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Second Balcony Breakdown: The Blackhawks Are the Greatest Show on Earth



Casey and I recorded this edition of Second Balcony Breakdown yesterday afternoon. Fortunately, the Chicago Blackhawks haven’t done anything since then, so this is still accurate.

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Topics include:

  • Google Hangouts is bumming us out. If you have a web-based solution on how to record a podcast and broadcast it live for free or cheap, let us know.
  • Daniel Carcillo is a father. Just let that sit in your brain for a minute.
His baby is very cute, though. (Source: @NHLBlackhawks)

His baby is very cute, though. (Source: @NHLBlackhawks)

  • The remainder of the Circus Trip, with games against the Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks, Colorado Avalanche, Anaheim Ducks, and Los Angeles Kings
  • The Bick’s Pits calendar! It’s on sale RIGHT NOW! Here’s the link: http://www.bickellfoundation.org/#!CALENDAR/c81x/ Go buy it, because Blackhawks and puppies! And it’s for a good cause!
  • Also, here’s Kiki, who I talk about at length during the Bick’s Pits calendar discussion. She needs a home! Contact Recycled.Pits@gmail.com to find out how to do that.
Yes, I've already emailed them about her. But if I can't have her, someone else should!

Yes, I’ve already emailed them about her. But if I can’t have her, someone else should!

  • My trip to Columbus to see the Columbus Blue Jackets take on the Detroit Red Wings
  • Questions from the audience! We discuss the state of Casey’s fridge, what will happen to Patrick Sharp when he returns from injury, and how Jonathan Toews is kind of a hippie, among other things.
  • Reading this aloud is about where this podcast broke down.
  • This week’s Line Cocktail is actually a real thing, terrifyingly enough, and is dedicated to the Kane-Richards-Versteeg line.
  • Question for this week: What kind of pet would Patrick Kane have, since he might be allergic to dogs?
  • Follow us on Twitter! I’m at @RunsOnDuncan, and Casey is at @Raedances.

Second Balcony Breakdown: We Answer Your Questions!

My God. It's full of rhinestones. (Photo: Ali)

My God. It’s full of rhinestones. (Photo: Ali)

To find out why this bedazzled Chicago Blackhawks jersey is relevant, you’ll have to listen to the podcast!

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Topics include:

  • Last week’s Blackhawks’ games against the Los Angeles Kings, Calgary Flames, Anaheim Ducks, and Detroit Red Wings
  • Other stuff that happened across the league, including the Jarome Iginla debacle and Sidney Crosby‘s mouth injury
  • Questions from the public! If you submitted a question, listen to us answer them!
  • The Line Cocktail for this week might make you vomit a little in your mouth.
  • This week’s question: What did you think of our answers to the questions posed to us? Were we wrong? Why or why not?
  • As always, follow us on Twitter: I’m (of course) @RunsOnDuncan, and Casey is @raedances.

Second Balcony Breakdown: Finally, We Return

COME BACK. (Photo: Bridget Samuels/flickr)

COME BACK. (Photo: Bridget Samuels/flickr)

So… there wasn’t a Second Balcony Breakdown last week. We explain why at the beginning of the podcast, but to sum it up: technology hated us. But now we’re back and better(?) than ever! Topics include:

  • The Anaheim DucksDetroit Red Wings game — mostly because Teemu Selanne got a game misconduct(!?)
  • The Chicago Blackhawks games against the Colorado Avalanche and Anaheim Ducks
  • Feeling sorry for Patrick Kane
  • Michael Frolik on the top line tonight, and why the Blackhawks can’t have nice things
  • Brenden Morrow going to the Pittsburgh Penguins, which is an excuse to laugh at the Dallas Stars
  • What the Blackhawks could give up to get Jarome Iginla
  • Other goings-on around the NHL
  • The Line Cocktail this week, which is completely accurate
  • This week’s question: Do you have any questions for us? If so, what are they? Please send us something, or else I will be forced to make up questions. No one wants this.
  • Make sure you’re following us on Twitter! Casey is @Raedances, and I’m, of course,@RunsOnDuncan.

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Second Balcony Breakdown: Catching Up With Casey And Kat



Second Balcony Breakdown makes a triumphant return this week live from Casey’s apartment (which means the sound quality is about 500% better than any podcast that came before it)! Casey was out of the country last week, so we have a lot of ground to cover, including…

  • Making Casey’s dad drink his first shot of Jeppson’s Malört
  • Working backwards, the Chicago Blackhawks‘ games against the… (deep breath) Edmonton Oilers, Colorado Avalanche times two, Minnesota Wild, Detroit Red Wings, Columbus Blue Jackets, St. Louis Blues, and Edmonton Oilers (again)
  • Other happenings around the NHL, including the debate on visors being reignited by Marc Staal‘s injury, the Anaheim Ducks and Ryan Getzlaf‘s baldness contract extension, the Philadelphia Flyers‘ woes, and the Blue Jackets as the Little Team That Could.
  • Patrick Sharp‘s insatiable vanity during warmups
  • Jonathan Toews‘ spread in Splash magazine (click here for the online article about it — you’ll be able to tell what photos I’m talking about when you get there) and his new nickname, Captain Tiger Beat
  • Casey’s experience watching a Belfast GiantsCardiff Devils game in Ireland
  • The best hockey bar Casey has ever been to is in Belfast at the Odyssey Arena, and it’s called Rockies Sports Bar. They have every sort of jersey you can imagine… except for a Blackhawks jersey. Someone needs to get on that. Have the Blackhawks’ people call their people.
  • The Line Cocktail for the week, which is the most disgusting one yet.
  • Question for this week: I don’t even know — you find it.
  • Make sure you’re following us on Twitter! Casey is @Raedances, and I’m, of course, @RunsOnDuncan.

