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Wednesday, May 03, 2021

on to the cup
Ah, nothing like first-round action to clear up that postseason picture. Now that the next set of matchups have been determined, I can present a more-or-less complete NHL playoffs schedule (with plenty of To Be Determineds, which I’ll fill in as they become determined).

So, here we go. All times EST:

UPDATE, 5/14/2006: Carolina-Buffalo pairing set for the East, with gametimes TBD; Anaheim date for the West finals set, gametimes and sites TBD once the San Jose-Edmonton series is done.

UPDATE, 5/17/2006: Edmonton shocks again, taking down the Sharks (who I figured were susceptible defensively). So it’s Anaheim-Edmonton to decide the West. Conference Finals matchups and schedules updated below, as well as the start date of the Stanley Cup Finals.

LAST UPDATE, 6/1/2006: We’re set! The Oilers shocked the world by making it all the way to the Finals, while the ‘Canes lived up to their top-seed potential. Stanley Cup round schedule below, all the way through to the if-necessary Game 7 on June 19th. After that, it’s Entry Draft time.

Conference Semifinals

EASTERN CONFERENCE

No. 1 Ottawa Senators vs. No. 4 Buffalo Sabres
Game One: Fri, May 5 - Buf at Ott, 7 p.m. (OLN)
Game Two: Mon, May 8 – Buf at Ott, 7 p.m. (OLN)
Game Three: Wed, May 10 – Ott at Buf, 7 p.m. (OLN)
Game Four: Thu, May 11 – Ott at Buf, 7 p.m. (OLN)
Game Five: Sat, May 13 – Buf at Ott, 7 p.m. (OLN)*
Game Six: Mon, May 15 – Ott at Buf, 7 p.m. (OLN)*
Game Seven: Wed, May 17 – Buf at Ott, 7 p.m. (OLN)*

No. 2 Carolina Hurricanes vs. No. 3 New Jersey Devils
Game One: Sat, May 6 – NJ at Car, 2 p.m. (NBC)
Game Two: Mon, May 8 – NJ at Car, 7:30 p.m. (OLN)
Game Three: Wed, May 10 – Car at NJ, 7 p.m. (OLN)
Game Four: Sat, May 13 – Car at NJ, 3 p.m. (NBC)
Game Five: Sun, May 14 – NJ at Car, 7 p.m. (OLN)*
Game Six: Tue, May 16 – Car at NJ, 7:30 p.m. (OLN)*
Game Seven: Thu, May 18 – NJ at Car, 7:30 p.m. (OLN)*

WESTERN CONFERENCE

No. 5 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 8 Edmonton Oilers
Game One: Sun, May 7 – Edm at SJ, 8 p.m. (OLN)
Game Two: Mon, May 8 – Edm at SJ, 10:30 p.m. (OLN)
Game Three: Wed, May 10 – SJ at Edm, 10 p.m. (OLN)
Game Four: Fri, May 12 – SJ at Edm, 8 p.m. (OLN)
Game Five: Sun, May 14 – Edm at SJ, 10 p.m. (OLN)*
Game Six: Wed, May 17 – SJ at Edm, TBD*
Game Seven: Fri, May 19 – Edm at SJ, TBD (OLN)*

No. 6 Anaheim Mighty Ducks vs. No. 7 Colorado Avalanche
Game One: Fri, May 5 – Col at Ana, 10 p.m. (OLN)
Game Two: Sun, May 7 – Col at Ana, 3 p.m. (NBC)
Game Three: Tues, May 9 – Ana at Col, 8 p.m. (OLN)
Game Four: Thurs, May 11 – Ana at Col, 10 p.m. (OLN)
Game Five: Sun, May 14 – Col at Ana, 3 p.m. (NBC)*
Game Six: Wed, May 17 – Ana at Col, TBD (OLN)*
Game Seven: Fri, May 19 – Col at Ana, TBD (OLN)*

Conference Finals

EASTERN CONFERENCE

No. 2 Carolina Hurricanes vs. No. 4 Buffalo Sabres
Game One: Sat, May 20 – Buf at Car, 2 p.m. (NBC)
Game Two: Mon, May 22 – Buf at Car, 7:30 p.m. (OLN)
Game Three: Wed, May 24 – Car at Buf, 7:30 p.m. (OLN)
Game Four: Fri, May 26 – Car at Buf, 7:30 p.m. (OLN)
Game Five: Sun, May 28 – Buf at Car, 7:30 p.m. (OLN)*
Game Six: Tue, May 30 – Car at Buf, 7:30 p.m. (OLN)*
Game Seven: Thu, Jun 1 – Buf at Car, 7:30 p.m. (OLN)*

