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.)