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Ducks Gameday -- Blue Jacket's Nemesis.

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Anaheim Ducks (27-20-4) at Columbus Blue Jackets (23-20-5), 4 pm
Anaheim Calling and The Cannon -- Pachelbel would be so proud.

I wasn't completely sober when I drew today's cartoon, and frankly, I'm not even sure it makes fashion sense.  But this could possibly be my very last Vegas cartoon, and look!  I'm staying at a different hotel this week!

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I consulted with my sister, my boss, and briefly the internet -- and all parties (including myself) seemed vaguely aware of a fashion rule that you shouldn't wear a blue jacket with black pants.  But the shark in the third panel is right -- even so, trying to turn it into a punchline for a cartoon is awful, especially for a bunch of readers who are so decidedly anti-pants.

Oh well.  Tonight's game is on FSW -- which means I can watch it from the hotel room (yay!) -- but it starts at 4 pm, so I'm likely to miss at least the first period, and possibly more (boo!).  Feel free to stop by for game comments, and I'll join in when I get free.

Pep Boys Update: Ducks are 20-7-1 with Lydman, Fowler, and Lilja in the lineup, outscoring opponents by an average score of 3.0 - 2.4.  Anaheim is 7-13-3 without the complete trio, outscored 2.1 - 3.3.  Against Central Division opponents, it's even more severe -- Ducks are 4-1-1 against the Central with the Pep Boys in the lineup, and 0-8-0 without them.  C'mon, Carlyle!

Prediction: Black Pants wins!  Goals by the four "Lous" -- Lupul, Luca, Lubo, and Lydman.

Go Ducks.