Some Words on the Shapocalypse

Thomas Drance
December 30 2012 04:28PM

Fifteen months ago, I gave the "#shapcrew" the mic at this blog, as @Mariomontega and @Vitamin_v12 - the original purveyors of shap - wrote a mission statement of sorts, explaining why Vancouver Canucks headcoach Alain Vigneault is a milt. Since then, shap has gone mainstream and the #shapcrew has expanded. At this point at least 30 individuals with varying levels of intelligence (from very smart to mind-numbling stupid), self-identify as "#shappers."

Last night, all of the group's momentum climaxed with a hilarious Roberto Luongo endorsement and a Twitter-based awards show - the second annual Shappy's - that was nothing short of rivetting. 

I'll wade into the muck a bit on the other side of the jump.

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Best of the Nation – 12.30.12

Jonathan Willis
December 30 2012 09:00AM

We're now in the thick of the holiday season and there's no NHL hockey, but there's still lots to talk about. The league made a new CBA offer this week, the World Juniors and Spengler Cup are on, and the Toronto Maple Leafs continue to butcher the handling of their top young players.

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KHL: TImkin's Goal of the Year candidate. Platt's dangle, and Gillies goes with Ivanans

Steve Dangle
December 30 2012 05:46AM


Look at that intensity. LOOK AT IT!

Seriously though, if you watch these videos you'll see a good fight, some sick goals, including one disgusting spinorama worthy of being considered for goal of the year.


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KHL: Chara's Lev takes down Ovechkin's Dynamo, Bobrovsky & Ramo earn shutouts, Magnitogorsk dominates

Steve Dangle
December 28 2012 07:49PM


Hey, so the NHL made the NHLPA a 300-page offer. Exciting stuff.

While all the lawyers read over that exciting stuff, allow me to offer you today's KHL highlights.

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The bitter pill of NHL fandom

Patrick Johnston
December 28 2012 04:54PM

(Photo: Dave Chidley/Canadian Press)

Here we are, angry again. We just want hockey back. We don’t want to hear any more about revenue splits, or term lengths, or bargaining rights, or…

The list goes on, right?

The media lights up at the slighest hint of an agreement; some of us get wound up by the news, whether or not we believe something might actually happen. It's absurd. In a cycle that began in September and has been repeated again and again, he are back to 'again.' For more than a month, so close have things been that everyone expresses disbelief that we are still where we are. No hockey. No apparent application of logic. No hope.

And yet, here we are, still talking about it. We clearly care. We care because, even as we have found other things to do with  our time, we miss the emotion. There’s a connection to hockey that comes from our earliest days. We may lament that it’s one of the few examples of a unique Canadian culture, but there’s no denying that. We care because it’s not just in our blood, we care because it’s something we all know and share.

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