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Richard Kamchen and Greg Oliver ECW Press ePub


Bobby “the Chief” Taylor cracks wise when asked why so many goaltenders end up as analysts, covering hockey games on radio and television: “Probably because we’re so full of bullshit.”

But when the colour guy for Tampa Bay Lightning is pressed, he explained, “I think a lot of it is because we see both sides of the game,” said Taylor, who played from 1971 to 1976. He added, “Obviously, we really pay attention to the defensive side of the game, because that’s what our success hinges on. But also too, we get the offensive side, because of the guys that are coming at you all the time. When you look at it, we’re the only position player that’s on the ice for 60 minutes of the game.”

It seems everywhere you turn, there’s an ex-goalie spouting off about this or that; it’s not an exclusive club by any means, as ex-coaches and ex-players are equally loquacious.

It was John Davidson who started the ball rolling when he was hired by Hockey Night in Canada, initially sitting in as the third man with Bill Hewitt and Brian McFarlane for a Toronto broadcast from Maple Leaf Gardens. He would go on to a stellar career in the United States, and in 2009 he was presented the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award by the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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47. Thanks for (Bike) Sharing by Greg Borzo

New World Library ePub

Greg Borzo

Bike-sharing programs offer free or inexpensive access to bicycles for temporary and one-way use, most often in urban areas and along transit corridors. They could be described as public libraries for bikes. Their goal is to reduce traffic congestion, noise, air pollution, and carbon emissions, all the while building community and promoting healthy, active lifestyles.

Bike sharing is most popular in Europe, where dozens of cities operate programs, large and small. Until recently, however, there was a conspicuous dearth of bike sharing in the United States. That began to change in 2008, after the successful, high-profile use of bike sharing during the two national political conventions in Denver and Minneapolis. These two temporary systems were so popular and functioned so well that both cities subsequently launched permanent bike-sharing programs.

Modest programs were then launched in Washington, DC, Chicago, and elsewhere. But when middle-of-the-road Des Moines, Iowa, launched a public bike-share program with eighteen bikes in August 2010, it was clear that what was once a fringe concept had gone mainstream. That same summer, Miami Beach launched a program with 1,000 bikes, and the following cities announced programs: San Antonio, Texas, with 140 bikes spread over 14 locations; Boulder, Colorado, with 200 bikes and 25 docking stations; Broward County (which encompasses Orlando, Florida), with 75 bikes; and Boston, with 600 bikes at 61 docking stations. The contract to create Boston’s system, dubbed Hubway, was signed in April 2011, and the system was set to launch the following summer. Now many other cities are considering the idea.

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7. The Bullpen

Joseph Adler O'Reilly Media ePub

Test your skills at picking winning players by managing your own fantasy team.

In the late 1960s, a set of professors at Harvard University (led by sociologist William Ganson) invented a new game based on baseball statistics. Each manager made up his own team of baseball players. The manager with the best team won. They ranked the teams based on the individual players statisticsbatting averages, runs batted in, and strikeouts.

One of the professors, Bob Sklar, moved on to the University of Michigan and passed the game on to one of his students there, a writer named Daniel Okrent. Okrent introduced this game to a set of his writer friends at a restaurant called La Rotisserie Francaise in Manhattan in 1980, and modern Rotisserie baseball was born. (Incidentally, Okrent wrote the article in Sports Illustrated that introduced Bill James to a wide audience. He also wrote one of my favorite books about baseball: Nine Innings [Houghton Mifflin], about a single game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Baltimore Orioles on June 10, 1982.)

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14. Blood and Guts

Paula Young Lee Travelers' Tales ePub

Chapter Fourteen

Blood and Guts

Lawyer Amanda Bonner: And after you shot your husband... how did you feel?

Defendant Doris Attinger: Hungry!

Adams Rib, 1949

Patrick lost another one in the dark and rain. He was very high up the mountain, where the terrain is steep and treacherous. Hed been tracking a buck and took a shot. The hit was fatal, but the kill wasnt instantaneous. Running after it, Patrick found bone, blood, and hair before the pounding rain washed the trace away. A weaker animal would have dropped in its tracks. Five friends came out the next morning to look for it, and all they found was the gut pile left by a stranger whod stumbled across it.

Is it poaching to take another mans quarry? Its not unusual for hunters to lose their animals in the forest. Humans stand out. Animals blend in. Within seconds, the wildlife can vanish, even if you know exactly where they are going. So if a hunter stumbles across a buck felled by another mans bullet, the right thing to do is to dress and hang the carcass, alert the game warden, and have a nice day. To walk off with the deer violates an unwritten code. Its the hunters version of the girl crush. A nice girl never steals a boy that her girlfriend likes. A tramp would hit on him just for fun, and steal him if she could. Its one of the ways you know shes a tramp. Sure, alls fair in love and warbut in real life, its not exactly true.

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