We'll get to the Pulp Fiction speech, which was lifted from comments yesterday, at the bottom of this post. But first enjoy some recent Islanders/hockey reading from the past few days:
Fully or Vaguely Islanders-Related
- More than I ever expected to read about whether Zenon Konopka is a fourth-liner.
- Travis Hamonic's road to the Coliseum. He just turned 21, so here's hoping his friends treated him well.
- If you like poker or physics or hockey, you might like this description of hockey "luck" in those terms.
- The Islanders training camp schedule is out, and we discussed it some here.
- Chris Botta and others on Puck Daddy Radio on manufactured controversies.
- Is Milbury's shoe beatdown really in the same category as Red Auerbach?
- Martin Biron's new mask is totally starry.
- The Hockey News is doing the one-prediction-a-day (technically two) drill. Tune in today for 13th place.
- 7th Woman is ready for the season. I'm ready for Islanders hockey, but the season brings with it other calendar events I'm not ready for. If only the league would allow us to gather to rewatch games...
- All the week's Hornick Islanders trivia in one bunch. Wyatt Smith, man.
- Stumpy vs. the Weasel: Steve Thomas vs Darcy Tucker - Pension Plan Puppets
We haven't talked the non-news with the non-arena for a few days, but in brief:
- Mangano criticizes 8 plans for Nassau Coliseum - NYPOST.com
- Nassau 'carefully' reviews Coliseum ideas [$5 please]
- Old hands on new ABLI task force [Likewise]
- Did someone mention arenas? Quick Hits: On the Future of the Joe - Winging It In Motown
- Navel-gazing: Hey, Time calls SB Nation one of the 50 Best Websites! Of course they do it in slideshow form, which is the bane of all traffic-whoring websites. Plus, I heard the only criteria was "How good is your Islanders site?"
- Oh, did someone mention slideshows and traffic-whoring? Bleacher Report's honest new redesign.
- Corey Pronman, who rated the Islanders' system #2 (so he MUST know something...), really likes the Flyers top two prospects and pretty much no one else.
- A DGB joint: Down Goes Brown: Rejected ideas from the NHL's research and development camp
- This is kind of involved, but could be a nice tool to figure out who's helping whom and by how much: Red Wings Forwards & Shared Scoring Efficiency - Winging It In Motown
- This seems inevitable: Video: Jeremy Roenick reenacts iconic ‘Swingers’ hockey scene - Puck Daddy
- I don't actually find the Schenn/Doughty/Bogosian situations to be GM hardball, exactly, but it's a theory: Brophy on NHL: Blueline hardball - sportsnet.ca
- More experiments: League to test curved glass at player benches - 2011 NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp
Fighting Described by Pulp Fiction
Okay, this is already my favorite LHH comment of the week, courtesy of 4PeatSake. How vividly I can hear Travolta and Jackson going back and forth here:
Fighting, Kinda Like Hash in Amsterdam
Jules: Okay, now, tell me about the
Vincent: So what you want to know?
hashfighting is legal there, right?
Vincent: Yeah, it’s legal, but it ain’t a hundred percent legal. I mean, you can’t
walk into a restaurant, roll a joint, and start puffin’ awayrevel in it publicly. They want you to smokeenjoy fighting in your home or certain designated places.
Jules: Those are
hash barsarenas in Pittsburgh?
Vincent: Breaks down like this, okay: it’s legal to
buyengage in it, it’s legal to ownencourage it, and if you’re the proprietor of a hash bara Pittsburgh hockey club, it’s legal to sellbuild your lineup around it. It’s illegal to carrypartake in for lower ranking teams, but that doesn’t really matter ‘cause get a load of this, all right; if you get stopped by the copsrefs in AmsterdamPittsburgh, it’s illegalfrowned upon for them to search youpenalize the home team. I mean, that’s a right the copslowly players in AmsterdamUniondale don’t have.
Jules: [laughing] Oh, man. I’m going, that’s all there is to it. I’m [Cooke]ing going.
Many thanks to 4PeatSake for the laugh.