Mar 27th, 2015
6:44PM UTC

SNN Predicts: 2015 WHL Central Division Semi-Final

Kootenay Sucks!

1999 CQF 2000 CF 2007 CQF 2014 CQF
4-3 4-1 4-3 4-2

I originally wrote this at about 1 PM AT today but forgot to click Post until now. I’m also behind on the stream so no spoilers.

I’m honestly not sure if I’m going to continue trying to do predictions past this year simply because, despite increased access, I actually have watched fewer hockey games this season than ever before, including just two and a half Hitmen games (stupid Daylight Savings, stupid Neulion). A quick boo at the stats shows:

  • The Hitmen and Ice both have strong offences, but Calgary looks slightly deeper and has Son of Tambo scoring all the goals.
  • The Hitmen have a far stronger possession game, allowing the fewest goals in the Eastern Conference despite suspect goaltending (though Brendan Burke has been better since arriving in Calgary, with a .918 in 19 GP).
  • Head to head, Calgary dominated possession despite only winning four of seven.
  • The Hitmen have better special teams, but have been shorthanded way more often, to a frankly absurd degree. Not that we haven’t seen this movie before. Lots.
  • Both teams are pretty good at home, but the Hitmen are equally good on the road, while the Ice are pretty mediocre.

Sources: Hitmen, CHL Stats, WHL Stats

Add it all up, and I’ve got Hitmen in six. Game one goes tonight at the ‘Dome, game two Sunday afternoon evening (stupid three time zone difference), Kootenay Sucks, Go Hitmen.

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Nov 30th, 2014
2:45PM UTC

Doogie’s Series 8 Extravaganza!

It's another patented Doogie Wall of Text™ about Doctor Who!

So with Series 8 of Doctor Who coming to a close, and my attempts to write regularly about it again sidelined by school work, I figure now’s a good opportunity, while everything is relatively fresh in my mind, to look back on the series that was and get a few things out there.

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Sep 9th, 2014
6:41AM UTC

Twelfth Night

After watching the first two episodes of the new series of Doctor Who last weekend, I’d originally written up a series of tweets talking about it. However, it quickly grew well past the point where a Tweetbomb made any sort of sense, so I decided to do things the old-fashioned way, and write a blog post. I got busy this past week, so between then and now I’ve also watched episode three. My feelings on series eight so far are…mixed. Let’s take it from the top.

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Aug 5th, 2014
3:00PM UTC

Rose-Coloured Glasses

With the Twelfth Doctor’s adventures premièring in less than three weeks, I’d initially had the brilliant idea of trying to rewatch the revived Doctor Who from start to finish, since it’d been years since I saw a lot of the older episodes. This quickly proved to be a fool’s errand, what with the whole “moving across the country” bit, among other things. However, at the very least, it may prove to be a useful exercise to re-evaluate the Russell T. Davies era in light of more recent criticisms of the Steven Moffat era. Plus, it’s as good an excuse as any to simulwatch Who with Torchwood starting in series three, since I’ve never actually seen Torchwood and always figured I should fix that.

Doctor Who returned to regular television on March 26, 2005. In Canada, it aired on CBC – which co-produced the first series – on Saturday nights in lieu of Hockey Night in Canada, due to the NHL lockout. It caught my attention beforehand, but I forgot to watch until “Aliens of London.” I think missed “World War Three,” picked up with “Dalek,” and watched all the way through. I then caught the rest of the episodes on the re-air. Then when the DVD came out, I watched it probably a couple dozen times, including special features, including Confidential. I didn’t so much consume it as make it an element of the fabric of my being. Hell, when I made my first World of WarCraft character, I tried to call him “Blaidd Drwg”: Bad Wolf in Welsh. When WoW objected, I switched to “Meddyg Pwy”, Doctor Who in Welsh. Yes, I was rather stuck on that show and its first series in particular, especially given the time in my life when it aired.

So this rewatch gave me the perfect opportunity to dust off these now decade-old episodes and see just how well they held up, with the benefit of some distance and perspective. After rewatching the first five episodes (mostly; I only half-paid attention to “Rose”), I have a few scattered thoughts.

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Jun 4th, 2014
5:00PM UTC

SNN Predicts: 2014 Stanley Cup Finals

For all the marbles!

Doogie Gerard Matt Result
4-2 4-3 4-2 4-3
4-2 4-1 4-1 4-2
0-2 0-2 2-0 W-L
7 7 2 GO
0 0 0 PS
10-4 5-9 10-4 W-L
23 40 24 GO
3 0 1 PS


I suppose this is what I get for abandoning my April pick for the Cup for a spurious reason, but given that the series went to G7 OT, I feel pretty okay about getting it wrong, especially since I still have that tiebreaker in my back pocket. The Habs…sigh. Let us not speak of that prediction again.

Last series of the year. I think we all know how these picks are going to go, but let’s go through the motions, anyway.

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