Saturday, February 15, 2014

The 25 Best Music Videos of 2013

25. "Perfect Night" by Sarah Silverman feat.

24. "Afterlife" by Arcade Fire

23. "Underbite" by Protest The Hero

22. “Instant Crush"by Daft Punk ft. Julian Casablancas

21.“Dead Man's Blues” by Matt Woods 

20. “While I'm Alive”by STRFKR

19."All Of Me" by John Legend

18. "Need U (100%)" by Duke Dumont feat. A*M*E

17. “Hit Me”by Suede

16.“Run For Cover” by Cazzette

15. "Space Oddity" by Chris Hadfield

14.“Holding On for Life” by Broken Bells

13. "In The City" by Caveman

12."Swim & Sleep (Like A Shark)" by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

11. "Modern Jesus"by Portugal The Ma

10. “Waiting All Night”by Rudimental feat. Ella Eyre

9.  "Always" by Killswitch Engage

8. "Street Violence" by Digits

7. "Chambers" by Biggles Flys Again

6. "Like A Rolling Stone" by Bob Dylan
 View the video here

5. “You Can't Be My Girl” by Darwin Deez

4.“Papaoutai” by Stromae
Click here for a translation of the lyrics

3.  “Sacrilege”by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

2. “Coll├Ęge Boy” by Indochine 

1. “So It Goes” by Hollerado

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Ten Observations On The Habs' 2013-2014 Season - 8 Games In

With 10% of the season now behind us, here are a few statistical (and not so statistical) tidbits to nibble on.

1. Finishing Strong

Nearly half of the Habs’ goals so far have been scored in the third period (12 out 26).

2. In Honour of Buster Bluth.
In 48 games last season, the Canadiens had zero short-handed goals. They already have three after only 8 games this season. 

This was awesome. 

4. A Little Too Generous
Andrei Markov has 10 giveaways on the season - the most for any player on the team. He is followed by P.K. Subban with 4. 

5. With only a bit more than 4 minutes of ice time...
The Montreal skater with the most penalty minutes (20):  George Parros. 

6. Just One More...Damn It.
The Habs have yet to lose a game by more than a one goal margin. 

7. It's hardly worth mentioning but...
After 8 games played, P.K. Subban  is on pace for 103 points on the season. 

8. Until you realize that...
David Deharnais is on pace for 10. 

9.  Everything That Moves
Lars Eller leads the team with 15 hits on the season. 

10. I am quite amused by the fact that...
Barry Trotz is very badger-like.

Friday, May 03, 2013

Fixing The Shutters On A Crack House

Given the superficial rule changes that have accomplished nothing in the last few years, I truly believe that it will take decades before the NHL takes player safety seriously and it’s the fans not league officials who are standing in the way.
No one wants to see this happen.
Following each reckless hit everyone asks, ‘Was it a legal hit?’ and they neglect the more significant question, ‘Should it be a legal hit? In my mind, incidental contact to the head and legal hits should be two mutually exclusive events. If an incidental stick to the face is a penalty then so should contact to the head, but bafflingly most fans don’t see it that way.
Every NHL hockey fan has had a player on their team suffer serious head trauma.
I’m always sadly astounded by the degree to which hockey fans value tradition over safety (arguing what a rule means and not what it ought to mean).  And yet, objectively speaking, I think that all but the most irresponsible fans can agree that we don’t want to see hits to the head in the NHL.
Are you not entertained?
The rule changes that most fans find acceptable are revelatory and expose the main reason why progress will be impossible. Head shots – yes. Blindside hits – yes. Vulnerable positions – yes. Fighting – NEVER!

The hypocrisy of wanting to reduce head injuries and then defending two men voluntarily punching each other in the head is obvious. There’s a major case of cognitive dissonance going on here.
Nope. Nothing wrong with this picture.
Fighting in any other professional sport is considered to be a demonstration of poor discipline and sportsmanship. In the NHL, it’s used as a strategy for triggering momentum shifts during games by players possessing mediocre hockey skills at best.

Classless Assholes
To anyone who genuinely wants to see fewer injuries, you need to accept the following - if you want the bad things to change you need to accept that the things you perceive to be good will need to change as well.

"I love the game of hockey more than anything and this decision tears me up inside…But we are talking about my brain."
-Blake Geoffrion (Fourth generation NHLer on his retirement from hockey at age 25 due to brain injuries and a fractured skull)

I don't know the numbers, but for every former NHL player suffering from brain related health issues there are tons more who never made it that far. Getting to the NHL depends on having the good fortune of not being on the receiving end of a poorly thought out hit from another player. We need to reflect on whether that's the hockey culture we want to encourage - Ulitmate Fighting on skates?

As long as fighting is an unassailable part of hockey any attempt to protect players from head injuries will be a flawed endeavor. It’s like fixing the shutters on a crack house. It looks a little better but you’ve still got marginally lucid people stumbling around here and there.

Fighting is the line in the sand - the wedge issue that divides hockey fans. Your opinion on fighting in the NHL defines your stance on head injuries. Right now the majority of fans want to keep fighting in the game.

The tipping point will come when those in favour of fighting will be in the minority. That’s when real rule changes will happen. Until then, every hockey fan, by means of their endorsement of the league and the status quoe, is in favour of head shots. After all, we're talking about players' brains.