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Tuesday, November 10, 2021

break the ice
Apparently, recent goal-line injuries in the National Hockey League have created a groundswell of sentiment for a rule change that allows goaltenders to handle the puck outside the crease. Thankfully, the league’s general managers don’t agree:

The merits of potentially eliminating it were discussed, but didn’t gain much momentum. The trapezoid rule was introduced as part of a package of changes coming out of the NHL lockout and San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson thought it was time to take a closer look at it. However, he wasn’t upset that his colleagues chose to leave it in the rulebook.

I’m not sure why the focus has been exclusively on the goalie’s role in working the puck. Why hasn’t no-touch, or automatic, icing been considered in this latest debate? If the concern is over reducing serious injury risk from the mad scramble into the endboards, no-touch practically eliminates the possibility. And it won’t burn game-clock — and thus, more potential goal-scoring time — like the goalie’s puck-handling does.

There’s a long-standing aversion in the NHL to the no-touch rule, with complaints that it would take some juice out of the North American game’s tempo. But if player safety is now overriding that concern, then why isn’t no-touch being recognized as a more obvious solution than goalie intervention? It’s like that option has been so discredited as a possibility that it doesn’t even enter a rules-change conversation anymore.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 11/10/2021 11:46 PM
Category: Hockey
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lights, camera, action
Proving that there can be an upside to moving back in with your parents, Twitterer Justin Halpern has parlayed his Shit My Dad Says tweetstream into a television deal with CBS.

“Will & Grace” creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick are on board to executive produce and supervise the writing for the multicamera family comedy, which Halpern will co-pen with Patrick Schumacker. Halpern and Schumacker will also co-exec produce the Warner Bros. TV-produced project, which has received a script commitment.

The comedy’s title will change if it gets on the air.

Halpern, 29, had moved back in with his parents in San Diego, and on Aug. 3 he launched “Shit My Dad Says,” a Twitter feed featuring colorful — often profane — comments and pearls of wisdom made by his 73-year-old father during their daily conversations.

Dibs on the title being sanitized to “Stuff My Dad Says”…

Something doesn’t add up here. To date, Halpern has posted 73 tweets in total. That meager output merits a TV development deal? Granted, a dev deal doesn’t guarantee anything — this project could easily disappear into a black hole. Still, CBS is committing resources on a seemingly thin foundation. Supposedly, the network is buying in on the strength of SMDS’s 733,000 followers, banking on those online eyeballs migrating offline.

Call me crackpot, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that SMDS was a false front from the start. Frankly, I’ve been suspicious of its authenticity all along — some of those quips come off as totally made-up. Maybe CBS launched the Twitter account months ahead of time to build a Web audience for a supposedly-real screwball family, as pre-marketing for developing the series that they were going to produce all along. Crazier things have happened.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 11/10/2021 11:26 PM
Category: Social Media Online, TV
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Does anyone else look at this logo for “The Dr. Oz Show”, and mentally transpose (and rotate) the letters so it spells “Dr. No”?

Just me, I guess. I’m no fan of Oprah’s pal Doc Oz — nor, for that matter, of Dr. No. But I’ve seen enough advertising for “Oz” over the past few weeks that this logo is playing tricks with my eyes. It has to do with its fearful-symmetry design: An almost-perfect square with sans-serif font, lending itself to subliminal visual reorientation. Rotate it 90 degrees to the left, and you have an up-and-down negatory moniker.

Then again, you could tip it 90 degrees in the other direction, and get “Dr. On”. Either way, we’re not in Kansas anymore, right?

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 11/10/2021 05:17 PM
Category: Celebrity, Pop Culture, TV
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