Chris' Linkjockey blog links to unique, fantastic sites on the web that you haven't seen before.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The next big thing in food: Herring

A Starring Role for the Little Humble Herring - NYT


What used to be food for Jewish and Scandinavian grandfathers is showing up on the menus of restaurants both hip and elegant, from Osaka to New York.  Finally, the pickled herring gets some respect...

Sunday, December 4, 2011

From Seth's Blog : The economics of Christmas lights

Why bother buying them, putting them up, electrifying them and then taking them down again?

After all, the economist wonders, what's in it for you?

The very same non-economic contribution is going on online, every single day. More and more of the content we consume was made by our peers, for free. My take:

People like the way it feels to live in a community filled with decorated houses. They enjoy the drive or the walk through town, seeing the lights, and they want to be part of it, want to contribute and want to be noticed too.

Peace of mind and self-satisfaction are incredibly valuable to us, and we happily pay for them, sometimes contributing to a community in order to get them.

The internet is giving more and more people a highly-leveraged, inexpensive way to share and contribute. It doesn't cost money, it just takes guts, time and kindness.

No wonder most people don't insist on getting paid for their tweets, posts and comments.

Two asides: First, it's interesting to note that no one (zero) gets paid to put up Christmas lights, but some towns are awash in them.

and second, I think there's a parallel to the broken windows theory here. Broken Windows asserts that in cities with small acts of vandalism and unrepaired facades, crime goes up. The Christmas Light corollary might be that in towns (or online communities) where there's a higher rate of profit-free community contribution, happiness and productivity go up as well.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

M83

Dude decided to do a video of his audition to be an M83 back-up singer.  Lolz ensue.

http://kottke.org/11/11/m83-vocal-audition

 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Incredible flocking video


Here is the video (from Scotland?) of a murmuration, which is the name for a collection of starlings. 

Saturday, November 5, 2011

WWF Table Hockey set from 80's

The greatest NHL/WWF item ever? Superstars Table Top Hockey - Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports

This is what I'd like for Christmas! It completely blows my mind. 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

do a barrel roll

Go to the Google and search for "do a barrel roll" (no quotes). Works on the iPhone too. 

Monday, October 31, 2011

Seth Godin : How to get a job with a small company

How to get a job with a small company

Most advice about job seeking is oriented around big companies. The notion of a standard resume, of mass mailings, of dealing with the HR department--even the idea of interviews--is all built around the Fortune 500.

Alas, the Fortune 500 has been responsible for a net loss in jobs over the last twenty years. All the growth (and your best chance to get hired) is from companies you've probably never heard of. And when the hirer is also the owner, the rules are very different.

1. Learn to sell. Everyone has sold something, some time, even if it's just selling your mom on the need for a nap when you were three years old. A lot of people have decided that they don't want to sell, can't sell, won't sell, but those same people need to understand that they're probably not going to get a job doing anything but selling.

Small businesses always need people who can sell, because selling pays for itself. It's not an expense, it's a profit center.

2. Learn to write. Writing is a form of selling, one step removed. There's more writing in business today than ever before, and if you can become a persuasive copywriter, you're practically a salesperson, and even better, your work scales.

3. Learn to produce extraordinary video and multimedia. This is just like writing, but for people who don't like to read. Even better, be sure to mix this skill with significant tech skills. Yes, you can learn to code. The fact that you don't feel like it is one reason it's a scarce skill.

Now that you've mastered these skills (all of which take time and guts but no money), understand the next thing about small businesses--they aren't hiring to fill a slot. Unlike a big company with an org chart and pay levels, the very small business is an organism, not a grid. The owner is far more likely to bring in a freelancer or someone working on spec than she is to go run a classified help wanted ad.

And many small businesses are extremely bad at taking initiative that feels like risk. They'd rather fill orders than take a chance and go out prospecting for a person who represents a risk. And that's your opportunity.

