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CB Gets Athletic

I usually do takes on music/film that have moved me. I ventured into the written word once because I do enjoy a good read. So CB does have varied interests.

One of those interests is sports. A few of you folks have inspired me to get off the fence. I’ve been sitting on it for a while with this take. Max and Hans with the baseball, 1537 with the rugger, Keeps Me Alive with hockey. Tommy with just about everything. When I comment on other takes I try to stick with the subject at hand (Usually music) but have wandered into sports a few times but really haven’t gone whole hog. Well now I am.

Like music I think sports brings folks together (in a good way in most instances). CB doesn’t have a team he follows or one sport he goes crazy about but I do like just about all competition whether solo or team. I have been entertained and inspired by so many different sporting events and different athletes. I’m not just talking professional. I’m also talking about participating as a kid and seeing others around me who left a mark.

It would be hard to pick one but to get things started I’m going to grab one quick and not think about it too hard. Growing up in Canada, hockey is ingrained in our culture. So I will use that as my jumping off point.

As a kid I had a lot of hockey heroes (and other sport heroes). The picture above is a hockey player named Bobby Clarke. He came from a mining town in Northern Canada. Not a place where there’s a lot of opportunity. Playing hockey from a young age he excelled. Not the most gifted athlete he made his mark with a competitive ferociousness. He made it to the NHL (Best pro league in the world) against a lot of odds. He played for the Philadelphia Flyers helping them win a few championships. Also representing his country in international competition. He has a impressive resume. but what impressed me most was his absolute single minded drive (Maybe working in the mines was a motivator). He would not be denied, sometimes resorting to less that clean play. He was the captain of one of the most physical teams that ever played. ‘The Broadstreet Bullies’. A baby faced kid from Northern Canada with his two front teeth missing. One other thing. He was never supposed to make it for various reasons one being his Type 1 Diabetes. Inspiring no matter which way you cut it.

These are the kind of stories I love. My request from you folks is any related sports story that you would like to comment on. Your own accomplishments or lack of (CB has lots of those), inspiring, events you attended. Sharing a special moment. Athletes that have inspired you. Any sport, the field is open, from football to rock climbing and everything in between. Pro Wresting included. No one is turned away. I’d love to hear your stories. You don’t have to limit it to one. Could be a list. Let me have it so I can get this itch scratched. It’s been too long. I’m looking forward to whatever this inspires in you music hounds. I’m liking the prospects.

Nothing like a good knife fight or a day at school with Muhammad Ali.

64 comments on “CB Gets Athletic

  1. Aphoristical
    May 2, 2021

    Here are some from NZ, courtesy of Wikipedia:

    “[Wayne] Shelford made his Test debut for the All Blacks later that year against France in a 19–7 victory in Toulouse, and then was a notable victim of the infamous “Battle of Nantes” in the second Test. Roughly 20 minutes into the match, he was caught at the bottom of a rather aggressive ruck, and an errant French boot found its way into Shelford’s groin, somehow ripping his scrotum and leaving one testicle hanging free. He also lost four teeth in the process. Incredibly, after discovering the injury to his scrotum, he calmly asked the physio to stitch up the tear and returned to the field before a blow to his head left him concussed. He was substituted and watched the remainder of the game from the grandstand where he witnessed the All Blacks lose 16–3.”

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 2, 2021

      Man I have heard some stories of people playing through pain but that is crazy. I guess Wayne struck off “Toulouse” for a return visit. That’s a keeper of a sports story. I like watching the World Cup rugby. NZ is always entertaining as a side (understatement). Thanks Aph I will be feeling that tale for the rest of the day.

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      • Aphoristical
        May 2, 2021

        Or listen to the Doobie Brothers album Toulouse Street?

        The All Blacks have been a little underwhelming for the last couple of years – not quite enough depth in some key positions. Our cricket team is exciting at the moment – in a couple of months they are going to play India in the final of the first ever World Test Championship.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 3, 2021

        Doobies might be soothing. Im still thinking about that one.
        Last time the All Blacks won the world cup was pretty impressive. The Rugy WC and Soccer WC are my two fave tournaments to watch. A lot has to do with the no commercial breaks in the broadcasts. Straight play. N American sports is getting unwatchable for me because of the adds.
        I can honestly say that cricket is one sport I have never watched in full. Heard about certain players in my travels. Thanks for kicking in on this Aph. What I was hoping for.

