FN Weekend Open Thread - Let's Play (EA) Hockey!!!!

bookofloob
September 29 2012 10:27AM

 

 

Saturday nights, historically, has been owned by Hockey Night In Canada, and with good reason. Since 1952, the CBC flagship has graced our flickering television sets with the likes of Maurice Richard, Bobby Hull, Gordie Howe, Phil Esposito, Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, and Aaron Gavey, while we, the hockey mad gluttons that we are, kick back with our beer and nachos and watch progressively angrier as Bob Cole continues to wither and decay live on the air and Jim Hughson makes even less of an attempt to hide his ever present Vancouver Canucks er...tent pitching.

The only times that we fail to embark on our weekend hockey constitutionals is during the offseason, obviously, and in those now more frequent moments where dudes with more money than we could ever hope to make butt heads with other dudes with even more money that we could ever hope to make.

And that's when the shakes start. What's worse, when the NHL locks out it's players, CBC has it's contingency plan in place, and they're getting as good at utilizing it as the NHL is. I of course refer to the now legendary MOVIE NIGHT IN CANADA, which, I don't need to tell you noble citizens, is just the absolute worst. I love Mr. Bean as much as the next guy, but try putting up with him 30 times over the course of a hockey season and not wanting to Shea Weber his head into the glass of his Austin Mini windshield.

Let's Ge this Party Started

We here at FlamesNation do not want to put you through that level of torment, and we have offered you a solution. If you're like us, which, you know if you are, we're sorry and we empathize, and there's also a good chance that you don't have any friends or loved ones to pay attention to or get intimate with or whatever (again, we know). Knowing this, we've set up an EA Sports NHL 13 GM Connected Hockey League. Now, if you're like us, but you play NHL 13 on a PS3, well then we're really sorry, but we have nothing for you. After most of you answered in the form of "I have an Xbox" when polled about the potential of an online league, it's the only one we set up (also mostly becase none of us have a PlayStation either).

Regardless, it's time for you Citizens to put up or shut up and duke it out for digital bragging rights. There are 28 spots available for the FlamesNation league in GM Connected (we thought we'd make it really hard for you to figure out what the league name might be called). Arik and myself, working under the Xbox Live names of ErasingArik and PeelinStucco (named gloriously after the bathroom ceiling in the house I lived in when I created the account) have graciously done you all a solid by taking control of the Florida Panthers and the Columbus Blue Jackets respectively, so none of you have to worry about that (However Vancouver and Edmonton remain ominously available as options as well).

The Nation Citizens are as social and close knit as any other random group of anonymous strangers, so let's use that closeness and warm feelings to good use by exploiting them and turning you against each other in the spirit of competition and militant destruction. 

If you want to join, we're all for it, under these caveats:

  • Again, we can only take 28 more of you (however you can always team up with up to 5 people to manage a team, so there is flexibility here)
  • We're going to do this on a first come first serve basis.
  • If you want to join, request an invitation from the Commissioner (THAT'S ME!) in the FlamesNation league, but also leave a comment under this Weekend Open Thread comments section and leave your xbox live name, so we know that we're admitting the right people

Want the Flames? It'll Cost You (a donation)

One last thing on this, and that's that we know (or maybe just assume) that most of you joining would want to control your hometown boys, the Calgary Flames. Especially considering that we've completely randomized the rosters, and Calgary boasts the likes of Ilya Kovalchuk, Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski, Alex Semin, and Kevin Shattenkirk on its roster. In other words, they're actually pretty good. Although you'll have to suffer with Brian Elliot as your starting goaltender, but it sorta worked for St. Louis, right?

Well knowing this, we decided we're going to make you earn it. The comments section here is also going to serve as an impromptu auction section as well, because if you want to play as the Flames, it's going to cost you a donation to Ryan Lambert's 826 Boston Write-a-thon. Highest winning bid by the end of the weekend wins the glory of leading the Calgary Flames to like 8th place or something.

And obviously if none of you donate, you're all selfish jerks and no one gets them and we've all learned a vauable lesson in charity and goodwill.

So have a good weekend, and rest up, because the Quest for Glory is forthcoming.

