Dillon Precision

18 Feb 19
Hunt Forever

The truth is very few of us do as much shooting as we should. I suspect even fewer among us do enough of the right kind of shooting to really prepare us for shots we will encounter in the field. These are busy times; even under the best of circumstances it’s difficult to budget range […]

18 Feb 19

In 2017, Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen and CFO Michael Schlotman introduced Restock Kroger, an initiative that would change the makeup of Kroger’s business. With traditional retail being squeezed, and customers slowly shifting online, Kroger had to rethink its model, build an online business that would help capture customers’ shift to digital while still driving traffic […]

17 Feb 19
The Mercury News
SAN JOSE — Before we dive into the Erik Karlsson stuff, let’s give some props to Joe Pavelski. Captain Clutch came through in crunch time again Saturday, jumping on Timo Meier’s rebound in the slot and burying it at 13:06 of the third to clinch two points for the Sharks on a night when the Vancouver Canucks controlled much of the play. The goal came after Pavelski pressured Alex Biega into turning the puck over in his own zone, setting the stage for his heroics later in the shift. Pavelski also set up Logan Couture’s goal at 11:08 of the second, recorded five shots and registered two crucial blocks. Call it an all-around effort from the captain. Hopefully, the kids were watching. “Pav was outstanding tonight,” head coach Pete DeBoer said. “He created that goal and scored it.” Pavelski’s line, which also includes Meier and Pavelski, combined to record six points in a win that allowed the Sharks to pull even with the Calgary Flames atop the Pacific Division. Here’s what we learned as the Sharks knocked off the Canucks 3-2 at SAP Center. 1. Erik Karlsson looked ‘pretty good’ in his return to Sharks lineup. Karlsson might need to play a few games before he returns to top form. Still, he looked “pretty good” in his first game since Jan. 16. Let’s give him a solid B+. The two-time Norris Trophy winner made his presence felt almost immediately, setting up the opening goal at 3:45 of the first. Karlsson gave Meier an open look on the power play, sending a touch pass into the slot from below the goal line. He obviously saw the play unfold before the puck even touched his stick. 7:17PM #TimoTime pic.twitter.com/kRlU1mchE4 — San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) February 17, 2019 The Swedish defenseman also made an exceptional play to set Couture’s goal in motion at 11:08 of the second. Karlsson got a stick on a Canucks two-on-one pass after he charged through the neutral zone, sending the puck back up to Brent Burns, who led the Sharks rush the other way. Couture's goal result of fantastic defensive play by Karlsson. Recognizing he's defending a 2-on-1, he stops overpursuing Motte, gets between two Canucks to defend pass pic.twitter.com/7UZhgGADRA — Sheng Peng (@Sheng_Peng) February 17, 2019 He logged 24:44 of ice time, just 15 seconds below his season average, an indication that he’s finally healthy after nursing a groin injury for more than a month. Couture said Karlsson “looked like himself.” “He looked good,” he said. “It’s not an easy situation. I’ve been there. Coming back from an injury, especially a lower-body injury where your legs are so important in this game, it takes some time. But he’s still really good.” Karlsson was unavailable to discuss his return with reporters after the game. The rest of the league must be fearful of the moment when “really good” turns to great. The Sharks won six straight games without Karlsson, including wins in Winnipeg and Calgary. They’ll be even tougher to beat when Karlsson regains the form that allowed him to record 28 points in 20 games before the injury. “I’m sure he’s only going to get better moving forward,” Pavelski said. “He was moving at a pretty-good clip for us before that happened. It’s one of those things, down the stretch, if we can stay healthy and everyone can get rolling, it’ll help us out.” 2. Will DeBoer show patience with the pairing of Karlsson and Marc-Edouard Vlasic.  