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Oklahoma City Barons Vs. Texas Stars: Playoff Preview

Oklahoma City Barons Vs. Texas Stars: Playoff Preview

At the ripe age of 15, I boarded a pale white bus in South West Texas, to traverse the pristine, unfettered waters of the river simply known by locals as “The Devils”. The bus ride itself was an adventure. You felt the weight of each bump as we careened side to side to avoid each ditch-like hole in the ground. The driver, a man in his 50’s, sang classic country tunes to himself, but was willing to share with the rest of the touristico on the 30 passenger, dilapidated school bus.

The ride eventually came to a halt as we reached a portion of Devils River. The river itself, only 90 miles long, has often been considered one of the mightiest in Texas for its rugged, unforgiving tendencies. Indeed, as a 15 year old high school student the thought of taking a canoe trip down its relentless being had me exhilarated. The goal was simple. Grab a thin boat, two oars, a lunch pail and canister of water, and begin the adventure of a lifetime.

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Oklahoma City Need “2” Against Hamilton, Khaira & Chase Ready For Debut

Oklahoma City Need “2” Against Hamilton, Khaira & Chase Ready For Debut

After losing in back to back shootouts over the weekend to the Charlotte Checkers, the Oklahoma City Barons return home for three straight games, and eyeball a chance at cutting down the lead in the playoff chase. Eight games remain on the schedule, with only two on the road. That means the Barons desperately need two points tonight against Hamilton before galloping back into the loving arms of the Charlotte Checkers for another series this weekend.

With the Hamilton game comes a bit of a roster change on the farm. Wait, scratch that, how about a roster overhaul. Two new defenders, and four new forwards since March ended and April began. Josh Winquist, Jujhar Khaira, Mitch Holmberg, and Greg Chase have been added to the forward core. Graeme Craig and Jordan Oesterle to the defense. Add to the mix Frans Tuohima as the back-up tender to Richard Bachman, you welcome a roster full of future Oilers prospects. That’s quite exciting regardless of the dire straits that the Barons playoff hopes seemingly find themselves in at the moment.

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OKC Hosts San Antonio, Must Win An Understatement

OKC Hosts San Antonio, Must Win An Understatement

What a wild and wacky week it has been for the Oklahoma City Barons. Just when you thought winning six out of seven made them a lock for the postseason, they rattle off four straight loses, and emerge with one extra standing point. It isn’t all their fault, the harvesting of players, and injured status of some key ingredients has forced the team to soul search just a bit. Todd Nelson unveiled some, *cough* interesting line combos in the most recent losses against the Texas Stars, and they looked like this:

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Oklahoma City Hosts San Antonio, Playoffs A Reality

Oklahoma City Hosts San Antonio, Playoffs A Reality

The Oklahoma City Barons will get Anton Lander back as they prepare to host the San Antonio Rampage this evening in the lone AHL game on March 11th. A funny thing is happening with the Oilers farm team, something that has rarely occurred during the season. The team, despite not changing much in terms of quality in the last two months, has begun to separate themselves just a bit from those outside the AHL Calder Cup playoff picture. One of those teams knocking on the door is the San Antonio Rampage. Yet the Barons have dispatched them recently, and OKC owns one of the best ten game wins vs. loss records as they’ve taken points from Grand Rapids, Toronto, Rockford, San Antonio, Utica, and Rochester – all teams considered to be in the playoff picture with some actually clinching very soon.

So as Tuesday rolls around the Barons eyeball a potential tie with the idle Milwaukee Admirals. Keep in mind that the tie is nullifed as the Barons will have played three full games more come Wednesday morning, and the Admirals have a pretty tame record over the next two weeks. Nonetheless, they are a formidable opponent.

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Workin’ For The Weekend: “What A Feeling” Barons At Checkers

Workin’ For The Weekend: “What A Feeling” Barons At Checkers

In the summer of 1983, when singles still weren’t digital and vinyl was still an option for something other than a couch, Irene Cara released “What A Feeling” a track featured on the Flashdance soundtrack. A song penned in a cab on the way to the recording studio, Irene wrote the lyrics as a way of empowering the good folk of the 80’s. In turn, it became a hugely successful song even if the album of the same title was a flop that came much later in the year.

Irene had the pipes and songwriting chops, but was constantly compared to other soulful singers of the decade. You can’t help but wonder if Cara couldn’t have been wildly successful in the disco decade or at least a mildly successful Motown howler in the 60’s. The Fame, well, fame aside, Cara was 1/2 of the songwriting duo that put out “What A Feeling” which was a single sandwiched between The Police’s “Every Breath You Take” and David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance”. It is a fiery song perfectly tailored for the movie from which is was featured. A song about living, loving, reaching your dreams – things that 80’s not-so-secretly championed in pop music.

It’s a song, I can’t help but crank up when it hits the radio. Then again, I also feel like a putz for enjoying it so much.

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Workin’ For The Weekend: Barons at Stars “Love My Way”

Workin’ For The Weekend: Barons at Stars “Love My Way”

God bless John Hughes, he made me feel things. He could have easily been crippled by trying to portray the 80’s teen angst culture the best he could, but instead he simplified the formula by placing unknown actors into some culturally relevant dialogue. It never felt trite, out of place, or cartoonish, but rather wonderfully reminiscent even upon the first viewing. That’s talent. And because he nailed it more times than not, he enabled viewers (like me) to cherish his films.

He also really liked music. One Hughes-ian band comes to mind today, and that’s none other than the Psychedelic Furs.

Pause briefly, and ponder this. If you’ve never heard a Furs 12″, you probably would categorize them as “something I wouldn’t enjoy” based on the bands name along. You’d be wrong.

Sly, new wave beats with a dash of punk rock, the Psychedelic Furs were one whale of an important band. One of my favorite tracks will always be “Love My Way”.

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