(Ed: Note the red in the stands; them's WINGS fans! So much for the "White Out.")
So... we were up waaay too late with the usual, customary, and reasonable result: serious oversleepage. If'n you're a hockey fan you already know and have read all about it elsewhere: the Beloved Wings swept the Feral Dogs. There wasn't much doubt about this series after Game Two and Game Three pretty well confirmed my suspicions. But we're VERY superstitious when it comes to hockey, so we refused to go on about a sweep until when and if it actually happened. And that has come to pass... without a couple of key Wings players, too.
So the Wings have a lot o' time to rest before the next round, which might not get underway for another week. I could see the Anaheim - Nashville series going to seven games and the same could be true of San Jose - El-Eh, if El-Eh evens it up tonight. Chicago should be off to the golf course after tonight's game in Vancouver. I really don't care who the Wings get in the next round... I'm thinkin' the Beloved Wings are strong enough to beat just about anyone at this point, assuming Zetterberg and Franzen get healthy. We'll need those guys for the next three rounds.
Snake-bit: That was SN1 last night. He's in transit from Shaw Airplane Patch in South Carolina to the Army Command and General Staff College somewhere deep in flyover country and overnighted in or around Nashville last evening. He called around mid-way through the second period and we proceeded to do Our Thang, which is drink beer and watch the game together but separate. So, all's well and good until I get a frantic call with about four minutes left in the third... his cable system in the motel went pftttt! The Wings were only up by one goal at that point and the outcome was still in doubt (not really, but I have to say that). So, we did our best sports announcer impression and kept The Major informed of events as they happened. I learned something semi-relevant, too: I wouldn't give up my day job (if I still had one) for a career in hockey broadcasting.
And then there's this... from the (other) usual source:
Forest Reaper: The Tactical Reconnaissance and Counter-Concealment-Enabled Radar, capable of detecting targets buried, concealed, or concealed under foliage, finished flight testing on an MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft, announced Lockheed Martin, the radar's maker. Before the MQ-9 trials, testers flew 100 sorties with TRACER on manned platforms to validate the radar's ability to "provide commanders with intelligence not currently available from higher frequency radars or electro-optical systems," said Jim Quinn, Lockheed's reconnaissance systems vice president. During the MQ-9 tests, they focused on assessing TRACER's ability to identify targets of interest that would be relevant to US military commanders in places like Africa, Southwest Asia, Central and South America, and the Pacific, according to the company. TRACER is carried in a wing-mounted pod; the dual-band (UHF/VHF) synthetic aperture radar system is capable of immediate image downloads to ground stations. Lockheed currently has four deployable TRACER kits. The Army has sponsored TRACER's development. (See also FlightGlobal report)
"Targets of interest" in Central and South America? Is the DEA and the military merging? Now there's a conspiracy theory worth worrying about...