When you show up and offer to go prospecting on spec, offer to contribute a website or a sales letter or some sales calls--with no money on the table--many small business people will take you up on it, particularly if they are cash-strapped, profit-oriented and know you by reputation. (Please don't overlook that last one).

Hint: don't merely show up and expect a yes. It's something you earn over time...

The rest is easy. Once you demonstrate that you contribute far more than you cost, now it's merely a matter of figuring out a payment schedule.

This is probably far more uncertainty and personal branding than most job seekers are comfortable with. Which is precisely why it works.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Apple and White Cheddar Scones « Leite's Culinaria

Enjoying yummy, fresh scones this morning. Thanks for the recipe, Raheel!
> http://leitesculinaria.com/45846/recipes-apple-and-white-cheddar-scones.html

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Mother of All Hot Wheels Tracks - Part 1

YouTube video - As a kid, I used to have a Hot Wheels Track. Mine was nowhere as cool as this one!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Full 1992 USA Dream Team basketball games on YouTube

In 1992, it was the first year that NBA players were allowed to play in the Olympics.  With one of the greatest teams assembled in any sport, and a roster of players that can be recognized just by one name (Jordan, Magic, Bird, Barkley, Ewing, Stockton and Malone, Pippen, Drexler, Robinson, Mullin and Laettner), the USA Dream Team went on to win the gold medal with an average margin of victory of 43.8 points per game.
Someone has uploaded the full video footage from every one of their Olympic games onto YouTube.

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Fierce Imagination of Haruki Murakami

An article in the New York Times about Japanese author Haruki Murakami.  In my opinion, he's one of the greats...

Friday, October 14, 2011

Infographics: Do's and Don'ts

 Infographics

Michael Lewis - Weekend reading

Some light reading for your weekend that I came across this week…  California and Bust by Michael Lewis, author of The Blindside and Money Ball. 


11,500 words on where Michael Lewis thinks California and the US economy are going.  This article is a great example of how Lewis consistently makes big finance personal and interesting.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Chris Jones on the Return of the Winnipeg Jets - Grantland

The Return of the Jets

For one night, Winnipeg was the happiest town on earth



Cheers, Chris (via iPhone)

Saturday, September 24, 2011

James Blake - Live at ACL Fest 2011 (Full Set)

We're heading to see James Blake at the Commodore on Sunday. Mellow, spooky, jazzy and electronic...

Check out this video on YouTube if you're interested:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3Pn27thIG0&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Town of Cats - A short story from my favourite writer, Haruki Murakami, in the New Yorker.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

10 Things Henri Cartier-Bresson Can Teach You About Street Photography « Eric Kim Street Photography


10 Things Henri Cartier-Bresson Can Teach You About Street Photography

Henri Cartier-Bresson is one of the greats of photography, and many of his shots are absolutely stunning. 

Here's a list of suggestions for getting better at taking pictures by a pro, based on Cartier-Bresson's work. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Rick Rypien and the crisis of faith on hockey fighting - Puck Daddy - NHL Blog - Yahoo! Sports

I love hockey, and enjoy the excitement of a fight or an explosive body check as much as anyone. However, I'm becoming really concerned about the tragic, long term consequences of these actions to players' health and well being.
It's just a game...

RIP Rick Rypien

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Rick-Rypien-and-the-crisis-of-faith-on-hockey-fi?urn=nhl-wp10695

Friday, August 12, 2011

Dog Parkour (YouTube)


Video of a dog doing parkour... incredibly. This.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

New Coach for Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Ambitious Whitecaps make bold move with Martin Rennie

http://www.theprovince.com/mobile/iphone/story.html?id=5230939

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

S&P credit rating map

 There is a map showing the Standard & Poor's credit rating of each country

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Free Slurpee Day

Monday, July 11 (aka 7/11) is Free Slurpee Day at 7-Eleven... while quantities last. Wahoo!

http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2011/07/free-slurpee-day-2011-canada-vancouver-stores-monday-july-7-2011/

Monday, July 4, 2011

Technological Superstition

Futurist Kevin Kelly writes about modern superstitions that people have concerning manufactured objects, giving them magical properties.

http://www.kk.org/thetechnium/archives/2011/06/technological_s.php?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+kklifestream+%28KK+Lifestream%29

Friday, July 1, 2011

Canada Day Coffee

At Waves Coffee locations, Canadiano coffees cost a loonie for Canada Day. I'm heading out for my first one of the day now...

