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2013-05-11 12:18 am

As much as I've complained about team Finland

I have to say, I do adore our goalies to bits and pieces.

I mean how could you not, when pics like this happen:

... I'd wonder as to what the hell is going on here, but I'm pretty sure that reality wouldn't be nearly as hilarious as anything I could come up with.

In other news, Sweden losing to the Swiss was the best thing ever, save maybe the Russians losing to the French of all teams.

And as a side-note, I was endlessly irked today, watching the Finland-Russia game, by the way the play-by-play commentor kept calling Radulov as <i>Radulova</i>. I realize that most likely he just didn't know the meaning of it (basically, in Russia, you add an a or o to the end of a surname to indicate that the person in question is a female), but it bothered me all the same..

But because I like to fictionalize everything, it did make me think about names and how those are used in fics. Mostly involving patronymics and the ways Russians use them.. I just think that a kid fic about Geno becoming a dad, and insisting everyone call the baby by his full name 'cause he like the way evgenovich sounds.. Then again, I might just be geeking out about languages again.

In real life news, I woke up last night from a nightmare to a first panic attack I've had in years. So, you know, good times. I'm starting to think I need to talk to my doctor about doing something about my medication <i>again</i>, at the very least. I'm sure the topic of getting admitted at least for a short term, will also come up again.

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2013-05-03 08:20 pm


Team Finland just started their games at this years IIHF WC.

Usually, that'd mean the highlight of hockey season starting for me. This year, not so much. For one thing, I'm much more emotionally invested in the Wild's playoff run (even if I'm not exactly holding onto any hopes of them making it to the second round; pessimism is a long cultured survival mechanisim born out of years of cheering for teams that only ever lose).

But even if I wasn't, there's been just so much off-ice bullshit involving the tournament and our team this year for the past couple weeks or so, that I just feel like any and all exitment I might've had has been sucked right out.

But I guess I'm watching anyway. If not for any other reason, than to for once see Joni Ortio play for a team I cheer for.
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2013-03-02 12:03 am

Proof that Danny Heatley is a terrifying human being.

 Even my cat is afraid of him. I was watching the post game interviews from last night, and she was sleeping on my lap. When Heatley's interview started up, she spooked so bad that she nearly ran to hide under the bed. :D

In other news, I'm so fucking pissed off about people who can't do any kind of sensible budjeting themselves and aren't willing to let other people help them because of some bullshit reason about not wanting to share credit. If you want to be an ass about your own money that's fine, couldn't care less. But when you are responsible for a group of fifteen getting food and other nessities for a weekend and not having to pay way too much about it, you need to think something other than your self for a moment!

And if you turn down two trained chefs who freely offer to help out with planning and preparing the food, and then come up with stuff that's more expensive, tastes worse and takes a lot more time and effort to cook, than what was suggested to you by said professionals?  At least have the decency of not complaining about how much work you have to do, and how much of your own money you need to spend!

Just, fuck. All of this is not helped by the fact that it's one of those nights when sleep just doesn't seem to be an option. Meaning that tomorrow I'm likely going to be trying to get through the day by force of willpower and caffeine alone. While pretending that I don't want to be bunching one person in particular in the face. Because it's supposed to be a party, and us getting into a fight doesn't really spell good times for everyone.

(As a background, me and said person have been having a number of issues for a while now. I just don't want to end up having the inevitable fight about those issues tomorrow and ruining the day for everyone..) 
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2013-02-26 08:51 pm

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I'm nearing 6k in words with the Granlund/Koivu fic I'm working on. And instead of feeling like I might be maybe getting to something like a halfway point at least, I think I maybe need to be adding some scenes I hadn't previously thought I'd need. If been thinking that there's no way I'll reach 50k, much less go over it, but idek, it might be a possibility?

In any case, I just finished the most emotional/angsty scene in the fic so far. It wasn't fun? If someone wants to rec some shameless fluff to get my mind of it, that'd be fantastic.

I'm feeling somewhat nervous about today's Flames - Wild game. Mostly because Granlund is playing in the first PP unit and I reeeally want him to be great with that and also because I'm pessimistic at heart I worry about how it'll play out in the media if he's anything but great..

And it would just be nice if they'd get the damn PP going in general. And maybe score some goals. Winning would be nice too.
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2013-02-19 08:49 pm

“Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day..

... and on the good writing days nothing else matters.”
-Neil Gaiman
“Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: it's always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins.”
-The same

Those two quotes pretty much sum up everything that's been going on for me for the past few days. Mostly I'm glad of the steady headway I'm making with the fic that I'm currently working on, but at the same time, I'm a bit miffed that I went from getting nearly 2K done in one day, to just barely breaking a thousand in the next three combined. Oh well.

At least next week is the winter break around here, meaning that I have a whole week to spend doing nothing but writing, if I so wish.

Or well, not the whole week. Since at some point in there, I do need to spend some time hitting the books as well. By which I mean that I've started cramming for the entrance exams to get to Uni. I'm trying to get in the University of Tampre, either to study English literature, filology and translation or Social Sciences. The first one has already announced their exam books (which is great, because there's three of them) but the other won't do that until April.

The book that I'm reading right now is called The Study of Language, by George Yale. So far I'm really liking it, it's really well and interrerstingly written and easy to grasp. Luckily that one is also the only one of the books that need to be studied from cover to cover. So that helps. The two others are book called Ways of Reading by Martin Montgomery et al, which focuses more on literature, where as the first one is more about filology.

A friend of mine who got in the same place and had to study the same books a couple of years earlier, said that Montgomery's book is maybe a bit more boring of the two. Then again, I'm much more interested in studying literature, where as she gets exited about things like phonetics and syntax, so I might not feel quite the same about this. We'll see.

Anyway, the last book is Introducing Translation Studies by Jeremy Munday. It's the only book I don't have yet, so know idea what it's going to end up like. But I'm really hoping it's a good one as translating is one of the areas I'm seriously considering focusing on if I get in, (the others are teaching and minoring in journalism.)

The exams won't be before the end of May, start of June, so thankfully I still have plenty of time. For now I'm trying to keep to a scheduale of studying for two hours every week day, and three to four on Saturdays.

In hockey news: The Wild beat the Red Wings! And it was really awesome! Zucker scored his NHL first! Kuemper got his first NHL win! In total, they had five rookie in the line-up! And Granlund is on a three game point streak!

