I'm thrilled by this victory not only because it means that my bedroom is no longer a crime scene (or my porch... or my car... or my basement...), but because I consider it a victory for level-headed thinking over hysteria and wasted resources. Pot is fun, it's tasty, it's not addictive, it doesn't give you cancer, it doesn't leave you with a hangover the next day, and it makes Doritos taste un-fucking-believable. Truly, I was on OxyContin for 3 weeks following some really painful throat surgery about a year and a half ago, and the notion that that shit is legal while pot isn't is straight-up ridiculous. I couldn't feel my face on Oxy and it made me vomit when I tried to walk around on it. Pot, by contrast, just makes Metalocalypse reeeeeeeally funny. I'm a) employed, b) not fat, and c) very busy with many productive and life-enriching activities. Despite the fact that I do, in fact, spark the ganj on occasion. I LEARNED IT FROM YOU, MOM AND DAD. I LEARNED IT FROM YOU.
So hooray for the reefer, boys and girls. The most awesome thing about this? Idiot employers will no longer be able to deny disadvantaged 20-somethings jobs because they've got one hit on their CORI from getting busted with pot when they were 18. People's lives will actually be better for this law having passed. Plus, they'll be high.
On to [burble burble burble] the... the... the Bruins, maaaaaaan.
Following a close loss to Calgary and a sit-down-suckers 5-1 victory over Dallas, your Bruins are now 6-3-3 as we enter the second glorious month of NHL hockey. We're still dragging behind Buffalo and Montreal, who have 8 wins apiece, but just 3 losses in 12 games is a promising month overall. We've got 7 at home in November, so here's to some more wins down the line.
The Good: Tim. Motherfucking. Thomas. The week after notching back-to-back shutouts, Thomas had 35 maternal-relations-having saves in the B's win over Dallas. His .944 save percentage is #1 in the league -- yes, above both Ryan Miller AND Carey Price -- and he's averaging 31.5 saves per game with just 1.83 GAA. That's right: a 34-year-old former 9th-round pick who does yoga. The best. In the league. Hats off to ye, Tim Thomas. I will smoke the Celebratory Bowl in your honor. (Incidentally, while we're speaking of amazing goalies, best wishes to Marty Brodeur.)
The Bad: We knew coming into this season that winning past regulation, especially in a shootout, is tough for these Bruins. As it turns out, we struggle in close games, too. We've only won 4 of 9 one-goal games, with 2 losses. Last week's loss to Calgary is perfectly indicative of how these losses have gone: the Bruins play half a period of shitty hockey (on Thursday, it was the second half of the 2nd period) that allows their opponents to gain an advantage and the Bruins drop a close game despite having played very effectively overall. I hate to be all "blah blah we're better than our record," so I won't. That's not the point, anyway... the point is that we'll have to get better at keeping our intensity consistent if we want to beat teams like Buffalo (whom we face 3 times in November) and Montreal (whom we face 2 times). So shape up, Bruins. Don't make me have to smoke a Bowl of Sorrow.
Play of the Week: After a quiet start to the season, alternate captain and all-around badass Marco Sturm had 2 goals on Saturday against the Stars. Watch about 30 seconds in for a lovely snap shot off the assist from Krejci and Wheeler. Anybody for a Sturm-y Weather Bowl?
Fight of the Week: My god there were so many to choose from thanks to that epic Dallas slugfest. Matty Niskanen's decision to no longer be a "pretty boy" against Sheriff Hnidy? Savvy unexpectedly jumping Sean Avery? So many choices! Good thing I had my Tough Decisions Bowl handy. I went with Andrew Ference vs. Sean Avery: one, because it's a fucking great fight, and two, because whenever I see Ference fight I remember him fighting Sid the Kid last year (yes, Andrew Ference is the only player in the NHL to ever have fought Sidney Crosby) and I get all happy. Whee!