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      • Aphoristical
        May 3, 2021

        One interesting thing about rugby is that it only went professional after the 1995 rugby world cup. If you watch older footage the players look small and slow in comparison.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 3, 2021

        Most pro sports the players are bigger and faster now.

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      • Array
        May 4, 2021

        Especially pronounced with rugby though – they can spend all day in the gym, whereas before they had to hold down a job.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 4, 2021

        Yes. That changes things big time. Now it’s the job with lots of competition and expectations. Im already looking forward to the next World Cup. I catch the English pro league when I get the chance. Like I say, no adds so it keeps my attention.

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  2. 1dancequeendq
    May 2, 2021

    Sport. Hmmm. As a young Black girl growing up in a predominantly white area in London, UK, liking and taking part in sporting activities was for me hell on earth. I was/am hopeless at sport. As a Black girl I was supposed to be good at ANY sport the PE teacher presented to us. Now, my sister was good at any sporting activity she was asked to be involved in. My PE teacher once exclaimed in exasperation when I kept dodging the hockey ball, instead of trying to hit it “You’re a black girl, why can’t you hit the ball. Why aren’t you like your sister”. I didn’t attend PE classes for two years, after that incident. Instead I hid in the toilets or the school library reading whilst dodging the search parties that were occasionally sent out to look for me. It wasn’t until I left school that I discovered I could dance. I joined a Contemporary Dance club. My teacher was patient, kind and caring. Sadly, she died in a car crash just two years after I joined the group. The group gave me the confidence to dance in the middle of the dancefloor, where I interpreted the dance music using my body as opposed to simply performing the standard dance moves we were supposed to do to certain songs or music genres. So, who inspired me in the world of sport? Muhammad Ali for his skill but also his socio-political speeches, his stances and of course his good looks.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 2, 2021

      Queen. Now that is a fantastic “sports story”. Like a screenplay. Images popping up all over for me. Being a “Black girl” and following your sister kinda put the pressure on you. I seen that played out a few times growing up. On the opposite side of the coin I have seen good PE teachers, coaches include the less athletic kids. A little heathier attitude.
      You found the dance floor (fuck the sports) and the right teacher. Dancing is akin to sports in my book. An athletic activity with standard movements with a lot of free style and improv thrown in. I really dig couples dancing, from just two people getting up and shaking it to the pros.
      Ali was a special human being who happened to be a special athlete. His boxing got him out of his environment and introduced him to the world. Just saying his name inspires so many emotions. Just makes me feel good. Thanks Queen that was really good reading. I mean that.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 2, 2021

      PS I changed my mind at the last minute on the Duke take. Next week.

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  3. hanspostcard
    May 2, 2021

    Bobby Clarke- he was the classic example and one of the first I can remember as a young fan thinking this way of– you hated him if he was on the opponents team- but would have loved him if he was on your team. A team of Bobby Clarke’s would never lose!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 2, 2021

      I had a feeling Bob would get that response from you. The hated Flyers with that Clarke guy leading that group. I always hoped it would have worked out for Sittler to win a cup when he went there. You have lots of Buds lore in the vault. Tons of great hockey stories.

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      • hanspostcard
        May 2, 2021

        Those Flyer teams in the mid 70’s were entertaining that is for sure- as a kid I was actually a Bruins fan for some strange reason- WBZ was right by KDKA on the radio dial and one night listening to the radio I stumbled upon a Bruin game [early 1970’s] and became a Bruin fan though out the 70’s- Orr and Esposito! Of course the Flyers broke my heart beating the Bruins in 1974..

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 2, 2021

        My brother was a die hard Bruins guy and I was a Philly guy. My team won like you said and I took a beating for the team. It was deserved. I was a poor loser but a worse winner.
        Hockey (ball) on the radio was so cool. Those announcers were pros.

