Now 20 games into the season, this Carolina Hurricanes team is the most wonderfully frustrating edition of the Canes I can remember. Start the season on a horrible losing streak and visions of McEichel appear. Then they go and kick ass for 6 straight games and it’s early enough to wonder if that’s sustainable? Or, they could bottle up all the good and the bad of the previous 19 games, cook it down into one 60 minute contest and leave Canes fans with their mouths agape, breathing like Tyler Hansbrough.
Terrapin is one of my favorite breweries (not necessarily top 3 or anything) and their Wake-N-Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout has been probably my favorite coffee beer the past few years. They also make a chocolate milk stout called Moo Hoo, which is usually pretty good (and really good mixed 50/50 with WNB). So when I saw this Moo Hoo-Chiato which is described as a “chocolate espresso milk stout” I had to bolt to the shop to pick one up to enjoy on this week’s podcast. Why one? Simple, that was the limit set by the local bottle shop.
Us, ramble…never! In this weeks episode, we welcome VP of Communications for your AHL Charlotte Checkers Paul Branecky to tell us about the Checkers struggles on the ice, and the promising play of some future Canes. Doc Driftwood stops by to regale us with a great story of the Dominator and provide a McEichel update, and we talk about the week that was and the litmus test road trip ahead. Thanks for listening, and as always, this episode of Cheaters Never Win is brought to you by our friends at Taxi Taxi Raleigh.
Last night’s game in Dallas ran the gamut of emotions and scenarios that hockey has to offer: there was early frustration, elation that bordered on befuddlement in the middle, with urgency and relief at the end. Simply a fun 60 minutes of hockey from a group of guys who played with a lot of visible G.A.S. (Give A Shit) last night.
YOUR Carolina Hurricanes kick off their second 5-game road trip of the season tonight against the Dallas Stars. Currently the Canes are last in the division, and only ahead of Buffalo in the NHL standings. For the optimists, Carolina is only 5 points out of third place – and a playoff spot- in the Metro. With non-eastern time zone games against a struggling Dallas club, a Kings squad that just added McBain (LOL), and an Avalanche team that is as predictable as Patrick Roy’s emotions, the Canes will bookend Thanksgiving with matchups against the surprisingly decent Panthers, and the absurdly good Penguins.
Coming home to play San Jose off the heels of a pretty good effort (or so I heard) in Boston, the Canes were looking to turn around their recent 2 game losing streak. With the Sharks playing a goalie making his NHL debut, one would think the home team stands a pretty good chance to win. However, that would be forgetting our proud franchise history of turning backup goalies into Dominik Hasek for a day.
Who knew that changing one preposition could turn Wyclef Jean into Alex Semin? Whenever Alex Semin’s name is brought up, almost regardless of circumstance, the conversation invariably becomes hockey’s version of CNN Crossfire.
One broadcaster says something negative about Semin, and it’s dismissed as “well, that guy doesn’t know what he’s talking about”. Another guy behind a mic says Sasha is a coach killer and the response is “man, that guy is so biased!” Local media mentions a poor shift from Alex and it’s “the team is telling them to say that so they can bury him.” A former player says Alex has all the talent in the world, but “just doesn’t care” and again, fans find a reason to knock Semin’s former teammate. Jeff O’Neill says Semin misses time every November, and fans respond by questioning O’Neill’s own work history in the league.
Much of the criticism around Semin comes in the form of broad statements about intangibles like “effort, hustle, give a shit” etc… However, O’Neill’s comment about missing time in November was something concrete at its core. Since I’ve also heard this comment echoed by others, I figured I’d look into that a little bit more to see if there’s validity to that claim. Continue reading I’ll Be Gone In November