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Everyday Posters Tumblr

Posters celebrating everyday occurances
http://edped.tumblr.com/

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Tyee – A Social Media Riot Made for TV

I wasn't anywhere near downtown Vancouver after the Canucks game, but I passed through the area before the game. It seemed like some people were more drunk and out of control than with the other games.
This article has the best take on the 2011 Stanley Cup Riot that I've seen so far. I'll join the host of Vancouverites and Canucks fan in condemning the destructive acts on our streets last night.

http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2011/06/16/SocialMediaRiot/

Friday, June 3, 2011

Pre Sale: 99th Grey Cup Championship - Sunday, November 27, 2011 @ 3:30 PM


 

The BC Lions Football Club, proud host of the 99th Grey Cup Championship at BC Place on Sunday, November 27th, is very pleased to announce that tickets for Canada's largest sporting event will go on sale to the public beginning Tuesday, June 21st at 10:00 am. As a Canucks Ticket Holder, you have priority access to tickets for the 99th Grey Cup Championship. Click here for more details on this exclusive Canucks offer.
 
Returning to Vancouver for the first time since 2005, the 2011 Grey Cup Festival will Raise the Roof in Vancouver from Thursday, November 24th through to the 99th Grey Cup Championship game on Sunday, November 27th at the newly renovated BC Place. To learn more about the 2011 Grey Cup Festival, visit the official website at www.2011greycupfestival.ca.

DETAILS:
DATE: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2011
TIME:  3:30 PM
VENUE: BC PLACE
PRICES:  CA $156.00 - CA $350.88, plus applicable facility & convenience fees

INTERNET ORDER PERIOD:
Start: MONDAY, JUNE 6 @ 10:00 AM
End:  FRIDAY, June 10 @ 11:59 PM
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TO ORDER YOUR TICKETS**:
1. Click on the link below (or copy and paste the link to your browser's address bar) and follow the instructions to select your seats. The link will only be active during the INTERNET ORDER PERIOD.
2. When prompted, enter the following password in the designated presale section and proceed with your order: canucks
3. Select your delivery type and make your payment to complete your purchase.
4. Once your order has been processed, a confirmation number will be provided. Keep this number on file for reference.

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Click here for the link to the 99th Grey Cup Championship
Password: canucks

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**Specific seats have been assigned to this exclusive sale during the INTERNET ORDER PERIOD.
**This pre-sale is available MONDAY, JUNE 6 @ 10:00 AM to FRIDAY, JUNE 10 @ 11:59 PM
**LIMIT OF 4 TICKETS PER HOUSEHOLD.
**Availability of seats is based on a first-come, first-served basis, and is restricted to areas defined by the promoter.
**Ticket prices, service charges, and availability of seats may be subject to change.

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If you require assistance with your order please call the toll free number at 1 855 985 5000 and a Ticketmaster service representative will be available to help you.

Please note, events that are offered to Ticket Holders are selected by the promoter and are based on the type of event, seat availability, and timing. In order to purchase tickets to these events, you must have access to the internet and hold a major credit card. All seat locations are subject to availability and are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket limits, prices, and service charges may be subject to change at any time. Events are chosen at the sole discretion of the promoter with no involvement from the Vancouver Canucks.  This offer is not transferable, tickets may not be re-sold, and ticket availability may be limited.

