Karate, diamonds, and Cody Hodgson

In an old Legion of Super-Heroes comic, a group of super-villains known as the Fatal Five sets a trap for the 31st-century teenage heroes that teleports each of them to a prison specifically designed to counteract their specific powers. Val Armorr, the master of martial arts known as Karate Kid, is teleported inside a giant, hollow diamond, which is too hard for him to break with his precise blows.

Knowing that even the most beautiful and finely cut diamond will have a flaw, and reasoning that a giant diamond will have a flaw large enough to be seen with the naked eye, he searches the inside of his prison and locates it. As his oxygen is running out, he uses the discipline of his martial arts training to focus and draw upon all of his strength for one final blow, striking the natural weak point of the diamond, shattering it and escaping.

It’s a metaphor, you see.

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I Watched This Game: Canucks at Phoenix Coyotes, February 28, 2012

For the second time in as many weeks, the Canucks faced a fellow Western Conference division leader, though this meeting was a little less hyped than the previous one. Last week, the Canucks visited the leaders of the Central Division, the Detroit Red Wings, in a game that was everything a fan could ask for in terms of entertainment. This week, they faced the Pacific Division leading Phoenix Coyotes. The Coyotes are like a magic trick with just a pledge and a turn: no prestige.

That said, the Coyotes entered the game as the hottest team in the league, with a 10-0-1 record in their last 11, making them a tough test for the road-weary Canucks. There was also the intrigue of seeing the newly acquired Sami Pahlsson and Zack Kassian wear the Scowling Orca for the first time. I watched this game.

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