I kind of hate this team, because just when I'm starting to give up on them and resign to them not winning anything ever - and that's okay, I'm Finnish, we've been raised to expect our teams to suck always, so much so that we don't know what to do with ourselfs if they don't and go batshit insane - and then they do something like this.

And then I get exited about the team again, only to have all hopes squashed all over again soon enough. (And why do I always cheering for teams like this! It's not just the Wild, I just described my SM-Liiga team's whole season too!)

It's just exhausting is all. Either suck, or don't. Do you have to do both?

Also, keeping up with my favorite topic ever. By which I mean rookies and unrealistic expectations placed on them. A while back, I was reading a finnish hockey forum, and happened to a thread about the Wild's rookies. And in there, some complete asshat, compared Brodin to Niklas Lidström of all people. I mean what the hell? Why would you do that?

We are talking about a 17 year old kid here! And you are hailing him as the "next greatest defenseman ever" already? How is that anything but setting him up for a failure?

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2013-02-16 02:09 pm

of Olympics and team Finland.

This post was actually started a couple of days ago, but then life interfered and I never had a change to finish it. Second time lucky?

First of, kudos for Jarmo Kekäläinen for becoming the first European GM in the NHL.

But moving on: I ran into a Finnish newssite's team Finland roster for Sochi, and well..

Tuomo Ruutu - Mikko Koivu - Valtteri Filppula
Mikael Granlund - Jori Lehterä - Lauri Korpikoski
Sean Bergenheim - Saku Koivu - Teemu Selänne
Leo Komarov - Niko Kapanen - Jesse Joensuu
Sakari Salminen

Kimmo Timonen - Sami Salo
Sami Vatanen - Toni Lydman
Janne Niskala - Ossi Väänänen
Joni Pitkänen

Pekka Rinne
Tuukka Rask
Kari Lehtonen

What ever the final roster, the goaltending will be the backbone by which this team will either rise or fall. The depth there is just amazing. Just that trio is a one you could win with, and the guys getting cut are nothing to scoff by either.

The site mentioned Bäckström, Niemi and Ortio as having the best changes. Some might add Kipper too, but he's likely to retire and in case, has already stated that he's retired from team Finland in any case, plus considering the history he has had with the team, he'd have to be riding a fifty game win streak before anyone would want him on it.

Where they are not looking so great though, is defense. They're kind of on the old side for one. After Vatanen, the youngest would be Pitkänen, whose thirty by the time the games roll by. Not too bad for a defenceman sure, but I'd still like to see some youth added in, especially when you add the fact that our would be number one pairing would be 38 and 39 years old. And that even if both of them are healthy which isn't exactly a guarenteed.

The problem is that where as goaltending is over flowing with depth, there really isn't any here. Outside of the guys mentioned, there isn't any NHL level players awailable. Hell, even having every single finnish defenceman currently playing there, and we're not even close to willing the roster.

And as for getting any youth on the blueline? Olli Määttä and Rasmus Ristolainen, the would be next great Finnish defensemen still won't have even turned twenty yet, so I'm not at all convinced that they'll be ready for the Olympics yet. Määttä maybe, but even that's a long shot.

Bottom line, I wouldn't say our blueline sucks, but it's not great either. And if any of the guys listed are unable to play for what ever reason, we are going to have problems.

And then finally, forwards. Idek where to start here. It's kind of a mess, in a freakishly awesome way? The first line is.. okay, in that Ruutu-Koivu pairing has worked well in the past, and Koivu-Filppula did nice enough at the Worlds last year. The problem you'll have with the three of them combined though, is that the line lacks a goal scorer. Which is something that would be nice to have on the freaking first line..

I have really mixed feelings about the second line. On one hand, having Granlund and Korpikoski on the same line might be a really good combination. Mostly I'm a bit on the fence about putting Lehterä there. He's on fifth place in scoring in the KHL this season, so by no means is he a bad player, but I'm just feeling a bit meh about this line as a whole.

In part it's with having Granlund on the wing. It's the safer option for sure, but unless the Wild end up playing him in that position for the most part this season and the next season, it seems both counter-productive and needless.

Personally, if Jussi Jokinen can get his play going from now on, I'd say Jokinen-Granlund-Korpikoski might be a combination worth considering.

And then we get to the third line. Obviously the fact that Selänne said after Vancouver that he wouldn't be playing for team Finland anymore is being taken seriously by absolutely no one. Then again, he has been retiring since 2006 so it's really no wonder. And for all that I complained about how old our blueline is, Selänne might be 43 by then, but it's SELÄNNE. Normal laws don't apply. Other than that, I don't really have anything to say about the line. I like it, assuming that we'd get the older Koivu of this season and not from the last season.

As for the fourth line, Komarov could maybe have a spot somewhere higher even?

As for players not on this lineup, I'd mostly just mention Barkov. I'm not saying that he's ready for a roster spot yet. But he does deserve to get considered for one. The danger here is that there might be pressure from the media to have him on the team, because it makes for a better story, but hopefully the coaching staff will make the decision about him based on skill alone.

If he does crack the lineup though, and Selänne plays, the age difference between our oldest and youngest player would be 25 years. And that'd be awesome!

It'd also be the sixth Olympics Selänne plays at. Even more awesomeness.

And then to wrap things up, some random observations about this weeks Becoming Wild:

- I wonder what the Wild's PR department used to bride/threathen/blackmail Mikko into letting a cameracrew into his home. Would love to be a fly on the wall to see that conversation go down.. :D

- THAT VIEW! Basically The coastal area in Turku is one of the most beautiful places in Finland, and I'm just jealous of that view.


And that about it. Now for a lovely day of cleaning up. Oh joy.

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2013-02-16 02:12 am

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Almost 2k into a fic and the only contact between the main pairing so far is a reference to a conversation they've had in the past. I guess it might end up being kind of a long one?

In other news, I somehow ended up watching Jonas Brodin's draft video on youtube. He's maybe kind of cute? Why is he cute? He's a Swedish hockey player, they aren't allowed to be cute, god damn it!

A couple of weeks ago Alexander Barkov made SM-Liiga history by becoming the youngest player ever to record forty points or more during a season. He now has 19+22=41 in 44 games, is second on his team in scoring and ninth in the league. He's also +17, also second place on his team, and fourth in the league.

And he's yet to play less than 15 minutes in a game, and his current average TOI is 19.25. Other than the time he spent at the WJC, he hasn't missed a game this season.

The kid won't even turn eighteen before September! I just don't know anymore, if one should be fucking impressed with all that he's done or really really scared that he's current team is about to ruin an incredible future star by overplaying him. So for now I'm settling for doing a lot bit of both.

