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Where HBO Got Their Idea for 24/7 Hockey Series

I recently caught one of the episodes of HBO’s series “24/7″ which follows around the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins preceding the Winter Classic at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.  A Canadian co-worker from Toronto told me about a similar movie, not a series, that was done on the 1986-1987 Edmonton Oilers called “The Boys on the Bus.”

That particular Edmonton Oilers team was basically an all-star team: Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Jari Kurri, Paul Coffey, Kevin Lowe, Grant Fuhr, Craig Simpson, Esa Tikkanen, and Glenn Anderson.  “The Boys on the Bus” is truly a hockey fan’s classic film – I’d say better than 24/7 solely because of the 1980s music.  If you can get your hands on it, definitely watch it – until then, here is a little musical trailer someone posted.

A Surgical Time Machine

I suppose everyone, at one point or another, has dreamed of a time machine being possible.

Yes he played for the blackhawks...

There are plenty of amazing things that have happened that seemed crazy at the time, starting with the earth revolving around the sun and ending with watching a Stanley Cup Hockey game live on a computer in Cameroon.  If you would have told Bobby Orr back in 1961 that he could watch the Blackhawks win the Cup while on safari in Africa, he put you in a straight jacket himself.  And not just because he knew they wouldn’t win another cup until 2010, hopefully.  So one day I asked my buddy Ian, who publicly goes to school in “Boston” (his polite way of not saying MIT), is it possible in the most ridiculous sense that a time machine could ever be invented?

He said no, and then proceeded to explain the scientific reasoning why we’d have to travel faster than the speed of light or something, don’t quite remember, or comprehend.  I probably was just demoralized when he denied my dream of living history.  However, I am here to inform everyone that there is a back door to a time machine, traveling.

Dr. Georges starting operating at 6pm, and when I saw his first patient on what looked like a wider ironing board, I thought to myself, “This must have been just what surgery was like back in World War II, maybe even earlier!”  Frankly it’s not that much of a stretch.  The operating room had two tables (still resembling longer, wider ironing boards) separated by a makeshift curtain.  The room wasn’t equipped with lighting, so one of our guys Etienne, installed some electric circuitry a now there was a lightbulb dangling above one of the operating tables.  The other table was lit was a plugged in flood lamp.  The room had one window, two geckos, a door, and a tin roof.  The roof had been heated up by the sun so much during the day that it now felt like it was heating the operating room to an unbearable temperature.  Maybe it was that 12 people were in the OR.  And the walls were cement through and through.

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