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Old January 2 2014, 03:13 AM   #31
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Re: NHL Season Discussion - 2013/14

Glad to see the Leafs win. Besides this being the Winter Classic, they needed it in the playoff race.
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Old January 2 2014, 04:23 AM   #32
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Exciting game, even as a fan of a different team (Boston). I even managed to watch the shootout, when I discovered there was a free live stream.

I did not, however, like the unveiling of my Team USA boys. I would have much preferred a video conference of sorts on the Jumbotron. Or really anything but the little kids in jerseys.
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Old January 2 2014, 07:03 AM   #33
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Re: NHL Season Discussion - 2013/14

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Anyone watching the Winter Classic?
I was there!

Missed the first period because of a combination of a border crossing problem/delay and some absolutely horrible driving weather on I-94. Tons of accidents, and we were fortunate not to be hit by an SUV that spun out, and which did hit another poor guy who had already been in an accident and was waiting in his van on the shoulder for the police.

Stupidly cold. Constant snowfall. And really, really awesome.

I'll post some pics tomorrow, but right now, I need to go to bed, because we just got home.
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Old January 2 2014, 07:29 AM   #34
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Anyone watching the Winter Classic?
I was there!

Missed the first period because of a combination of a border crossing problem/delay and some absolutely horrible driving weather on I-94. Tons of accidents, and we were fortunate not to be hit by an SUV that spun out, and which did hit another poor guy who had already been in an accident and was waiting in his van on the shoulder for the police.

Stupidly cold. Constant snowfall. And really, really awesome.

I'll post some pics tomorrow, but right now, I need to go to bed, because we just got home.
Please do post some pics! That looked like an experience of a lifetime. I'm glad you made it there (and home) safe and sound.

BTW, I love that there were so many passionate fans at the game and (thus far anyway) no reports of any stupid confrontations. Maybe it was just too damned cold there, but I like to think that we're all hockey fans first, and that the game transcended rivalry and became something truly universal.

But you were there. What was the atmosphere like between the fans - especially fans of rival teams?
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Old January 3 2014, 12:56 AM   #35
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Did no one tell the crowd that the US Olympic announcement was going to happen? I saw more people heading for the exits than giving a damn.
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Old January 3 2014, 06:24 PM   #36
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I was quite surprised by that too. Good game though.
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Old January 3 2014, 06:56 PM   #37
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Re: NHL Season Discussion - 2013/14

They announced the women's team in the second intermission. I have a pic of that. But I'll tell you, I didn't hang around for the men's announcement.

You know why? I was fucking freezing.

I was there for the game, those Olympic team announcements were secondary. What shocked me were the people heading for the exits a few minutes before the end of the 3rd period. Some of them were with small children who probably needed to get out of the weather, which I understand. There were a lot of people succumbing to the cold, some if whom needed to be taken to ambulances on carts.

Here's one pic. I'll post the rest from home tonight.

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Old January 3 2014, 07:13 PM   #38
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^ Very cool! Thanks for sharing that! How did you and everyone around you feel about the snow? Did it hinder your view of the game much?
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Old January 4 2014, 06:00 PM   #39
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^ Very cool! Thanks for sharing that! How did you and everyone around you feel about the snow? Did it hinder your view of the game much?
The snowfall didn't interfere with watching the game at all. It was never very heavy, so you could see just fine. It wasn't to the level of the Eagles-Lions NFL game a few weeks ago. Honestly, the snow really added to the atmosphere at Michigan Stadium. No one who went will ever forget that game. Most of the Leafs fans were in the north end, and the Wings fans in the south end. Everyone was really good natured, no harrassment that I saw.

Here are some more pics:






This is the kiddie rink down at the south end of the game rink:





Attendance announcement!



Me and wife:



The announcement of the USA Women's Olympic hockey team:







Oh yeah, and here's a link to a minute long video of the end of the shootout, complete with my Leafs-Crazy wife going nuts.
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Old January 5 2014, 03:23 AM   #40
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Re: NHL Season Discussion - 2013/14

Great photos! Thanks for sharing. Gives a great perspective on the game!

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Honestly, the snow really added to the atmosphere at Michigan Stadium. No one who went will ever forget that game.
As someone who watched it on TV, I can say it's highly unlikely that I'll forget the game, either!
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Oh yeah, and here's a link to a minute long video of the end of the shootout, complete with my Leafs-Crazy wife going nuts.
Why is she wearing red?

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Old January 5 2014, 04:24 AM   #41
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Ha, that's the only reasonably warm coat she has!
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Old January 5 2014, 10:56 PM   #42
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It's time for Winnipeg to get a new coach. While this group is still just the Atlanta Thrashers roster re-branded, Noel doesn't seem to be able to get anything out of this group.
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Old January 8 2014, 02:04 AM   #43
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Yeah, some of the group shares the blame too. I mean, Byfuglien should have gotten more assists on Sunday from helping out on a couple of Pittsburgh's goals.
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Old January 13 2014, 02:56 AM   #44
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Well, Noel's been fired, along with one of the assistant coaches.

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/spo...239837101.html

Still have to address issues with the players though. Last night's game against Columbus was terrible. Up 2-0 at the end of the first period and then give up 4 goals in a row in the second period? That's on the players.
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Old January 14 2014, 01:07 AM   #45
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Is Paul Maurice really the answer? Wasn't surprised to see Noel go, but was shocked to see him as the replacement.
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