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2013-02-02 08:56 pm

Fuck everything

So my computer finally broke down for good. Or more like, it broke again, and I gave up trying to by it more time with new parts. Five years was a good service time anyway.

Luckily I have since gotten a new computer. Not so luckily, money is kind of thight right now, so after a half a decade of being a mac user, I've returned to using a PC. And I lost damn near everything that was on the old computer, because while I did have back-ups, those are on a hard-drive that PCs can't read, so I'm pretty fucked on that regard. Thank god I should be able to salvage at least most of my writings from email attachments, at least.

Most likely, I'll spend a few more days setting up this new one to the way I like it, and re-learning how to use a Windows (it's harder than it sounds! I keep typoing because the keyboard is all wrong and the touchpad doesn't work the way it's supposed to and everything is in wrong places. plah!) so I might be going on a mini-hiatus.

But what with it being so very long since I've last owned a Windows: any and all recommendations about programs I really should have would be great. I have all the basic ones, like Firefox, iTunes and Skype etc. but I just still kind of feel like I'm missing everything.

..also lost all my bookmarks, which just sucks. And I miss Safari..

Because of the computer situation, I didn't get to watch the Wild break Chicago's perfect record. Have to say, I really wasn't hold out much hope for that to happen.
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2013-01-23 07:05 pm

Turns out, disciplinary in the KHL is a fucking disgrace.

Soo.. Yesterday, this happened:

Jalasvaara, the Dynamo Moscow player getting pummeled is currently in hospital because of a damaged eyeball and a torn conjunctiva. He'll be under observation for at least two weeks, to determine if he needs surgery or not. He's also concussed.

As for Jevgeni Artjuhin? He'll be suspended for the next three games. THREE GAMES! For what essentially amounts to a fraking assault! And it would've been just two, but one game was added because of past infractions.

And because the thing wasn't sickening enough, Artjuhin's comments about it are on a complete level of their own. According to his press conference, he:" Didn't want to cause serious injury." What the hell do you think repeatedly hitting someone on the head like that would do, but injury! Also, complaining about how he himself had gotten injured from the Jalasvaara hit that preceded the situation, I don't even know what to say to that..

I don't even care about how you feel about hockey and fighting, but when it comes to hitting players, who have no way of defending themselves, especially somewhere as vulnerable as the head, there's just no way of justifying that.
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2013-01-22 06:09 pm

"This world is an illusion, trying to change you."

So a couple of days ago, [ profile] arctic_comet commented about Granlund, and the amount of media attention the start of his NHL career has been getting here in Finland, and I started to answer it, and well, it got kind of long-ish. To the point that I just decided to make a post about it, because apparently this is something I have lot's to say about.

As a background, Russo, Wild's beat writer did a really good article about it for the Star Tribune: "Homeland has Wild rookie Granlund well-covered." It's really good, and I strongly recommend reading it, but to those who prefer the clip-notes version: three tv-stations, two news papers and a dozen other various reporters - most of them, if not all, btw, really major news out-lets, as in, the biggest national tv-channels and so on - were present for the Wild's opening night. In comparison, there are Championship tournaments that get less coverage, to even talk about single games.

And the reason for them being there has nothing to do with Minnesota being somewhat of a hockey hot-bead, or even their Finnish captain or starter goalie. The only reason for them being there, and in such hordes even, is one rookie.

Then there's the case of Samuel Savolainen, a reporter for one of the biggest sports-magazines, who moved to Minnesota, just so he can cover Granlund (and supposedly the Wild in general, at the side) full-time. As far as I know, before now, there's been one hockey reporter, who lives in North-America full time, and he runs a weekly column covering the entire league.

So yes, the amount of media attention Granlund is getting is crazy. Now, you might make the argument, that part of it is just NHL growing in popularity and having a better profile on this side of the pond, and Granlund being the perfect poster child for that, and while true, I don't believe that's all there is to it. The argument about him being the biggest future star and the best prospect we've had in so many years, is also valid, but still falls somewhat flat in explaining the whole picture.

The thing with Granlund's career, from a media stand point, is that it makes for a great narrative. Starting with the David-Goliath angle, of him always playing against older and bigger players, and having to fight for his right to play in leagues meant for older kids to him scoring The Magical Goal, and in between overcoming the contract mess with his junior team (btw, raise your hands when you notice the parallels between Granlund's and Crosby's media narrative).

Now, with Granlund starting his NHL career, at least part of that narrative reaches it's climax. And it won't be complete unless one of two things happens. Either he lives up to every single expectation ever laid upon him, scores hundred points including the Stanley Cup winning over-time goal and wins the Hart, Conn Smythe and Calder trophies, or he is a bust who crashes and burns in just a couple games, gets sent back down to the AHL and in a few years returns home in disgrace.

And as horrible as that sounds, if you are member of the media, whose only intrest in the matter is the way you can sell papers, it doesn't matter which option is the reality. The headlines are there, no matter which way you go. Nor does it really matter if either one is the real truth, as long as it's somewhat close enough to it that you can make it true.

Or maybe this one time, media will listen, when told by virtually everyone in the Wild organization, from players to coaches to management, to have patience. Or then maybe not. Because if there's one thing Finnish media has shown in the last few years, is that they love nothing more, than the change to be tearing Granlund to pieces.

When his SM-Liiga team struggled last season, they made it sound like Granlund was to blame, because of his scoring slump. During the World Champions last spring he was pulled as a healthy scratch for one game, and that's the only thing anyone remembers about that game. Why? Because the next day, two of the biggest tabloids both had huge headline articles about it. Little trivial things like who won, or what the score of the game was, were hardly even mentioned.

As to what I said earlier about Granlund being first high end prospect Finland has had in a long time, the worst about that, is that it in a sense, he is very much alone in it. It's very much likely, that the trend of media attention on NHL and even more so, focusing a lot of that on rookies and young guys. Granlund, Teräväinen and Barkov are sure to sell more than Olli Jokinen, Leino or Lydman.

The difference with Teräväinen, Barkov and other Finnish prospect on the verge of breaking in to NHL is, that when they do that, it's so much more likely, that a lot of them will be doing it at least nearly at the same time. And so they'll each take some of the pressure of each others. Or to quote [ profile] arctic_comet :" If they want to give all these boys the same media attention as Mikke, they'll have to hire like 100 new writers." Well, it'd surely be one way to resolve our unemployment problems.
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2013-01-20 09:30 am

I have so many feels right now.