PS - As mentioned this is the XBox group, but if there is enough demand we can get a PS3 group going too. If there's enough participation across either or both, Kent will see about rounding up prizes for the seasons champions and such.   

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The Book of Loob is the Nation's resident expert in flim-flammery and twaddle. An unabashed Flames fan, when BoL is not intellectually bankrupting Flames Nation, he can be seen rooting for Blair Jones, often to excess, at Book of Loob. Follow him on twitter here.
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#1 cpbrowner
September 29 2012, 11:27AM
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Sent a request to be the Dallas Stars. I have a couple pals that will join my team as well. I'm CBDrummer39

This is gonna be a fun league, I'm commish of another league but the rosters aren't randomized. So this will be super interesting

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#2 CFan in Vic
September 29 2012, 11:41AM
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Weak. I was hoping for a PS3 option. I love my EA hockey.

Enjoy the fun.

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#3 Chris
September 29 2012, 11:45AM
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Agreed, a ps3 league is very much needed.

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#4 Kent Wilson
September 29 2012, 11:56AM
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@Chris

There's a 95% chance it will happen.

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#5 Reidja
September 29 2012, 12:01PM
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Someone want to commish a PS3 league? Kent has a PS and that's just one of the things that makes it a superior console.

Actually, if someone at the Nations sanctions and comishes the PS3 league, I will make a donation to Lambert's Write-A-Thon

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#6 Austin L
September 29 2012, 12:09PM
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My gamertag is Kryztoffer and I'm requesting Ottawa Senators! Thanks, looking forward to this!!!

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#7 cpbrowner
September 29 2012, 12:35PM
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Might have accidently sent a request twice for Dallas, let us know when they are approved

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#8 NateBaldwin
September 29 2012, 12:36PM
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My tag is NB4ldw1n and I'd like to be the San Jose Sharks

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#9 schevvy
September 29 2012, 12:58PM
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I doubt I'll join in time, got someone borrowing my Xbox for a bit.

Also, Tuesday Night Movies now on TSN "facepalm"

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#10 Austin L
September 29 2012, 01:19PM
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One more question, how fast is this league going to progress at a time??

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#11 Kent Wilson
September 29 2012, 01:21PM
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@Austin L

We'll set up guidelines, rules, scheds, etc once we get everyone signed up.

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#12 JumpJet
September 29 2012, 01:33PM
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My gamertag in Jumpanator and I'd like to be the Winnipeg Jets. I'm pretty excited for this, what a great idea!

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#13 cpbrowner
September 29 2012, 01:41PM
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Only being able to see a preview of the top guys on your team is a tease.. Anxious to see the rest of the roster

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#14 WolfmanchewyLBA
September 29 2012, 03:43PM
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I sent a req for the oilers gm.

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#15 Austin L
September 29 2012, 03:51PM
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In my opinion Dallas is the best team. But I prefer the Sens.

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#17 Gmac84
September 29 2012, 05:33PM
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Gamertag = GMac34

I'll take Philly if you please.

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#18 woods
September 29 2012, 06:23PM
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xbox gamertag: wakeupguy i would like to take control of Pittsburgh if thats cool

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#19 GMac84
September 29 2012, 06:42PM
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Also donated $25 to 826 but I'm sure one of the benevolent souls here on FN will up the ante for the chance to manage our beloved Flames.

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#20 Shimbo11
September 29 2012, 06:47PM
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I put in a request for the Caps. My gamer tag is Shimfam.

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#21 Vintage Flame
September 29 2012, 07:31PM
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To ensure we get some competitive bids for ol' Lambert's charity, we should say the lowest bid gets to be the Oilers.

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#22 schevvy
September 29 2012, 07:49PM
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@Vintage Flame

What about the Canucks? That'll get the donations going

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#23 Gmac84
September 29 2012, 08:01PM
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Uh oh... Quick, someone donate $24... I may live in Surrey now but there is NO WAY I'm being the Vancouver diving squad.

