NHL players have had enough of the controversial — and inconsistent — goaltender interference rule, if Cam Talbot’s outburst on Saturday is any indication. The Edmonton Oilers found themselves on the wrong side of a goaltender interference call, again, in a 1-0 loss to the Arizona Coyotes.
The Winnipeg Jets were rightfully furious when Vegas was allowed to keep a goal despite James Neal breaking his stick over Connor Hellebuyck’s head right before the goal. St. Louis general manager Doug Armstrong was unable to complain about a controversial Bruins goal because he doesn’t know what the rules are, marking just how clueless the entire league is on how the rule should be called.
However, Talbot’s objection and frustration about the ruling is the strongest bit of wording we’ve gotten so far about how players and coaches feel on this topic. It remains to be seen if the NHL will take action with Talbot’s choice of words to reporters, but the netminder has spoken his mind, and there are likely many out there that agree with him.
Pharrell is known for his work with other major artists primarily, even though his work with Chad Mayo in N.E.R.D is a throughline across his long career. Fitting of his image, Williams brought out one special guest for the show: Migos, who performed a ubiquitous song about crack cocaine production.
Megaproducer Pharrell Williams and his band N.E.R.D will headline the 2018 NBA All-Star Game halftime show on Sunday in Los Angeles. Williams, who you know best from his global conquest Happy and a hundred other hits with other artists, should bring a hip-hop flair back to All-Star after an R&B performance from John Legend at halftime a year ago.
As The Neptunes, Williams, and fellow N.E.R.D. member Chad Hugo produced a slew of hits, including Jay Z’s I Just Wanna Love U, Britney Spears’ I’m A Slave 4 U, Gwen Stefani’s Hollaback Girl, and Nelly’s Hot In Herre. Williams, also known as Skateboard P, had a featured spot on Snoop Dogg’s 2004 No. 1 hit Drop It Like It’s Hot and has worked with artists as varied as Clipse, Shakira, The Hives, and Hans Zimmer.
N.E.R.D’s music has only rarely hit the mainstream, but it’s good and it’s a beautiful fit for the All-Star halftime.