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coprime: Austin Jackson doing what he does best (Detroit Tigers baseball)
Saturday, July 7th, 2012 05:09 pm
Man, life got busy the past couple months! Lots of (good) family stuff + my car broke + questions about the BF's work + working out a living situation for the next year left me drained.

I have been keeping up with the Tigers though. We were in a pretty bad slump during April/May, but it seems like we've finally (slowly) climbed out of it. It helps that I've adjusted my expectations from "we were division champs last year" levels to "we're the Tigers" levels. Much less stressful and I get to be pleased when we finally get a .500 record.

Austin Jackson, who's been my fave Tiger since he was a rookie, is doing real well in his leadoff batting spot. And I'm so happy for him because batting was his weakness in previous seasons. And he's not only improved significantly but he's also very reliable now. And Quintin Berry! We brought him up from the minors in May when Jackson got injured, but he did so good that we kept him around even after Jackson came back. I have fun watching them play, along with Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder. Cabrera has also been doing much better at third base than I think anyone expected.

The bottom half of our batting order is less fun to watch, and we don't really have a second baseman who's any good, but that's fine. Even Delmon Young hits home runs sometimes.

In hockey news, I am not really keeping up with all the trading and signing and dealing because I don't think I can form a defendable opinion until I see everyone playing together. I am sad that the Wings lost the Parise & Suter sweepstakes, but oh well. I do have a five minute rant with bullet points that I wish I could give to every caller on the sports radio station who says we should "just go down [to Columbus] and get Nash" about why that is both not happening and not a good idea. Everyone else though I am content to wait and see about.
coprime: Valtteri Filppula's pretty face (Red Wings hockey)
Saturday, April 21st, 2012 11:57 pm
...I made myself a hockey icon! Oh yeah, I am totally on the ball. Who knows, maybe it'll get used over the summer when I use hockey as a distraction because I'd forgotten how incredibly stressful baseball is.

The game moves so slow and one wrong pitch can turn a 3-2 game into a 3-5 and you have to sit through twenty pitches like that and oh god what if Valverde blows it because he hasn't been that hot so far this year and aughhhh. Only 147 games left in the regular season, so summer totally won't be stressful at all.

Or maybe I'll just constantly distract myself with this video of Tigers commentator Rod Allen. )

I was quite pleased that I was able to make this icon in about fifteen minutes on my new computer. It's simple, but that's the type of icon I like to have. And it didn't have me tearing my hair out in frustration trying to figure out how to use a graphics program that's honestly far more powerful than I need. (I am still ridiculously chuffed with the colorized Mushishi icon I made using said overpowered program.) I have had my new computer almost a month now, and I am so happy with it now that it's pretty much all set up. I can watch video on it without any trouble, and I organized my files with the move over from the old computer, and there are tons of other shiny, little improvements.

I am sad about the fact that there's no more Red Wings hockey until next season because they all tried so hard and it just wasn't enough. In my heart, they're still the best. I'm continuing to watch the playoffs in a sort of offhand way because I want Nashville to lose, like maybe if they lose in the second round then it'll make us losing in the first round okay somehow.
coprime: Valtteri Filppula's pretty face (Red Wings hockey)
Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 11:38 pm
Ahhh, we keep coming thisclose to winning and then failing to. So far this series whoever has more shots on goal is the one that loses, and Nashville is beating us 3-1. I wasn't really expecting the Wings to have a serious run for the cup, but I was hoping we could at least advance to Round 2. (We still could! It will be tough though.) We are kind of worn down as a team though, poor Cleary and Helm. I did really like how the crowd at Joe Louis Arena booed Weber every time he had the puck.

I think I need to try my hand at icon making once more, given how much I keep talking about hockey. Probably of Filppula, who I sort of randomly decided was my favorite. He's a good, solid player for the most part and probably the most attractive player on the team. This is not saying much, I know, given the average attractiveness of hockey players.

The Tigers are doing pretty good, which is nice, I suppose. I mean, if I can only have one sports team win a night, I'd prefer it to be the Red Wings since they're in the playoffs now and the Tiger's regular season is just starting. But I will take my wins where I can get them, haha. And Austin Jackson, my favorite on the Tigers, is doing much better at batting this year. Which makes me happy because he was really...not that great at batting last year.

