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TTMI~Radio, e.99, One More Shot For The Road

It is episode number 99 in the illustrious history of TheThirdManIn~Radio.

As we pack up the animals, the sun tan lotion and our betting sheets and head out to Vegas this week, we pause our drunk-Tweeting for this 60 minute podcast to talk all the latest news involving the Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford IceHogs and the Ultimate Fighting Championship at United Center.

On the show, we discuss how the television rating for an average UFC show on FOX this past Saturday night destroyed this year’s Winter Classic as well as any rating the NHL has done in a regular season over the past 40 years.

Also, we break down the acquisition of Brendan Morrison, how the Blackhawks fared in Vancouver on Tuesday night, the non-call on Viktor Stalberg’s overtime breakaway, Corey Crawford and the return of Patrick Sharp.

We review our UFC picks (ehhh) from this past weekend’s show, Superstar’s mysterious disappearance from Saturday night’s post-show festivities, Block playing hurt, flying all pilled-up, drunk tweeting, men getting buck-naked together in water, what really goes on in Men’s health clubs, our Super Bowl predictions and so much more….

TTMI~Radio, e.99, “The Long Way Home”

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TTMI~Radio e.98, Notes About Nothing; Corey Crawford, Boycotting hockey players and 4-yr olds speaking in the 3rd person

On this week’s edition of TTMI~Radio we discuss everything from pouting superstar hockey players to Saving the Children (and the gays) to 4-year old girls speaking in the third person.

In addition, in no particular order, we discuss…. teaching Marcus Kruger the cycle, United Center official scoring, Kerry Fraser’s book, emails on Bryan Bickell and waivers, Bolland and Pirri comparables, Hating on Twitter, our UFC picks, street clipboard peddlers, changing your Facebook status to something more particular, Vegas and UFC on Fox this Saturday night at the United Center and our pick.

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Show #99 airs live next Wednesday night February 1st at 8pm central.

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TTMI~Radio, e.97, A Feeling of a Hammerhead

On this week’s show we open up the listener email bag to discuss topics ranging from Viktor Stalberg’s handsomely prowess to Kyle Beach’s bust-ness to whether or not some legendary Blackhawks should be in the Hall of Fame.

We also compare this year’s Blackhawks to where the team was at this point a season ago and take a look at how the 2010-11 team’s secondary scoring stacks up against the current group.

All this plus more on 2-year old puppy dog behavior, Superstar on the bottom and what’s been bugging Block.

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The show returns next Wednesday, January 25th at a time to be determined.

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TTMI~Radio, e.96 – Random thoughts on Blackhawks hockey, puppy dogs and balls in your shoes

On tonight’s edition of TTTM~Radio, we discuss the Blackhawks in the wake of the Patrick Sharp injury and what to look for next.

Also discussed is Block’s puppy dog, how he got his name and the terrible twos.  Plus, more on projecting a generally sunnier disposition, Kyle Beach, Jeremy Morin, Dan Carcillo, Patrick Kane, Niklas Hjalmarsson and some half-season awards.

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TTMI~Radio, e.95 – In the Meantime

How’s this for self-promotion….

It’s a show.  I don’t really know what to say about this one other than the Superstar and I got back together for e.95 of TheThirdManIn~Radio.  Usually when he and I do these things you never know what we’ll talk about and the reason is – neither do we.

We talked about some things, I don’t recall too much exactly.  We had a show outline but it was aborted during the music intro.  I enjoyed myself though.  We discussed the Blackhawks getting better today, how awful traditionally they’ve been in Philly (Stanley Cup aside), a few New Years resolutions, Andrew Shaw and some other stuff I can’t recall at the moment.

I’d say its completely missable unless you’re desperate for time killer or background noise at work.  Its probably best for that.

I’d say we’ll do better next time, but that’s too lofty a goal.

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TTMI~Radio Returns: e.94 – Home Cookin’


As promised a few days ago, its the return of TTMI~Radio!

Al Cimaglia of Sirius/XM Radio and MyFoxChicago.com joined me to preview tonight’s Boxing Day Blackhawks-Blue Jackets matchup and to give his take on the Blackhawks, now 35 games into the 2011-12 season.

Its a solid hour of Blackhawks’ talk as we break down what is statistically the best team in the entire National Hockey League at the moment.

Pardon my rust on the controls and our idiot caller.

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TTMI~Radio, e.93, Chris Block and Al Cimaglia of MyFoxChicago.com talk Kane’s prominence, Keith’s struggles, Scott, Morin and more

Al Cimaglia, now writing and covering the Blackhawks at MyFoxChicago.com, joined me tonight on episode 93 of TheThirdManIn~Radio.

On the show, Al and I discuss the fallout from Saturday’s 3-2 shootout loss to the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins and the Blackhawks already falling behind the Red Wings’ first-place pace.