A little under two years ago scored the goal that took Team Finland to World Championship Finals and made the whole country fall in love with him.

And now, last night he got his so very long awaited NHL deput, and scored his first career NHL goal. He's all grown up.

Discounting the first period the game was a really great watch all in all. The power play looks like it might have the potential to be really deadly, especially once the second line truly get's it going. Getting goals from three different lines was really promising and if someone was wondering if the chemistry with the Parise-Koivu-Heatley line would work out, I'd say based on the opening night performance, it's working just great.

Other highlights: Spurgeon and Brodziak getting assists, Granlund getting the second star of the game and the overall look of the penalty kill.
Here's to hoping that they keep at it in the same manner with the Stars. Koivu and Parise getting their first goals of the season would be nice. ;)

Meanwhile elsewhere on the league: Selänne opened up with 2 goals and 2 assists against the Canucks. Not bad for a 42 year old. If this is the stage of things to come, we might see him break 700 career goals this season. And that'd be so very very awesome indeed. 
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2013-01-19 07:56 pm

I love my team so much.

I may at times complain about our coach. I'm not exactly ecstatic about our goaltending. The power play could use some improving.

And yet, when they do something like winning two games in a row in as many days against a team that was just above them in standings, rising to number two, just four points behind the first place team in the process. Oh, how easy it is to forget everything but the love.

Plus, Salomäki scored on both nights, and our nineties line all together were just rocking it, and I can't even! 

(While on the subject of kids: Kasperi Kapanen, the son of Sami Kapanen scored his first SM-Liiga goal, and played on the same line as his dad. I feel old now.)

Kärpät better not only make the playoffs, but at the very least do a deep push, or I'm going to cry. Or who am I kidding, at this point, anything but the championship will lead to tears. And not the pretty kind either.

The only problem is since I'm a little high on the win, not to mention a very hyper, because of the caffeine I've drank so I'll be able to successfully pull and overnighter, so instead of patiently waiting for a couple more hours until puck drop, I feel like a five year old on sugar high, on christmas eve.

.. I thought about using this time in somewhat productively and writing, for about a half a minute, before deciding that I wouldn't be able to focus on it long enough to come up with anything printable anyway.
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2013-01-16 06:26 pm

My friends are the bestest.

 And one of them happens to work at a local theater. Which is how yesterday, I went and saw opera in person for the first time in my life. And I only had to pay one euro for the tickets, since it was a pre- opening night showing. The opera in question was Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio, which had been adapted and set to modern day Finland. I'm not in anyway a huge opera fan, but overall it was really fun experience.

Also, since the friend who had gotten us the tickets just had a birthday, we went out afterwards, just to play some pool and hang around. Can't even remember when's the last time I've had so much fun going out.

I keep meaning to write about all the things I'm looking forward about the upcoming NHL season, but then I get distracted by new videos and and articles and putting it off. (For all my complaining in the previous post, I am so very happy that there are once again actual hockey news to read.)

But here are some very jumbled thoughts on it:

A) Teemu Selänne cracking the top 10 career goals scored. Being that he only needs six goals for that, it shouldn't be an overly long wait, thankfully.

B) Granlund's first NHL goal. For everyone's sake I'm really hoping this comes as soon as possible. Saturday's game would be best. And not just because the kid deserves all the good things happening to him, but also because I can already see the way at least portions of Finnish media will make out like he is a bust with no future what so ever, if he hasn't scored by his fifth game. And then I'd be annoyed, because would it kill these people to have some patience! and all in all I'd just rather not.

C) Wild making the playoffs. No reason why they couldn't do it, as long as they stay at least somewhat healthy. Which leads me to..

D) Mikko Koivu having a full, injury-free season. Just, please hockey gods, make it so.

E) Seeing Crosby score and score. And then score some more. By the time I started watching the NHL last spring the Pens were already out of the playoffs. So all I've ever really seen of the wonder child is highlight reels, and while those are all well and good, I can't wait to finally see him in action for real.

and finally

F) Pekka Rinne having a career best, Vezina winning year. Not really holding my breath on this happening (not the Vezina at least), but one can always hope.

Been doodling around with some writing ideas once again. The Carter/Richards Second-trade-never-happened!AU is at a point where I have a complete plot outline for it. I think? I'd just need to decide just how depressing I want the ending to be.

And then there's the Koivu/Granlund fic i should get around to completing, especially now that those two are finally in the same continent and playing for the same team. Mostly my problems with that is, that on one hand, the fic I originally had planned is going to end up loooong, and I get frustrated with it and just want to jump right to the sex. But then on the other hand, every time I try and write any sex scenes with the paring I feel like a creeper, what with Granlund being the Official Little Brother of Finland.. So that's something I need to get over.

While on the subject of Koivu/Granlund, Mikko's first post-lockout interview on WildTV gave me so much feels. Talking about lockout being over and how exited everyone is and how it's good to be getting back to playing hockey? No facial expressions what so ever. Getting asked about Granlund? Instant smile. (Careful now, you're adoration is showing.)
(The vid in question.)

Also, if I've looked correctly, based on the interviews, Kyle Brodziak sits between Mikke and Mikko? Meaning that there should be a fic about how they are constantly hassling each other because of UST, and Brodziak, the innocent by-stander gets caught up in it, until one day he can't take it anymore and lock them in a closet (because locked in closet is a great trope and there can never be too much of it!). And then sex happens. But the hassling doesn't stop, if anything it gets even worse, and Brodziak despairs. Someone, please make this happen!

In not fic related writings, I've been thinking about a Barkov primer, because everyone should love him, and then thought that while I'm at it, I might as well do a primer on baby Finns in general. (And yes, it's because I want to gush about Salomäki, shut up. :D). So if anyone out there has any specific Finnish prospects in mind that they want to know more about, let me know.

Oh right, almost forgot, if there's someone out there lovely enough to to some betaing for me, I'd be so very very grateful. One of the reasons I've been stuck with my writing is that I get overly conscious of all the hang-ups of my second language english and having a beta would really help with that.

Finally, and also on the list of things I almost forgot: a very big welcome to all the new people on my friendslist!
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2013-01-14 09:41 pm
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On sports reporters, and their ability to keep their own personal biases in check.

Or well, the lack of it more like.

Oh fuck it.

I tried to make a deep and thoughtful post about journalistic responsibility and when should and shouldn't you try to be objective, but I'm just too pissed off right now to manage it.

