Falling Stars

The CEO of the Dallas Stars hockey team acknowledged they have lost many season ticket holders after the team boycotted a game, knelt for the National Anthem, and expressed support for the Black Lives Matter terror organization. Kneeeling for the Anthem in Texas? Smart move.

According to a report, the president and CEO of the NHL’s Dallas Stars said the team has lost a number of season ticket holders because of the team’s support of Black Lives Matter and protests dealing with race.

Brad Alberts stated, “But we/I stand by our organization’s commitment and support our players 100% to express their views,” as the Dallas News reported.

Just a little inside baseball for those who either don’t follow hockey, or don’t follow the Stars. The team does not have a rabid fanbase. Sure, they get people in the stands, but most of them come after the game has started, and leave before the game is over. It’s similar to sports in NYC – yes, the places are filled, but many fans leave early to beat the rush. Losing season ticket holders will be disastrous for this team, but this jackass CEO thinks doubling down is a wicked smaht plan.

Stars interim coach Rick Bowness added, “We’re all against the social injustice and racial discrimination that’s going on around the world. If our players think that this is the best way that they can support that, then they have our full support and we are proud of the stance that they have taken.”

Hmm, maybe I missed the Stars’ protests of the Chinese government for imprisoning Muslims, or their crackdown on Hong Kong’s protesters. It’s almost like the team’s commitment to “social injustice” around the world is just a bullshit talking point.

I mean, having followed hockey for most of my life, I think I have a good idea of what NHL fans will and will not tolerate. This will end badly for you, Dallas; and the rest of the NHL will follow suit.

Sunday Services

The NHL preseason is underway, which mans hockey will soon be back! In that vein, today’s subject is Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn.

Jamie Randolph Benn (born July 18, 1989) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who currently serves as captain of the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL). Benn played his junior hockey career with the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League (WHL) prior to turning professional. He represented Canada at the 2009 World Junior Championships, where he helped capture a gold medal. With Team Canada, he won a gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He is the younger brother of defenseman Jordie Benn, who plays for the Montreal Canadiens, and a former teammate of Jamie. In the 2014–15 season, Benn was awarded the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s leading scorer with 87 points.

Jamie is a stud, and arguably the best (or second best; Tyler Sequin is awesome) player on the team. Like most hockey players, he is also very humble, which is why there were very few candid photos of him on the innerwebz.

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Snow Devils

You may have noticed I have been scarce around these parts lately. While that is assuredly a good thing, I am back to regular posting and commenting after an absurdly busy weekend.

On Friday, we took the kids to the New Jersey Devils game in Newark, NJ. I wanted to leave early because rush hour traffic near NYC is uglier than Rebel Wilson.

I got home from work, got changed and out we went… into the snowstorm. Eastern PA and NJ were hit with a snowstorm which lasted until 10pm. Thee totals weren’t huge, but for some reason, people who live in snow corridors never know how to drive in it. The 90-minute trek took us three hours, mostly because humanity needs to die a violent, pus-filled death.

The good news is the arena wasn’t packed, so lines for concessions and potties were short. Thee Devils played a below-average first two periods, prompting Kyle and Erik to tell Mrs. Earp, Kevin and Julia that they’re a jinx. The third period was all Devils, all the time; they scored three goals in a 5-2 win.

Saturday and Sunday’s events are below the fold…

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Sunday Services

Tyler Seguin Dallas Stars

The NHL All-Star Game will be held today (3:30pm ET on NBC) so what better subject for Sunday Services than perennial all-star Tyler Seguin?

Tyler Paul Seguin (born January 31, 1992) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre currently playing for the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League. Seguin was selected second overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins and went on to win the 2011 Stanley Cup in his rookie season.

As the result of one of his best friends suffering a severe spinal cord injury, Seguin founded Seguin’s Stars upon arriving in Dallas. At every Stars home game during the season, Seguin donated a luxury suite, along with food and beverage, for individuals with spinal cord injuries. At the conclusion of every game, Seguin met his guests outside the Stars’ locker room for autographs and pictures.

There are more photos below the fold. Trust me when I say they are much more interesting.

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