...the KHL had its All-Star game yesterday, which I watched on delay on ESPN3 (because I didn't want to get up at 5:30 AM. The game was much like the last Pro Bowl, with the West side taking a lot less seriousness in it and getting hammered 18-11. The two boys from Lokomotiv had mixed results. Sergei Plotnikov got an assist on a late goal from Torpedo's Michael Varnakov; Staffan Kronwall played defense like he was a gardener watching nearby kids playing. There were some fun things: a discussion between the two announcers about former NHLer Alexander Radulov (who had a goal and 3 assists) and his lack of success in the NHL: "...they say he has million-dollar talent but a dime brain", and "all those tools but no toolbox". Another discussion about league leading scorer Sergei Mozyakin, who'd had three breakaways get stymied (he finally scored 18 ticks into the third) about his efforts: "They used to call that 'a lot of Swedish, but no Finnish' ". The best hit of the game, midway through the first stanza when two west players ran into each other behind the net.
But the best moment was goalie Konstantine Barulin's. After a goal by the west, with their goalie pulled and 30-odd seconds left, he lined up on the next face-off as a skater, was given the puck, and scored into the empty net, only to have it waved off- since he was lined up as a skater and not a goalie, his goalie stick was illegal. But his BEST moment was the night before, at the "best dancer" competition:
Now, hometown boy Evgeny Kuznetsov might have gotten MVP for his 4-goal game, but I think the player that worked the hardest and did the best was west goalie Vasily Koshechkin of Severstal. Despite giving up 10 goals in his 31-shot half of the game, he made a bunch of spectacular (under the circumstances) saves, including most of the stops on Mozyakin.
Okay, let's look into Chris' mailbag and see what silliness we can find this week. Before I get to the "comment" section, I have to mentioned the "regular" scam-mail I got today wanting me to look into a job as a mystery shopper. First, whoever has "SSN 2013" at Guilford College, your e-mail has been hacked. Second, if you as a scammer want me as an idiot to send you my personal info in hopes of applying for your ficticious job, you might want to come up with a better closing that, "Sincerely, MANAGER". Just sayin'.
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Relevance: Even ambiguousness fails on a specialty blog. 3.
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Coherence: Always a good idea to start in mid-sentence. And the "Perhaps frequent holidays..." sentence made SO much sense. 4.
Relevance: I belive this was a post right after she had a trip to New Zealand, so the "holidays" reference fits in. 1.
Link: Ah, the ubiquitous payday loans. 0 due to overuse.
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Relevance: All of my posts contain precious information. 3.
Link: Means "Let's go Turkey". Either yet another of Turkey's innumerable spam real-estate sites, or a message from the American turkey council. 3.
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I didn't know that collecting supposedly-ancient 100ft.-plus ships was a big thing.
Coherence: Pretty good, which means a low score. 1.
Relevance: Unless there is a luxury watch out there with Noah's Ark on it's face, I'd say none. 4.
Link: this is a German payday loans site. 1.
Score: 2, plus a bonus to put it past the first one. 2.01.
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Relevance: It was more than one paragraph, so 1.
Link: Without telling tales, this was what put this one on the list. 6, just for the anti-relevance.
At this point I want to bring up a couple of non-contestants. I had yet another from Al Penwasser's Made In Spain post, solely noteworthy for this comment:
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The other one was a comment to the recent picture post with Laurie tramping through the woods in her slippers looking for deer- from a Polish payday loans site. Insert your own ethnically-inappropriate joke here, if you want.
Also, I have movie site matchflick.com allegedly wanting to do a guest post. About what, may I ask?
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Link: You know the rules- no hyperlink, -2.
Score: losing a point to break the tie, 1.57.
And that is it, other than a couple of other non-contest mentions: one, a comment on what a great job I did on one of my posts, linked to "Neck Pain"; the other, a comment on Momto8blog linked to "Predator Costume." WTH?
And so, the scoreboard:
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Get your ex back: 2.67
Fake Noah's Ark watches: 2.01
George's traffic autopilot: 2.00
Frequent Holidays: 1.67
Hep-C dating: 1.57
Congrats to WFG for the win this time!