A Carolina Hurricanes blog with occasional news about the rest of the NHL.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

The boys are back in town

I never even wrote about our victory against the Blackhawks on Tuesday night, and I'll get to that. I'll also get to a preview of tonight's tilt with the Blue Jackets. First, though, some housekeeping.

This site is intended for use with Mozilla Firefox version 1.0.7 or better. Click on the button to the right for details about how to install version 1.5. It's quick, easy, free, and all your settings can be imported from IE. This site will still work with Internet Explorer, but I don't like the look of it as much. Seriously, if you're still using Internet Explorer, you should change. NOW.

I'd also like to welcome Canes Hockey Fan, written by TJ, to the blogroll. It's always good to have another Caniac on board. Stop by and give him a read. It'll be worth your time.

A visitor in Raleigh, using a Mac OS X and Firefox 1.5 as their search engine became my 5,000th visitor today! Woo hoo! Okay. Not so much 5,000th visitor, as 5,000th pageload. Still, though, it's a big moment here.

Every once in a while, while I'm doing the housekeeping, I like to air things out. I've noticed that a lot of people are getting here using similar search keywords.

For instance, the #1 query leading to my site is "What Would Avery Do? t-shirt. I don't know where you can get one of these shirts, but the folks at KingsNation have put them together, and the word on the street is that you can buy them outside the Staples Arena. Oh, and yes, he is dating Elisha Cuthbert.

Lots of folks get here for a better reason: they want to know some info about Rod Brind'Amour. One person, for example was desperately trying to find out what his parents' names are. I can't help there, but I would presume "Mr." and "Mrs.". Also, a few folks are curious about his marital status. I can only say that he is single and raising two sons and a daughter. Whether he is divorced, or widowed, I don't know. I encourage you to check out this video tour of his palace (link courtesy of NBC 17 via CasonBlog). Unfortunately, the link only works with Explorer, but it's worth the hassle to watch the video. He's just a big kid himself. And evidently, the house is on the market.

There are folks looking for Olympic rosters. To my knowledge, nobody has announced their final roster yet, but USA will announce theirs on Sunday. If you happen to be that one reader looking for Finland's roster, you might try this site, which is entirely in Finnish.

Someone was looking for Guam's Ice Hockey team. Unfortunately, that may have come from a post I wrote the other day when I was trying to make an example out of the Quebecois. They want to field their own hockey team in international competitions, but they aren't a sovereign nation (yet), and would therefore not be permitted to play in any IIHF tournament. I used Guam as a silly example of another non-sovereign nation who might demand to have their own team. I would be VERY surprised if anyone there has any hockey experience, as it is a tropical land with very little population.

That's about it for the housekeeping.


TJ said...

Hmmm, I wonder if I was that Mac/Firefox 5000th visitor? It's possible. Thanks for the link! I'm adding you to my blogroll as we speak. Go Canes!

Bill Purdy said...

So Sean Avery's dating a bad blogger? Will wonders never cease.

Pretty boring game last night. I swapped unused tickets from the first Washington game and wound up about eight rows behind the goal, in Section 127. I didn't like the viewing angle from down there -- it was too difficult to see the plays develop as they came down the ice. Nobody was sitting in my seats -- hell, hardly anyone was in the entire section -- so I eventually moved up there. It was good to be home (for the first time in, like, a month), even if all three goals were scored on your end of the ice (your section was, by my estimate, about 94% empty, too).

Canes announced something like 11,300 tickets sold, but I'd be surprised if 6,000 walked through the turnstiles. Reminded me a bit of the Greensboro days.

Oh... one more observation: The Jackets and the Canes sport by far the best-looking of the "new" crop of NHL unis (i.e., any new schemes since Ottawa and San Jose joined the league). The play wasn't so hot, but the boys at least looked sharp (all except Mikey C who, as you've pointed out, doesn't like to zip up his shorts).


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