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February 03, 2012

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 19 comments

The Hurricanes gave us Caniacs one bright spot this dismal season: the first ever Whalercane season sweep of the Bruins. Fuck it, we'll take it!

posted by NoMich at 06:55 AM on February 03

Thankfully, the Whalercanes will not be facing the B's in the playoffs.

posted by kokaku at 07:22 AM on February 03

Never heard the Whalercanes nickname before. Are people still adjusting to the move from Hartford 15 years ago?

posted by rcade at 08:11 AM on February 03

Are people still adjusting to the move from Hartford 15 years ago?

Not that I know of, rcade. I merely used the named as shorthand to indicate that the season sweep of the Bruins was the first ever for the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes franchise.

posted by NoMich at 08:28 AM on February 03

And I followed NoMich's lead because it's a funny name (I imagine people saying that's a whale of a 'cane in the voice used by old commericals for NE's Carvel ice cream shops for their Fudgie the Whale cake).

posted by kokaku at 10:42 AM on February 03

I was more of a "Seamus The Leprechaun" man, myself. God I loved that petrochemical taste. No idea why.

posted by yerfatma at 10:56 AM on February 03

Are people still adjusting to the move from Hartford 15 years ago?

Some of us who grew up in Hartford watching the Howe family, Al Smith, Blaine Stoughton, Dave Keon and the rest will never adjust. They have cheerleaders at the games, ferchrissake!

posted by tahoemoj at 11:01 AM on February 03

I don't care who wins the game, but come on, this is funny.

posted by NoMich at 01:08 PM on February 03

They have cheerleaders at the games, ferchrissake!

They played in a mall. I think time has sepia-toned peoples' memories.

posted by yerfatma at 01:17 PM on February 03

I have a close friend who will never get over the Whalers' departure. She's otherwise normal. Well, no, she really isn't even a little bit normal. But that doesn't mean that there's anything wrong with a lifelong bitterness over a sports team.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 02:28 PM on February 03

I would say that about half of the members at a large Canes forum I frequent are holdovers from the Whaler days. The other half are locally born 'n bred Carolinians that have turned on to hockey with the franchise's arrival. The more you know.

posted by NoMich at 03:28 PM on February 03

I hope this really was as much of a surprise as it seems.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 04:20 PM on February 03

They played in a mall. I think time has sepia-toned peoples' memories.

A sports arena is a sports arena, regardless of the building in which it sits. Does it really matter whether I watched Gordie Howe skate in a mall?

posted by tahoemoj at 04:26 PM on February 03

Does it matter that I saw the Mona Lisa on a shirt in Spencers?

No, it doesn't matter, but even with YukonGold no longer posting around here, I keep my Hartford hate on high.

posted by yerfatma at 05:20 PM on February 03

Just ran into Smart Football from Deadspin. Nice-looking site and if the Deadspin article and this Grantland piece are any indication, some good content too.

posted by yerfatma at 05:56 PM on February 03

I like Smart Football. It's where the Al Davis post came from.

He had some really good stuff on the Wild Cat when everyone was all "WTF IS THIS!?"

posted by Mr Bismarck at 06:50 PM on February 03

Does it matter that I saw the Mona Lisa on a shirt in Spencers?

You get full credit if they were playing Brass Bonanza at the time.

posted by tahoemoj at 07:03 PM on February 03

Let me help everyone else out here: Brass Bonanza.

posted by yerfatma at 08:07 PM on February 03

I really don't want to have a political fight here (I hate when people say that and then do it anyway), but Dave Zirin has been killing it on the Super Bowl this week. Putting to rest the idea public financing will ever pay off.

posted by yerfatma at 08:08 PM on February 03

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