It’s a pairing that just makes too much sense. For some reason, it doesn’t seem to click. Round two of the Vlasic-Karlsson pairing picked up at around the same place where it left off in Nashville on Oct. 23 when DeBoer abandoned the project for the first time. Get Sharks news in your inbox. Sign up now for the free Sharks Report newsletter. With Vlasic sidelined by injury in January, Karlsson handled the shutdown minutes and the team played its best-defensive hockey of the season, holding opponents to two goals or less in six straight games. After Karlsson went down, Vlasic returned to the shutdown role after the break and the Sharks defense was equally as good. But together, they look disjointed and out of sync, running around in the defensive zone like fire ants, which is uncharacteristic of a Vlasic pairing. Take the Canucks tying goal at 4:31 of the third. Brock Boeser got an open look from the side of the net after Karlsson chased after the puck on Vlasic’s side and then failed to return and pick up his man. It’s a trap that Vlasic’s longtime partner, Justin Braun, probably wouldn’t have fallen into because he would have stayed back when Vlasic pursued the puck. Like our Sharks Facebook page for more San Jose Sharks news, commentary and conversation. Vlasic’s strength is his attention to detail, precision. He almost seems thrown off by unpredictability in Karlsson’s game. Granted, it’s just one game, but DeBoer didn’t hesitate to mix up his pairings as the night progressed into the second and third periods. Vlasic took shifts with Braun. Karlsson skated with Burns and Dillon. Will the Sharks coach be patient enough to let Vlasic and Karlsson ride through the growing pains and find chemistry with first place on the line down the stretch? Or will he go back to the pairings that worked so well from Dec. 2 to Jan. 15? When asked about the Vlasic-Karlsson pairing’s performance in his postgame scrum, DeBoer brushed the question aside. “We won,” he said. “I thought everybody looked good.” 3. SAP Center ice shows signs of improvement in double-header with Barracuda.  The ice at SAP Center won’t be found on the scoresheet, but it might deserve an assist for potentially playing a role on the game-tying goal. The Sharks recovered the puck in the offensive zone after Biega fanned on a breakout pass attempt, the type of play that fans have come to accept on double-header days with the AHL Barracuda. Kevin Labanc also fanned on a pair of grade-A looks in similar fashion earlier in the game. Maybe those plays were a result of poor ice conditions. Maybe not. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]But according to the Sharks, the ice showed vast improvement from the last double-header held at SAP Center on Feb. 2. The ice problem is related to the amount of humid air that enters the building during these twin bills and the arena staff made a conscious effort to limit the damage on Saturday. DeBoer said there was “no issue” with the ice. Couture, a frequent critic of ice conditions on double-header days, agreed. “You know what? It was actually a lot better today,” Couture said. “They did a very-good job with it. I talked to (Barracuda general manager) Joe Will this morning. He said it was the focus of the arena staff today to keep it cold in here and keep the doors shut. They did a really good job.”    
17 Feb 19
US Issues