For questions regarding this offer or to notify us of an e-mail address change, please contact your Account Manager directly or call 604.899.GOAL (4625).

NOTE: This offer is a benefit of being a Vancouver Canucks Ticket Holder. The Vancouver Canucks take your privacy seriously.  Please refer to our Privacy Policy by clicking to understand how we use your personal information.  Please contact your Account Manager if you would like to change your current level of consent.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Brazilian band records live one-shot music video

Check this catchy song from a Brazilian band, in the cinematic style of Orson Welles.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Franzen on Technology

Liking Is for Cowards. Go for What Hurts.


A Jonathan Franzen essay that he wrote for a commencement speech at Kenyon College on... the ultimate goal of technology.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Canucks: History is ready for the bigger stage | CANUCKS HOCKEY BLOG

Awesome Canucks video. I could watch this all day long.

http://canuckshockeyblog.com/?p=6918

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Abbey Road webcam

Abbey Road has a webcam, you normally don't have to wait long to see someone imitating the Beatles album cover photo.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Lady Gaga to debut songs from album ‘Born This Way’ on online game ‘FarmVille’

I'm not really a fan of either one, but this does make my head explode a little bit.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Canucks Round 3 Presale

Too rich for my blood...
-C

 

As a member of the Canucks family, you have the chance to purchase tickets for Round 3 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs before the general public, subject to availability. See below for pre-sale details:
 
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PRE-SALE DETAILS:

INTERNET ORDER PERIOD: 
Starts: Tue, May 10 @ 11:00 AM
Ends: Tue, May 10 @ 12:00 PM


YOUR PASSWORD: VX3P11

Click here for Home Game 1
Click here for Home Game 2
Click here for Home Game 3
Click here for Home Game 4

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ROUND 3 PRICING:

PRICE CATEGORYPRICE*
Lower Bowl II$425.00
Upper Bowl I$350.00
Upper Bowl II$300.00
Upper Bowl III$250.00
Upper Bowl IV$200.00

*Tickets are subject to a $6.00 Ticketmaster service charge per ticket.

TICKET LIMIT
Four tickets per game per account.

Canucks Round 3 Tickets on sale

Canucks Round 3
Tickets on sale
Tues May 10th, 12pm

Single game tickets for all home games in Round 3 will go on saleonline or by phone at 1-855-523-6800on Tuesday, May 10th at 12pm noon.Tickets will be available at the Rogers Arena Box Office and Ticketmaster Ticket Centers on Wednesday, May 11th based on availability. Ticket prices begin at $137.25.

Full Press Release

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Canucks Round Two: Pre-sale tickets

To all my friends, I wish you the best if you want to buy tickets for Round 2 (and you can afford the $150 minimum price):

As a member of the Canucks family, you have the chance to purchase tickets for Round 2 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs before the general public, subject to availability. See below for pre-sale details:
 
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PRE-SALE DETAILS:

INTERNET ORDER PERIOD: 
Starts: Wed, April 27 @ 10:30 AM
Ends: Wed, April 27 @ 12:00 PM

YOUR PASSWORD: WX2P11

Click here for Home Game 1
Click here for Home Game 2
Click here for Home Game 3
Click here for Home Game 4

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ROUND 2 PRICING:

PRICE CATEGORYPRICE*
Lower Bowl II$300.00
Upper Bowl I$275.00
Upper Bowl II$250.00
Upper Bowl III$200.00
Upper Bowl IV$150.00

*Tickets are subject to a $6.00 Ticketmaster service charge per ticket.

TICKET LIMIT:
Four tickets per game per account.

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TO ORDER YOUR TICKETS**:

  1. Click on the link above based on the game(s) of your choice, and follow the instructions to select your seats.
  2. When prompted, enter the following password in the pre-sale section and proceed with your order: WX2P11
  3. Select your delivery type and make your payment to complete your purchase.
  4. Once your order has been processed, a confirmation number will be provided. Keep this number on file for reference.