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#25 marty
September 29 2012, 09:42PM
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any teams left i would take whatever, if new jersey is available tho i'd take them. ninjarambo9 xbox gamer tag. cheers

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#27 woods
September 29 2012, 09:58PM
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haha wow. i got screwed picking pitsburgh. my top 6 fwds are anisimov, latendresse, marchand, greening, a.kostitsyn and clarkson. DOH!

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#28 Vintage Flame
September 29 2012, 10:20PM
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marty wrote:

any teams left i would take whatever, if new jersey is available tho i'd take them. ninjarambo9 xbox gamer tag. cheers

Sorry Marty... I already let BoL know about being Jersey earlier..

Thought you'd be all over the Jets?

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#29 woods
September 29 2012, 10:27PM
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sorry. i dropped PIT and requested NYI. hope thats cool.

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#30 Kent Wilson
September 29 2012, 10:28PM
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@woods

Bwahahaha

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#31 schevvy
September 29 2012, 11:54PM
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woods wrote:

sorry. i dropped PIT and requested NYI. hope thats cool.

There's one sentence you'll never hear again

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#32 marty
September 30 2012, 09:02AM
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Vintage Flame wrote:

Sorry Marty... I already let BoL know about being Jersey earlier..

Thought you'd be all over the Jets?

no worries ill take whoever, i had sent a request in the league so i will try and send another one with another team

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#33 marty
September 30 2012, 09:02AM
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Vintage Flame wrote:

Sorry Marty... I already let BoL know about being Jersey earlier..

Thought you'd be all over the Jets?

no worries ill take whoever, i had sent a request in the league so i will try and send another one with another team

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#34 marty
September 30 2012, 09:16AM
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ok i have sent a new request for st lou, didn't see anyone one here claim them and it says its vacant on the site. ninjarambo9

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#35 Inder
September 30 2012, 10:33AM
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Hey, my gamertag is SinghisKing80 and im requesting to be the Chicago Blackhawks

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#36 cpbrowner
September 30 2012, 10:48AM
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@woods

I was pretty stoked for my Dallas team as well.

Top 4 Forwards: Crosby, Hossa, B. Richards, Nash Others: GOMEZ, BOURQUE, AND TIM THOMAS.

That's enough said right there.

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#37 ChinookArch
September 30 2012, 11:27AM
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Sounds like fun. Too bad I can't join in, as I would be I violation of a self-imposed lifetime ban on gaming of any sort. Enjoy!

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#38 NateBaldwin
September 30 2012, 11:55AM
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Is free agency fair game or should we wait till everyone has joined?

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#39 Arik
September 30 2012, 12:06PM
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@NateBaldwin

Wait til we're officially started.

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#40 NateBaldwin
September 30 2012, 12:33PM
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Wait til we're officially started.

Ok, thanks

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#41 Reidja
September 30 2012, 02:05PM
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Where's the ps3 league?

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#42 aloudoun
September 30 2012, 03:30PM
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probably to late but Chillgoose is my xbox live name

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#43 aloudoun
September 30 2012, 03:43PM
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I sent a request to be the Hawks but if someone else wants them I will be the Islanders.

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#44 Arik
September 30 2012, 03:50PM
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@aloudoun

If you read through the comments you'd see that both have already been taken.

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#45 Austin L
September 30 2012, 03:57PM
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So when does the league schedule start?

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#46 aloudoun
September 30 2012, 04:13PM
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@Arik

Oh my bad. I just saw that they were vacant on the GM position on live.

Ill take Buffalo, Pitts or Tampa Bay. Whichever. Thanks!

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#47 Dano049
September 30 2012, 04:46PM
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Dano049 is my XBox tag, hoping there will be something left by Monday night as I'm away from my addiction...I mean XBox... until late monday.

Good luck all. Hope to see you there. Any thought about a second league if there are a lot of extra folks asking to join?

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#48 Emir
September 30 2012, 05:13PM
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lx Stingray LX is my gamer tage; and I have requested the Minnesota Wild.

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#49 LomboFlames
September 30 2012, 09:34PM
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Just sent request to NJ, hopefully this will be fun!

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#50 SnappingPacco
September 30 2012, 10:56PM
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Gamer tag is Parmvir gill, requested Anaheim

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