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*This post was originally published for Black Press’s B.C. network, written by Kolby Solinsky

Week 13 is headlined out West by a meeting of once-major powers, the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers.

Now, for most of the season, both Frisco and the Hawks have been stuttered impressions of their very recently terrific selves – the Niners made the Super Bowl in 2013 and the NFC Championship last Winter, while the Seahawks are of course the defending NFL champions.

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*This was originally posted on Black Press’s B.C. network. Story by Kolby Solinsky, White Cover Magazine…

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Try and tell me you didn’t get a little nostalgic watching this.

The font. The familiar sounds and dinosaur screeches. The faint playing of Jurassic Park’s classic theme song.

It’s all there and it’s been revamped and juiced up, much like the Jurassic series itself, which will re-launch in 2015 with Jurassic World. The film, starring Chris Pratt (in the skeptical Jeff Goldblum/Sam Neill-ish role) and Bryce Dallas Howard (in the dangerously naive but hopeful role, like Richard Attenborough’s John Hammond) will set itself a real-time appropriate 22 years after the events of the first movie, which was released in 1993 to a then-record $914 million worldwide.

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– The biggest news of the day, of course, has been the passing away of iconic hockey man Pat Quinn. The 71-year-old former coach and player has been garnering tributes all day in Vancouver and Toronto, the two cities where he most personally and famously made an impact.

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You’re going to read a lot today about Pat Quinn, mostly from people in the know who had a relationship with him – the iconic ‘Big Irishman’ who was so beloved from coast-to-coast, you today have three cities (his hometown of Hamilton often overlooked but of course included) and hundreds of communities of fans staking claim to the thick-haired coach, the guy who led Vancouver, Toronto, and the entire country to hockey glory.

I got a text from a friend today, out in Etobicoke: “Pat Quinn died eh. Former lead coach. So sad”

My response was: “Former canucks coach too my friend”

Now, I quickly realized how stupid this was. It’s a very sad day, as my buddy acknowledged. And then there I was, grabbing Quinn’s legacy like it was something to be owned.

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by Kolby Solinsky

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The Toronto Maple Leafs say they didn’t mean to ‘snub’ their fans last week, after a surprise 5-2 win over the Stamkos-buoyed Tampa Bay Lighting.

Whatever. If I’m a Leafs fan, I hope they did.

This team – or any Canadian club, for that matter – only plays well when it has no other option. And sometimes, that means doing it in spite of your fans, not with their support. Support makes you complacent. And in Toronto, where there’s no other franchise that matters like the Leafs matter, their fans’ relationship is as parasitic as it is loving.

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Playoff atmosphere.

They call it like that – the never-defined ‘they’ – whenever something otherwise regular
is held over the simmer, when for whatever reason a mid-November school night can be sold as something greater. And on Thursday night, Rogers Arena was the only place that mattered. If you were in Rogers Arena, that is. And there hasn’t been a buzz in there for a long time now, perhaps not since the stakes were truly as high as they’ve ever been.

On Thursday, with Ryan Kesler returning atop the bow of another army’s viking ship, I found myself in the seats my family’s owned and shared for some time, elated when the Canucks plucked Freddy Andersen for three second-period goals, then terrified late when Vancouver inexplicably fell on their heels, then just tortured and hoping for relief when the game went into overtime, and finally the shootout.

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by Kolby Solinsky

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This job’s hard sometimes.

I mean, don’t get me wrong, it’s not really, truly hard or anything. I’m not breaking brick, forking a field for minimum wage, or taking orders from King Joffrey. But it’s difficult to pretend to care, basically all the time, about stuff like the Canucks. Or the NHL. Or whatever, anything like that.

And into the middle of November, we’re all just trying. The nights are longer, the air is colder, and your bed is so much warmer. So here’s to another wasted week spent trying to draw answers and conclusions out of an NHL season that’s too young to matter just yet.

The Ice Scrape Thing

So, the NHL has decided to scrap the scrape, meaning overtime won’t be preceded by that thing the Zambonis do where they drag they skirt around and smooth out the rink’s surface… you know, like your dog does on your carpet when it’s got an itchy butt.

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Perhaps I should care. I just can’t seem to.

The NHL will have ads on their jerseys, at some point in the near future. Again, that’s both as much detail as you need to know and as much detail as you can know. Such is the NHL’s way… their reveals are slow-burns, designed to hit you hard at first, then let you catch your breath, then tire yourself out with flung rage and empty protests that ultimately go nowhere (because, like we’ve seen in the past two lockouts, the league knows it has all Canadians by the nuts, and we’re going to watch no matter what they do), and then you’ll just freeze and slouch and take it. Take it all.

It’s the definition of settling. It’s realistic. But the best of us make the best of it.

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Damned if you do… and you know the rest.

I sort of applauded the NHL and Stephane Quintal last week, when they suspended Alex Burrows three games for his high and late hit on Montreal’s Alexei Emelin. I’m a Canucks fan, so I didn’t want to see Burrows suspended. And I don’t think, for second, he was trying to do anything sinister on the play – he was trying to finish his check on Emelin, take the defender out of the play, and an unfortunate, cosmic motion of each man’s body (Burrows aiming above a head that lowered and moved right, Emelin apparently not aware of who was there) put Alex’s hands in Alexei’s eyes, which left the blueliner clipped and stunned, lying on the ice recovering while the Canucks took the puck and scored on Carey Price.

Burrows’ only intentional error on the play was that he was late. He could have avoided Emelin. The hit to the head was marginal and passing, but when you make a silly mistake you have to bear responsibility for what happens next, in relation to your first mistake.

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People who say silly things must hate the Internet.

The silly things they say just never go away. It happens to me all the time, and fair enough. I write a lot, therefore I get a lot wrong. Or take the case of Vancouver Canucks’ defenceman Kevin Bieksa, who still won’t wear a visor on his helmet, even after seeing his 2011 teammate Manny Malhotra nearly lose his vision and his career, or after seeing Marc Staal’s face cave in like the pastry under Jason Biggs in American Pie. (I mean, just watching Staal’s legs writhe around on the ice after that clip is enough to make any on-the-fence parent pull their kids from the sport.)

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