Please note that this pre-sale is online only and tickets cannot be purchased by phone. Tickets will be available for distribution once the Round 2 schedule is confirmed. If you have any questions regarding this playoff purchase opportunity, please call 604.899.GOAL (4625) to speak with a Canucks representative.

Limited inventory. Tickets sold on a first-come first-served basis. Price categories and seats are subject to availability. Refunds for unplayed games will be processed automatically back to the credit card used for purchase. Pre-sales for future rounds are not guaranteed and are dependent on inventory.


Friday, April 22, 2011

Five reactions to Canucks’ brutal Game 5 loss to Chicago

From Yahoo!'s Puck Daddy blog...

<Spoiler Alert>  Vancouver is still going to win the series.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Journo gets taken for a ride by reality show P.I.

"The Setup." 
A ride-along with P.I. Moms. Peter Crooks, with intrigue and deception. 

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I have been following this team my entire life, and never have I seen this... - Nucks Misconduct

This year's Canucks are better than any other in the team's history. They've clinched first place in the Conference, and no one else in the west has even clinched a playoff spot.

http://www.nucksmisconduct.com/2011/3/30/2080908/i-have-been-following-this-team-for-almost-my-entire-life-and-never


Cheers, Chris (via iPhone)

The Original Funky Drummer

Clyde Stubblefield, James Brown's "Funky Drummer," is hoping to finally get some royalties for his work.  His work has been sampled by Public Enemy, the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, and Sinead O'Connor, but hasn't received the recognition or compensation that he deserves.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Art Is What You Get Away With

Answers to the question: What is art?
http://www.kk.org/thetechnium/archives/2011/03/art_is_what_you.php


Cheers, Chris (via iPhone)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Hockey Night in Northern Ireland

Peace, Love and Hockey In Belfast

A Sports Illustrated profile of the Belfast Giants ice hockey club, including comments from ex-player Theo Fleury and current player (ex-Surrey Eagles) Colin Hemingway.

 

Floating soccer pitch

A short video about the formation of a soccer club from Koh Panyi, a fishing town in Thailand.

http://kottke.org/11/03/floating-soccer-pitch

Monday, March 21, 2011

Invest Like A Fish | Wired Science | Wired.com

According to a study, the most successful hedge fund traders on Wall Street are the ones that act in unison, like a school of fish. They coordinate information by communicating with an AVERAGE of 16 simultaneous instant messaging conversations through the work day.

http://m.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/03/invest-like-a-fish/

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Keslurking

Pass it to Bulis: Ryan Kesler Thinks He is Hilarious:
This latest video from Canucks.com compiles a brief history of Ryan Kesler's adventures in other players' interviews.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Grant Achatz: The Chef Who Lost His Sense Of Taste

Grant Achatz is one of the best chefs in the US, with his restaurants Alinea and Next.

He talks about his incredible food and his battle with mouth cancer on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

> http://m.npr.org/news/front/134195812

Saturday, March 5, 2011

I am 4 years old. Ask me anything.

There's an "Ask Me Anything" on Reddit, where people can submit questions to a 4-year old boy.  His dad will read the (appropriate) questions to his son, and type the son's answers.  AWESOME!!!

Some of my favourite questions are: 

Question: What do you think about the world?
4 year old: I think it's pretty good, but not if you're alone or scared or dead or something like that.

Question: Magnets, how do they work?
4 year old: They get paper clips to come to you.

Question: Four Axe Cops vs. one Dinosaur Soldier - who would win in a fight?
4 year old: The four axe cops, because there's 4 of the ax cops and they could all attack him at once and there's nothing he could do about it. Cause there's 4 of them.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Extreme Underwater Ice Hockey



Ridiculously dangerous!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Feb 17 is National Sweater Day

Wear your wildest sweater, and turn down the heat by 3 degrees to help fight global warming.


