So much love for my boys.

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Talking Fandom.

"My interest in fandom is born partially out of my own work as a creator and the desire to better understand how fans relate to story worlds on a granular level. It’s a perfect little ecosystem, and in some ways it’s a looking glass version of society at large, both positive and negative. This is the place where the disenfranchised and the marginalized have a voice, where they can express their dissatisfaction with the status quo and demand a more concerted effort by the media establishment to improve diversity, to expand beyond tropes, idioms, and stereotypes.

It’s also somewhere where they become co-creators in a self-directed narrative that might fall out of the bounds of the “intended meaning” of the original creators. Participatory culture and the creation of transformative works is an absolutely fascinating component of this conversation. So far, it’s either been mocked, ignored, or intentionally disparaged, but not many people outside of academia have taken the time to understand the value it provides in terms of how stories are told in the sharing economy.”




I was dubious when I initially heard about Blood on the Ice by Katriena Knights. Sure, it had the attraction of having some gay hockey players in it, but one of the key aspects to the story was thathat the players were vampires. That worried me. I love a good vampire story, I enjoy the Blood Ties series form Tanya Huff and various Anne Rice novels. But vampires done poorly just frustrates me.

BloodOntheIceBlood on the Iceis a great book. It’s not a typical gay romance by any means. It’s got some amazing hockey sequences. As a vampire novel it met all my needs because these vampires are bound by the usual rules (they don’t, for example, sparkle in the sunlight). It was a book I had a hard time putting down because I needed to know what was going to happen. Overall, it’s one of the best books I’ve reviewed for PuckBuddys.

It all starts innocently enough. Travis Payne, a Chicago Blackhawks forward, is at a bar with his teammates celebrating the win that got them into the Stanley Cup finals. Unfortunately it’s the last regular night of Travis’ life. As he’s leaving the bar, he tries to help a woman being attacked and, while he breaks up the attack, he ends up turned by a vampire.

I am endlessly delighted by everything happening in this article. Now fess up, which one of you wrote the book?  

Someone here wrote this book. I know it.



By Scott Burnside

The NHL will announce later this month that they have partnered with emerging premium cable provider Epix to produce and air the popular reality hockey series that precedes the annual Winter Classic outdoor game, multiple sources told

Not only will Epix — the cable entity that is a collaboration of heavyweight Hollywood film studios Lionsgate Entertainment, MGM and Paramount Pictures — produce four segments leading up to the Jan. 1 game at Nationals Park between the Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks, they will produce another four-segment series that will lead into the Stadium Series game Feb. 21 at Levi’s Field between the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings, a source told

The shows will be available on cable and multiple platforms in the United States. It’s expected that Rogers Communications, which owns the NHL’s national broadcast partner in Canada Sportsnet, will share the production costs and air the series in Canada. The two series will be available in the United States commercial-free and, as in the past with HBO’s popular and critically acclaimed “24/7 Road To The Winter Classic” series, will provide fans with an uncensored look at players, coaches and managers during the lead-up to the outdoor events.

The details of the new partnership will be revealed at a Sept. 23 press briefing in Washington.

The NHL parted company with HBO after three seasons of “24/7 Road To The Winter Classic,” a bold enterprise that helped expose the game to the long-sought-after casual hockey fan.

But with HBO’s parent company, Time Warner, looking to reduce costs across the board, NHL officials became concerned about whether the same quality would be produced for a product that garnered 15 Emmy nominations and three Emmy awards.

Enter Epix, which was exploring producing more original content as opposed to simply airing Hollywood movies.

Epix was launched in October 2009. President Mark Greenberg has a long history working for HBO, and producer Ross Greenburg is the former HBO senior executive who helped launch the original “24/7” in 2011 that featured the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Officials with Epix reached out to NHL officials to discuss the possibility of working with the league as a way to expand their sports documentary library. Their most recent project, an examination of how the color barrier was broken in the NFL in the 1940s entitled “The Forgotten Four,” is produced by Greenburg and is gaining significant buzz in advance of its release.

Greenburg will produce the new NHL series for Epix.

Production qualities, always a defining element of the previous three HBO productions, are again expected to be high with per-episode production budgets expected to be about $400,000 — on the high end for television documentaries, a source told

The theory is that the bigger the budget, the more cameras and production and editing quality go into the project, thus producing a more refined product.

While last year’s series chronicling the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs as they prepared for the record-breaking Jan. 1 game at Michigan Stadium was recognized with seven Emmy nominations and one Emmy award, there were complaints in some quarters that access hadn’t been as unfettered as in the past. There were times when the coaches — Mike Babcock in Detroit and Randy Carlyle in Toronto — were seen restricting camera access.

But with the Capitals and Blackhawks both overseen by progressive and media-savvy executives like Caps owner Ted Leonsis and Chicago president John McDonagh, the expectation from both Epix and the league is that access — key to the series’ success — will not be an issue.

As for distribution, Epix is available to 50 million U.S. subscribers and, as part of the agreement with the NHL, all hockey fans in the United States will have access to the finished product, sources told

Epix provides content through a variety of platforms, including gaming systems and the Internet.

The details on how hockey fans will be able to consume the two series will also be revealed at the Sept. 23 press briefing.

Okay, I’m tentatively excited. It’s not like I was dazed and mesmerized by HBO’s efforts. (Though, The Toaster will forever live in my heart as a deep and abiding metaphor for all things Leafs.)



Just learned that there will be no 24/7 for the upcoming Winter Classic.






I have no idea what’s going on

Congrats, we have reached a period of time where there is a generation that does not remember the first memes.






I have no idea what’s going on

Congrats, we have reached a period of time where there is a generation that does not remember the first memes.


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I don’t so much get hockey fic bunnies. I just get angry when I read yet another fic where all the Bruins are characterized as abusive, angry assholes. And then I feel like I need to fix it. 


More pics of Jags behind the Kladno Knights’ bench. [x]

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Radcliffe hockey team February 1922.
Photo credit: Boston Daily Globe


Radcliffe hockey team February 1922.

Photo credit: Boston Daily Globe

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The Easiest Way to Make Me Hate You.

Tell me, “You don’t look Greek.”

What the fuck do you know about Greeks, asshole? Did you go to a Greek restaurant one time and order a gyro? Did you see ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’? Did you use the phrase ‘it’s all Greek to me’ to explain that you didn’t understand something?

Fuck you. I actually do look Greek. You just have only one idea of what Greeks should look like.