10/6/2011: bb!Saad preparing for practice prior to his very first NHL game (X)
Thanks again to forgottenwounds, who finds the best links. :))
Also, here’s a story about Brandon Saad that most of you might already know (but I don’t care; I like talking about him!):Brandon Saad: A Brief History
It’s cut out of the GIF, but he’s standing next to his locker with the #43 on it, which was Saad’s number back then.
Saad was originally touted as a first round pick, but after an underwhelming half-season just prior to the draft in 2011 (went from scoring 20 goals in the first half to 9 in the second), fell to the second round and was acquired by the Blackhawks at #43. Scouting reports on him claimed that he was lazy and disinterested, questioning his consistency and his work ethic. He had a poor showing at the draft combine - apparently didn’t do too well in the interviews.
It turned out later that he was playing with a groin injury through that latter half of the season, but why even consider that when you can just blame a player’s mental make-up, right?
His agent dumped him right after the draft, but he picked up another one who seems to be working out. He chose 43 as his number with the Hawks, presumably as a constant reminder of falling to #43 in the draft and spur to do better, and went on to do amazingly well at the Blackhawks training camp.
A guy who observed the training camp came back and raved about him on HFBoards, to be mostly shot down:
"Won’t make up for the fact he has 0 hockey sense."
"That a player drops the more heavily he is scouted says something."
"Yes, Saad should have been a top 10 pick, just like Larsson should have gone 1st overall. Sometimes people need to stop getting way too attached to prospects and realize that professional scouts know more than they do. It seems like every year the players who fall in rank are touted as ridiculous steals on this forum."
You can still find the thread here.
The Hawks thought a bit more highly of him, and he started the ‘11 season with the team since Stalberg, Carcillo (and I think someone else?) were out with injuries, but only played for one game (on a line with Tazer and Sharpy!) before being sent back down to the Saginaw Spirit; he didn’t qualify for Rockford since you need to be over 20.
He played extremely well in the OHL, so much so that they nabbed him for the playoffs in ‘12, then put him in for Hossa after, well, you know. :/ Nevertheless, the Hawks made a quick first-round exit, and that was it for Brandon Saad in the NHL until he came back in the ‘12-‘13 season to put himself in the running for the Calder and consolidate himself as a top 6 player on the best team in the league.
So, yes. I started out liking Brandon Saad because he was cute and played pretty well with Tazer and Hoss, and then I actually read up on him; now he’s definitely one of my favorite players in any sport.
Jay Onrait addresses how his famous “BOBROVSKY” first started in his book Anchorboy.
YOURE OFF THE CASE BOBROVSKY.
I am so glad to see that this weird crossover exists and I am even happier that I am clearly not the only person who knows almost all of the weird dialogue cues on SYSK by heart.
Pacific Rim AU where everything is the same except every Tuesday and Thursday, a new episode of the podcast “K-Science You Should Know,” often abbreviated KSYSK, is released.
How many people would a kaiju have to eat daily to sustain itself? What’s the deal with the Pons technology patent controversy? Join Newt and Hermann as they explore the K-Science You Should Know about everything from Kaiju Blue to what’s in the Breach in this podcast from the PPDC.
There’s nothing I love more than “Stuff You Should Know.” Nothing. Call this the most bizarro crossover ever, but no amount of resisting could have stopped me. I think I’ve dreamt up a whole entire AU in my head for this already — like, I can’t even believe how much energy I’ve put into this. I feel like I’m going to be posting more of this AU, so if that does happen, expect references to Ponzi schemes and the handy search bar (and since I said “handy search bar,” you know what that means — listener mail.)
I don’t think Newt has a canon middle name, but I am fan-naming him right now Newton Wayne Geiszler after the beautiful Charles W. “Chuck” Bryant because dude I love how well “Newton W. ‘Newt’ Geiszler’ fits into this AU, I LOVE IT.
THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER AND FUCK YES STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW
I don’t really know what this is, but somehow I like it.
actual cannibal carey price
you’re walking in brossard
there’s no one around and twitter is down
out of the corner of your eye you spot him
he’s following you, about 30 feet back
he gets into his blue pickup truck with the decals and floors it
he’s gaining on you
you’re looking for your car
but you’re all turned around
and you can see there’s biosteel on his face
MY GOD THERE’S BIOSTEEL EVERYWHERE!
running for your life
from carey price
he just got off the ice
it’s carey price
lurking in his ford truck
montreal superstar carey price
living on the south shore
plays professional sports
roping all the bodies
actual goaltender carey price
October 5, 2013 marks a new adventure in life and a new anniversary to celebrate! Special thanks to Reverend Connie for officiating and to our dear friend, Kelly for acting as the photographer/witness. Also special thanks to Geri Cole for making possible this wonderful life I share with Jasika, and shout out to my sister, Emily, for riding rickety bikes with me one night in Brooklyn to find this woman- I found her!
“If you’re a boy writer, it’s a simple rule: you’ve gotta get used to the fact that you suck at writing women and that the worst women writer can write a better man than the best male writer can write a good woman. And it’s just the minimum. Because the thing about the sort of heteronormative masculine privilege, whether it’s in Santo Domingo, or the United States, is you grow up your entire life being told that women aren’t human beings, and that women have no independent subjectivity. And because you grow up with this, it’s this huge surprise when you go to college and realize that, “Oh, women aren’t people who does my shit and fucks me.” And I think that this a huge challenge for boys, because they want to pretend they can write girls. Every time I’m teaching boys to write, I read their women to them, and I’m like, “Yo, you think this is good writing?” These motherfuckers attack each other over cliche lines but they won’t attack each other over these toxic representations of women that they have inherited… their sexist shorthand, they think that is observation. They think that their sexist distortions are insight. And if you’re in a writing program and you say to a guy that their characters are sexist, this guy, it’s like you said they fucking love Hitler. They will fight tooth and nail because they want to preserve this really vicious sexism in the art because that is what they have been taught. And I think the first step is to admit that you, because of your privilege, have a very distorted sense of women’s subjectivity. And without an enormous amount of assistance, you’re not even going to get a D. I think with male writers the most that you can hope for is a D with an occasional C thrown in. Where the average women writer, when she writes men, she gets a B right off the bat, because they spent their whole life being taught that men have a subjectivity. In fact, part of the whole feminism revolution was saying, “Me too, motherfuckers.” So women come with it built in because of the society. It’s the same way when people write about race. If you didn’t grow up being a subaltern person in the United States, you might need help writing about race. Motherfuckers are like ‘I got a black boy friend,’ and their shit sounds like Klan Fiction 101. The most toxic formulas in our cultures are not pass down in political practice, they’re pass down in mundane narratives. It’s our fiction where the toxic virus of sexism, racism, homophobia, where it passes from one generation to the next, and the average artist will kill you before they remove those poisons. And if you want to be a good artist, it means writing, really, about the world. And when you write cliches, whether they are sexist, racist, homophobic, classist, that is a fucking cliche. And motherfuckers will kill you for their cliches about x, but they want their cliches about their race, class, queerness. They want it in there because they feel lost without it. So for me, this has always been the great challenge. As a writer, if you’re really trying to write something new, you must figure out, with the help of a community, how can you shed these fucking received formulas. They are received. You didn’t come up with them. And why we need fellow artists is because they help us stay on track. They tell you, “You know what? You’re a bit of a fucking homophobe.” You can’t write about the world with these simplistic distortions. They are cliches. People know art, always, because they are uncomfortable. Art discomforts. The trangressiveness of art has to deal with confronting people with the real. And sexism is a way to avoid the real, avoiding the reality of women. Homophobia is to avoid the real, the reality of queerness. All these things are the way we hide from encountering the real. But art, art is just about that.”
— Junot Diaz speaking at Word Up Bookshop, 2012 (via clambistro)
Jesus is real, I tell you…
It’s a rough time to be a fan of DC’s comics. The publisher has made so many problematic moves in the past couple of years that the brand is now as strongly associated with disgruntled talent and unhappy readers as it is with iconic characters like Superman and Batman.
In the wake of the inauspicious departure of the Batwoman creative team of J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman, I intended to write something about DC’s editorial troubles. I got as far into the opening paragraph as noting, “I have to write quickly because there’ll be another fiasco along any minute,” before another fiasco came along - the Harley Quinn try-out controversy.
At this stage, talking about any individual incident at DC as a blip seems too narrow. A good week is now a blip for DC. The company has profound problems, and the question we have to ask is, can it be fixed?
Nice to see the compiled list of reasons why I loathe the New 52 with a passion.