Opening Night

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Just look at them Dodgers! Best team that money can buy!
(Strange saying that about a team besides the Yankees).

Yay baseball! It’s Opening Night (again. Thanks Australia for ruining everything)! Dodgers (again) visit the Padres on ESPN proper at 600pm MT (now).

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Bundle up. It may drop into the low 60’s tonight in San Diego.
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A long season begins with Opening Day.

Real Opening Day starts tomorrow. Lots of games. Some of them during the day. Baseball is here. Huzzah!

Sweet Sixteen! (NCAA Hockey Edition)

The road to the Frozen Four begins Friday around College Hockeyland, and the ESPN family of stations (yes, it’s is the ESPNs and they are showing hockey).

Air Force battles back to tie Denver University 3-3.
DU captain Josiah Didier in a 3-3 tie against Air Force on November 22, 2013

Friday, March 28
Noon MT – Union v Vermont (East Semi #1) – ESPNU
230pm MT – Ferris State v Colgate (Midwest Semi #1) – ESPN3
330pm MT – Providence v Quinnipiac (East Semi #2) – ESPNU
600pm MT – North Dakota v Wisconsin (Midwest Semi #2) – ESPNU

Saturday, March 29
100pm MT – Union v Providence East Final – ESPN2
200pm MT – Denver v Boston College (Northeast Semi #1) – ESPNU
330pm MT – Minnesota v Robert Morris (West Semi #1) – ESPN2
430pm MT – Ferris St. v North Dakota Midwest Final – ESPNU
530pm MT – UMass Lowell v Minn St. Mankato (Northeast Semi #2) – ESPN3
700pm MT – St. Cloud St. v Notre Dame (West Semi #2)- ESPNU

Sunday, March 30
300pm MT – Boston College v UMass Lowell Northeast Final – ESPNU
530pm MT – Minnesota v St. Cloud St. West Regional Final – ESPNU

Thursday, April 10
300pm MT – Union v Boston College (Semi #1) – ESPN2
630pm MT – North Dakota v Minnesota (Semi #2) -ESPN2

Saturday, April 12
530pm MT – Championship – ESPN proper

Air Force Slogs Past Robert Morris 2-0
Robert Morris losing 2-0 to Air Force on January 25, 2013

Here’s your bracket. Fill it out and you’ll also not win a billion dollars.

Watch and enjoy. It’s a Great Day for Hockey!

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Goat Simulator

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Goat Simulator. Yup. Pretty cool. From your friends at Coffee Stain Studios. Started out as a joke, the interwebs fell in love, and the rest is history.

Here’s the trailer:

Most of the time when you see goats on TV they just ate some dynamite and some sort of wackiness is about to ensue. Well, with this game you are the goat! You are the wackiness!

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Hey! Look at me! I’m a goat!

The best I can tell in the game you wander around as a goat and get points for messing sh*t up. You know? Like a goat would do, except for that points stuff.

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Goat’s smashing that hipster! I’ve got to get this game!

It’s just $9.99! You can pre-order here at http://goat-simulator.com/

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I don’t even play video games and I’m buying this.

And now, a couple of pictures of actual goats:

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Yup. That’s a goat.
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Another goat.

From Hell’s Heart I Stab At Thee

What did you do yesterday? Work? Something fun? Fuel your nightmares for years to come? I did the latter.

For the past couple of years these rodents have haunted me at Security Service Field at Mile High…

Ciggy Butts, Fat Rat 1, Fat Rat 2 & Fat Rat 3.

…Just the three on the right (Ciggy Butts on the left was a anti-smoking mascot that the kids all loved to get their photo taken with. So I guess that would be a fail when you’re trying to get kids to avoid smoking and stuff. Maybe if they made him stink like an ashtray the kids would have kept their distance and taunted him like a proper mascot).

These “Hamstars” are part of a Kia ad campaign where hip hop rats tear-ass around town in their brand new Kia. You know, stuff that dreams are made of and makes you want to race out of your home and buy a new car.

I am the happiest man in the world.
As you can see, I am the happiest man in the world.

So Monday I get the call to come out and shoot the “new and improved” Hamstars for this season’s Sky Sox hamster/rat promotions. I get there, and oh my God! They have lost weight. They have lost a whole lot of weight and gotten a whole bunch more creepy. BEHOLD! YOUR 2014 HAMSTARS!

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Just like James Bond, but with rats heads.
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Green screen. HamStars. Get busy interwebs!
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The pompadour is a nice touch.
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The Kia people were awesome! The ladies in the HamStar heads were great!
The heads themself? Um…

So, when you come out to see the Sky Sox this year be warned. These things exist and you will probably see them at some point. Maybe on Eat Your Own Young Night or Richard Gere Night. See you there! Bring the kids!

He Can Dance If He Wants To

Andrew Loewen in a non-dancing moment.

SPHL (low minor leagues) Columbus Cottonmouths’ goaltender Andrew Loewen busts out “The Wobble” in the tunnel before his team came out for the 3rd period. Dude puts the rest of the troop to shame. Goalies rock!

This game Loewen was backing up Canadian Women’s Olympic Gold Medal goalie Shannon Szabodos so Andrew had a bit of time on his hands. Time that he used to DANCE! DANCE!! DANCE!!!

Szabodos and the Cottonmouths lost to the Knoxville Ice Bears 4-3, but are there really any losers when stuff like this ends up on YouTube? PengoSports sez, “NO!” So good on you Andrew Loewen!

Loewen is 20-15-1 with a 2.73 GAA and a .913 save percentage this year. So when he’s not dancing, or backing up Olympians, he’s putting up good numbers for the playoff bound Cottonmouths.

Wow! Just Wow!

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Radko Gudas and Ben Bishop after Ales Hemsky’s goal.
Photo by Stanley Kubrick

Ales Hemsky from the Ottawa Senators undressed the Lightning’s d-man Radko Gudas and goalie Ben Bishop to score one of the goals of the year.

Tampa went on to win the game 5-4, but Hemsky won the night.

Hockey Rules!

There is cool. And then there is cool. This is the latter.

Damn. I think I got some dust in my eyes.

Good on you Sam Tageson. And good on the San Jose Sharks. This was an awesome thing to do.

Here’s some more on Sam’s day:

Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinals

Air Force holds off Niagara 2-1 to take a 1-0 series lead
Air Force defeats Niagara 2-1 in game one of their quarterfinal series at the Cadet Ice Arena.

The Air Force hockey team is a win away from another trip to next weekend’s Atlantic Hockey Championships in Rochester, NY on the heels of last night’s hard fought 2-1 quarterfinal win over Niagara at the Cadet Ice Arena.

Air Force holds off Niagara 2-1 to take a 1-0 series lead
Cole Gunner opens the Falcons’ scoring at 6:28 of the 2nd period off a pass from Alex Demers.
Air Force holds off Niagara 2-1 to take a 1-0 series lead
Max Hartner one-times the game winner off a pass by George Michalke III
beating Niagara’s goaltender Jackson Teichroeb at 9:43 of the 2nd.

Tickets are still available for game 2 tonight (and Sunday’s game 3 if necessary). Come support the Falcons and their drive to get back to the NCAA tournament.