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I am trying to get a project up and running (heh) that exchanges sweat for words - ie, work out and get fic for it. At this point, I'm really just trying to see if anyone else out there is even remotely interested in this sort of thing. So if you are, check it out: HERE

Or even just pass the word on to people you think might be interested. That would be super cool :)))
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Such tremendous affection for the story I received this year <333

And you all should read it, too:

how fast the night (8343 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: National Football League RPF
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson, AJ Hawk, Clay Matthews
Additional Tags: Sexuality, Closeted Character, Coming Out, Families of Choice, Soulmate-Identifying Marks, Alternate Universe - Soulmates, American Football, Social Media, Worldbuilding, Internalized Homophobia, Team as Family, Meet-Cute
Summary:

Being an Unbonded thirty-year old superstar athlete isn't easy. Particularly not when your name is Aaron Rodgers, and you're the best quarterback in the NFL — and you don't have a girlfriend.

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...for the, like, three of you who are reading this and care :)

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Hello Yuletide author / new friend:

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Hey so, right around the time the Kings were down 0-3 games to the Sharks, I made a playlist in advance, one that I could play when they were inevitably eliminated, and I felt like shit.

Spoiler alert: that didn't happen.

Here is the playlist anyway.

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So, you like Michael Sam, but you do not like (American) football. Or, you like Michael Sam, but you do not care about (American) football. OR, you like Michael Sam, would like to know what’s lies in store for him next, and you do not care about (American) football, YET.

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This post was inspired by an email I received asking me if I would mind elaborating on what exactly Justin Bourne was getting at in one of his System Analyst posts. So, what I’m saying is, when this thing runs approximately 8 million words, just know: it’s not all my fault. That said, the answer, if you’re ever curious, to the question do you want to talk about X? Where X is something related to hockey – is Yes. Yes, of course I want to talk about it. Please let me talk about it with you. At length.

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You guys - go read this story. I am totally biased, but I think it's wonderful. It's is about Sid and Geno and Wayne and Mario, and it is beautiful and haunting (and brief).
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[cont from this entry]

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NFL Sidebar

Jan. 1st, 2014 08:58 pm
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Since posting This Won't Hurt, I've been having a bunch of little conversations about NFL RPF/fandom in a bunch of places. I'd love to centralize these discussions, and maybe even encourage the creation of new, awesome fic, etc.

You can check out the bare bones of such a structure here: nflrpf.tumblr.com

But what I'd love is for you to join the group, so you can contribute :) To do so, email me at ionthesparrow12@gmail

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For Yuletide, I wrote 15.5K about football, math jokes, and one ever-so-slightly neurotic QB:

This Won't Hurt

Possibly I achieved an overabundance of feelings about the KC Chiefs, possibly (probably) because I wasn't allowed to talk about them. BUT NOW I CAN! (and I will). First things first, though, everybody should probably meet Alex (puckling, let me know if I'm doing this picspam thing right):

[the second part is here]

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There should always be more stories about goalies. Especially lovely, thoughtful, pine-y stories about goalies. Especially stories about Jonathan Quick. Especially especially stories about Jonathan Quick in high school:

Mostly Mental (16133 words) by puckling
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jonathan Quick/Henrik Lundqvist
Characters: Jonathan Quick, Henrik Lundqvist
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - High School, goalies
Summary:

Goalies, man.

Yuletide

Dec. 25th, 2013 09:11 pm
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This was my first Yuletide, and, to make a long story short: it was awesome. I somehow ended up with TWO awesome stories, both based on A Separate Peace.

One is a loving recreation of a huge chunk of the novel through the lens of a Space AU. Right, let me run that by you again - A Separate Peace, Space AU - how are you not already clicking?

A Space Peace

The second is a brief moment in the lives of Phinny and Gene, fulfilling everything I could have wanted from the idea of 'Finny having an unrequited crush' and really just phenomenally captures John Knowles' writing style.

Harder to Salvage

From Yuletide I have learned the following things:

1. Fandom is awesome.
2. People really do read your (incredibly embarrassing) Dear Yuletide Author letters
3. People's ability to fulfill requests is... holy shit, who are these people? I love them.
4. How incredible is it to get two things for the same source material that are so different? It's like a microcosm of how fandom re-interprets texts. In short: IT IS SO FUCKING AMAZING.

To my anonymous author(s): THANK YOU SO MUCH. YOU ARE AWESOME.

To everyone else who participated in Yuletide: YOU GUYS ARE ALSO AWESOME. THE WORLD IS AWESOME.

Today is a good day.
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So last night on twitter, @duckgirlie responded to a comment I made about how the West is currently owning the East, at least in terms of overall standings points.

Conversation here

I should point out that I don't know Zoe, but I adore following her on twitter, and that this response contained Exactly the right amount of snark that I think underlines all the best sports exchanges.

But anyway. It got me thinking: does the West lead the East in points standings because they're getting more "extra" points?

To NHL.com!

As of this morning teams from the East had accumulated 38 Extra points.
And the West... 38 extra points.

Huh, okay, but maybe the West is disproportionally scoring those extra points against teams from the West? (West on West OT action = 3 points stay in the conference; West on East OT action = only 1 point stays in the conference, yes?)

Against the East, the East has scored 19 extra points.
Against the East, the West has scored 14 extra points.

Against the West, the East has scored 19 extra points.
Against the West, the West has scored 24 extra points.

Oh, that is interesting.

Okay. So now say you take away all the extra points that the West has gained against the West?

You start with the standings looking like this:


Then if you subtract the extra points from the total points, you end up like this:


ooh, I like this


We'll leave the other extra points alone because they were more or less evenly distributed. But anyway, this means that instead of being in the 8th place, your #1 seed Bruins are now in fifth place. Additionally, Tampa Bay would eek into the top 10.

So rest easy, Eastern Conference. It could be worse.
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