Ian and I got together on Tuesday night to talk about the Olympic mens “ice hockey” tournament (which starts at noon!), who gets credit for Alex Ovechkin’s evolution as a player, and Flappy Bird.

Plus: Ian pronounces words wrong.

This is our first stab at podcasting. If you like it, let us know or help spread the word. If you have any thoughts, let us know in the comments below. Thanks!

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Saturday Update: NHL scoring officials have credited Joel Ward with the goal.

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin had himself a pretty ordinary game against the Detroit Red Wings Friday. Well, that is until the 60th minute of play. That’s when Ovi summoned the combined powers of Hercules, Paul Bunyan, and one of those unscrewable pickle jar lids and used it to tie the game with seven seconds left to go in regulation.

As John Carlson laid a perfect pass into Ovechkin’s wheelhouse, the Russian machine wound up and fired from the point. His one-timer beat Jimmy Howard stick side. Yeaaaaaa, BOI!

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Photo: Marc DesRosiers

The Capitals absorbed two tough losses in the past two days. Alex Ovechkin, in the middle of his longest goal drought of season, seems frustrated. He took it out on the referees after Monday’s contest in Ottawa, which Washington lost 3-1.

“To be honest with you, tonight I think both teams play well, but four guys out there didn’t do their job,” he told reporters, indicating the officiating staff of Brad Meier, Jean Hebert, Mark Wheler, and Pierre Racicot. “I think the guys celebrate New Year’s too early right before the game.”

“It was embarrassing to see,” Ovechkin added.

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Photo credit: Geoff Burke

And you thought Wednesday was great.

Tell me if you’ve heard this before. In the final minute of the Washington Capitals game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Alex Ovechkin tied the game with less than a minute to go, sending the Verizon Center into a frenzy.

The Capitals, down 4-1 to the Flyers in the third period, scored three unanswered goals in the game’s final 8:40 to push the game to overtime. The Caps eventually won in the shootout.

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Photo credit: Chris Gordon

I can’t get over Alex Ovechkin‘s four-goal game on Tuesday, so I took John Walton’s radio call and turned it into a ringtone. (iOS devices only, sorry.)

Download the Alex Ovechkin / John Walton iOS ringtone

Or just grab the MP3 version:


To put it on your iPhone/iOS device, first connect the device to iTunes. Drag the file on top of the device in the panel at left. That will send the file to the device. You’ll be able to find it under Settings / Sounds / Ringtone and Text Tone. Enjoy!

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Peter on the Nerd Geek Dork Podcast


Last week I appeared (err… sounded?) on the Nerd Geek Dork podcast, an ongoing series dedicated to nerdery in all its forms. We talked about becoming a fan, all the lore surrounding the Stanley Cup, and how Mike Bossy actually sucks. Give it a listen, and check out other episodes (especially the one about Batman: The Animated Series).

Listen to Peter on the Nerd Geek Dork Podcast

P.S. – how awesome does my new microphone sound?

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