PROPS & DISSES: 12.18.13

By on December 17, 2013
Moose hockey is a hot ticket this year Photo: reactionphoto.com
Moose hockey is a hot ticket this year Photo: reactionphoto.com

Moose hockey is a hot ticket this year Photo: reactionphoto.com

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Moose are loose PROPS
Don’t look now but your local hockey team is undefeated and feeling it. Off to a 6-0 start, the Moose are taking advantage of a better skating unit overall and excellent team play with smart positioning and sharp passing.

Newcomers have quickened the step of the club. Where the blueliners were once aging and slow, the defense is now bolstered by the steady play of Justin Thomas, the ever-improving Matt Kruvant, and the physical Ryan Tufte. Up front, longtime standouts like the brothers Hannafin – Brian and Sean – and hometown boy Luke Smith now trying to keep pace with electric new forwards Steve Giononne, Austin Chow and point-machine Alex Beigler.

Now, this team flat out skates, always looking to break out of their own end with a stretch pass or an orchestrated multi-player rush. And the Moose are better in their own end. Wingers no longer feel the pressure to drop low to aid the defense corp. They stay high, waiting for outlet passes on the half wall or checking their mark, denying point shots from opposition defensemen.

The team still struggles to generate consistent offense and create space for their snipers. Most of the scoring still comes off the rush, understandably given the overall team speed. The power play has been somewhat erratic but improving.

Space: the final frontier DISS
What’s wrong with leaving grass lie? An obsession with filling every patch of green with concrete, steel, or public art has city planners firmly in its grip.

The tiny open space against the north wall of the parking garage wouldn’t make a decent handball court but city officials deemed the micro-gap “underutilized” and granted Vertical Harvest the right to build a greenhouse in a space too small to park an RV.

The lawn at Center for the Arts is a wonderful place to play Frisbee or spread a blanket and let the kids run. CFA director Martha Bancroft called the beautiful 1.2 acres of lush grass “underutilized.” There’s that word again. It’s the battle cry of architects and men with ready access to bulldozers.

A federal grant, a local grant, and a private donation will get the diesel burning on that useless open lot next to CFA. Hood Design Studio, Pierson Landworks, Arup Engineering and Stephen Dynia Architecture will get busy designing a “concept” that fits the space better than green grass.

Looking down on Jackson from the summit of Snow King, the first thing one notices is the open expanse on the east end of town called the May property. Town of Jackson secured the 10-acre parcel with the dream of one day, when the town had enough money, turning it into a park. A park that would symbolize the serenity of nature and earth and stuff. A park that had to be “manufactured.” Work is finally underway to turn the refreshing open space there into something that looks more like a park than grass and trees and all that crap.

Meanwhile, PAWS is looking for any remaining scrap of land that isn’t “overutilized” because their dog park is being evicted from their open space so the Housing Authority can get busy building an apartment complex for more dog owners to move into.

Where all the women at? DISS
Gender imbalance in Jackson has been an issue for some time. Well, at least males consider it an issue. Females refer to it as a flattering mirror used by some unscrupulous fashion stores.

Now comes word that the entire state of Wyoming suffers from a male-to-female ratio that is the second highest in the nation, skewed toward men. Only Alaska has fewer women in the United States.

According to U.S. Census population estimates from 2012, Wyoming has an estimated 294,281 men compared to 282,131 women. That’s a rate of 104.3 males for every 100 females.

It may not seem like much, but it results in lonely guys and gals who would be a “6” in any other state, suddenly strutting their stuff like they were a “9.”

Roughneck jobs attract mostly dirty-knuckled boys to the state. Even with men dying earlier than women, about five years sooner on average, and much more likely to commit suicide, there are still too few prospects to wed and bed in Wyoming for your average dude.

The national average is skewed the opposite with 96.9 men for every 100 women.


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