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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/27/10

Raise a glass to the top performers of last night’s NHL action. It’s the latest edition of JJ’s Three Cheers:

***Cheers to Calgary’s Brendan Morrison, who potted a pair of goals in a 5-4 shootout decision over Edmonton for the 6-3-0 Flames.  With their play of late, Calgary is doing all they can to make me look bad after my unflattering opinion as to how they’d fare this season. Morrison struck in the first on the power play and added a shorthanded marker in the second period before the Oilers rallied to tie the game at 4-4. Twisting the knife in my back, none other than Alex Tanguay’s shootout goal was the deciding factor, sending the home crowd to the exits happy.

**Cheers to Anaheim’s Bobby Ryan, who had a pair of second period goals to lead the Ducks to a 5-2 win over Dallas. This game also featured a George Parros breakaway goal, which definitely deserves some added attention here (and wherever else folks see fit!) All hail the ‘stache!

*And big time cheers to Alexei Kovalev of the Ottawa Senators, whose two-goal, three-point night helped his club to a 5-2 final over Phoenix. As I will probably add to anything and everything I ever write on Kovalev (and, as has been relayed to me on several occasions by those with far more of a personal interest in his performance): Imagine if he could put it all together like this on a nightly basis?

Yes, imagine…


Finally, I had to address a bit of an ugly situation this morning, stemming from the reaction of a local blog site to some things I said on the most recent episode of The Bolts Beat. My original comments, and those of my colleagues, had to do with bloggers who don’t properly attribute quotes or other source material, steal headlines or ideas and, generally, attempt to pass themselves off as something they’re not. Their response was to publish an article that called me a bully and then went off on a nonsensical rant about my alleged disdain for a former Tampa Bay Lightning employee who now writes for them, amid other inaccuracies and falsehoods.

Thin-skinned, we are.

My response to their drivel was finally allowed to post after much nudging on my part, albeit an edited version. [Speaking of edits: Apparently, I was only held up as a “first-time” (and last-time) poster and it was brought to my attention (by that site’s administration, no less!) that I should probably just post the omitted portion of the response here after all. Well, I aim to please…]

...But I have a hard time remembering anything from the body of her work there other than a series of in-game tweets under the @TBLightning handle that were consistently embarrassing to fellow members of the organization. I cite instances of “Come on, boys!”-type cheerleading, silly nickname assertions (i.e. “The Passmaster”) and attempts to draw a connection between hockey and The Rockettes as three basic examples that made her colleagues at the time openly cringe and share, in “Can you believe this sh*t?” fashion, with others, myself included.

Look, no disrespect toward [the person in question, who will not get publicity here] for getting hired by Team Lawton. She was obviously trying to further her career and thought that work with the team itself would accelerate as much. She also probably had no idea that her primary responsibilities would be to handle the team’s Twitter updates and serve as Angelina’s lackey, spreading the Together We Will message. (Who in their right mind would have wanted that job? Especially for the paltry salary they were offering? I sure as hell didn’t…)

But I wouldn’t exactly go using that particular part of her resume as any qualifier for “expert” opinion. Deep down, I’m sure [she] herself probably still has nightmares of that era.

Of course, to understand this content, you would have had to read the article in question as well as my follow-up and I’m not sure that happened in droves. Ergo, sorry for the confusion to those of you out of this silly little loop.

Still, as I said in the original post, the new Twitter followers and show subscribers brought on by the aforementioned local blog site drawing extra attention to all of this are greatly appreciated.

And now, we move on to Pens/Bolts tonight…

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