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      • hanspostcard
        May 2, 2021

        Bob Wilson did the Bruins games- I even wrote him and he sent me back a letter and autograph photo…. Pittsburgh has been blessed with Mike Lange as an announcer over the years- hockey does have some great ones.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 2, 2021

        That’s a great “sports story” on it’s own. The announcers/play by play folks. Man were they good. My son Big Earl is a MLB guy and he says most of the play teams are really good.
        The Van Canucks never had great teams but Jim Robson was one of the best callers in the business. From what i have heard a great guy to go with it.
        There’s a film doc waiting Hans.

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      • hanspostcard
        May 2, 2021

        The title is escaping me but there was a big fat book which I read maybe 30 years ago on the old classic baseball play by play guys. A wonderful book. Going to have to dig it out.

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      • hanspostcard
        May 2, 2021

        looked it up- Voices Of The Game- Curt Smith… 1992

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 2, 2021

        Thanks Hans. I will see if I can hunt it down. This is what I mean about sports. We’re talking announcers. Very cool.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 2, 2021

      Apologies Hans. I always get you and Keeps Me Alive mixed up because of the same icon that shows up on my page. Being an American and more of a ball guy (I think) it’s pretty cool that you would know Clarke’s rep.
      (I put that pic of Bench in because he was a favorite player)

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      • hanspostcard
        May 2, 2021

        Being a Pirates fan I hated those Reds- but they were a great team and liked Bench and Morgan on those teams.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 2, 2021

        Because we got the Expos broadcasts ( i think I told you) I got to see a lot of the Pirates and Reds (and the rest of that division). Both great teams with so many good players. Is Morgan still working on the commentating anywhere?

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      • hanspostcard
        May 2, 2021

        Little Joe died last fall.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 2, 2021

        Sorry to hear that. Im out of touch.

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  4. Yeah, Another Blogger
    May 2, 2021

    The New York Mets entered the major leagues as an expansion team in 1962. Their roster consisted of cast-offs from other teams. The Mets were terrible that year. Won hardly any games. Amazingly, only seven years later they won the World Series. It was a fantastic turnaround.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 2, 2021

      When I was a kid in school we had this thing where we could order books to buy. One of the first I purchased was ‘The Amazing Mets’. A few years later I went on a soccer trip to California. We played in Fresno and my billet family informed me that Tom Seaver was born there. CB was already gathering important information.. Asked in class where our current Prime Minister was born i would say “Fresno”. Thanks Neil.

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  5. Jim S.
    May 2, 2021

    I hope CB says to ME, “Really don’t mind if you sit this one out.”

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  6. Phil Strawn
    May 2, 2021

    Good read CB.

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  7. Got to say I love football ⚽️ and I follow our league, La Liga (Spain), the EPL (England), and Serie A (Italy), but my favourite football team of all time is Barcelona FC…you watch Messi’s goals mate, they’re works of art! Good post CB!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 3, 2021

      Im with you on the football. I was just yelling Aphoristic that the World Cups of Football and Rugby are the two sporting events I look forward to the most. Spain always has an entertaining strong squad. Messi? Yes. My favorite player to watch the last few years. Zidane before him. Both have vision and talent beyond imagination. Thanks for dropping in to comment.

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  8. Given sports is one of your passions and you obviously like writing, I think it’s great you’re broadening the scope of your blog.

    I’m afraid I’m largely not into sports – today perhaps even less so than I used to be when I was growing up back in Germany where for at least a few years I would follow the professional soccer league (Bundesliga). For some time, I also paid some attention to tennis, largely thanks to Boris Becker and Steffi Graf.

    Nowadays, I still occasionally watch international competitions like soccer world championship and the Winter Olympics. I’ve also watched the Super Bowl on some past occasions, though it was mostly for the ads or if they had a decent halftime show.

    That all said, I like inspirational stories and look forward to more sports posts from you!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 3, 2021

      I think this is a one time thing Christian. I was just shaking things up a bit. German football is some of the best and they have produced so many players that I have enjoyed over the years,
      WC soccer and Rugby are two events I dont miss. Super Bowl I watch bit all the adds really distract from the flow. Hard to watch the NFL games because of it. For me. Thanks for chiming in.

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  9. badfinger20 (Max)
    May 3, 2021

    Great post CB…I’m so sorry about the long winded answer.

