Karen M

Recovering academic/pop culture junkie/crazed hockey fan.
Karen M has written 20 posts for Not Another Hockey Blog

Blackhawks making me lose my damn mind

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Yes, apparently I’ve become the crazy dude in the Bud Light commercial who crashes his old apartment to sit in his Sheldon Cooper-esq spot on the couch so his football team will win the Superbowl.

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When Tragedy Hits Close to Home

I started college at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado in August 1998. In October, Matthew Shepard died at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins after he was beaten and left for dead in a homophobic attack. Just a few months later, on April 20, 1999, I came back from an afternoon class and … Continue reading

brief musings on this week

It’s been a little crazy lately for our merry band of writers (graduations, moving, international travel, family members hospitalized, ongoing health problems, etc.) so we’ve been just a wee bit distracted from writing as of late. Hoping things will calm down soon for everyone and we’re very excited to have my friend and long suffering Kings fan Jenn joining us as a blogger as well! 🙂

That said, I did want to offer a few quick comments on hockey happenings this week: Continue reading

Tell us how you really feel about women CBC

No sports network is perfect. Not even close. CBC has always been a bit of a mixed bag. The Hot Stove is always better than the NBCSN intermission segments for example and while Don Cherry is a relic, Elliotte Friedman is one of the most measured and thoughtful commentators in the sport. Continue reading

Lived Experience: Fibromyalgia Awareness Day & Concussions

We haven’t blogged much about concussions here yet. It’s not because we don’t care. In fact, it’s the exact opposite. We care about so deeply about this issue we haven’t wanted to write about it if we couldn’t do it justice. Part of the reason we are so invested in concussion prevention, diagnosis and treatment is because we (unfortunately) have a better understanding of what it’s like dealing with chronic, invisible disabilities than the average person. One of our writers for example, is dealing with post-concussion syndrome from a concussion sustained months ago.

I’ve never had a concussion, but do suffer from a debilitating chronic illness that has some similar symptoms, Fibromyalgia. Continue reading

Hey, NBCSports? This is why people stream illegally!

Some NHL fans could care less about the IIHF Men’s World Championships. I get that. The tournament falls right in the middle of the NHL playoffs and the games are airing at times when most people in North America are either asleep or at work. Some of us though really do want to watch and we do so for different reasons. To accommodate viewers all over the world and to increase exposure, the IIHF is broadcasting games directly on YouTube and in Canada TSN is broadcasting some games on TV and streaming other games online.
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“Hockey is Mainstream at Last!”: A Social Media Project

The excellent site Awful Announcing just posted an analysis of an interview with ESPN’s Senior VP Vince Doria about NHL coverage on  ESPN, or more specifically, the lack of coverage.  Doria’s claim that, “where [hockey] really doesn’t transfer much to is a national discussion, which is something that typifies what we do” drew the ire of a number of hockey fans on twitter today. Continue reading

‘No Good Russians & Dumb Puck Sluts’: Issues in Representation

The tweet above was my first reaction to the news that Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn were suspended for game 3 for a “team rule violation” that was reportedly closing down a bar in Scottsdale, AZ at 4 am. I was mad on behalf of those players and I was mad on my own behalf since I had written a post on the xenophobia informing the critiques of Radulov’s performance in a game where he was, apparently, hungover and tired. Continue reading

‘Lazy KHL Bums’: Xenophobia in Hockey

During Sunday’s Nashville Predators vs. Phoenix Coyotes game on the NBC Sports Network, Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick gave a scathing critique of the play of Nashville Forward Alexander Radulov. Continue reading

So, Round 1 Predictions- How’d that go?

We failed to account for the badassery of Holtby. Continue reading

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