Brought to You by http://www.SEPP.org By Ken Haapala, President, Science and Environmental Policy Project Influence of Greenhouse Gases: The past two TWTWs discussed that when liquid water changes phases and turns into a gas, water vapor, it absorbs heat energy, which is not measured by temperature. By convention, the energy is called latent heat. Most, […]

13 Feb 19
Shopper News Note

Thru Friday – All of Us Research Program is in Lindsay South Central Medical and Resource Center is hosting the All of Us Journey through Fri., Feb. 15, according to Lacy Curry, CEO of South Central Medical and Resource Center. The special, week-long event is being held on Lindsay’s Main Street, at 216 S. Main. […]

12 Feb 19
Open My Book

A psychological thriller involving a genius murderer, a large police task force chasing after him and his wife who is running from him.

11 Feb 19
Wellcome Sanger Institute Blog

Gary Dillon, Business Development Manager at the Sanger Institute gives us his view on some of the powers and pitfalls of genomics.

10 Feb 19


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10 Feb 19
Most of that game looked like what I imagine a fart to taste like. Final Score: 5-2 Sharks I’d be lying to everyone reading this if I said that I wasn’t nervous about how this hockey game was going to play out. The Sharks are rolling right now and they tagged the Oilers for a touchdown in each of their last two meetings and I was really not wanting to sit through a three-peat. That’s just not the best way to kick off a Saturday evening, ya know? Even with Klefbom back, the Oilers have a tendency for porous defending and that’s a recipe for disaster against a team with as many offensive weapons as San Jose can throw over the boards. If they were going to find a way to win then the Oilers were going to need everyone on the bench to elevate themselves and for the goaltending to be as good as it was against the Wild on Thursday. If they couldn’t get that done, the table was set for a fresh look at just how far away this team is from being a threat in the West, and I really wasn’t ready to sit through that movie again. After working through a temporary stalemate in the opening minutes of the first period, the Sharks were able to open the scoring which took the crowd out early and put the Oilers in chase mode. Unfortunately, Edmonton’s pursuit mode must take a while to engage because rather than pushing back to try and tie things up, they ended up dropping a second goal only moments later. Frankly, had it not been for some luck and a few big saves then this game would have been over before the first period was over, though, if we’re being honest, it’s not like things got much better from there. From start to finish, it was depressing to watch the Oilers struggle to counterpunch against a team that is noticeably fighting at a higher weight class than them. Even when the Oilers managed to get themselves on the board, they were never truly in the fight. At best, this was a lopsided victory. At worst, this was a game where we all knew in our heart of hearts what the outcome would be before the game even started. To put it another way, the Oilers looked like they had about as much of a chance to win this hockey game as I do to live out the rest of my life as a fire truck, and I don’t think many of us are surprised by that. Thanks, Pete. The wrap. THE BRIGHT SIDE Ryan Nugent-Hopkins got the Oilers on the board with a power play goal after he picked up a rebound in the slot a roofed over the falling tender. With the Sharks up by three goals, the Oilers needed any signs of life they could muster and Nuge’s goal certainly qualified. I mean, the goal didn’t matter much in the end but I did appreciate knowing that the team had an actual pulse. Zack Kassian showed some very nice hand-eye coordination as he knocked a puck out of the air to beat the goalie and put up a second Oilers goal on the board. Unfortunately, Kass’ goal was too little too late but it was definitely a nice display of skill and touch from the big man. I want to give Adam Larsson some love for the huge hit he threw on Tomas Hertl. Yes, I’m reaching for bright sides. Brad Malone led the team in shots with five. No other Oiler had more than two. Bright side? Maybe? Bah, I don’t know anymore. Best defenceman for the Oilers was easily Darnell Nurse tonight. As he’s done a lot lately, Darryl led the team in ice time with 26:58 after playing a lot of minutes all situations, finishing his night with one shot on net, four hits, and a block. I just want to take a quick minute to say how much I appreciate Oscar Klefbom. After having him out of the lineup for nearly two months, it’s been nice to watch him do his thing over these past few games. No, he’s not yet up to speed and we shouldn’t expect him to be after missing so much time but it’s clear that he’s sorely needed on this blue line. Klefbom finished the night with 22:17 minutes, two shots and five blocks. At least the Oilers didn’t lose 7-2 this time? *ducks from flying fruit* THE FACE PALMERS Did you guys know that the Oilers have the most regulation losses at home in the NHL? You do now. Kevin Labanc opened the scoring for the Sharks after his shot from the high slot deflected in off Kevin Gravel’s leg, a shot that Talbot didn’t have much chance