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The Quiet Room: We Had A Lot Of Feelings This Week

Until we get a logo, you get a picture of Patrick Sharp. (Photo: David Kindler/flickr)

This week’s The Quiet Room with Casey and Kat is our longest one yet (over an hour!), since we had a lot of feelings on last week’s games. Topics include:

  • Last week’s Chicago Blackhawks games against the Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, and Los Angeles Kings
  • Other games around the NHL, including the San Jose Sharks/Columbus Blue Jackets game (hahaha)
  • Broadcast teams around the league, and why Chicago is spoiled in that regard despite our snark on Pat Foley and Eddie Olczyk
  • Why Brandon Bollig is useless (this seems to be a recurring theme)
  • This week’s Line Cocktail, which is illegal in most states
  • This week’s question: Do you think that coaches discourage staged fights during nationally televised games? Why or why not? 
  • Alternate question: This podcast needs a new name, since The Quiet Room is already in use by another podcast. Give us a new name.

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This Post Needed To Be Made: Blackhawks 6, Ducks 5

Even though I’m still in the midst of my Thanksgiving hangover, the Blackhawks forced my hand by winning this game.

So here’s a recap made up entirely of GIFs and macros, because writing is for sissies.

1st Period: The Blackhawks are down 3-2 after giving up two goals in the first two minutes of the game.


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I Love You, Patrick Kane: Blackhawks 3, Ducks 2 (SO)

Blackhawks defeat the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 in the shootout.

My love for Patrick Kane is platonic, but it’s still love.

So, this game started off pretty terribly. I mean, it was a good pace through the first twenty minutes (not the breakneck pace that was the two Avs games, but a good pace nonetheless), but then Baldy Ryan Getzlaf scored on the power play not even a minute into the second period, and that sucked.

Then this happened.

Watch that. Then rewind it and watch it again. Kane’s spin-o-rama pass to Hossa was so beautiful, Shakespeare would’ve written sonnets about it.

Kane made another great pass later in the period… unfortunately, it was to Teemu Selanne, who scored his 640th goal on Kane’s ill-timed turnover to put the Ducks up 2-1. However, he made up for it in the third with a pass to Sharp, who slapped it home to tie the game 2-2. It would stay that way through the end of the third and into overtime (Hossa drew iron for the last play in OT), so now it was on to the shootout — the bane of every Blackhawks fan this season so far. If you don’t recall — before this game, the Blackhawks lost two previous games that had gone into the shootout. Not only that, but they were 0-6 in shootout attempts.

But not tonight.

After Corey Perry was denied by Crawford, Toews went top shelf on Hiller instead of his usual five-hole move — and it worked! Selanne then scored on Crawford, though, tying the score. Bolland went in as the second shooter, but didn’t manage to score. Fortunately, neither did Getzlaf. The game was on Kane’s stick.

What a beauty.

As much as this game was about Kane tonight, I would like to give a special shout out to my favoritest player ever Brent Seabrook, who was out there for 29:13 tonight (longer than anyone else on the team, including Duncan Keith), registering seven hits and three blocked shots. It might not show on the scoreboard, but I see you doing work, Seabs!

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A Daffy Situation: Blackhawks vs. Anaheim Ducks

October 25, 2011

8:30 PM ET/7:30 PM CT

Comcast SportsNet Chicago, PRIME

Chicago Blackhawks
Record: 4-1-2
Points: 10
Western Conference Standing: 5th
Central Division Standing: 2nd


Anaheim Ducks
Record: 4-3-0
Points: 8
Western Conference Standing: 8th
Pacific Division Standing: 3rd

The enemy’s Aerys site: NONE

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Blackhawks Will Be On National TV 13 Times; Bill Wirtz Keeps Spinning In His Grave.

The second-best thing to being here? (Photo: Cheryl Adams/flickr)

If you can’t catch the Blackhawks on CSN Chicago or WGN, and you don’t have Center Ice, don’t fret — you’ll still have a lot of opportunities to catch the Blackhawks on national TV. They will be exclusively on NBC or Versus (which will be re-branded as NBC Sports Network on Jan. 2) 12 times, while one game will be aired both on NBC Sports Network and CSN Chicago. The Blackhawks will also be on the NHL Network six times this season.

After the jump, check out the national TV schedule and plan your life accordingly. All times are CT.

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