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Offsetting Minors

stuff about hockey, futbol and other sports that fly under the radar Brought to you by ODESSA STEPS MAGAZINE.

Updated: 2014-10-05T01:03:52.093-04:00


New Issue


New Issue of ODESSA STEPS.

Not a hoax. Not an imaginary story.

Debuting at the Baltimore Comic-Con.

greatest of all time



And now for something completely different


A hockey-playing bear not in Hershey:

And now for something completely different


A hockey-playing bear not in Hershey:

Hockey Day in Canada



My favorite hockey day of the year.

Had to buy the one day Center Ice package (dont have the regular package this year).

Some of the better-known hockey/comics/nerdverse connections:

* Although people always associate PEANUTS with baseball, St. Paul native Charles Schulz was a big hockey enthusiast, owning a rink in Southern California and was even inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame in 1993.

* Todd McFarlane used to a partial owner of the NHL Edmonton Oilers and even designed their one of their alternate logos. And there was the Tony Twist Lawsuit.

* James Kolchaka and the Zambonis’ song “Hockey Monkey.”

* Hockey is a big part of Kevin Smith’s View Askew Universe, from playing rooftop hockey in CLERKS to the skating demons in DOGMA.

We know there are more but it’s almost time for the prime-time games to start on CBC. Gotta go.

Good Night, Coach Knight


If you are indeed gone this time, au revoir.

Trivia Note:

I broadcast two games on the campus radio station as a freshman at Indiana. They ended up being Knight's 500th win and Knight's 400th win at Indiana.

great coach, yes.

big jerk, yes.

I was a benefit of his donation his shoe contract money to the IU Library, yes.



Whoever decided it was a good idea to get a doo wop group to sing O CANADA tonight for the Leafs/Habs game should be rapped with a cane across the rulers.

To me, no one beats the guy in Ottawa or the guy in Edmonton.

Bears Game 1: Pens 5, Bears 4


Listened to the game on the computer. Sorry, really don't want to pay $6 a game for B2, at least tonight.

Sounds like a crappy way to end the game -- an own goal in the third period.

Two goals for Bourque.

A goal and a fight for Robitaille. (His first goal was later changed to Bourque)

Arsene made an interesting and opinionated color man for John Walton. I wonder how long that will last.

Bears Preseason Game vs WBS


-- The Bears rested a good number of their front line players (including Chris Bourque). We'll just say this was a contributing factor for their loss to the WBS Baby Penguins today at Giant Center.

The game was very chippy.

These two teams open the AHL season Wednesday night.

Expect more of the same.

Bears Preseaon Game vs Norfolk


Thoughts from tonight’s presason game in Hershey:

– Bourque looked great. Scored the first goal less than a minute into the game. Really buzzing around on the PP.

– The Ice was also in pre-season form. Lots of slipping and sliding. When I was in Giant center earlier this week, they were having a food show there and there were hundreds of tables covering the ice. Jay Stewart, at the beginning of the third, slid like 10 feet into the empty Hershey net like he was a bowling ball.

– A couple altercations between Chris McAllister and Brett Angel. In the first fight, McAllister seemed to get tangled up in his new sweater.

– The Bears PK got a lot of work, as the ref seemed to call a lot of hooking penalties.

All is right in Chocolate Town


made the trek up to Giant Center and got my Bears season tickets today.


Season starts next week, but the first home game is not for a few weeks.

caps win first pre-seaon game


Wash over Tampa Bay

listened to part of the game on the Caps' website, with Vogs doing color on the broadcast. Check out his blog for more about last night's game.

Bears beat Baby Pens in first pre-season game


Tim Leone's story in today's Patriot-News.

Camp is open!


Washington Capitals camp began a few days ago.

Hershey Bears camp started today. We hope to make it up there one day next week.

Tomorrow is the first day of Autumn.


Jose out at Chelsea?


Apparently so.

Guess that draw in the Champions League was a bigger deal than some thought.

Rugby world Cup


you can see it on Versus. Yes, the channel no one can find during hockey season.


I guess the New zealand all blacks are the favorite.

How about those Nats?


Win # 63 tonight.

This clinches a season where they will not lose 100 games.

At the beginning of the season, not many people would have believed that.

Cue Nelson


Hey Big Blue...

HA HA ~!

RIP Wild Bill Hagy


from the Baltimore Sun:

The Orioles organization is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of "Wild Bill" Hagy. While leading cheers from "The Roar from 34" at Memorial Stadium, Wild Bill became a Baltimore institution. He was one of the great characters of the Baltimore sports landscape and was a true die-hard Orioles fan, supporting the club year in and year out. He will be missed by everyone who knew him and by everyone for whom he led the "O-R-I-O-L-E-S" cheer. All of us in the Orioles organization extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

A moment of silence will be held in his memory before tonight's Orioles-Rangers game. William G. Hagy was 68 years old.

Wings' new sweater


from the freep

thankfully, no real break from tradition. I can live with the "c" on the other side of the jersey.

NHL TV Schedule is out



What a surprise.

Lots of Penguins games on NBC.

"In Canada, CBC’s “Hockey Night In Canada” on Thursday, Oct. 4 presents a special mid-week doubleheader beginning at 7 p.m. ET with the Ottawa Senators hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs in Ottawa, followed by the Philadelphia Flyers taking on the Flames in Calgary at 10 p.m. ET. The remainder of CBC’s 85-game broadcast schedule includes 18 regional match-ups, 23 all-Canadian match-ups, 10 afternoon games, Saturday night doubleheaders all season long, seven tripleheaders, the All-Star Game and more games than ever available in HD."

Futbol season is here.


The (insert Sponsor's name here) Premier League starts tomorrow. i would have tried to write a preview, but I've been out of town.

sadly, I think ManU will win again. Too many injuries for Chelsea will put them behind the eight-ball before the season is six weeks old.

Last year, I picked DerbyCounty as my (sponsor's name) Championship team and now they are up in the Premier League. Well, for now. Most pundits think they are the odds on favorite to be relegated. I'd like to disagree, but it's hard to argue.

Go Toffees.

How to name your fantasy team


from kissing suzy kolber

I'm feeling the pressure this year with a name. Last year, in love with Adam Carolla's morning show, our leagues had Aceman-related names: Attack Crows and Helmet is not a Chair.

This year, not sure yet. No Michael Vick names though.

more hockey TV news


from today's Globe and Mail:

* reduced roles for Cole and Neale on HNIC
* a revamp of Hot Stove Intermission
* no pre-game show for NBC

CBC re-ups mike vets



Hall of Fame play-by-play commentator Bob Cole and analyst Harry Neale will be back on Hockey Night in Canada next season.

CBC Sports confirmed Thursday that both agreed to two-year contracts, extending a partnership which began in 1985.