Did humans arrive on this continent 100,000 years earlier than expected? Well, whythehell not? Trump wasn't here to keep them out then. I see no reason not to think it. There's a book I read a few years ago, 'Bones', (don't recall the author) about outliers in anthropology that didn't fit the current theories -- like the idea (supported by indigenous stories throughout Central and South America) that when it got cold up here with glaciers, people moved south and lived there for a while, and then came back.
A noted Caps fan, the ‘King of Late Night’ is clearly enjoying retirement while simultaneously getting in the playoff spirit, as his burly and untamed batch of flowing white facial hair would suggest. The former host of Late Night and The Late Show made the evening airwaves his home for 33 years before retiring in May of 2015.
The finalists for the 2017 Mark Messier Leadership Award were revealed on Thursday night, as you all no doubt already know having organized watch parties for the occasion.
Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Nick Foligno, Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf and Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano are the three finalists for the 2016-17 Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award, which is presented “to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice, during the regular season.”
In case you were curious, Mark Messier solicits suggestions from NHL personnel and fans to compile a list of candidates. But in the end, the ultimate finalists and winner for this prestigious award are selected by Messier.
Here are the finalists:
Nick Foligno, LW, Columbus Blue Jackets
Serving his second season as captain, Foligno led Columbus to a 32-point improvement and its best campaign in franchise history. Off the ice, Foligno and his wife, Janelle, committed $1 million split between Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital in support of pediatric congenital heart care in honor of their daughter, Milana. Foligno continued a partnership with Papa John’s Pizza, raising money for the Janis Foligno Foundation – created in memory of his late mother, who died from breast cancer in 2009. The 29-year-old Buffalo native also joined his teammates for various community initiatives, including the Blue Jackets’ Meals on Wheels campaign during the holiday season.
Ryan Getzlaf, C, Anaheim Ducks
Getzlaf, Anaheim’s captain since 2010-11, powered the Ducks to their fifth straight Pacific Division title and became the first player in franchise history to lead the team in scoring for five consecutive seasons. Away from the rink, he and teammate Corey Perry continued their roles with the Anaheim Ducks Learn to Play program, which they launched together in 2013 to provide equipment and classes for first-time hockey players ages 4-12. The 31-year-old Regina, Sask., native also hosted his fifth annual golf tournament benefitting CureDuchenne, a nonprofit that raises awareness and funds for the progressive muscle-wasting disease. To date, Getzlaf and his wife, Paige, have raised more than $1.675 million through the event.
Mark Giordano, D, Calgary Flames
Calgary’s captain since 2013-14, Giordano guided the Flames to their second playoff berth in the last three years. The reigning NHL Foundation Player Award winner also maintained his longstanding contributions in the local community and beyond. Team Giordano, launched in 2014 with the Calgary Board of Education, has donated $300,000 to high-needs schools to promote improved physical fitness and academics. The initiative has impacted nearly 2,000 students, funding the purchase of equipment and encouraging children through the “5 G’s” Giordano believes are the keys to success in life. The 33-year-old Toronto native also has been an ambassador for various team programs, including Reading…Give It a Shot! since 2006-07.
WHO WINS: We always assume the winner of the Messier is the baldest player, but since Getzlaf and Giordano both qualify, we’ll go with Foligno.
I've been driving through a place called Lake Arbor Park to blow up my frenemies' Ingress portals, and ran across cormorants. And herons. But today I came home and walked Monty around the block and while I was down by the church to the south of our house I heard an utterly familiar (to me) "breet!" sound that is unlike any native bird. I managed a passable "breet!" response and got an extremely enthusiastic response, so we played Marco Polo until this old grey lady tried to fly towards me. Her wings are clipped so it didn't work very well, but she's quite well-trained and civilized, so I got her to step up on my hand and walk up to my shoulder while monty had a complete emotional breakdown about not being allowed to eat the little bird, and brought her home. She's now sitting in the downstairs bathroom.
Describe yourself in five sentences or less: I'm not good at describing myself. I'm an introvert, happily married, and currently a student again for like the 4th time. I hate crowded places, yet I've lived in China by choice. I enjoy planning, bullet journaling, organizing, mixed media art, and living in a much more minimalist and intentional way than I have in the past. I am a follower of Christ and have been for almost 4 years now.
Top 5 Fandoms: I'm honestly not into fandoms as much as I used to be and I rarely talk about them, at least at length, in my journal. While I don't have the fervour for them like before I still do go through phases. I used to be huge into Harry Potter, LOTR, Vampire Knight, Harajuku Lovers, Tokidoki, so many more that I can't think of right now, and lots of different bands/singers. Right now I'm really into Riverdale but that's about it. I have a lot of different interests listed on my profile page.
I mostly post about: daily happenings, school, interesting stuff I find... whatever you know?
My last three posts were about: - Having my friends guess which band I haven't seen out of a short list. I've seen lot of shows. - A bit about my day at my volunteer position with an organization that raises awareness on the many issues related to the garment industry. - Photobucket being annoying, my sugar addiction, and a missions opportunity.