Instead I just have this: anyone who thinks that making personal attacks against fans of a team because of actions of the owner of said team (and yeah, to me calling someone stupid because of actions you assume they are going to make is a personal attack) is good reporting is stupider than a sack of bricks.

As to what exactly brought this on? Today's What We Learned on Puck Daddy, where in his section on the Wild, Ryan Lambert wrote about how the team had raised ticket prizes (they hadn't, just changed they way they are displayed) by two dollars, to which Lambert answer was to a) blame Wild owner Greg Leopold on being solely responsible on the lockout b) continue that with making it the fault of STUPID Wild fans, who haven't expressed any kind of outrage about the action, which you know, no one had heard about before now (and which, still not actually thing that would be happening) and because Lambert seems to be able to see the future and know that all the Wild games will be sold out, despite these (not-) raised ticket prizes, because again, the Wild fans are STUPID.

Unfortunately the text itself has been edited out, (bad reporting in and of itself, IMO, and another thing that pisses me off: make a fucking correction, but don't try and wipe away what you wrote) so I can't quote from it directly, but let's just say that had I had any respect for Lambert in the past, it's definitely gone now.

Idek, I'd just like to see people who claim to be at least semi-legit sports writers try and behave better than 15 year old internet trolls.
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2013-01-13 08:47 pm

The internet is full of stupid people.

.. Which I sometimes seem to forget.

First things first: I'm BAAAACK.  That is, I have a working computer again, and should once again be able to update at least somewhat regularly. And of course also, yey for NHL getting it's ass in the gear again. Still going to miss Demers though. Why oh why must he play for the Sharks?

Anyhoo, I can't wait to mess up my sleeping patterns by waking up at three am. / staying up until seven am. to watch games, right when I had managed to turn it around to something somewhat normal resembling. But more on the NHL some other day.

Because I went to watch my SM-Liiga team play on Thursday, and I have FEELINGS about the game and I need to get them out. But before I get to the game itself, here's watch been happening with them since I last updated. EVERYONE IS INJURED. That pretty much covers it. If I remember correctly, at the last count, we had I think six or seven forwards out, and as for our defense: since the start of this year we have been able to put six Ds in the roster in idek, one or two games? Rest of the time the whole has been plucked by playing one of our forwards, Joonas Komulainen, who isn't even 170cm in height, so yeah, really tiny, and also did I mention it a fucking FORWARD!

And then they're our goalies. As for them, the situation took a turn for the absurd right before christmas, when our backup got put on IR. Our starter had already been out for almost a month at that time. Meaning that the team didn't have a goalie, expect for a 17 year old junior, who has yet to play a single SM-Liiga game, and a third stringer on loan from the team at the bottom of the standings (who btw, could've gotten called back up by his team, since their start up goalie had been injured as well.)

So I guess you could say, that the last couple of weeks have been somewhat stressful. Luckily, the loaned goalie got to stay with us for as long as we needed him, and both of our own goalies returned to action this week. Still, the amount of bad luck this team has had is really getting out of hand.

But anyway, back to the game on Thursday. My boys won 3-0 after a game of not the worlds most skillful hockey ever. But then again, considering the amount of penalties as special situations in the game, (in total, the teams gathered 59 penalty minutes, 12 of which were for Kärpät.) Of the second period, just five minutes were five-on-five. Mostly the reason for it all being this situation:

Now, as a background, Ohtamaa, the Kärppä player who ends up getting pummeled to the ice, had hit Kantola, the Ilves player doing the pummeling, way back when in October and landed him on IR for more than a month, mostly because of bad luck. This was the first time the two players had met since.

At the time this incident happened the second period had been going on just over two minutes, and Kärpät were up by one. The result of if: Kantola earned himself 2+2+5+20 (hooking and tripping calls, if I remember correctly, a major for the fight, and automatic game misconduct because of it), meaning that his team had were killing off nine minutes of penalties, and were out their number one center. Who, btw, is currently on temporary suspension, while the disciplinary board makes their decision (meaning four or more games, any less and the league disciplinarian would've already ruled on it.) 

The level of stupidness: I'd say even trolls would be capable of more brain functions than Kantola at the time..

But somehow some people managed to be even more stupid.

Including yours truly, the truth be told, because I really should know better than to go anywhere near hockey message boards, when it comes to anything even remotely controversial happening on the ice.

But anyway, I did, and here's the problem I had with the tone of the conversation: a) What kind of crazy person thinks it's reasonable to be asking a person to get up and hit back when they are already down and someone keeps hitting them? Or that taking a defensive posture in that situation (which, btw, is as much about instincts as it anything else) is somehow cowardly?
b) Since when has it been a requirement for players to drop their gloves every single time someone asks them to? Kärpät were already playing with just five Ds, and had Ohtamaa taken Kantola up on the offer, they would've been down to four (and Komu, but let's not go there), since fighting means an automatic game misconduct in any situations in SM-Liiga. And seeing as how the game was 1-0, with 38 minutes left to play, why on earth would've Ohtamaa started fighting then? Or why should he have?

(Then there's the whole issue of how I much I despise the culture of feminizing players or actions that are viewed as non-desirable, and how that one of the biggest problems I have with hockey culture on general, but I'm trying to not get in to that any deeper right now, because if I did, this post would at least double in length.)

But any case, the rest of the game was enjoyable enough - mostly because yey, we won - but at the same time, it was once again a somewhat bittersweet reminder on how much it suck to cheer for a team when you only ever get to see them in away games. Which made me decide, that come playoff time, if Kärpät manage to make it, I'll be making a trip to Oulu to see them play at home, come hell or high water. Sure, it's over three hours in train, one way, and I'll have to spend close to a hundred euros, on just the travel alone, and also, I have no place to stay up there, but somehow, I'm going to make it work.

Also, for something completely different: the Doctor Who Christmas Special was damn near close to perfection and Clara has the potential of becoming the best Companion since Rose. More on that to follow, for now: Is it April yet?

Oh, and plus: I borrowed the Batman: Arkham City from a friend. So far I'm loving it.
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2012-12-21 02:42 am

A quickie update..

.. Because as much as I love my iPhone, writing anything longer than a textmessage on it, kind of a bitch.

Mostly I'm just popping by to say that I'm in fact still alive, and planning on re-joining the world of active bloggers one of these days. Is just that, in perfect sequance of events the bane of my existence, also known as The Cat ate through YET ANOTHER computer power chord, which is not as those don't cost almost hundred euros a piece and it's not as if I wasn't pretty screwed financially already, and then on top of that my phone broke down, effectively cutting me off the net completely.