And in much more squeeful fandom news, I finally got to watch the first episode of The Legend of Korra, and it was the bestest! So amazing! I want to watch the rest right now because everyone and everything in it is awesome.

I participated in a 5K run/walk (I walked) last Sunday. It was fun! Even despite the rain in the morning before the race. My dad, brother D, and his wife all walked too, so it was nice to see them. My ankles were so sore the next day though; I am out of shape.
coprime: Valtteri Filppula's pretty face (Red Wings hockey)
Saturday, April 14th, 2012 09:49 am
Ugh, I am so glad Detroit beat Nashville last night. I wanted to win before, but after Wednesday's game I want my team to hand Nashville their asses. I get that Weber was pissed because Zetterberg had given him a legal hit a moment before, but shit like this should just not be acceptable:
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The fact that the NHL only fined Weber $2500 gives lie to all the talk they've done about trying to reduce the number of concussions players get. And I just get so mad at how cavalier the NHL is about something that can seriously mess up a person, especially later in life. All you have to do is look at retired football players and boxers to see that multiple concussions have serious, long-lasting effects.

The commentators on Friday's game (the Wings' normal commentators, no less) kept talking about how Weber only cracked Zetterberg's helmet and didn't give him a concussion when he slammed Zetterberg's head into the glass twice. And how the NHL only looks at results - no concussion, no serious penalty - rather than intent in these sorts of things because intent is so hard to judge. And it is such utter bullshit because the only thing that should matter is the action, not results or intent. If a players shoves his stick in another guy's face, it's high sticking; it doesn't matter whether the guy was injured or not and it doesn't matter whether the player intended to or not. And I don't think, if it's not unreasonable to expect players to keep control of their sticks at all times, it's not unreasonable to expect players to keep from grabbing an opponent's head and shoving it into the glass.

Obviously I still have a lot of opinions about this despite ranting (with a lot more swearing) to the BF last night for ten minutes.
coprime: an awesome lady stepping out of a boat (Default)
Friday, March 23rd, 2012 09:07 pm
I have been utterly apathetic about sports for the past quarter of a century, and now I find that I have all sorts of opinions on things. I keep giving myself a mental side eye because I am not really sure how this happened.

For example, I am looking forward to baseball season starting! Mostly because I think the announcers for the Detroit Tigers are hilarious. I'm not sure if them spouting any random thought that pops into their heads is just due to the nature of baseball (162 games in the regular season with a lot of spots where not much is happening = lots of air time to kill) of if they're especially bad about it, but it made last year's season lots more fun once I figured out I should actually listen to the announcers.

Also, Prince Fielder is growing on me -- he is like a smiley teddy bear! -- even if I think he's overpriced. (He is, but that's what it takes in order to convince good players to play for the Tigers.) I'm going to miss Victor Martinez though. And apparently Brandon Inge says he's not going to suck this year?

As for hockey, it's been really nice to see Datsyuk playing again. ♥ He's still just as amazing at puck stealing/handling as he ever was. Still really missing Lidstrom though, and I can't help but feel that him being injured for the past month means he'll retire at the end of the season. And that if Lidstrom retires, Holmstrom will retire too. And that will be sad for the team.

On the other hand, the Wings have a number of younger/rookie players that I think will eventually shape up to be really good players. Like, I think Justin Abdelkader's been doing good and Brendan Smith has a lot of potential in him. Jiri Hudler being decent this year still confuses me though. Also I sort of adore Cory Emmerton for his desire to troll everyone (but especially Brendan Smith).

And I don't care about football (I refuse), but I still have opinions about the New Orleans Saints bounty thing. Very passionate feelings that I'm only subjecting the BF to because I don't want to start wank on Facebook.
coprime: Valtteri Filppula's pretty face (Red Wings hockey)
Friday, March 2nd, 2012 08:31 pm
This is more like it! The Wings have been playing rather crappily lately -- good 3rd periods, lackluster 1st and 2nd -- but tonight's game has been good so far! Thankfully. It was embarrassing when Columbus scored on our power play and then very nearly did it a second time. (Although going "Ugh, Hudler, why are you so slow?" felt familiar, haha.)

I tuned in to last night's Montreal-Minnesota game during the last five minutes of regulation, which was just the right time to tune in. Very exciting! Minnesota came back from a three point deficit to tie it up, the refs missed an obvious call which had the crowd booing for the rest of regulation and all of overtime, and then during the shootout Setoguchi fell on his ass giving Montreal the win.

