When the Virtue Signal Brigade Goes Marching In

 

The Virtue Signal Brigade may not have stormed the beaches at Normandy or cleared the streets of Fallujah, Iraq, but it is comprised of men and woman who willingly lay down their social media lives for a foot on a soapbox. Continue reading “When the Virtue Signal Brigade Goes Marching In”

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After the Music Stops, Who Saves the Musician?

 

If there’s one thing that hard rock, grunge, nu metal—whatever you might categorize it—does well, it’s drawing up every thorn, every slash of angst that digs into everyone at some point in their existence.

While some drown the pain or attempt to irgnore it, rock musicians drag the drowning skeletons from the deep, holding them up for all to see. And that’s always been rock’s calling card: a catharsis rather than a cover-up of all the brokenness. Continue reading “After the Music Stops, Who Saves the Musician?”

Good Guy, Good Goaltender: Goodbye, Marc-Andre Fleury

 

We won’t forget you, Flower.

None of us will forget you flicking your glove like a switchblade during Game 7 of the 2009 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, robbing Alexander Ovechkin on a breakaway. And how could any of us lose sight of you plowing across the crease, deflecting Nicklas Lidstrom’s snap shot in the waning moments of Game 7 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Final. Continue reading “Good Guy, Good Goaltender: Goodbye, Marc-Andre Fleury”

It Is Finished: Pens Grab Back-to-Back Titles

For the length and breadth of this Stanley Cup Final, the national media fawned over Nashville’s arena atmosphere, heaping upon it the same aura they do when talking about Jonathan Toews’ leadership.

But Smashville suffered a Steel City Invasion, the kind of invasion that hushed the whole of Bridgestone Arena’s collective vocal cords. Continue reading “It Is Finished: Pens Grab Back-to-Back Titles”

Is Jake Guentzel a Conn Smythe Contender?

 

Jake Guentzel served as Phil Kessel’s stick boy when Kessel attended the University of Minnesota. Guentzel’s father was an assistant coach for the Golden Gophers at the time, and the pre-teen Guentzel inevitably hung around the rink. Thus, during games, Guentzel was responsible for getting Kessel a new stick during games when one snapped. Continue reading “Is Jake Guentzel a Conn Smythe Contender?”

Watching Game 7 from a Hospital Bed

 

A hospital attendant rolled me down the hallway into a spacious physical therapy room. Fresh off of spinal fusion surgery, I waited my turn for a physical therapist to work with me on the simple things: getting out of a chair, walking, and climbing stairs. After such a surgery, which includes cutting through muscle, bone grafts, and rods, every patient requires daily PT post-operation. Continue reading “Watching Game 7 from a Hospital Bed”