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Tuesday, August 23, 2021

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Somewhat to my surprise, I haven’t written a thing about this post-lockout National Hockey League offseason:

- Nothing about the unbelievably active player movement that’s yielded such improbabilities as Peter Forsberg finally suiting up for Philadelphia 15 years after they drafted him — and, appropriately correspondingly, Eric Lindros going to his hometown Maple Leafs. (Not to mention making the Pittsburgh Penguins the sudden chic pick for a Cup.)

- Nothing about Nik Khabibulin going to Chicago, and thus leaving Tampa Bay’s chances of defending the Cup that much poorer.

- Nothing about the league’s two-year, $100-million cable deal with OLN, and how it could end up being a great move (although all that sounds awfully reminiscent of the failed Fox and ESPN broadcast partnerships).

Why the silence? It’d be wrong to interpret it as resentment from the lockout; fact is, I can’t wait for the first puck to drop. It even looks like I’ll be having NHL Center Ice this season, so I’ll be able to blow my brains out every single night with multiple games on tap.

Partly, the lack of chatter is others have been doing the job far better than I could. Partly it’s been a fairly busy schedule that hasn’t left me the time to devote to indepth writing on hockey.

The biggest thing, I guess, is that I generally can’t get too fired up this far out from Opening Night. Once the action gets close, I’ll be more up for some on-ice musings.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 08/23/2005 10:39pm
Category: Hockey
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portuguese for beerWhile walking past a Portuguese restaurant today (yes, Portuguese — imagine that, in little ol’ St. Pete!), I saw an ad for Brahma Beer in its window.

Brahma is a Brazilian import looking to make inroads in the States. And I wouldn’t have made the connection, but I guess a Portuguese eatery would be a natural outlet for brew from a Portuguese-speaking country.

I think I’ll have to partake. I never have alcohol during lunch, but beer scarcely counts.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 08/23/2005 09:56pm
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I’m currently doing my version of a detox diet: No caffeine for a week. That means an extended break from my usual several-cups-of-tea-per-workday routine, along with a can or two of the cold carbonated stuff. I figure that once the eyelid-ticking starts, it’s time to go cold turkey.

Despite the cumulative OD, it’s never hard for me to cut that sort of intake. I’ve got no craving for the usual beverages. The only thing I’m wondering about is whether or not to accompany this deprivation with supplementation of something else — say, spinach for extra iron. (Maybe a multivitamin…)

While mentioning this new regimen today, my friend Kirby asked if I was still eating chocolate. I said, Sure.

“Dude — that has caffeine!” he said.

“What? I never heard of that,” I said.

He was insistent. I was doubtful.

So naturally, I did a little research.

The result? Turns out chocolate does indeed contain that dreaded caffeine, but in such trace amounts — about a sixth as much as an average cup of tea — that it scarcely matters. (Here’s a more down-to-Earth breakdown.) So “in the face”, Kirby!

I guess, technically, my caffeine detox has been sidetracked. I could just forego my daily handful of Hershey Kisses and whatnot (I’m pretty sure pretzels are safe). But screw it. I can already feel the rejuvinating effects just from deleting the liquid stuff, so I doubt I need to go overboard.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 08/23/2005 09:29pm
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