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Things St. Louis Guys Love

STL Today Fourms

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Trivia Nights

The Fast Line on 101 ESPN

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Hot Shots

Microbreweries

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The Fox Sports Midwest Girls

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Complaining About Parking Downtown

Baseball in October

Being Afraid to Go Downtown

High School Rivalries

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Oh, and St. Louis Girls.

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This Is How You Do Advertising: Monsters University & Nike

I love great advertising. Plain and simple. And the Monsters University spot shown during the Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl this past week is just that: great.

It fit in SO well with the college football experience (I have teared up at the Mizzou spot a time or two), and the website is fantastic. Plus, it’s Disney-Pixar. They can’t screw up in my mind.

Also this week, Nike released what might as well be ad of the year (to hockey fans, at least).

Is hockey really Nike’s? Not in America. But dammit, it’s not the NHL’s. And the fact that Steve Stamkos is holding a fish and Ovechkin is just hanging out, speaking Russian in Russia is fabulous.

What ads are you crushing over in 2013?

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Breaking My Silence

I’ve been reasonably quiet concerning the impending NHL lockout, but I can’t hold my silence anymore.

I call bullshit.

Bullshit to Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr for not spending June 12 – Sept. 16 working on a new contract. Bullshit on players and owners for not believing that $3.2 billion dollars split wasn’t enough for either side. Bullshit on Gary Bettman, who makes more then Marian Hossa, Henrik Zetterberg, Rick Nash and Sidney Crosby. Actually, only 15 players out of the nearly 1000 under the NHLPA make more than Bettman, at $7.98 million in 2011-2012. Bullshit to the thousands of fans who spend their hard working money on season tickets, suites and nosebleed seats to bring their dad, son, daughter or friend with the hopes of seeing something amazing. Bullshit to the bars, restaurants, parking garages and scalpers trying to get by. Bullshit to the ticket reps, mascots and concessions workers with resumes on Craigslist. Bullshit to every former player, executive, owner and coach who has their name forever engraved on Lord Stanley.

And mostly bullshit to me, for still believing in a league that has done so little to keep me in mind.

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Blues Players Overseas

I’ll be honest, I’ve tried to avoid lockout talks. So when my boyfriend told me the Blues are one of the teams with the most players heading across the Atlantic, I was somewhat shocked.

Thanks to Puck Daddy, I’ve found this killer list of players who have taken their talents elsewhere. The Blues are below.

Matt D’Agostini – SC Riessersee

Kris Russell – TPS

Alex Steen – MODO

Chris Stewart – Eispiraten Crimmitschau

Vladimir Tarasenko – SKA St. Petersburg

Roman Polak – HC Vitkovice

RUMORED: TJ Oshie – Västerås

Patrick Berglund – Västerås

Vladimir Sobotka – Slavia Pragu

Any surprises? Am I missing anyone?

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My Political Party? Fandom.

Fall is my favorite time of year. From the leaves falling to the Halloween stores popping up – I adore it all*.  Aside from that big shindig every four years that causes advertisements to turn to hell and Facebook updates that make me want to deactivate. However, while I stray away from politics, I think I finally get it.

Whether your a democrat or republican, you’re probably quite passionate about your decision. You may choose to argue with members of the opposite party, almost to the point of distress. You’re willing to shove your point of view on anyone who will listen (or read, or like). I get it.

That’s how I feel about sports. 

My blood boils when my team is insulted. If a good season is upon us, I’ll shout it from the rooftops. I cringe when I witness others in opposing team merchandise. The mere mention of Gary Bettman will ruin my day. Instead of leaning left or right, I lean forward, in my seat, in anticipation of the next play.

I may not support a political party, but I will support my St. Louis Blues until I’m 6 feet under, regardless of our lack of a Stanley Cup. I will tweet using the hashtag #12in12. I will never, ever pass up the opportunity to laugh at a cubs fan.  The same passion, desire and distaste that fuels political debates fuels my fanhood.

The campaign ads can be pretty awful, too.