammad Ali a week later, but I don't care.  His momma name him Clay, I'm gonna call him Clay. *February 24, 1988: With their 8-0 verdict in Hustler Magazine, Inc. v. Falwell, the United States Supreme Court rules that public figures cannot sue for being made the subject of satire.  The decision clears the final obstacle in the path of Larry
Whatever Happened to… Eastern Airlines and the World Hockey Association?

Whatever Happened to… Eastern Airlines and the World Hockey Association?

History
For some reason I've always found it more interesting to see why things like businesses fail than to read about success stories.  It's not even that I take any glee in their failure, so maybe it's an underdog thing?  Anyway, in the first entry of yet another series I'll likely abandon at some point, we will take a brief look at some of the more prominent businesses/entities to disappear from existence.  Up first is one that was the premiere example of its industry at one point, and one that was probably doomed from the start. Who: Eastern Airlines When: 1926 - 1991 What: Begun as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in the 1920s, Eastern grew to become a dominant force in commercial aviation by the 1950s.  Its first CEO was famed World War I Flying Ace Eddie Rickenbacker
MSG just can’t get any dumber

MSG just can’t get any dumber

Sports
I had to read the headline twice to make sure it wasn't a typo, but apparently the NHL is looking to have MSG removed as owner of the New York Rangers.  MSG sued the NHL last September, claiming that when the league took over promotional efforts for the Rangers they violated antitrust laws.  So league commish Gary Bettman went mushroom cloud on MSG in retaliation and wants to kick them out. I didn't see his name listed in the article, but I wouldn't be at all surprised to see that James Dolan is involved in this somehow.   Sorry Knicks fans, I searched Google and I didn't find anything about the NBA trying to duplicate the NHL's efforts.  If anything, Dolan would have more time to focus on the Knicks if he lost the Rangers.  Scary.
Political trivia time

Political trivia time

Funny Stuff
What has less balls than a hockey game? What makes John Denver sound like 50 Cent? What makes deafness seem like a nice alternative to hearing? What makes Watergate look like a minor lapse in judgment? What will have you wishing the Internet was never invented? "Hillary4U&Me", that's what. I can't decide if this video, ostensibly produced to get you to vote for Hillary Clinton, is a sadly misguided attempt to rally hearts and minds to her cause, or a fiendishly clever Barack Obama campaign strategy.