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BoC Gameday: Sharks vs. Ducks (via THE SITE)

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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.

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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:

Final - 10.12.2012 1 2 3 Total
San Jose Sharks 0 1 2 3
Anaheim Ducks 0 1 0

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Some highlights from the box-score and game report:

-Sharks goals scored by Patrick Marleau, Logan Couture, and Brad Stuart. Yay!

-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.

Hooray, books!