11.10.15 Mailbag (The One With the NHL Beard Hall of Fame)

As we mentioned on the podcast last week, we’ve gotten TOO many good questions recently – if we answered them all on air, the podcast would be two hours long! So we pulled out the ones we thought needed visual aids and have added them to our mailbag for this week!

Amanda Asked:

[Note: We’ve edited this question for length]

I would like to get the opinions of two Dallas fans who have seen a lot more of Daley than me… I have been excited about Daley since he was traded here! And he was the coolest dude when I met him at the convention. I don’t know if I’m not seeing it because I don’t get a chance to always catch games because of work but [Chicago fans] tweet about him like he is Rundblad levels of bad on defense. But like the last few games his +/- has been positive considering we lost one game 6-5 and tonight’s 4-2.

Stat wise he is, I think, leading the Hawks in %CF and maybe he hasn’t scored any goals but considering he was paired with Rundblad for several games I don’t understand how a person can say he’s awful? Did he get this kind of criticism in Dallas?

C: To be honest, yes, he very much got that kind of criticism in Dallas. He got that kind of criticism from ME.

M: And me.

C: The thing about Daley is that he’s always been a pretty dang good “offensive” defenseman. But too often that leaves the “defenseman” part hanging in the wind. The Stars last year, in general, had some issues with that, but Daley was by far the worst in shots/scoring chances/corsi against of all 8 of our Dmen. Here’s a couple graphs that illustrate where he’s been through the years.

Daley TOIC% v ZS% Daley SCF v SCA

C: As you can see in the first graph, he’s playing much “easier” minutes with the Hawks, and therefore the expectations of him not making mistakes are probably a lot higher. However, the Blackhawks’ overall style seem to be suiting him well, and he’s on the “right” side of the Scoring Chances Against for the first time in the last four years. In conclusion, it’s very rare for any hockey player to be as good OR as bad as twitter says they are.

M: See, for example: Jordie Benn.


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Podcast Episode 18 – 8.25.15 (The One With the ~Fantasy~ Draft)

Because there’s very little hockey news in late August, the Ladies decided it was high time for a Super Special Fantasy Hockey Podcast! They talk where to play, what types of leagues, and share the rules of Feminist Fantasy Hockey. Also, they have a ~fantasy~ draft live on the podcast, and you’ll never guess who their first round picks are.

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Guest Post: An Open Letter to NBC Chairman, Mark Lazarus (Us?? Hold A Grudge??)

Contributed by Disgruntled Hopeful/@LeafsLostSoul – check out our guest contributors page for beard and bio.

Dearest Mark and the Funky Bunch over at NBC,

Though I have never played hockey at the NHL level, or any sport for that matter, I still grow a playoff beard. Admittedly the last two playoff beards I grew were in 2013 and before that 2004, (YES I am a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs).  Call it a superstition or a tradition, but the playoff beard is something I treasure like the memory of connecting to a BBS for the first time, listening to my old Modem beep bopping away, anticipating play my first day on L.O.R.D.

Back on June 9th, Mark Lazarus, NBC network’s chairman, told the Chicago Tribune many weird and wild things:

“The players won’t like this, but I wish they all would stop growing beards in the postseason,”

Ok Mark, I challenge you to knock on Brent Burns’ door and ask him to shave his beard. Better yet, call Jason Garrison and plead with him to be clean-shaven. Both men, like myself, treat their beards as artwork, requiring care and grooming 365 days a year, they would most likely give you the good ol’ BIRD. And I don’t mean a Blue Jay.

“Let’s get their faces out there. Let’s talk about how young and attractive they are. What model citizens they are. (Hockey players) truly are one of a kind among professional athletes”

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Podcast Episode 16 – 7.21.15 (The One Where Merrin Falls On Her Face)

In this episode, we crack Jamie Benn’s secret code, talk about our new favorite team, the Dallas Starhawks, Merrin nearly kills herself, Carolyn waves her arms around, and everybody wants to see more of Johnny Oduya.

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Podcast Episode 8 (The One Recorded By Merrin)

In the latest episode of the podcast, we talk women’s hockey, Merrin makes her HockeyFightsDV pledge, Carolyn is again reminded of how much the Stars hate fancy stats, and no one wants to go up against the Swedes in a dystopian America.

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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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