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Tuesday, November 01, 2021

I had a feeling it was a really dumb idea. Now, after watching the Lightning play the Thrashers — again — and the Red Wings take on the Blackhawks — again — I’m convinced: The NHL’s new division-heavy scheduling, with teams playing their rivals eight times a year, sucks.

It’s simply too much. How many times can you see the same matchups in less than a month? I don’t think it excites the fans; it bores them. And that it comes at the sacrifice of games versus the other conference is the worst part of all.

Simply put: Every NHL arena should host every other team in the league at least once. If the NBA, with a comparable geographic spread, can manage it, then I don’t want to hear any crap from Bettman and company about travel challenges and other nonsense. Draw up a schedule next year that makes sense and gives the fans a chance to see every team in the league.

- Costa Tsiokos, Tue 11/01/2021 10:23:57 PM
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Does anyone else think that some of those routine/rut marks on display in the new “Routine” commercial for the Honda Pilot look more like dirt stains? Particularly the one on the wife’s cheek, and the handprint on the workplace wall.

It’s enough to make me do a headscratch. I know the other imagery, particularly the bed impression shown above, is clearer and gets the point across (that this guy needs the break in his routine that a new vehicle provides). But I can’t shake those dirt-looking parts.

- Costa Tsiokos, Tue 11/01/2021 10:12:18 PM
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It’s funny how certain little factoids stick in your head for months. Here’s one from June:

In parts of North Dakota, he said, nobody will finance the building of a house because any home immediately becomes worth less than the cost of building it.

I’ve been using that nugget rather liberally since this summer. I just used it today, in fact.

- Costa Tsiokos, Tue 11/01/2021 09:51:37 PM
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Even in the midst of a hairy deadline project (one which I’m thinking will ultimately do me in), I can find little glimmers of bemusement.

Earlier this evening, I was interviewing Todd Kocourek, head of Florida First Capital. It was a short, genial chat.

But it was long enough for him to drop this little tidbit: He’s friends with Alexander Payne, of Sideways fame. He even clued me into Nebraska, Payne’s current project.

So there’s my six degrees of separation with Hollywood indie royalty. Maybe I’ll get able to get a job as a grip! (Whatever that is…)

- Costa Tsiokos, Tue 11/01/2021 09:29:48 PM
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