    CB…when I was a kid there were two things I shot for… 1: to be in a successful band…or a band in general 2: to be the 3rd baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Well I failed on my second goal. I played 8 years including high school. My best/worst moment was when I pitched a one hitter. I threw batting practice the day before and my arm was sore so it was a struggle. I allowed one hit in the 4th inning…a single. The next batter hit a fly ball to Greg Cundiff…I’ll never forget the ball or him…it was a lazy fly ball and the ball went into his glove and then back out. He tried to pick up the ball and failed and picked it up again…the runner scored…poor Greg…I felt bad for him.

    The other pitcher pitched a no hitter and we lost 1-0.

    I wasn’t at this ballgame…but the 1988 World Series… I was on my ex-girlfriends couch watching my beloved Dodgers and they were heavy underdogs…losing by one run in the 9th with one man on…Kirk Gibson came to the plate and both of his legs were injured…he couldn’t push off of either one of them…I just wanted a single…he swung with just his arms as leverage and hit a game winning 2 run homerun…just like a B movie. I was astounded and the Dodgers went on to win that World Series. The last one they won until last year. I went between 1981-1988 without following the Dodgers or MLB that I loved because of girls, girls, and did I mention girls? Well also music played it’s part.

    I became a Dodger fan in Tennessee and started to follow them when I was 10 in 77. My dad liked underdogs and all of his brothers were Yankee (boo) fans in the 1950s…and he liked Jackie Robinson and the Dodgers who seemed to always lose against them in the World Series.

    I quit baseball in my senior year because the fun had gone out of playing it and my guitar kept calling me…

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 3, 2021

      Dont apologize for that Max. That was the kind of take I was looking for. A few things in that take. Love the pitching story. Those memories are part of our deal. I could feel your sore arm. Greg probably made that catch 9 out of ten times.
      I remember the Gibson homerun. When he was with the Tigers they were calling him the “next Mickey Mantle”. “Girls” are the downfall of many a great athlete.
      I was telling Hans that i follow the Jays a bit because they’re the team that gets the most coverage up here. The broadcasts are so good because of Buck. Pat and Dan. I could listen to those guys all day.
      Thanks for jumping in. Enjoyed that. Time to get back to the tunes.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        May 3, 2021

        Thanks CB…I couldn’t condense them anymore…Yes Greg usually made that catch.
        Yes injuries derailed Gibson bad…he would have had a Hall of Fame career without those.
        I follow two Canadians Dave and Deke…Dave follows the Jays and him and I talk baseball a lot. It’s nice because in the south…it’s all about football here. Nothing wrong with football but these people eat, drink, and sleep the game.

        Baseball announcers…I love those guys…Harry Carey, Bob Uecker, and my favorite Vin Scully…but the list goes on.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 3, 2021

        I love ball but like I said in my take I dont follow any one team religiously. I keep an eye on the Jays (good bats this year). But I do get into it with the pennant races and league championships and World Series. Great stuff. So you were a happy man with the dodgers taking it last year?
        Football is too many breaks in the action and to much bullshit in between. The flow gets lost. But I do tune into a few good games.
        Crazy how good those announcers are. They help make the experience on TV. But nothing like being at the park. I have a nephew playing at Galveston Collège.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        May 3, 2021

        Yea football…i hate seeing those older players lose their mind also because of all of those hits…and yes that instant replay really slows the game down.
        Oh that is cool that you have nephew playing at a college level. I’ll just stop by a Little League, High School, Vandy, or minor league game to watch them play.

        I was so damn happy they finally won it after 32 years.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 3, 2021

        Concussions are a killer.
        The nephew is heading to the ‘Southern Arkansas Muleriders’ next year. Step up for him. Getting an education out of the deal
        Dodgers should be there again this year. Hard to repeat.

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  10. J.
    May 3, 2021

    I’ve never really been into sports. Used to kick the ball about a bit when I was younger. According to uncles and such, my old man was a bit of a player in his day. The story goes he was scouted a few times by some good clubs, but had his leg snapped in a game and that was it. Never happened for him. Has a pin in his knee, which causes him grief every now and again. I remember playing kick about with the family a few times when I was a kid and he would hop in for a bit when the uncles would shout for him to join in. He would get the ball, ghost past them, score, put his hand up, then say that was him. He would hold his knee for a bit afterwards. I don’t know how good he was, but in those moments, he was, to me, the best player in the world. His skills never rubbed off on me. Hence why I played in defence.