So yeah, that sucked.

Especially since while I have koe managed to get a new phone, I sadly remain computerless, and will propably continue to do so at least until January. Meaning among other things that suck ass, that I don't have anything to watch the World Juniors on.

Somehow, I'm not feeling particularly warm and fuzzy towards my cat at the moment..

But anyway, I really do need to very briefly vent on a few hockey related issues:
-my teams goalie situation is starting to cause epic levels of anxiety. Just when our number one goalie was finally starting to seem play like he might actually be worth his salt, he went and got a groin injury about a month ago, and will be on IR at least until New Years (possibly longer; in a recent interview our coach said that it hasn't been improving as well as they were hoping). So you know, good times.
- Speaking of my team, I don't even know where to start on the whole business with Turris and the G&M interview. I'm somewhat equally pissed off about what he said initially as I'm about the way he backpedaled on his words, without ever owning up to them..
Idek. But here's the thing. Let's imagine for a while, that the situation were reversed, say Selänne retires, moves back to Finland and then opens up about how much he hated playing in Canada and Winnipeg especially is the worst hellhole ever. Can anyone claim that there would be any end to the kind of shitstrom that would create? So why would a Canadian doing the exact same thing be even remotly okay?
(Also, there's just so many things I'd like to say about some of the fan reactions to all of it, and what that speaks about Finnish peoples national identity, but it's late and I was trying to keep this post short. I will say this though; gotta love the fact that having a messed up self-esteem is such a sore subject to some, that defending against comments such as Turris made is a sign of said bad self-esteem, because obviously only someone with bad self-esteem would feel that anything he said could be taken as offensive.)
- Despite the fact that I most likely will be unable to watch at least a majority of the World Juniors, I'm pretty exited for them. For one, I feel surprisingly optimistic about Finland finally ending our medal drought, since our team has a lot of promise this year. Which, I have to say, is a somewhat foreign feeling, since I'm more used to being convinced that any international competition will bring nothing but doom and gloom with them. But any case, I'm most exited about seeing Barkov in action, the kid is going to be amazing.
- Speaking of Barkov, I'm thinking about doing a primer on him when I eventually have a working computer in my possession again. Mainly because more people need to know about how great he is. For one 28 points in 32 games is no small feat for a seventeen year old, playing against adults. Plus, he's pretty much the first Finnish player in the history of ever, with a legitimate change of being the first overall draft, pick, so there's that. Possibly the primer might include some other top Finnish prospect as well. (Mostly, because there's no way I'm not taking the oppertunity of gushing about Salomäki..)

I really was planning on making a quick, short post, honest. Oh well.

To end, hopefully everyone will have great holidays. I'll be travelling up north on saturday, to visit my dad until christmas day, and will be extreme unlikely to post anything then, so my best wishes for everyone now. :)
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2012-11-18 05:17 pm

I'm back.

Seems like I accidentally ended up taking a mini-hiatus from blogging. Mostly because life got kind of crazy  in a lot of ways. I had a mid to bad depression period and ended up missing school for a month, plus two weeks of sick leave, but now, thanks to some adjustments in my meds and also after re-structuring my life a bit, things are starting to look up a bit again.

I ended up not being able to change school, because the place I would've tried to get in didn't have any spots open, but I'm surprisingly fine with that. I talked things through in my current school, and we worked out a new class schedule for me, so my work load is much smaller until the christmas break, I have Wednesdays off completely and I'm also spending two days a week interning instead of going to school, which is something I've always preferred. Also, the internship place is really nice, it's a kitchen of a local old folks home, the staff is really great and since it's a pretty small place, it isn't super crazy busy all the time.

So assuming I can keep this up, I'd maybe be able to graduate sometime in the next fall, which while not ideal, as I originally it should've been next spring, is still better than what it seemed when things were at their worst. It also helps that I've really gotten a lot of my motivation back, the lack of which was a big factor in why I was struggling with school so much in the first place.

That said, I am planning on re-applying to schools in the spring also. I've already started prepping a little for the entrance exams for uni. I've wanted to study english and literature for so long, that at the very least I need to try and see if I have a shot at making it happen.

Finally, to the very best of things to have happened while I was busy not blogging: KÄRPÄT ARE NUMBER ONE IN SM-LIIGA STANDINGS!!! That hasn't happened since something like 2008! The team has completely transformed from the crap-fest that was the begging of the season to an actual contender. The goaltending has, as unlikely as that seemed just a few months ago, become top notch, and the team is just clicking. They have the least goals against, by a pretty nice margin at that, and are number two in goals scored! At this rate, we might even have a shot at a championship this spring!

And they've done this, even though the team keeps having injury problems. I think at this point, at least three or for players are or have been on IR because of concussions, plus a whole list of other injuries. Honestly, at this point it feels like trying to keep up with whose out with what is a wasted effort.

All of which leads to me continuing to feel conflicted about the lockout. Seeing as for all that I really want to see NHL being played sometime this season, just the thought of losing our lockout NHLers makes me sad. I actually have the confidence in the team, and I think they'd do just fine with out the NHLers, since a lot of other players have been stepping up and improving, and so losing them probably wouldn't lead to an immediate clusterfuck, but there's no denying that they make the team better.

Especially Demers, who I just can not gush enough about. He's just such a huge presence on our blue line, plays 25+ minutes night in, night out, is third in the team in points scored and second in plus/minus. He's arguably the best defenseman in the entire league right now. Not to mention that he seems to like being here, fits well with the team and all the other players always talk about how well liked he is in the locker room. He's even learning finnish!

Aand that's probably enough gushing for now. 
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2012-10-18 08:49 pm

Life-altering decisions and other stuff.

Friend-of-a-friend friending meme of doom! // Right this way!

For starters, welcome to all my lovely new friends, and a warning: I ramble. A lot. Hopefully you'll bare with me. :)

So I may or may not have mentioned this this earlier, but about three years ago, I was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder. I'm much more prone to depression (which, I was diagnosed and hospitalized with for the first time when I was sixteen) and I've never really had a pure manic episodes in my life. Instead I've had quite a few hypomanic episodes, which are basically just a slightly more moderate version of the same. And even more than those, I've had a lot of mixed affective episodes, which is sort of like being manic and depressed at the same time.

