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Hockey analytics or I'm actually pretty smart

Hockey analytics or I’m actually pretty smart

I’m actually a pretty smart person, and I  have plenty of respect for analytical types. But the graphs that hockey analysts post or tweet are kind of coated in mental Teflon as far as I’m concerned. Most of them don’t mean much to me at first glance, and I guess I just don’t care enough […]

This is Steve Ott

Mysteries of the Human Mind

…Or “What the Hell Does This Have to Do With That?” Example the first: It started several years ago as I was buying gas. While the pump was running, as was my habit, I got back in the car and got out my “gas & oil” record keeping book. (Yes, I’m one of those people.) […]

Well, that was interesting

Well, that was interesting

Okay, so we had some family stuff going on…my husband’s father, who lived in Denver, died in January, after an illness that required the hubs going up there to stay for a month, and myself flying back and forth multiple times. (What’s going on since then with my MIL is another, also sad story.) But, anyway, […]

Turn, Turn, Turn

Turn, Turn, Turn

I like baseball. I really like it once hockey is done, but the transition (hockey-baseball season, which would be hockey-basketball-baseball season if I were more than a casual b-ball fan) is tough. On the one hand, you’ve got all the hope of a new season, when anything is still possible except seeing Yu Darvish pitch. On […]

What I know about Canada

Well, not everything I know. I mean, when I was a teenager, my family took a day trip from Glacier National Park, where my sister had a summer job, to…somewhere in Alberta. Rich & I spent our honeymoon on Galiano Island.* And my sister and I vacationed in Vancouver for a week a few years […]

Be glad you’re not good enough at hockey

The Dallas Stars sucked last night. I mean, really sucked. They were pretty much terrible, in a season of not being great, of defying all expectations, of looking good on paper but (usually) not so much when they have to actually play another team…. It was a bad game, at least from the Stars fan […]

Work & working, some knitting, some hockey, some cooking, some books…

Work & working, some knitting, some hockey, some cooking, some books…

It looks like I’m trying to cover all the topics at once. That’s what happens when you go for a long time without talking. You have a lot pent up to say, I guess. I’ve been working all day today, really, both doing stuff around the house and doing Work work, but I can’t really point […]

Hockey post with a side of ADD

Point #1: Sometimes it’s helpful to see things from the other side. I’m now following Paul Stewart on Twitter, and he offers some insight into what’s going on with the officials on the ice. We love to hate them (and they sometimes really have it coming). Sometimes they make us laugh. Mike Leggo is beloved […]

22nd Day of Thanksgiving, or T-minus 6 and counting

22nd Day of Thanksgiving, or T-minus 6 and counting

Today I’m thankful for humor. In fact, I’m pretty dependent on it. I laugh a lot. I laugh at clever things, silly things, obscure things, absurd things. I look for humor, I find humor in everyday situations every day. More often, though, I find it without even looking. I guess you could say it finds […]

9th Day of Thanksgiving

9th Day of Thanksgiving

…or T-minus 19 and counting. Tee-hee. Today I’m thankful that I became a sports fan. I came to love sports relatively late in life. I was in my early forties when I got involved in a new ministry at my church. At the time (in the late 90s) I lived in northwest San Antonio, and […]