Also, this commercial with Kris Draper and Chris Osgood cracks me up every time I see it because it is so obviously scripted and so stilted.
coprime: Valtteri Filppula's pretty face (Red Wings hockey)
Friday, February 17th, 2012 11:34 pm
I don't adore looking at bookshelves as much as I used to, but I still find these teacup-shaped shelves to be just about the cutest ever.

I was very excited about the Red Wings win on Tuesday! Or, well, as excited as I could muster after being up for eighteen hours by the time the game ended. We did not have as much energy in today's game - I think Nashville played a smidge better than us - but it was still a win! Datsyuk made some really good plays, but that is not really surprising. ♥

I wonder if all hockey players mumble horribly when talking to the media. The Wings certainly do, and weirdly Coach Babcock is the worst of the bunch. Is this why they always pick the same four or five players to talk to if they want to ask random lulzy questions? Are the Swedes on the team the only ones who speak English clearly?
coprime: Valtteri Filppula's pretty face (Red Wings hockey)
Sunday, February 12th, 2012 10:52 pm
Whooooooooo, we won! It is very satisfying to tie Philadelphia's record for a twenty home game winning streak by beating them. And in regulation no less!

Very exciting game too. It seemed like we were just trading goals with the Flyers, especially in the second period, but then Franzen scored in the first minute of the third and we never let them get another goal. :D Now to see if we can beat the Stars on Tuesday and make a new NHL record.

Today's hockey revelation: The reason I have so much trouble keeping track of who's who in random hockey games is because baseball has conditioned me to expect the team in the primarily white uniform to be the home team. Hockey (at least the NHL, I have no clue about other leagues) is the opposite! Everything makes so much more sense....

I also made my own hockey-inspired marathon of How It's Made and learned how they make wooden sticks, graphite sticks, gloves, pucks, goalie pads, and goalie masks. I learned some interesting things, like the company that makes the wooden sticks has a storehouse of 6,000 sticks used by past and current players to model their sticks on.

I think we're now through enough of the season that the annual "Is this going to be the year Lidstrom finally retires?" talk is starting up. At least, the announcers were speculating on it at one point during the game. It makes meel conflicted because goodness knows if anyone in the league has earned retirement, it's Lidstrom. But at the same time he is ♥so amazing♥ that I want him to stay still.
coprime: Valtteri Filppula's pretty face (Red Wings hockey)
Friday, February 10th, 2012 11:45 pm
I have been trying to get into hockey fandom for something like the past two months and failing because it turns out I am a much bigger Red Wings fan than I'd thought. And the Red Wings do not seem to engender fandom squee (or at least none where I can find it). So every time I'd try to read something - because I like squee and fic about dudes failing at emotions! - I would just be, "Ugh, who cares about the Blackhawks/Penguins/whoever, the Wings are clearly the best," and have to quit reading.

So frustrating! (Also frustrating was missing nearly every game because I thought I didn't get the channel they typically got shown on. Turns out I do get that channel, whoo.)

But I think I may have figured out why no one loves the Red Wings (despite the fact that they are awesome): we're essentially the NY Yankees of the NHL. I think we were the Yankees before the salary cap got implemented. So if what I think is true, it is not really surprising that no one loves the Wings except for Wings fans.

Figuring this out has quieted my inner fan enough that I can read about teams who are not the Red Wings. Yay! Figuring out that I can watch the Wings even when the Pistons are playing also helped a lot too, not gonna lie.

And, oh man, tonight's game! So exciting! We extended our home win streak to nineteen games, yes! And if we can beat the Flyers on Sunday, we'll be tying their record. I was annoyed at Bertuzzi for getting three penalties (out of seven Wings penalties) but then he scored the winning shot in the shootout, so I guess it was okay. Also his job on the ice does generally result in hm getting penalties, so it's not like it was unexpected of him. But, man, all those power plays were not helping us get that nineteenth win. And I am so glad MacDonald did not suck at goaltending as much as he did in the previous game I saw him play where he gave up four goals.

I almost forgot my favorite bit of the game! As excited as I am for the win, I thought it was hilarious when the announcers were like, "LOL, Hudler, good job keeping hold of your stick when you try to get in a fight. You're too small otherwise to be effective."