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Without real hockey to talk about, I'm going to take what I can get: I'll post the results of each Sharks game according to a MYSTERIOUS WEBSITE I found that is reporting on this season as though the lockout never happened.
Some backstory: I was sent a link to a crazy website that appears to contain box-scores, hockey news articles, and game reports from games that, as far as I know, never happened. Maybe it's some guy's massive fan-fiction project, maybe it's a weird data corruption issue, or maybe it's something else. I don't care - it's fun, it's interesting, and it's better than nothing.
Tonight the Sharks were supposed to visit Anaheim to play the Ducks. When I tried to get information via THE SITE on the game late last night, the link didn't work. As of this morning, however, it has everything - including already having the final score of a game that wouldn't even have happened until this evening.
Anyways, do you want to know who won? Here you go:
Some highlights from the box-score and game report:
-Ducks goal scored by Corey Perry. Boooo!
-Ryane Clowe got a major penalty and a game misconduct for spearing Bobby Ryan. Yikes! Of course everyone knows these two don't get along, due to being on opposite sides of the bloody "how to spell Ryan(e)" debate.
-The Ducks only had 17 shots on goal, 12 of which came in the first period.
-The game recap is pretty dry and uneventful, but it does reference the puck being dropped in the Capitals season-opener by "President Palin."
-The fonts THE SITE uses are really weird, and they give me a massive migraine when I try to read anything for too long, so I'm going to stop now.
There - didn't reading that feel almost as good as if the Sharks had actually played a game?
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In blog news, this is the absolute last day to submit an application to write for BoC. We have a lot of good candidates already and we want to make our decision soon.
If you miss the deadline or don't feel qualified or ready to write for us full time, I encourage you to take advantage of the fanpost feature. It's a great way to get a feel for writing for an audience and, as a special bonus on Battle of California, we've had some really horrible fanposts written for us in the past, so you don't have to feel any pressure to make yours good!
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Finally, regarding books.
Last season I themed my 82 gameday posts around my 82 favorite films. This year I had planned to do the same thing with my favorite books. I was really excited to talk about books, actually. But since there aren't actually any games right now, I don't want to waste any of my top 82 - so I'm just going to talk about other books I like for every Sharks gameday, and I'll save the real top 82 for when the season actually starts - in 2014.
I just finished the book The Magician King, sequel to The Magicians. These books are basically Harry Potter + the Narnia books + depressed college kids. Magical schools and lands are involved, but there is also a lot of swearing and drinking and murdering of folks, so it's pretty cool. The Magician King wasn't as good as The Magicians, and I would describe both books as more "addictive and entertaining" than "great writing," but I'm definitely going to read the third one when it comes out, so there you go.