“Come on and let’s do it/Blog it, my pony” – Ginuwine
Here’s a cool little musical performance! Chris Stapleton performing his song “Drink You Away” at the CMAs with Justin Timberlake!
- Chris Stapleton’s beard game, hat game, and bolo tie game are on a straight up different level. He can’t be stopped, you can only hope to contain him.
- Justin Timberlake is a good performer and I think he seems like a nice young man.
- Is your song being performed by a bearded man with gravelly voice? Are the lyrics about coping with heartbreak with whiskey? If you answered yes to these questions, I am interested in your music. Forward any and all suggestions to BillClinton @ aol dot com. (I have no reason for it, but I have a feeling Bill probably still uses AOL).
- Is Chris Stapleton an up and coming stud in the country world? Yes. Is Justin Timberlake a music icon? Of course. Is either of them the true star of this video? No. Ladies and gentlemen, I humbly submit to you (from about the 2:32 mark) THIS GUY:
That is how you own your moment on camera. Embrace the Nic Cage-esque hairline, put on your creepiest looking face, and emphasize your neck fat. Also, massive shoutout to the other guy over first guy’s shoulder keeping Patrick Swayze’s hair from the 1980s alive and well. TO HOCKEY WE GO!
- SNY Rangers Blog – how the Rangers plan to use Dan Boyle – A couple comments from AV and Dan Boyle on how the team plans to rest the 39 year old during back-to-backs and other parts of the schedule with closely condensed games. On the one hand I understand the approach, but on the other, can’t say it
- Dave Lozo – Why I Stopped Caring About My Favorite Team – Dave Lozo wrote this piece about losing his Devils fandom over the course of time. It’s really well-written, insightful, and, most importantly, contains premature ejaculation jokes.
- Blue Seat Blogs – On small samples, the eye test, and narratives – I rather enjoyed this look at the perception and reality of the start to the Rangers’ season. Don’t worry, he’s gentle with the #FANCYSTATS.
ON TAP TONIGHT
- The Avalanche of Colorado. They are 4-8-1, they’re near the bottom of the league in almost every single advanced stat, and have been generally horrendous. No player on their team has provided better examples of things not going how you want than, poor, poor Matt Duchene getting robbed not once, but twice in spectacular fashion. Colorado has a talented forward group in Duchene, Landeskog, MacKinnon, and old man Jarome Iginla, and an excellent goaltender in Semyon Varlamov, but the blue line is…. lacking. Really, the Rangers have no excuse to come out of here without 2 points.
- It looks as though Rick Nash might miss some time with a back issue, meaning Emerson Etem would fill in and guys would get moved around the line-up. Personally, I hope JT Miller gets some top-6 minutes if Nash does indeed sit. At his best, he’s played great north-south hockey with a physical edge, except he’s shown he has the ability to set teammates up for really solid chances. Also, he’s like 22 years old (I could easily look this up; I will not look this up), so giving him those minutes when possible could really serve his development well.
- Hank is playing tonight, which means we probably get Raanta tomorrow. I think Hank’s long overdue to get his first shutout, and I think tonight’s the night.
- Fear: Nash sits, the Rangers score a bunch of goals and win easily. I don’t fear this in terms of anything affecting the team or Nash himself. What I fear is the inevitably shitty and lazy onslaught of Nash coverage and hot takes that will follow. No part of me will ever understand why human beings universally blame the best player on their favorite teams for every single thing that goes wrong. The best answer anyone ever has for this is “that’s the scrutiny stars have to deal with,” which is essentially just saying “ummm because.” Nash needs to produce points, sure, but he plays less than a third of every game and has done everything well (look up the advanced stats if you care to, but he is driving possession and scoring chances really well). Most likely, he’s hit a stretch of bad luck and will regress back to the norm. Reading coverage about Nash and the Rangers this year would lead you to believe that he’s the worst player on the team and that the team has lost every game by 7 goals. It’s lazy as hell to blame the best player for things going wrong (see: Ovechkin, Alex), and being lazy is easy. But if you’re interested in learning about hockey and what drives successful teams vs. what drags bad teams down, don’t ever listen to anyone giving you a piping hot “Nash sucks” take. They’re being lazy and, worse, they don’t have a clue what they’re talking about.
Game’s at 9. Let’s go Rangers.