WESTERN CONFERENCE

No. 6 Anaheim Mighty Ducks vs. No. 8 Edmonton Oilers
Game One: Fri, May 19 – Edm at Ana, 9 p.m. (OLN)
Game Two: Sun, May 21 – Edm at Ana, 9 p.m. (OLN)
Game Three: Tues, May 23 – Ana at Edm, 8 p.m. (OLN)
Game Four: Thurs, May 25 – Ana at Edm, 8 p.m. (OLN)
Game Five: Sat, May 27 – Edm at Ana, 9 p.m. (OLN)*
Game Six: Mon, May 29 – Ana at Edm, 8 p.m. (OLN)*
Game Seven: Wed, May 31 – Edm at Ana, 9 p.m. (OLN)*

Stanley Cup Finals

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Edmonton Oilers
Game One: Mon, Jun 5 – Edm at Car, 8 p.m. (OLN)
Game Two: Wed, Jun 7 – Edm at Car, 8 p.m. (OLN)
Game Three: Sat, Jun 10 – Car at Edm, 8 p.m. (NBC)
Game Four: Mon, Jun 12 – Car at Edm, 8 p.m. (NBC)
Game Five: Wed, Jun 14 – Edm at Car, 8 p.m. (NBC)*
Game Six: Sat, Jun 17 – Car at Edm, 8 p.m. (NBC)*
Game Seven: Mon, Jun 19 – Edm at Car, 8 p.m. (NBC)*

* - if necessary

Check back here as the series progress.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 05/03/2021 11:55:40 PM
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Lots of construction goin’ on in New York. And where there’s construction, there are portable toilets.

And when you need a port-o-let the City and surrounding counties, you look to Call-A-Head for all your flushing needs.

I applaud this plucky company for the clever double-meaning in its name: “Call ahead” blended with the Navy slang for “toilet”. It’s funny and memorable.

But then, perhaps inevitably, it goes too far. The corporate tagline goes for cute, and instead comes off as reaching:

We’re Way Ahead of All You Leave Behind

I guess I should say that Call-A-Head should have quit while it was a-head. But then, I’d just be part of the problem…

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 05/03/2021 10:33:02 PM
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fun and profit
A read through this blog’s Videogames category informs you about my overwhelming preference for the simple games of yesteryear over today’s intensive/interactive titles.

Believe it or not, there’s a big market for last century’s pixels, with a seemingly ideal business model:

Among the companies with an increasing number of titles on Xbox Live Arcade is Midway, the Chicago-based developer and publisher. Midway began as a maker of arcade machines, such as Defender, Mortal Kombat and Spy Hunter. It still develops new games but it is also focusing on putting its older games on new platforms.

Putting out older games is relatively inexpensive and fast, thanks to new technology. “We can get it done in a few months with under $100,000 in development costs,” says Steve Allison, chief marketing officer. “It brings in a few million that is almost pure profit.”

Pure profit indeed, as those old programs don’t consist of anything remotely as complex as the movie-like production elements of modern games. Plus, all the work that went into titles like Robotron: 2084 (pictured above) was finished twenty or thirty years ago; porting to current consoles is a snap.

But I wonder: With all the money being made off this old intellectual property, how long will it take for the oldtimer programmers who wrote those games to sue for a cut of what the publishers are treating as “found money”? I’m sure they all signed work agreements way back when that gave up their rights; but in this new and unanticipated landscape, I’m sure a challenge is looking awfully tempting.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 05/03/2021 09:58:12 PM
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After too much backlash and not enough customers, purveyors of the Big Three penis-pills — Viagra, Levitra, Cialis — are repositioning their sales pitches.

Levitra and Viagra now have new campaigns that forego the provocative in favor of depicting erectile dysfunction as a medical condition, not simply a lifestyle concern. The commercials are a recognition of the prior approach’s failure to expand the market, as well new guidelines adopted by the industry in January to address critics’ concerns and improve ads’ accuracy.

That’s funny. The “lifestyle concern” angle is precisely what the NFL cited when it ended its marketing partnership with Levitra, back in January:

Brian McCarthy, an NFL spokesman, said the league chose to end the relationship because “the ads shifted from men’s health to a performance, lifestyle issue.” The change in advertising strategy made the NFL uncomfortable, McCarthy said.

So, while left unsaid, the National Football League was a primary agent in effecting this change. I’m thinking the loss of premium exposure time during football Sundays was enough of a jolt to make the drugmakers shift gears so abruptly. This new approach might be an attempt at rapprochement with the league.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 05/03/2021 09:37:02 PM
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Turns out Tacitus was right all along. After months of rumors — which brought many a visitor this way — Home Depot finally bought St. Petersburg-based Cox Lumber.

So I guess Piper Jaffray’s Michael Cox is off the hook. It’s a shame — I really liked the idea that the whole thing was a baseless rumor, triggered by a coincidental similarity with some analyst’s name. Oh well.

First Hughes Supply, now Cox… Sheesh, why doesn’t Home Depot just move to Florida and get it over with?

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 05/03/2021 01:17:45 PM
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