We chat about the importance of the Hawks’ immediate upcoming schedule, Duncan Keith’s early season struggles, Patrick Kane’s game, Jeremy Morin’s huge return to the IceHogs’ line up this past weekend and the continued state of befuddlement surrounding John Scott’s place on the Blackhawks.

All this and so much more and this hour-long edition of TTMI~Radio.

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TTMI~Radio, e.92, Sam Fels and Chris Block preview the 2011-12 Chicago Blackhawks

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With Opening Night of the 2011-12 NHL season now a mere days away, we called upon an old friend and colleague on tonight’s edition of TheThirdManIn~Radio to get down to some serious Blackhawk puck chatter.

Sam Fels, writer extraordinaire and editor of The Committed IndianSecondCityHockey.com and blogger at NBCChicago.com’s MadHouse Enforcer joins me to digest the off season and preview this year’s Chicago Blackhawks.

On the show, we discuss, but won’t limit ourselves to….

– Blackhawks’ Opening Night roster
– Updates and status of injured Hawks – Ben Smith, Patrick Sharp & Davey Bolland
– Brandon Saad signs entry-level. Begins season in NHL
– Saad vs Morin
– The mess at the center position
– Kane at Center, Sharp at Wing – For how long though?
– Grading Stan Bowman’s off season. Likes & Dislikes
– Can Dan Carcillo play?
– John Scott in the lineup Opening night?
– Ray Emery ‘wins’ the backup job
– The shake ups and makeup of the new defense corps
– Chris Campoli’s contract stand & new place in Montreal
– Biggest Hawks’ Storylines, Key Players for 2011-12
– Bolland again
– How much longer will Joel Quenneville remain Hawks’ head coach?
– Stan Bowman’s new 3-year contract extension in 2016
– 1st NHL head coach to be fired
– Western conference & Finals picks
– Predictions on Hart, Norris & Selke winners
– the Dallas Stars Ice Girls~!
– Drink beer – Get loaded – this Friday night at The Bottom Lounge with Sam and the boys over at SecondCityHockey.com at their big Opening Night viewing party.

And much… much… more

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Enjoy.  And thanks to everyone as always for listening.

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TTMI~Radio, Kings’ Beat with MayorsManor.com

On tonight’s show we’re joined by The Mayor, coincidentally enough, owner and author of MayorsManor.com, an outstanding LA Kings’ blog.

John joins us to give us the latest on the Drew Doughty contract hold out, where the two sides stand and how Doughty’s status is, or isn’t, affecting his teammates.

Over this solid hour, we covered the Kings’ depth and versatility on the blue line.  We take a look at the rookie who will likely step in to hold Doughty’s place in the line up in the interim; Jack Johnson’s place heading into his new 7-year contract and Willie Mitchell’s health and value entering what is a contract-year for the former Canuck blue liner.

Up front we preview a new-look top six and the competition for jobs on the Kings’ third and fourth lines.  Also, Mayor gives us his thoughts on Mike Richards in LA, where the real leadership comes from on this Kings team and why the Mayor believes this group of Kings are the real deal.

We covered all-things Kings.  The Mayor does a terrific job covering the team.  From player interviews, behind the scenes insight to breaking news, MayorsManor is a must-visit for LA Kings information and analysis.

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Upcoming radio show schedule

Some quick notes on our upcoming internet radio schedule.

First off, I never did plug this but since I do have a link for this…  I was the guest on the Let’s Go Kings podcast back on September 7th answering LA Kings’ fans questions on the Blackhawks, the new acquisitions and expectations in Chicago this season.  Also, which players I “hate” most on the Canucks, which is a ridiculous question but I tried to answer as best I could.  Overall, it was a good interview and I had a nice time chatting with those guys.  So give them a listen if you get the chance.  I’m on for about the first half hour.

On to our business….

TTMI~Radio returns live tomorrow night September 20th at 9pm eastern/8 central/6 pacific.  No guest tomorrow so we’ll have plenty of time for listener questions and our usual innate babble.  I realize we’re going head-up against the Hawks-Oilers game streaming from Saskatoon.  Even more reason to tune in with us as we give live feedback during the action.  We’ll discuss the opening days of training camp as well as updated analysis on Rusty Olesz, John Scott, Viktor Stalberg, Sami Lepisto and Corey Crawford.  If you have a topic or question you’d like us to hit, you can send those to me at my email listed at the bottom of this update.

On Monday September 26th at 10pm eastern/9 central and 7 pacific, I’ll be joined by John Hoven, author of the terrific LA Kings’ blog MayorsManor.com.  Some of you may remember when The Mayor first joined us this time last year.  He’ll give us an all-access pass to all things to the new and improved LA Kings, a team considered to be a top favorite by many to lead the way in the Western Conference.

The next night, September 27, back at our regular 8pm central start time, we’re joined by Sam Fels, writer extraordinaire to preview the Blackhawks and the upcoming NHL season abroad.  Listen in as the editor of The Committed Indian, Second City Hockey and NBC’s Madhouse Enforcer gives us his take on the 2011-12 season.

That’s all for now.

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