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Cold As Ice: Fighting the Good Fight

Cold As Ice: Fighting the Good Fight

Editor’s note: This week, Popblerd hockey scribe Jay Kumar examines the debate over NHL fighting, which is once again heating up. We’re barely a week into the 2013-14 NHL season and already a coach has been fired , a player has been stuck in a Dallas bathroom and the debate over the role of fighting in hockey has once again been renewed. It didn’t take long for the season’s first shockingly violent moment to occur. Just 2:34 into the third period of last Tuesday’s Leafs-Canadiens game, enforcers Colton Orr and George Parros squared off […]

Cold As Ice: 2013-14 NHL Preview

Cold As Ice: 2013-14 NHL Preview

Editor’s note: The 2013-2014 NHL season kicks off Tuesday night with three games, including Toronto at Montreal and the defending Stanley Cup champs Chicago hosting Washington. Popblerd’s resident hockey scribes Jay Kumar and Stephen Mapes take a look at what to expect this season. Jay: Summer flew by and here we are, about to dive into another season of NHL hockey. What are your thoughts entering into this full season after last year’s exciting shortened season and playoffs? There are […]

Cold As Ice: A Short But Sweet Season

Editor’s note: Popblerd’s hockey correspondents Stephen Mapes and Jay Kumar take a final look at the 2013 season, which ended Monday night when the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins to win their second Stanley Cup in four years. Jay:  Okay, so we just came off a pretty damn exciting Stanley Cup final that saw Chicago take it in 6. What did you think? Did it meet your expectations? Stephen:  It met and exceeded, I’d say. While I would have […]

Cold As Ice: And Then There Were Four

Editor’s note: With the conference finals of the NHL playoffs beginning tonight, Popblerd’s hockey writers Stephen Mapes and Jay Kumar review the second round and look ahead to the third. Jay: Well, here we are with the conference finals about to begin Saturday. What are your thoughts about the end of the second round? Stephen:  It was interesting how the East had definitive champs, while the West was a total toss up. I am a bit surprised the Kings made […]

Cold As Ice: The Wonders of Round 1

Cold As Ice: The Wonders of Round 1

Popblerd’s hockey mavens Stephen Mapes and Jay Kumar discuss the first round of the NHL playoffs.

Cold As Ice: After Nearly a Decade, Playoff Fever Grips Toronto

Cold As Ice: After Nearly a Decade, Playoff Fever Grips Toronto

Editor’s note: After a brief hiatus, Cold As Ice is back as Popblerd hockey scribe Jay Kumar shares his joy at his favorite team making the playoffs for the first time in a long time. Nine years is a long time. We’ve seen a slew of revolutionary technological advancements since 2004: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, the iPad, super-fast smartphones. My youngest daughter was born that March and is now 9. And next week, the Toronto Maple Leafs will play their first […]

We Saw It!: Living Colour at Paradise Rock Club, Boston 4/5/13

We Saw It!: Living Colour at Paradise Rock Club, Boston 4/5/13

Can you believe that it’s been 25 years since the release of Living Colour’s debut “Vivid?” The pioneering band is still in fine form, as their recent performance in Boston can attest to.

Cold As Ice: Is Expansion In The NHL's Future?

Cold As Ice: Is Expansion In The NHL’s Future?

The NHL may be expanding by two teams in the next few years. Popblerd’s hockey correspondent Jay Kumar explains why he doesn’t like the idea.

Cold As Ice: 2013 NHL Season Preview (It’s An East Coast-West Coast Thing)

Editor’s note: Popblerd’s hockey scribes Jay Kumar and Stephen Mapes are happy to be back writing about the NHL. On the eve of the start of an abbreviated season, Jay and Stephen chat about what to expect and make some bold predictions. Jay:  So Stephen, here we sit in mid-January with a 48-game season about to start. How are you feeling about the NHL right now? Excited or still pissed off over the lockout? Stephen:  Honestly, until I sat down […]

Cold As Ice: They’re Baaaaaaaack!

Cold As Ice: They’re Baaaaaaaack!

Popblerd’s hockey column returns as Jay Kumar looks at the resolution of the NHL lockout and preparations for a shortened season.

The Best Albums of 2012: Koomdogg's Favorite Things

The Best Albums of 2012: Koomdogg’s Favorite Things

Koomdogg runs down his favorite albums and other cool stuff from 2012.

Cold As Ice: The End Is In Sight

As the Stanley Cup Final takes a break for a few days, the Los Angeles Kings lead 3-1 over the New Jersey Devils as the series goes back to NJ. Our hockey correspondents Stephen Mapes and Jay Kumar discuss the last week of action as well as some other recent developments in the NHL. Jay: So when we left off last week, the Kings had beaten the Devils in overtime in game 1 of the Stanley Cup final. It looked […]