Well friends, we put out a call for podcast questions yesterday and got a truly overwhelming number of responses. Which, by the way, is a GREAT problem to have. These are the questions that we felt worked better in written form, or we just weren’t prepared to answer last night.
EVERYTHING IS HAPPENING! Two days before free agency, the NHL takes leave of their collective senses, Merrin officially says goodbye to the Oilers, Carolyn doesn’t understand any of it, and the entire offseason is just like a disgusting deconstructed sundae.
This write up by Sports Day Dallas of the various grades given to the Stars draft.
There was nowhere else for me to talk about this, so I’m talking about it here. At 13:06 in the second period of the game last night, I was banished to my kitchen by the internet. I went and I stayed and WE WON so who’s laughing now!?
Why at 13:06? Well, I feel like we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves friends, so let’s go back.
So we’ve changed our name.
It was brought to our attention last summer that the phrase “bearded lady” has been used as a transphobic slur. At the time, we addressed the person bringing this to our attention by explaining our intentions and what the name meant to us.
To be very clear: this is not how we should have addressed this.
We went on to respond this way to additional people who brought this to our attention.
Yesterday, Andrew Shaw responded to a late penalty call by calling the referee a homophobic slur. In condemning these actions on twitter, it was again brought to our attention that our username has also been used as a slur and we realized we had been part of the problem.
In continuing to use the name, we’d ignored people telling us this name was hurtful. We’d been hypocrites. We’d been part of the majority making hockey fandom an unsafe place for an already incredibly persecuted group.
Please accept our apology. To those we hurt and those we ignored. We promise to be better listeners in the future.
Merrin & Carolyn
In the first-ever 2BL Playoff-bound podcast, the Ladies talk being #1 in the West, Merrin cries about Sam Gagner, Carolyn fills out a bracket full of feelings, and everyone knows you’re just one wrong shirt away from elimination. It’s gonna be lit, y’all.
The Ladies nominate Pat Maroon for the Masterton, are haunted by a phantom train, get confused by the number of people named Bill in the world, talk playoff seeding, Val’s frustration, and whether old men live in trees. Remember: Podcasts are a social construct.
With only 8 points needed to clinch a playoff spot, the Ladies reflect on the Stars season, promptly jinx them by saying nice things about Kris Russell, Carolyn becomes “that guy”, and Merrin has a baby related meltdown. You know, the usual.
First, we forgot (in the moment) about Travis “Toboggan” Moen’s Stanley Cup winning goal (which was actually an own goal from the opposition) with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007. He is therefore officially added to the list of veteran Stanley Cup experience in the locker room.
This is mentioned in the reader questions, but here is the article about Brianne McLaughlin’s mom being a professional “hockey mom.”
(We apologize for the jinxing.)
Just a quick note here to let you know that Carolyn and I have been invited to become part of the Defending Big D staff of writers. I want to start off by saying we will NOT be closing up shop here, but things are going to be a little different going forward.
We started this blog a little more than a year ago with no idea of where it would go or even what we were doing with it half the time. I remember being really excited when our visitor count broke 50 for the first time. While we’ve reached a pretty wide range of fans through this blog, Defending Big D offers us the opportunity to reach a wider audience with our shenanigans, and we’ve long been a fan of the quality work they do.
We will continue to post things here that don’t fit what DBD is looking for. The podcast will continue uninterrupted and largely unchanged (there will still be an explicit warning on that bad boy, for example, because I have no desire to clean up my potty mouth). We will not be posting nightly game recaps anymore (and we’ve missed the last few games, so we’re sorry about that).
I said this on twitter and I’ll say this here, we’ve been so grateful to the people who read this blog, talked to us on twitter, and sent us questions and tweets and emails. We’ve met some great people over the last year. We hope you stick with us during this transition, and we hope to see you hanging around the DBD forums on our posts (and still sticking around here as well)!
Thanks for everything,
Merrin (and Carolyn!)
Look I’m just not fussed. I’m not. I tried to be. But it was a lackluster effort on a Tuesday night at the end of December and it’s just . . . blah. The Capitals didn’t play tonight so we’re still at the top of the league, and after the Caps it’s 8 points down to the next highest team. In the Central Division it’s 7 points to the Blues and 9 points to the Kings.
WE’RE GONNA BE FINE. We were never gonna go 82-0 and honestly, after the week we’ve had I’m okay with this. At least it’s Columbus and not, like, the Ducks. Or the Capitals. Or anyone in the Central. So we phoned it in against the bottom of the league. IT’S OKAY.
That said, my GOD, that first period blew.
I’m gonna talk about this shutout in a minute, I swear. FIRST, though, I’m going to talk about Christmas week, and the fact that we played four games in back-to-back pairings against three Central Division teams currently in playoff positions. One of them won the Stanley Cup last spring, one of them won the Division last season, and one of them has a goalie I kind of like.
We got 7 out of 8 points this week. The game we lost? We lost by one point. The three games we won? We won by at least 3 goals each time, and the two second halves of each back-to-back were shutouts.
Tell me again we aren’t ready for a playoff series against the Central Division. TELL ME.
In other news, Kari Lehtonen gets a shutout for the first time this season, while at home, where his record hasn’t been as good as it is on the road. His Sv% at home has been .883 over 7 games with 5 wins. His Sv% on the road is .928 over 7 games with 7 wins. On both counts, I dropped two games where he played under 8 minutes (one of those road games was the one in Minnesota before Christmas) but they’re statistical outliers and shouldn’t be counted.