on. It was a tough-luck goal for Talbot, but that’s kinda the way things have been going around here lately, isn’t it? Labanc sniped a second goal on the power play in the second period when he was gifted with all kinds of time and space in the slot, beating Talbot high on the glove side. Unsurprisingly, he was able to complete his first career hat trick early in the third period after his line was, once again, able to do as they wished in the offensive zone. Only a few minutes later, Evander Kane put the Sharks up by a pair after he got set up with a tap in by Donskoi and Hertl. If I was a Sharks fan, I would have appreciated the precision of the passing put on by this line, but I love the Oilers so all I got was another dose of sadness. By the time Hertl scored the fifth Sharks goal of the night, I was more focused on how many beers I had left in my fridge. I’m trying to work out the math and figure out how what’s the number of brews I’ll need to get to put back to forget that this game ever happened. After playing very well against the Minnesota Wild, I wasn’t really surprised to see Hitchcock go back to Cam Talbot again. Hitch has said over the past couple of days that he’s going to play the guy that he thinks gives him the best chance to win and doesn’t really care about the contract Koskinen signed three weeks ago. That was not the case tonight. I wouldn’t go so far as to blame Talbot for the lose, the team in front of him wasn’t much better than he was, but I would certainly say that he needs to be much better than what we got from him tonight. Talbot finished the night with 26 saves and a .839 save%. Oh man, did I ever feel bad for Ty Rattie after he took a clapper to the ankle at the end of the first period. Immediately before the play that sent Rattie out of the game, I thought Connor actually beat out the icing call that sent the puck back into the Oilers zone but the linesmen disagreed, and it was very unfortunate to see Rattie get hurt immediately after the resulting draw. The Oilers got roasted in the faceoff circle tonight, winning only 40% of the draws they took. Again, I know some stats folks aren’t big on faceoffs but I’m always of the opinion that it’s better off to start a sequence with the puck than chasing it. Of course I have to eat beets again. Why not? This bet is going to haunt me forever. As always, you can join in on the #BeetCast win cast conversation over on my Twitter account. SCORING SUMMARY 1ST PERIOD TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE 10:39 San Jose Kevin Labanc (7) ASST: Joe Thornton (18), Marcus Sorensen (8) 1-0 12:18 San Jose Evander Kane (24) ASST: Joonas Donskoi (15), Tomas Hertl (26) 2-0 2ND PERIOD TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE 06:10 San Jose PPG – Kevin Labanc (8) ASST: Timo Meier (29), Evander Kane (23) 3-0 12:00 Edmonton PPG – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (17) ASST: Alex Chiasson (10) 3-1 3RD PERIOD TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE 01:36 San Jose Kevin Labanc (9) ASST: Joe Thornton (19), Brenden Dillon (16) 4-1 04:24 San Jose Tomas Hertl (25) 5-1 14:03 Edmonton Zack Kassian (8) ASST: Adam Larsson (13) 5-2 #GOODCONTENT Spotted in Vancouver @OilersNation pic.twitter.com/ZqxtCNs9iH — Matt Inglis (@Inglis_14) February 9, 2019 The leafs are playing shut up — Wyatt 🤡 (@weastman55) February 10, 2019 Little chance they blow a third period lead tonight #Oilerspositives — MrSmith (@IIMrSmithII) February 10, 2019 @jsbmbaggedmilk Maybe you need to stop predicting wins in the game day blog. Might be the reason for the jinx… — Raj G (@RajveerG) February 10, 2019 Who is this hero? Show yourself! pic.twitter.com/T7pDUM7gIi — Baggedmilk – Oilers Beet writer (@jsbmbaggedmilk) February 10, 2019 pic.twitter.com/J5jFQOMK7T — brad stepanko (@BradStepanko) February 10, 2019 Talk to me, Twitter. Tweet at @OilersNation and @jsbmbaggedmilk for your chance to land in the Best of the Tweets. Source: NHL, Official Game Page, 2/9/2019 – 8:00 pm MT
08 Feb 19

Moral of the story: So., for the last two years people have had some kind of breeding, pregnancy, torture, and sex circuit going on. (I REITERATE., DONT GO IN THE HOUSES) So these fine gentlemen in this city and churches decided to get involved in basically pressuring and running a train on girls. Theyre mostly […]

31 Jan 19

The Second Annual Gathering & Auction is just two weeks away! This year, we have expanded our silent auction to include dozens more items and packages. Check out our incredible selection below. Thank you to all our donors and supporters who made this possible! See something you like, but are not able to attend? No […]

14 Jan 19
AJ2Cinema: My Life Through Film

by: A.J. Meese 2018 was a year full of rage. Whether it was on the political battlefield, on social media, or on populated streets around the world, people were constantly at each other’s throats. This resulted in a higher need for the arts in me as I needed it to fill this void left in […]

08 Jan 19

Danica Dillon is one of those powerful women with meat in all the right places. Her curves are enough to make anyone lose their minds. It is no wonder that watching her do all those titillating yoga positions makes her personal trainer pop a huge boner. She sees that he is turned on, and immediately […]