Originally posted on Thrashing the Blues  |  Last updated 3/6/12

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 09: David Backes #42 of the St. Louis Blues looks on during a break in their NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center on January 9, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The Blues defeated the Kings 4-3. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

(For those of you viewing where Tumblr might be blocked for some reason, the second photo is of David Backes holding a puppy. Both photos elicit the same response in me. I'm sure that's normal.)

I know. It sounds like a terrible comparison, doesn't it? A cut of meat and a hockey player really shouldn't elicit the same reaction from people, should it? Think about it for a second, though. When you see a recipe on-line that involves bacon, what is your reaction? When I link to bacon-bourbon brownies, or bacon chocolate chip cookies, or even something absurdly easy like bacon wrapped water chestnuts, gauge your reaction. For a decent portion of you out there, men and women, your reaction is a variation on "squee." I know that it is -- don't fight it.

Now, think about your reaction when you see David Backes mentioned in an article where you least expect him. Today on Puck Daddy his name was tossed in with some others as dark horses for the Hart MVP trophy. Wysh admitted that it's not about the stats, it's about the content of his game. Some people are really pushing for Steven Stamkos to be awarded the trophy, and if the Lightning make the playoffs then he should be in the running. But a guy like Backes is the heart and soul of the Blues and nearly everyone's favorite player on the team. He doesn't quit -- he works his ass off. He's unassuming, his style of play can be described as a little salty sometimes, and whenever he pops up somewhere that's not St. Louis based media, what's your reaction? Yep. "Squee."

He's the man guys freely admit having a mancrush on, and he's the player that a lot of lady puckheads who pride themselves on not fawning over players fawn over. He is the perfect microcosm of the Blues. When you think of Blues hockey, you think of how David Backes plays. When you think of a pig (i know, I know), you think of the best part of it -- bacon.

Both of these things, along with frosty cold adult beverages, are what I consider to be the most brought up topics on Gameday Threads over on St. Louis Game Time.  Don't believe me? Make a post about a random bacon recipe tonight and see the reaction.

Heck, when this ad came into heavy rotation on FoxSports Midwest, several folks started thinking about the legality of it and how they could pull it off:


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