Understandably this has caused problems in quite a few areas in my life, one of them being school. I mean when something as simple as getting out of the bed feels like an insurmountable obstacle, going to school day in, day out is sometimes completely impossible. Which has grown into a really huge problem this fall.

I'm on my last year in the school I'm currently at, and if I wanted to be able to graduate this spring, as I should, I not only couldn't miss so much as a one day in school, but I'd also have to work through every holiday break we get between here and then, plus quite a few weekends also.

All this has been piling up and adding to my stress levels, and so for the past month or so, I've been stuck in this ever worsening nightmare, where I'm not going to school because I'm having a depression episode and because I'm not going to school and constantly stressed about it, making my depression even worse.

And then this weekend, I was talking about schools with a friend of mine, and he mentioned the school he went to, and I realized that it's the perfect out of this hellish dead end I've ended up in. See, the school he went to, and to which I have a change of transferring to, is one, that specializes in helping people who have learning impairments for different reasons (for example, the friend who I spoke of it with, has ADHD).

So if I could get in, I could do the same degree I've been working on for two years now, instead of dropping out, or delaying, because I'm on a verge of needing a prolonged sick leave, if nothing changes soon, but do it in a manner and schedule, more suited to my current condition.

Also, if I got the transfer, I'd also get to move cities, a definite plus on so many levels. For one, I'd be moving to Tampere, where most of my friends, and one of my sisters, live and where I'm so much more comfortable than where I currently live. It's also the city where my trans process is happening, so moving would make that so much more easier as well, since I would have to sit in a train for two hours in one direction every time I have an appointment. Plus, I just don't like the city I live at the moment, and have wanted to move away from here for more than a year now, but haven't been able to, because of school.

And just like that, I feel like I'm slowly starting to claw my way back into health once again. Or as close to it as I'm ever going to get.

As for the other stuff mentioned; I'm trying to decide whether or not I should get tickets for the Karjala Tournament played in Turku in a couple of weeks. For those on my flist not familiar with European hockey, the Karjala Tournament is the first part of Euro Hockey Tour, played between Finland, Sweden, Russia and the Czech Republic during the regular season and leading up to the Worlds, which each country hosting a round-robin Tournament. No league games are played during the tournaments.

For the most part the EHT is consider as practice for the Worlds/Olympics, as well as a change for younger players to show the coaching staffs that they deserve a roster spot in their national teams. For one, there has already been some speculation about Barkov (the top Finnish prospect at the next years draft) maybe suiting up for our national men's team for the first time ever, which would be awesome to see.

All in all, it'd be a great change to see team Finland play live, and at a quarter of the cost that waiting for the Worlds in the spring would be. The only problem is that I'm currently pretty much broke, and even the 20 or so euros for the tickets, plus train rides there and back, might mean that I won't have any money for food next month. So.. Food, or hockey?

On the next chapter in my teams goalie situation, wherein everything is starting to get somewhat hilarious. Not only is does our "back-up" goalie have a better save percentage and goals against average (AND more shutouts, not that that's hard since Backlund is yet to record even one) than our "number one", he's also in the league top 3 in all of the previously mentioned categories, where as Backlund isn't even in the top 15 in save percentage, and is something like eight or night in GAA. And they are even in wins, with Karhunen having played in one less game.

So our back-up is better than our number one, but for some reason our couch won't face up to it, officially at least, although it's starting to feel like he does a coin toss or something, before each game to see which one will be playing, and all of it is just so very confusing.

On the plus side, Kärpät have finally started to slowly climb their way back up, after the disaster that was the start of the season, and are now third in the standings, so there's that at least.
Although I am somewhat afraid that should the lockout end, that they'll come crashing down again, since that'd mean losing Demers (who, btw, I've really come to like, but why oh why, is he a fraking Shark), who has been a real difference maker for us, especially on the PP, not to mention Turris, after which, with the current injury list a mile long, we'd be effectively without a first AND second line center. Fun times.

I'm all for NHL coming back, but oh do I ever wish that it wouldn't mean losing Demers. It's not that he's been a great player for us, but I've also really grown to like him and seeing him play with Kärpät.
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2012-10-11 06:48 pm

I have too many things to post about.

See this is why managing updates more regularly than twice a month is a good thing; so things that you've been thinking of posting about don't just pile up until you really don't even know where to begin.

I guess saying that I got a letter from the Tampere University Hospital a week ago is as good a place as any. I'll try to make a separate post about it at some point, because Feelings (so far, I've gone from exited to panicked and scared and then back to exited again), but anyway, the point is that after months of waiting, things are finally happening regarding the trans process, and I'll have my first appointment in less than two weeks and then another one in December. I've been waiting so long, that even that much progress makes it feel like everything has at least doubled in speed all of the sudden.

The first one is with a nurse and the second one with a social worker. Besides them, I'll meet with a psychiatric and a psychologist at least once before getting the diagnose. Could be I'm forgetting someone, and I'm pretty sure there's at least two appointments with the nurse and some one else as well. Hopefully that part will be done sometime before the next summer. Fun fact, transsexualism is the only condition diagnosed and treated as a mental disorder which requires the patient to prove themselves as being totally NOT crazy before getting treatment. :p

Bad camera phone quality is bad.

So last Thursday was kind of perfect by all accounts. Not only was it the day of the arrival of the previously mentioned letter, I also went to Tampere that day and me and a friend of mine went to watch one of the local teams host Kärpät. Full disclosure, this was my first time seeing a game life, for all that I've been literally watching hockey for as long as I can remember. (The very first game I have clear memories of watching is the '95 World Championship Final. I was five correction, since I can count for shit, seven, at the time; talk about growing up with unsupported expectations. It took me a really long time to realize that such things are a great novelty, when you cheer for Team Finland.)

So no surprise, my excitement levels were somewhere up there with "five year old on Christmas Eve" levels by the time we got to the rink. And god, I'd really forgotten the smell of freshly laid ice. I mean as far as winter sports in general and especially school went, skating was always my favorite (to be fair, considering the alternative was usually cross country skiing which I loath, it didn't take that much), and it's something I haven't done in years, but now I kind of want to, as soon as the public outdoor rinks open up.

Getting back to the game itself.. IDEK, I really enjoyed the experience and all, it's was a really nice, even game with lots of goals, but Kärpät ended up losing 4-3 on overtime, despite having a two goal lead for a period and a half. Mostly because of absolutely stupid penalties the team started taking from the end of the second period and onwards. In the end, our PK had to work through two five minute majors, and the second one was just too much (having one of our Ds plus our leading point scorer ejected from the game also didn't help).

