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I can barely walk and drink coffee at the same time–the OSU marching band covers all the classics: Tetris, Mario, Space Invaders, Pac Man, Zelda, Halo… plus don’t miss the galloping Epona at the 6:00 mark

With no hockey to write about, I figured I’d share my other hobby: homebrewing!

I started homebrewing back in about March–right around the time I started this blog incidentally. I’ve done about five or six batches, some have turned out well, others…not so much. On the bright side, I do know how NOT to install an airlock >_>

Mostly I had done ales prior to this batch, and I just wanted to do something different. I wasn’t working with a particular recipe, I just went to the local shop and pulled together some ingredients that looked good for a pilsner.

Body

4 lbs pilsner liquid malt extract

Steeping Grain

8 oz 15L roasted barley

Hops

2 oz Czech Saaz hops total
-0.5 for 60 mins
-0.5 for 10 mins
-0.5 for 5 mins
-0.5 at flameout

Other Ingredients

2 oz sweet orange peel (dried) for 5 mins
1 oz Coriander for 5 mins
1 Whirlfloc tablet for 5 mins

Yeast

White Labs WLP800 Pilsner Lager Yeast
1.030 OG

I’ll update with some photos and certainly an update when it’s ready to drink! The last batch I did was an Irish Red ale, and I had some problems with carbonation that really have me scratching my head…one bottle fizzed over for literally 10 minutes, and was like club soda, the next was completely flat. Not sure what happened.
I don’t know if anyone else out there is a homebrewer but I’d love to hear if you are, and perhaps you can help me with my carbomation/conditioning mystery :D thanks for reading!

Just a quick note to say that I’m working on something big, tracking zone entries by type (carry in, dump in, etc.) for the Minnesota Wild for last season. I’m going back and re-watching all the games to collect data, and I’m just over halfway done, so I plan to do a write-up of the first half’s data. Not too sure exactly when I’ll get it up but it will be soon. PLUS, I’m working on my personal rankings for the 12-13 season, those will be up soon as well. Thanks for checking in! …here’s Arrested Development for no reason. Enjoy

I know I haven’t updated in over a week–I have been working on a piece about Ryan Getzlaf, but last weekend was spent in the hospital visiting a friend who was badly injured by a drunk driver. Here’s your PSA for the week, please be responsible out there if you’re having a few cold ones after the game. The drunk driver and the driver of my friend’s car walked away from the crash relatively unscathed, but she took the worst of it with a punctured lung, a brain bruise, a broken clavicle, and some liver damage. It’s not just your own life you are taking into your hands when you get behind the wheel, but everyone else’s on the road…
Alright, enough depressing stuff. This weekend I am traveling from LA back home to the STATE OF HOCKEY, the greatest state in these United States, or any place on God’s green earth! I plan to do some disc golfing while I’m there, and then pour lots of craft beer down my gullet. I’ll take some photos and post them here in case anyone’s interested.

While I have some time on the plane, I’ll get a chance to finish the Getzlaf piece (spoiler: I think last year was just sort of a perfect storm for the Ducks and I like them to bounce back this year,) plus hopefully get a good start on some other work (moar spoilers, have you checked out Devan Dubnyk’s numbers from last year?) And if I’m feeling ambitious, I will try my hand at some positional rankings.

In the meantime, here is a really good piece looking at Corey Perry’s down year, and speculates that he will bounce back. The author is new to advanced hockey stats but he does a good job mixing in Corsi Rel and on-ice Sh% with some more traditional analysis.

And here is some much anticipated information about NHL 13’s new GM Connected mode. I think a lot of people are going to enjoy this feature. Not sure if I will have a chance to do it but it’s definitely a step forward for the franchise.

Thanks for reading, make sure to check back soon!

Alright, let’s everyone make sure to overreact to the Playoffs for next year’s fantasy season. Totes brah, you should def take Kopitar first overall.

For commissioners out there, it’s never too early to start getting those buy-ins…

Hello and welcome to Hashtag Hockey! I hope to grow this site to include a wealth of statistical information related to the great game of hockey. I am primarily interested in fantasy hockey, so a lot of what I write about will be through a fantasy lens. However, since the NHL playoffs are just getting underway as I launch the site, I will definitely put some playoff spin on a lot of the early content.

Who is this guy and why should I care? To begin, here is a little bit about myself. I grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA (proud citizen of the State of Hockey,) but I currently live in Los Angeles, California, where the only hockey rinks are indoors. I am a professional research psychologist by trade and by training, which basically just means that I am interested in objectively studying human behavior and analyzing outcomes of different interventions.

I am also a lifelong sports fan, in particular hockey and baseball. In recent years, as advanced statistical analysis has gained traction, I realized that essentially, evaluating player performance is just another form of objectively studying human behavior and analyzing outcomes…sound familiar? I firmly believe that stats can help evaluate players because they are objective and nonbiased (although of course, Mark Twain would remind us that there are lies, damned lies, and statistics, but that’s another discussion for another day.)

What will you find on this site? One reason I love fantasy sports so much is that they allow people to make their own decisions about players and do their own analysis. There are lots of good fantasy hockey sites out there, but I wanted to put my own spin on things because I believe that there is a great opportunity to integrate statistical analysis to the game of fantasy hockey. This is a very interesting time for hockey analytics, as we are still learning about what kinds of stats are useful and which are not. The bulk of the content I produce will be directly tied into fantasy hockey strategy, but I will also try to do some metagame analysis, look at overall strategies, and hopefully start some discussions about the state of the game. I hope you have some familiarity with basic statistical principles, but if not, don’t sweat it. I will try to provide links to other articles that describe the stats that I use in my analysis, but I will also give short descriptions of the things I use.

Why start a fantasy hockey blog after the regular season? It may seem like an inopportune time to start a fantasy blog, given that the fantasy season has just completed! I admit that my timing isn’t the greatest, but on the other hand, I now have another full season’s worth of data to use. Plus, with the NHL playoffs just getting started, I can offer some analysis that will still apply to the “second season.” During this offseason, I plan to do a bunch of individual player profiles, as well as the usual fantasy analysis of sleepers and busts, best and worst values for next season, etc.

With the NHL playoffs set to begin in just a couple of days, I will begin my journey by looking at the goaltenders of the playoff teams. I do have a full time job so to begin I won’t be able to devote as much time as I would like to writing, but I will do my best to put up new content as fast as I can.

Thank you very much for visiting my new site, and please share your feedback with me, as well as any ideas for articles or analysis you would like to see!