So maybe you’re afraid to leave the house. It happens, don’t beat yourself up about it. Some pretty accomplished people are agoraphobes, such as Kim Basinger, Woody Allen, and Paula Deen. Paula Deen!

Anyway. If, for whatever reason you’re at home for game 7 tonight, craving the social interaction you also fear, get into the Vancouver Sun liveblog, featuring Sun sports editor Scott Brown, those of us who write for Pass it to Bulis, and perhaps others. We’re all agoraphobes too! (Just kidding, only you are. We’re all sitting in a room together, drinking sparkling wine.)

We’ll talk Canucks. We’ll riff. We’ll go way off topic. We’ll forget there’s a game on and start making art from punctuation marks. It’s gonna be sweet.

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Before we head off to Game 7 and the biggest drama ever, we’ll leave you, dear reader, with a little tidbit that should boost your spirits. We recently finished reading a book entitled “Scorecasting”, a fascinating read that uncovers the hidden influences in sport. A good portion of the book was spent analyzing home field [...]

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Well fight fans, UFC 129 is almost upon us, and never has there been a stronger indication of MMA’s status in Canada. Not only will the Rogers Arena stage the biggest gate in MMA history, two Canadians are competing for world titles, with a further five fighting on the main card.

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Game 7 of the exceedingly stressful Canucks-Blackhawks series goes tonight. With that in mind, PITB looks at seven keys to the Canucks winning this game:

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Mike Gillis looked calm, cool, and collected while he spoke to the media yesterday, but his words belied his Freeze-ian exterior. Like Howard Beale, Gillis is mad as hell and he’s not going to take it anymore. This is, of course, the Mike Gillis version of “mad as hell” that takes the form of a list of statistics rather than an impassioned diatribe. Clearly, Gillis could use a speech writer and some acting lessons (perhaps from Scott Rintoul).

Gillis, in his patented monotone, harangued the reffing in the series, pointing out the discrepancy between the penalty calls for and against the Canucks, particularly in the last four games. He even highlighted some particularly egregious missed calls and lambasted the officials for their inconsistency. Is he right? Does it matter?

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Yesterday, a hot and bothered Canuck General Manager Mike Gillis appeared before the media to make public his disgust for the officiating in this series. In a move eerily reminiscent of a 2002 scripted Brian Burke performance, the usually cool and confident Gillis appeared anything but, attempting to draw attention to what some are calling an anti-Canuck conspiracy. More [...]

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The Champions League semi finals begin on Tuesday when FC Schalke face Manchester United. The following day brings yet another El Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

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