Also, the game winning goal came with about a half a minute of the overtime left, so I was doubly pissed, because I'd sort of started hoping to see Jokinen in a shootout live. Since, if we couldn't win in in regulation, there should be at least some benefits, dammit.

But all in all, I really did enjoy the game, even if cheering for the away game did feel a bit awkward at times. Mostly because our seats were in the home team's end and so of course we were surrounded by their fans. Good thing hockey fans don't have the tendency of getting into brawls, unlike football, and also it not like it was a rivalry game or anything, so I think mostly people just ignored me for the most part. :D

So, definitely going to see them again the next time Kärpät are playing in Tampere. Too bad that isn't until over a month from now..

In other Kärpät news; Kärpät most certainly do NOT have a goalie problem, part I don't even know anymore: after playing a somewhat nice and solid game on saturday, our number one goalie was pulled out of the line up at the last minute yesterday. (Which, yeay, Kärpät won, but considering they were playing against a team who is yet to won a single game on regulation this season, and is the last in the standings, it doesn't say all that much about their performance.) Like, he was announced as being in the line up when the team skated on ice, late.

Turns out, he'd said he was feeling too dizzy to play, after the warm-ups. Because of TOO LOW BLOOD SUGAR. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't taking care of your diet so that such things wouldn't happen, umm, part of your job perhaps? Isn't avoiding things like this happening the reason you have nutritional plans and shit? I mean what even?

Really want to know who the hell came up with hiring this guy. I mean a Swedish goalie, who used to play for the Flyers. In what kind of twisted mind does that sound like a good idea?

Meanwhile in the real worlds, last weekend was a somewhat spooky/crazy one. I stayed in Tampere until Sunday, and while I was there, my hometown, and especially the nearby areas where hit by record flooding, mostly because of heavy rainfalls. I don't actually live anywhere near where the worst of it hit, and I already knew that, when I read about the whole thing online on Saturday, because the closes source of water is over a kilometer away from here.

But it was somewhat shocking all the same, possibly because it came so left field. I'm originally from way up north, and as far as possible natural catastrophes go, the only thing I've learned to regard as a less likely to ever effect my life in however small way, is an earthquake.

And then to top of it all, when I was heading back home on Sunday, a friend of mine called to say that there's been a fire in my apartment building. Since I'd left the cat home, I really freaked  about that one. Luckily everything was fine, the fire hadn't spread out of the one apartment it had started in, which wasn't anywhere near to mine. Although the cat did demand some extra attention and cuddles when I got home eventually, so I guess she got spooked by the sirens and all that.

I wonder what'll happen this weekend, since I'm not home again for that either..

But not to end this post with such a downer, here's perhaps the best song/music video about queer gender identity ever made:
Plus it's just a great song, in general.
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2012-09-23 09:04 pm

Beating our heads up against the wall.

Since apparently that's what all the cool kids are doing nowadays. ;)

Kärpät got their first win of the season on Wednesday, blowing out Ässät 6-0. Finally! Jokinen got a goal in his first game back, which was also the first powerplay goal for Kärpät this season. And it came in the third period of a game which were the ref was constantly giving out penalties like they were candy, so while there clearly has been some improvement with the PP, it's still not all that great. At least our penalty kill is working somewhat better, and Kärpät are currently third in the league in that.

The goalie situation continues to be a question mark. So far our official starter Backlund has played just one game of the four games played, with his backup, Karhunen, taking the grease for the rest of the time. So far the official word has been that Backlund has some back issues, which don't keep him from playing should there be the need for it, but because no one wants him to risk an actual injury, he's resting for now.
Thing is, based on the three games, Karhunen has really showed that he might be up to challenging Backlund for the starting position soon enough. And from the comments that our coach made after yesterday's game it sure sounded like that might be the case if Backlund doesn't get his ass in gear real soon. Which is somewhat interesting since up until now he has maintained that Backlund is his guy, for all that he has shown the tendency to crack under pressure when it matters the most.

Of course then yesterday's game was something of a two steps back, as Kärpät lost 1-3 against Tappara. I'm still trying to hand on to some optimism. If nothing else, the team didn't just fall apart in the third period, like they did in the season opener, and by all accounts they really made Tappara work for the win. There's a difference in losing because the other team simply was better this time, as opposed because you couldn't make anything about your own game work, so there is that at least.

Then there's also our kids, of whom I've really liked what I've seen so far. As a whole our team is a really young one this year and it at least feels like barely half the team has even reached 20 yet. I've really liked what I've seen of Miikka Salomäki so far. A nineteen year old, whose a winger on our second line, he was drafted by the Preds last year. He has had some problems in previous season with letting his temper get the better of him and making bad checks but at least so far it seems like he has maybe matured a bit, and getting a lot cleaner with his play.

Just because I like spreading highlight videos around:

Plus, he's a real charmer. (Could saying that make me feel any more like a creeper? lol)

Our number one defensive prospect Ville Pokka (drafted second round by the Islanders this summer) has been out of the line up, because of concussion he got during pre-season games, but he did play with our juniors yesterday and is should be back with the team on Tuesday, so really looking forward to that as well.

Now, if only there was someway we'd get Rinne to play with the team for the lockout.. (Which, a damn near impossibility as there's just no way the team could manage the insurance payment's Rinne's contract would require, but a guy can still dream.)

I usually listen to a local radio channel do pre/post game shows online, even when I have money enough to pay to watch them (the channel that airs all games is stupid and you have to pay 12€ for a single game pass on their site, and since free streams for SM-liiga are pretty non-existent, it's the only way, if one wants picture to go with the sound), because they have a lot more coverage and do better interviews, and it's making me weirdly nostalgic.
Like I said in a previous update, I don't live anywhere near Oulu, where Kärpät play. I used to live a lot closer though, before I moved away about five years ago because of school and work and because Northern Finland doesn't really have all that many options on either one. I don't miss living there all that much, it's nothing but dark and cold up there. It's just I haven't had this much exposure to the northern accents of Finnish in a long while, so hence the nostalgia. There's just sort of "these are my people and they speak my language" kind of feel to it, I guess.
It's weird, the things you find you are missing..

The good news of the week; a friend of mine just agreed to go with me to see Kärpät when they come to play Ilves in Tampere on the 4th, so I'm actually seeing them in just over a week! The lockout is just going to stay in place until then, I want to see Jokinen and Demers in action, dammit. :D