MYFO Live Blog of Game 4! Be There Or Be Square!

Just a heads up from your friendly neighborhood hockey blog before everyone leaves for their Friday night festivities: we will be live blogging Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. EST. So be sure to take a few hours out of your busy weekend to spend some quality time with MYFO tomorrow evening – it’s usually a hoot and holler. The usual cast of characters of course will be there and we hope a few new ones will stop by as well. You can find a link to the live blog below, so make sure you get all your chores done in time (whatever they may be), drop by MYFO and participate in the tomfoolery and skullduggery.

UPDATE: The live blog can be found by following this link. Jump down the rabbit hole, if you like.

Congratulations! You’re a Lame Duck!

Larry Pleau has been the general manager of the St. Louis Blues since 1997. That’s a long time to be the GM for one franchise in any sport. He even survived a change in ownership. And he’ll be sticking around a little while longer–yesterday, the Blues announced that Pleau had received a two-year contract extension.

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Flipping the Scripps

Tonight, the Scripps National Spelling Bee will take place, allowing some bookworm kid (not Charlie Brown) to add a nice little crown jewel to their college application by becoming the National Champ. Last year, Evan O’Dorney took home the prize by nailing “serrefine” in the final round. Nice work, Evan.  Now go outside and play something.  Please.

This year, like last year, the final will be held live on prime-time network television, and millions will tune in to watch Websterites correctly spell words like euonym, elegiacal, and vivisepulture. (It should be noted that all three of these words have been clinchers for past champions, yet Microsoft Word doesn’t recognize any of them.) However, as fun as it is to see kids in white polo shirts correctly spell stuff, I think it would by much more enjoyable to watch the complete opposite. Without further ado, we give you the Versus Presents the 2008 Versus Studio Team Spelling Bee, shown exclusively by Versus on Versus.

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So, about those ratings

Apparently, fans remembered that the NHL exists this off-season. Ratings are on the rise, and Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Versus broke all sorts of records for the channel. After the jump are some interesting bits of trivia concerning the highest hockey numbers on cable since 2002.

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We interrupt your regularly scheduled Stanley Cup Playoffs for this charming photo.

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MYFO Liveblog: Stanley Cup Finals Game 3

Hey gang–we’re at it again. Tonight when the Penguins and Red Wings face off for Game 3, your MYFO Editors (the ones that aren’t scuba diving in their basements, anyway) are going to be liveblogging.

Click here to go to the liveblog at about 7:30 PM Eastern time. We’ll see you there!

Mark Messier Failed As An Analyst Because Versus Wouldn’t Let Him Do It His Way

Most of you by now have seen footage or witnessed first-hand Mark Messier going down in flames during his gig as analyst during Versus’ Game 3 broadcast of the Stanley Cup Finals. For those of you who have not, please take a gander:

Obviously, not a very good showing by the hockey hero. To be fair, most former athletes struggle to make the transition to analyst – I imagine it can be downright terrifying trying to speak with all those cameras pointed directly at you.

What most people are not aware of is that Messier would have fared much better if Versus brass would have let him do it his way.

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