    My favourite player of all time is Roy Keane. He had that competitive ferociousness you mentioned. Didn’t fuck about. Proper winner. Taking part certainly wasn’t enough.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 3, 2021

      Good stuff J. Thanks for sharing that memory of your dad. True sports story. One legged and he still does it. “Ghost past them”. Im stealing that line.
      Only saw bits and pieces of Keane but heard lots of him, especially his competitiveness, They show more football here now but at one time we could only get the World Cup. A lot of my buddies are Italian so they would go nuts.

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      • J.
        May 3, 2021

        I should have added that while not a sports guy, I enjoy football. I’m more of a casual football fan these days. There are teams I like to see win, I’ll watch the odd game, etc. but I don’t spend money or a great deal of time on it. Haven’t done for a long time. World Cup is maybe the exception… I do try to catch as much of those as possible. But I guess that’s different. Those kind of competitions are still somewhat exciting.

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  11. keepsmealive
    May 3, 2021

    As a kid, in the 80s, the Oilers were my team. Easy to cheer for them, with all those Cups. Gretzky, of course, was king, and Messier was right there with him. Still my top two favourites in my time watching hockey. My Dad took me to Maple Leaf Gardens to watch those Cup-winning Oilers play the Leafs, and we had lower bowl seats (couldn’t afford it now) and we went over to the ramp where the players were leaving the ice. All those guuys were right there, I could have reached out and grabbed ’em by the jersey… Gretzky, Messier, Kurri, Coffey, Anderson, Fuhr, the whole gang. To me, as a kid, they were giants.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 3, 2021

      That was a team all right. Loaded. A firend in NY (helped inspire this take) asked me who I thought was the best hockey team ever. My faves were the “Broadstreet Bullies” then the Islanders with Potvin, Trottier, Bossy. But to his question I said the Habs when they were winning all those cups with Dryden and that great D and Lafleur and the boys up front. I didnt like them at the time but came to appreciate them over time. I had the same experience with you Oilers.
      Great memories of attending the Leafs games with your Dad. Man does that make sports special. Good stuff Books.

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      • keepsmealive
        May 3, 2021

        So many great teams over the years. How about Gordie Howe’s Red Wings? Juggernaut. Or the Bruins with Orr? Yeesh. There’s a part of me that kind of misses when there were fewer teams. As much I love the 32nd team coming in next year, don’t get me wrong. I just get nostalgic sometimes…

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 3, 2021

        Howe was my all time favorite player. I dont pay as much attention as I used to but I faithfully show up in the playoffs. It’s so good!

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      • keepsmealive
        May 3, 2021

        Hard to fault Howe as a fave. I mean, c’mon! Even Gretzky idolized the guy and still does today. Mr. Hockey indeed!

        This year I’ve been watching highlights of all the games on YT, but I’ve mostly cared most about the North division. I’ve REALLY enjoyed having it set up this way, all the rivalries in each division makes it feel more like original 6 in each othe four divisions!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 3, 2021

        Ill give you my reason why I like this set up(plus your reasons). Shorter schedule makes all the games important. Ive watched teams go into 10 game plus skids over the years and they still slide into the playoffs. The shorter sched makes it more interesting for the players and fans. The owners dont like it. The Canucks and Sens were out weeks ago and they new it. The race has been for that final spot with Calgary hanging by a thread and the Habs stumbling along. Playoffs come and things will be very interesting. Your Buds have some good pieces in place but it will be interesting to say the least.

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      • keepsmealive
        May 3, 2021

        All of those reason, yes. Any team that wins a Cup in this crazy year will be a legit winner, that’s for sure. Man I hope it’s Montreal not Calgary.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 3, 2021

        I agree on the “legit” winner. I think the Habs are in
        (Club, Peanut butter, BLT, Grilled cheese, Ruben …)

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      • keepsmealive
        May 4, 2021

        After tonight’s OT loss for Taranna, discount nothing.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 4, 2021

        You are a Buds guy but you’re realistic.

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      • keepsmealive
        May 4, 2021

        Long history leads to acceptance and realism. But hope remains!

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  12. keepsmealive
    May 3, 2021

    Also, glad to see you branching out! Super-cool post.

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