10.27.15 Mailbag! (The One With the Beard-Off)

Last week, we got so many excellent questions for our podcast we couldn’t get to all of them. So of course, we love our readers and didn’t want them to go unanswered, so it’s time for another edition of your favorite segment: THE 2BL MAILBAG!

Anon Asked:

Which hockey players would be the Fellowship of the Ring? Doesn’t have to be just Stars players 🙂

M: Jagr would be Gandalf. He has the right mix of old and still pretty sassy. Connor McDavid is probably Frodo, making Dylan Strome the faithful Samwise. Connor McDavid: “I will take it (the weight of expectation in Edmonton, also their dying hopes of ever getting past the middle in the standings)! Though I do not know the way.”

Merry and Pippin are Tyler and Jamie. Fun-loving goobers who don’t know what they’re getting into until they’re into it. Legolas is Erik Karlsson, the Owl King. (Have you heard the story of him stopping by the side of the road to observe an owl?) (That’s it, that’s the story. Some lucky fan’s mom snapped a pic.)

I know he isn’t bearded, but Andrew Shaw seems like Gimli to me. Short, angry, chip on his shoulder, willing to take on foes in battle that are twice his size, pretty good at winning those battles.

This just leaves Aragorn, once and future king, and Boromir, done in by his desire to keep his people safe. Please understand, when I write my choices, that I thought of these and started laughing uncontrollably in real life. Like, to tears. I’m so happy I’m here to amuse myself. Aragorn is Sidney Crosby and Claude Giroux is Boromir.

C: What she said.


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2.2.15 – Podcast Episode 4!

Friends, let me give you some advice: never record a podcast on a Monday. In this episode, we go into mourning, talk Texas Stars and AHL realignment, gush about John Klingbae, and answer some thought provoking reader questions. Also Merrin is grouchy, and I have low blood sugar.

Bonus Materials

Good follows for Texas Stars/AHL info: @100DegreeHockey, @SeanShapiro

Excellent article on the Dallas Stars power play (DBD fan post)

Clarification: Kevin Hayes was drafted by the Blackhawks and joined them for prospect camps, however he was never offered a contract and instead signed with the Rangers this summer. His brother Jimmy Hayes played for Rockford and then was traded to the Panthers. Coincidentally, they were playing each other last night while we were recording the podcast.

Carolyn looks at our stats in Canada

A good look at the math behind being a bubble team (courtesy of Puck Daddy)

RIP: Jordie’s Beard, you may be gone, but you will not be forgotten.

Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot, In Days of Jordie’s Beard

It shouldn’t come as any surprise at this point that Carolyn and I are huge fans of the Bearded Benn. (He is, if you couldn’t guess, the inspiration for the ginger-bearded selfie we took the blog name from). On this evening of reflection and renewal, we’d like to offer you a meditation on Jordie Benn’s beard, as it is the fullest, cleanest, and fluffiest one we know.



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