Hardball

The great baseball writer Bill James once wrote a chapter in one of his Abstracts about hitters before and after getting beaned by a pitcher. These injuries…

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Bear Market

The Bakersfield Condors are five games into their 68-game schedule and there’s…

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Setting Sons

In the middle of the game, Patrick Maroon said ‘to hell with this noise’…

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AHL Game Five: Condors at Reign

For Jesse Puljujarvi, the NHL story (“Power outage under the Big Top!”)…

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Game Seven 2017-18: Oilers at Flyers

One of the things Todd McLellan needs is a real second line. A year ago, Milan…

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AHL Game Four: Condors at Reign

The Bakersfield Condors began the season thin at center and tonight their top man (Brad Malone) is in Philadelphia. Gerry Fleming has enough utility forwards…

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Midnight Rider

The Edmonton Oilers put it all together last night, much the same as they did on opening night. Solid goaltending, at times bordering on spectacular, and…

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Game Six 2017-18: Oilers at Blackhawks

The Edmonton Oilers made the playoffs last season on the back of Connor McDavid’s fabulous skills and stellar goaltending from Cam Talbot. McDavid’s…

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Same Time, Next Year

Jordan Eberle’s name keeps showing up these days, suspect Edmonton’s current record has us remembering the good times. For those who don’t…

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Wheat Kings and Pretty Things

In Canadian musical history, there are dozen of songs—Canadian Railroad Trilogy, Snowbird, Helpless, Circle Game, New Mother Nature—that perfectly…

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Game Five 2017-18: Hurricanes at Oilers

Never in one million years did I ever think the New England Whalers could hurt me so; there it was, Justin Williams skating down the ice G7 SCF, empty…

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Draisaitl to Injured List

Since the beginning of the 2016-17 season (including playoffs), Leon Draisaitl has scored 96 points in 98 games. The big man was placed on IR today and…

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The Nazz are Blue

Saturday night was no fun but that’s one game and the big story is the big man from Cologne. Those gorgeous backhands come after a giant brain rifles…

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