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Oklahoma City Travels North, Grand Rapids Griffins Tonight

Oklahoma City Travels North, Grand Rapids Griffins Tonight

The 12-4-2-2 Oklahoma City Barons battle the 9-8-2-0 Grand Rapids Griffins on their first trip to the North of the season. For Oklahoma City the game means they can gain a few points in the standings, and potentially a stranglehold on the top spot in…

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One Of The Best In The West (Utica) Rolls In To Town

One Of The Best In The West (Utica) Rolls In To Town

A quick gander at the AHL standings reveals a few very interesting things, and one really large thing. Let’s start with the elephant in the room, and that’s the amount of games remaining on the schedule. The Barons have only played 1/4 of the games they will play this season. There is so much ice to be had that heralding one team over another seems frivolous at this point. But we are indeed filling ours sails with the winds that blow from the West where some really admirable hockey is being played.

On to the bits of interesting things.

The Oklahoma City Barons, with a sideways / Oilers-like start, have resurrected themselves as most Todd Nelson helmed teams tend to do this time of year. The Barons have played one North Division opponent in that span, and that was the Toronto Marlies. The game ended in an OT thriller, and reminded me of all the times the unfamiliar opponents of the North (and to a similar extent, the Midwest) give us the best games of the season.

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The Barons Battle #1 In The West Division In San Antonio

The Barons Battle #1 In The West Division In San Antonio

The San Antonio Rampage have won seven straight games. They’ve gone 7-3-0-0 in their last ten. They are currently sitting in the divisional lead with 24 points. As the Oklahoma City Barons travel to San Antonio for another game against the Rampage, we think back on the recent history these two have conjured up.

The Barons are currently on a four game winning streak, with their most recent loss being delved out by, you guessed it, the Rampage. They played four games prior to that time, and the Rampage won them all. All Rampage vs Barons games this season (save for one) have ended in a San Antonio victory by one goal with one settled in overtime, and two more in the shootout. Needless to say these two teams match up very well, they are familiar with one another, and by golly, they just don’t play nice. Tonight, in San Antonio, the ending is hopefully better for OKC, but the chances are high that things go the way of taut.

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Back To Business, Barons At Stars Round Two

Back To Business, Barons At Stars Round Two

On Wednesday evening, prior to the US turkeying and cranberrying, the Texas Stars outplayed the Oklahoma City Barons for nearly two and a half periods. In that span they owned the Barons, but it was the suddenly good Laurent Brossoit that would keep his team within spitting distance. The Barons would rattle off two straight goals in the final ten minutes of regulation to tie the game, thus forcing an OT frame. In that OT period, Matt Ford would score the game winner just past the four minute mark.

Andrew Miller, Iiro Pakarinen, and the aforementioned Matt Ford would score the three goals that broke the Stars back. In addition, Bogdan Yakimov would have two helpers, and things suddenly felt “okay” for the Barons after being completely owned by the home team in Cedar Park.

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Workin’ For The Weekend: Planes To Iowa “Pictures Of You”

Workin’ For The Weekend: Planes To Iowa “Pictures Of You”

Sometime soon I hope to take a trip to a cabin, preferably in a countryside not too far from here where a fire crackles nightly, and long walks through wooded areas seem like heaven on earth. I’ll probably bring my warm Coleman boots, my Cannon DSLR (which I still have no idea what I’m doing with), my North Face hat and gloves, my high-tech-super-fancy base layer, and most importantly my earbuds.

Between my ears my synapses will be thumping to one of the greatest mood albums of the 1980’s, The Cure’s Disintegration.

It’s awfully dark album to be so good, but it teeters on the verge of accessibility enough that it feels comfortable and recognizable. I’ve always enjoyed The Cure, not necessarily for their artistic, dour value, but because they made some really nice, and surprisingly beautiful music.

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Workin’ For The Weekend (Tuesday Edition): Kiddos Gonna Rampage “Kids In America”

Workin’ For The Weekend (Tuesday Edition): Kiddos Gonna Rampage “Kids In America”

From 1981 to 1993 Kim Wilde was a British pop singer sort of hovering in the background. A pretty good solo performer who knew her way around a stage, and was want to give a pretty solid MTV interview. Her messy blonde hair reminded folks of many female acts of the decade, and truthfully that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The synth pop drum machine style of music seemingly suited her well, and some loved her for it.

When her career fizzled a bit the glamour squad made every attempt to hammer out her rough edges that initially made her enigmatic. In the end it sort of paid off, and her late 80’s to early 90’s moments in adult contemporary were special at times, but mostly forgettable. Suddenly most realized that Wilde’s early career was her sweet spot, and that’s where we will softly land today.

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