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Old 01-02-2008, 07:46 PM   #571
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Does the NFL play a secret game in Northridge on Friday nights or something?
He maens on TV...when your home team is playing at home, the other network can't show a game against it, so for example in Philly, the 8 weeks the Iggles are home there's only 2 Sunfay afternoon games on local TV, say the Iggles at 1PM, and an AFC west game at 4...but when on the road, they'll get 3 games. In LA with no home team they get 3 games each Sunday morning/afternoon.
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He maens on TV...when your home team is playing at home, the other network can't show a game against it, so for example in Philly, the 8 weeks the Iggles are home there's only 2 Sunfay afternoon games on local TV, say the Iggles at 1PM, and an AFC west game at 4...but when on the road, they'll get 3 games. In LA with no home team they get 3 games each Sunday morning/afternoon.
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He maens on TV...when your home team is playing at home, the other network can't show a game against it, so for example in Philly, the 8 weeks the Iggles are home there's only 2 Sunfay afternoon games on local TV, say the Iggles at 1PM, and an AFC west game at 4...but when on the road, they'll get 3 games. In LA with no home team they get 3 games each Sunday morning/afternoon.
So you get a choice between the Raiders, the 49ers, and the Cardinals?

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For any of you (three ) interested, former Islanders (among others) backup goaltender Jamie McLennan has started a blog about his experiences playing for the Nippon Paper Cranes of the ALIH (Asia League Ice Hockey).

Having lived in Asia myself, I always enjoy listening or reading other people's take on the Far East.

http://web.mac.com/gritster29/iWeb/Site/Welcome.html

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Jamie McLennan's Blog: Playing in Japan
Former NHL goaltender takes a humorous look at playing in Japan along with Tyson Nash.


by Jamie McLennan


Hello everyone, my name is Jamie McLennan and I have taken my show on the road to the land of the rising sun - Japan.

Many of you may remember me from the long and illustrious career I had in the NHL (joking), but realistically I may be remembered for being a backup who tried to be a good teammate, worked hard and definitely liked to have lots of fun.

I was going to retire this summer and pursue other interests in hockey when I received offers in Europe and Russia. I took an offer in Russia and was there for six weeks when I decided that it wasn't for me and we parted ways (another long story but not for this article).

Taking some time off was what I was doing when I was approached by my best buddy from growing up, Joel Dyck, who has been playing in Japan for 14 years and he told me I should come and play with him on his team to have a little fun and finish our careers together.

So I enlisted my good friend Tyson Nash and together we signed contracts to play for the Nippon Paper Cranes.

I will be documenting our weekly adventures and trying to keep some pictures along the way. Please keep in mind that although Tyson has made this transition very easy, he has also given me an easy target for some friendly ribbing along the way.

As you will see, I reference his nose, shortness, leather skin and horse teeth in some of my documentation. It is all in fun and for the people who know him, he is a very funny person with a great sense of humor, so you can only imagine what he says about me.

The first week here was good. We landed in Tokyo together and we did encounter a minor setback early. On my way through customs I was stopped and made to explain why I was importing an exotic bird with an enormous beak, leather skin, short legs and uncharacteristically long feathers.

I made them aware that, although loud, chirpy and surprisingly loaded with grayish wooden teeth, the animal was friendly and that people in Canada referred to the little guy as Tyson Nash.

Upon checking his I.D., we were allowed to enter the country unmolested.

We are excited to be here, but the time change has messed us up so we are trying to sleep lots to get on the time zone.

We have also been experiencing some neat things here. The first night here the team threw a party for us at a local restaurant. The whole organization, including coaches, managers as well as company executives, were present and they proceeded to welcome us with speeches and some of the local traditional drinks (Sake).

It was quite exciting until they asked us to stand up and make a speech. The quickest thing I could come up with was having the translator explain how Nasher would need a windshield off an old car for a visor.

The boys seemed to enjoy that as we proceeded to the next stop, a karaoke bar, where we dominated the microphone for hours.

Nothing can explain the feeling of doing a duet with a rookie Japanese player who has had a few drinks and only speaks about seven words in the English language, none of which were in the song we sang.

Needless to say I carried him in the song and later he returned the favor by carrying me home as I quickly learned what my tolerance for Sake was...WOW!

Born in Edmonton, Jamie McLennan is a former NHL goaltender currently playing for the Nippon Paper Cranes of the ALIH (Asia League Ice Hockey). Nicknamed 'Noodles,' McLennan was drafted by the Islanders in 1991. He played 238 NHL games with the Flames, Rangers, Panthers, Wild, Blues and Isles, compiling a 75-104-33 record.

Keep up with McLennan's regular blog at: http://web.mac.com/gritster29/iWeb/Site/Welcome.html
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BM, where in Asia did you live, and for how long, and what were you doing?

Blog looks interesting, by the way.
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I lived in southern China for about 15 months or so teaching English as a second language to children two to 12-years old.
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Wow, what an interesting experience that must have been. If this were not an NHL thread, I've inclined to bombard you with more questions.
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Ha! Well, one day (when I'm not tired or busy) I'll be inclined to answer them.

I do remember, though, waking up at 5 or 6 in the morning to listen to the Habs games online and then heading off to work. My older students, even though many were not aware of what hockey was, knew the results of the games based on my mood.

Oh, and I was charged with assigning English names to my first graders, so the first day of school I observed their personalities. I named the short, chatty boy, Bono; the studious boy Dave; the quiet, serious, contemplative one Larry; and the happy-go-lucky kid Adam. It always amused me to say: "Bono, please be quiet!!"
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And, you decided Bono was an English name? Good stuff.

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Wellllllll, I compromised on that one. I just had to use it once!

Many, if not all, of these children get extremely attached to their English names, often adopting them in lieu of their actual Chinese names later on in life. Somewhere out there there's a 12-year old boy about to start high-school who calls himself Bono.
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That's a lot cooler than calling himself "Paul".

Well, prepare to be asked many questions down the road. Feel free to ignore my queries, of course. Get in line, in fact.
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In fact, I now remember having a second-grade boy named Weezer. His first-grade teacher was a fan.
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Was Weezer friends with Megadeath, or did they run in different circles?
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LOL. That was the only other music-related name I encountered.
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Hope they beat the Hawks...they're horrible at home!
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