How often do you post? It does fluctuate because life happens of course. Sometimes it's daily, sometimes it's twice or even just once a week.
How about commenting? I do try to comment as much as I can, but it has to be authentic. I comment when I have something to say, not just for the sake of it.
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Whenever Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid has stepped on the ice this postseason, he has found himself playing against some of the NHL’s premier matchup defenders.
Against the San Jose Sharks in the first-round, he got a heavy dose of defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic. In Game 1 of the second-round, the Anaheim Ducks had Selke Trophy finalist center Ryan Kesler blanket McDavid.
Though McDavid often draws teams’ best defensive players during the regular season, he didn’t have to fight through the same level of elite two-way talent on a nightly basis like in the playoffs.
“I think when you’re such a high profile guy like him, maybe the highest, teams are obviously going to key on you,” Oilers forward Jordan Eberle said. “Last series the Vlasic pairing was all over him and this series it seems like Kesler is on him and just taking away space everywhere. Connor’s big asset is obviously through the neutral zone with his speed and when you have a guy standing beside you in that area it’s tough to get away.”
In some respects, this has forced McDavid to change his game and find ways to be effective in the absence of the virtuoso offensive performances he put on during the regular season. In 82 games this year, McDavid led the NHL in scoring with 100 points but in the playoffs he has notched five points in seven games.
“I don’t know how many times I’m going to say it but we’re a deep team,” McDavid said. “We have guys that can step up each and every night. It doesn’t have to be myself or my line or anything like that. It can be anyone on this team. There are obviously different ways to contribute.”
In the first-round McDavid was held to four points and two goals in six games but Edmonton got a strong team performance to beat San Jose.
In Game 1 against the Ducks, McDavid notched one assist and drew a power play but was neutralized for the most part. Despite Anaheim’s ability to successfully slow McDavid, several other Oilers made them pay when they got open ice, which enabled Edmonton to win 5-3.
“I think on the road, obviously they get the last change so they’re going to get what they want. But when you’re winning games and you got a guy like Adam Larsson who is scoring two goals and Mark Letestu who has a couple and guys contributing each night, that’s the sign of a good team,” Eberle said. “That’s how you win. Obviously Connor on a majority of the nights is going to be driving it but on nights when he’s getting checked that tightly you need other guys to step up so obviously last night was a perfect example of Larsson and other guys stepping up.”
McDavid has now played enough hockey this postseason to understand that he can’t just fly through the center of the ice to create chances like he did in the regular season. Instead he has started to goad other teams to his side of the ice to create openings on the other side. His teammates have seen this shift in his game and have praised how quickly McDavid has learned to create space in a different way.
“They key on him quite specifically through the neutral zone and stuff so a lot of the time he just tries to create space for the other guys by kind of causing a little bit of chaos on one side and then that opens up another side,” Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins said. “He’s learning that pretty quick and obviously still does a good job of when he has a chance to get open and find that open space for himself too.”
Edmonton’s ability to win when McDavid isn’t scoring at his usual torrid pace is one of the Oilers’ best developments in these playoffs and makes them a more dangerous team than originally expected.
“I think we’re not just playing against McDavid. We’re playing against a team,” Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano said. “I think we limited his ice-time. I’m sure he was a little frustrated but they beat us and that’s what a good team does. A good team finds ways to win when your top guys aren’t going or don’t have the success in the game and they did that.”
The way the Oilers won, despite the Ducks’ watchful eye on McDavid, could create a conundrum for Anaheim. The Ducks put Kesler’s line on McDavid for most of the game and saw that trio’s offense struggle as it expended energy to stop the Oilers’ captain. Then they scored a goal in the third period when they were not matched up against McDavid.
Does this mean the Ducks should try to get Kesler’s line away from McDavid in order to generate more scoring? And if Anaheim decides to do this, will a matchup change free up McDavid to find his offensive range?
No matter what the Ducks decide, the Oilers know that simply having McDavid gives them an advantage other teams lack, even if he’s not hitting prolific numbers.
“There’s two sides to it for sure. When you’re that focused on killing a guy’s momentum and checking him a lot of times offense gets put out of the window,” Eberle said. “That’s one less line we have to worry about. Connor is that dangerous of a player that he has that impact.”
Rayford Steele gets a thrill from the idea that he is living in “the most cataclysmic period in the history of the world.” That thrill — which plays a big role in the allure of Rapture-mania Christianity — comes from the idea that this makes him special, that it makes his life more meaningful than it might otherwise seem. That attitude only makes sense from an extremely self-centered perspective: Sure, the apocalypse means widespread suffering and death, but it makes MY life more significant, so on balance that’s a plus.
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...So every other song to jump to mind for this was horribly depressing, but this one is like the exact opposite; it's move music. Also I first found it through a goddamn beautiful Agent Carter vid that is in my top-five-ever favorite vids list.