Ducks Gameday -- Lost

Columbus Blue Jackets (25-30-11, 14th in west) at Anaheim Ducks (30-27-8, 12th in west), 7 pm
The Cannon and Anaheim Calling aren't mathematically eliminated yet.

Hey everyone, there's a new "Lost" episode tonight!

Now I'm not a very good "Lost" fan -- I've only started watching episodes this season, crazily enough.  But I've got a few friends in the know who have been answering my questions along the way, and they've proven helpful while repeatedly telling me I'm an idiot for picking it up midstream.  The storyline this season is quite disjointed, of course, as it attempts to tell stories set in two different realities.  In one reality, the passengers of Oceanic Flight 815 fly past the island without incident -- they arrive safely at their travel destination in Los Angeles, and a whole different set of storylines takes place upon arrival.  There's still plenty of drama awaiting them there, but the characters move forward without any knowledge of the island or their adventures there. 

That's not the unpleasant truth, though -- in the other reality, the characters have been drawn back to the island and its various curses, and things there get more fucked up than ever.  People are being killed by smoke monsters, characters are possessed by spirits of varying degrees of evil, the balance between good and evil has gone to shit, and it's becoming more and more evident: these characters were fated to the island.  They are hopeless to truly escape it -- its curse is too strong and too specific.

We shall see how it all comes together, though -- I'm committed to see it through. 

Likewise, we have the Anaheim Ducks (and to some degree, the Columbus Blue Jackets, though I'm not going to speak for them).  In one reality, there is a smooth flight for the Ducks through the regular season.  Their roster looks good enough to be a playoff team, they've done it plenty of times in the past, and thus it must eventually be so.  That's not the unpleasant truth, though -- in reality, the Ducks haven't been a top-eight team since mid-October, and they were barely one last year.  The team has been repeatedly drawn to its own island of mediocrity and hasn't been able to escape its powerful curse.  In this season's case, the post-Pronger curse may be too strong.  Heroes from previous seasons are now possessed by spirits of varying degrees of awful, the balance between GF and GA has gone to shit, and it's becoming more and more evident: these characters were fated to the island.  They are hopeless to truly escape it -- its curse is too strong and too specific.

We shall see how it all comes together, though -- I'm committed to see it through.

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yankeeken, yesterday:

Can we return to the lucky webbed foot kick for Tuesday’s game against the Blue Jackets?

SPADE-IN-VICTORHELL, next comment:

it has been offically seconded

They are, of course, referring to my web-foot-kicking-out-of-opponent's-stomach cartoon gag that has been a good luck charm for the Ducks in years past (most recent examples here, here, and here -- all followed by Ducks wins).  And they are also, of course, abusing their ability to "second" cartoon requests and have me do the follow-up work.  Still, I'm a pushover...

...well, sort of.  The way the Ducks have been losing lately made it impossible not to produce this one.  Should have been more specific with your request:

Selfwebfoot_medium
My visual representation of the Ducks' last three "must-win" efforts.

Besides, it's not terribly easy to draw a jacket with a stomach and a stunned face.  :)

Prediction: The bald guy who looks like John Locke does something fucking crazy.  The bald guy who looks like Ryan Getzlaf does something fucking crazy as well.

Go Ducks.

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