Today is the WWF's National Sweater Day.  Province article (and Youtube promo videos).  And, yes I am wearing a sweater that looks like a bar graph.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Ronaldo retires

Ronaldo retired yesterday. Here is a video with 10 of his top goals.

http://kottke.org/11/02/ronaldo-retires


Cheers, Chris (via iPhone)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Feb 14- "Sweetheart Serenade"

Sweet Heart Serenade

A unique Valentine's night event for sweet hearts of all ages! Acoustic performances by Said The Whale and (Camp Artaban's) Jasper Sloan Yip, followed by a special screening of "The Princess Bride".

Rio Theatre (on Broadway at Commercial), Vancouver, BC

Monday, February 14  Doors 7pm / Show 7:30 / Film 9pm

All Ages

$15 in advance
OR bring your sweetheart and buy 2 tickets for only $28!
$18 at the door

Friday, February 11, 2011

Best coffee comes from... Japan?

From The New York Times:

FOOD: Coffee's Slow Dance

The Japanese don't rush their drip-coffee process, and the results speak for themselves.

http://nyti.ms/gA2Vw6

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

An Ode To Aretha Franklin

A Song for Aretha by Nell Boeschenstein - The Morning News

http://www.themorningnews.org/archives/personal_essays/a_song_for_aretha.php

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Da 1985 Bears!: Profiles

The 1985 Chicago Bears sit down to talk about their improbable 1985 NFL season.

http://www.gq.com/sports/profiles/200010/chicago-bears-1985-super-bowl?printable=true

Sunday, January 30, 2011

NHL Players' Poll

Friday, January 28, 2011

The Relationship Between NYTimes and Wikileaks' Julian Assange

From The New York Times:

Dealing With Assange and the Secrets He Spilled

Is Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, a puppet master of the news media? He would like you to think so. But The Times's dealings with him reveal a different story.

http://nyti.ms/ewnlQj

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Elmo Makes A Pregnant Woman's Day


Thank you YouTube.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLS_ZnsA0fc

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Why Does Roger Ailes Hate America?

Esquire magazine does a fair and balanced interview/profile of 
Fox News chief. 

Sunday, January 16, 2011

The 2010 Annual Music Compilation is ready

I'm just finishing up my "Best of 2010" annual music compilation. As usual, you'll find a variety music that you (mostly) haven't heard before, and hopefully you'll wind up loving at least a few of the tracks.

Send me a note (email, text or Facebook), and I'll mail you a copy, provided you supply:
a. your address and
b. your CD or mp3/iPod preference.

Thanks to the people that tell me they appreciate the music. That's why I keep making these compilations every year. It also doesn't hurt to poke or befriend this note on FB.

All the best for 2011! Cheers, Chris

Monday, January 10, 2011

Ottawa Senators GM rumour

There's a hockey rumour going around that Pierre McGuire could be the next Sens GM. Not only would it be hilarious from an organizational standpoint, but it would also get him off TSN for a while. Win-win. Unless you're a Sens fan

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Dubai Job Big Issues: GQ.com

The Dubai Job Big Issues: GQ.com
From GQ magazine, this is the true cloak-and-dagger story of the Mossad assassination of a high-ranking member of Hamas in Dubai.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Tix for 2012 World Jr Championships in Alberta

The 2012 World Jr. Hockey championships are going to be in Alberta.  Register online for the ticket priority draw now for 10 games in Edmonton, 21 games in Calgary or both.  The tournament runs Dec 26, 2011 to Jan 5, 2012.

I signed up for both draws, but would probably prefer the games in Edmonton.  Let me know if you are interested.  It's possible we could split up the ticket packages.

2010 Seattle Seahawks: Worst. Playoff. Team. Ever?

The Seahawks aren't even as good as their weak 7-9 record, by some reckonings. How do they stack up against other sports' weakest playoff teams? 

SPOILER:  The Canucks have the #3 ranked team on this list.