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Sharks Gameday: The Hungry Games

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These games are making me hungry.
These games are making me hungry.

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Thursday, Mar 22, 2012, 7:30 PM PDT
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Are you guys excited about The Hungry Games? I know I am. I'm so excited, in fact, that I don't really want to talk about anything else today. I don't want to talk about the game the Sharks are going to play tonight, against the Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins. I don't want to talk about the last game the Sharks played, against some stupid team I forget at the moment. And I CERTAINLY don't want to talk about the Sharks' current odds of making the playoffs.

No, we're not discussing any of that here. In fact if you talk about hockey at all in the comments I'll probably have Earl ban you.

Today is 100 percent Hungry Games. The Games Will Change Everyone, you guys!

The Hungry Games is an upcoming movie based on a series of wildly popular children's books by Suzanne Collings that were in turn based on a Japanese movie called Battle Royale which was itself adapted from an anime series.

When something has been adapted and copied this many times, you know it's going to be great.

For the uninitiated, I'll now give you a bit of background and some plot details. Don't worry, I won't spoil anything!

Suzanne Collings came up with the idea for The Hungry Games when she was flipping back and forth between an episode of Wizards of Waverly Place and a snuff film. After she finished and cleaned up she sat down and started writing. Eight days, zero hours of sleep, and 10,000 dollars worth of cocaine later, The Hungry Games was finished.

The story focuses on a futuristic utopia where everyone is so bored with their perfect lives that they decide to entertain themselves by forcing children to slaughter one another for their amusement. The children are drugged and kidnapped and dropped into a jungle or something and then given cool weapons with which to murder each other. After many awesome murders, the book ends with the death of the main character, Catniss Overdeen, when a box of bear traps falls on her head.

Oops, spoiler alert I guess. I just got so excited!

Anyways my favorite character in the book was definitely Lenny Kravitz so I'm very pleased they were able to get the real Lenny Kravitz to play him in the film.

Oh and also there are vampires and werewolves that battle each other and play baseball.

Okay okay, I guess that's enough about The Hungry Games. After the jump I'll talk about hockey.

The past two games have been critical for the Sharks. They were as near to must-wins as games can be without TECHNICALLY being must-wins. The Sharks should have been desperate to win. They should have left everything on the ice. They should have been starving for points.

I guess what I'm saying is the past two games should have been Hungry Games, for the Sharks.

Why, then, did San Jose lose? Did they not want it enough? Did the other team want it more? Did the Sharks want it a sufficient amount but they didn't play with pride? Maybe they had enough pride, but not enough passion. Or maybe it was grit they were lacking? Or heart? Or moxie?

The Sharks lost because they played like shit and they played like shit because that's the best they can do, right now. They want to play well and they want to win but they're all screwed up and Niemi's playing poorly and Vlasic and Burns have been off their games so that's just making everything worse and only Martin Havlat seems to be able to score, anymore.

In conclusion, boooooooooooooooooooooooo.

Prediction: The World Will Be Watching the Sharks probably lose, but it's fine because I'll be in line for The Hungry Games.

My 9th-favorite movie is O Brother, Where Art Thou? It's pretty good, but it's no Hungry Games.