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Enjoy yourselves, responsibly.

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Since today is a special day when we can act all goofy and patriotic, let's take this time to have a little fun and get to know our commentariat a bit better.

-Most patriotic garment of clothing you own?

-Favorite food at a cookout?

-Favorite beverage at a cookout?

-Favorite potato dish at a cookout?

-Pick one: hamburger, hot dog, pulled pork, or chicken leg?

-Most annoying family member & his/her traits?

-And finally, should P.K. Subban play beside Roman Josi or Mattias Ekholm next year?

I'll be looking forward to your responses, and I'll be wearing this bad boy around town today:

I'm not sure why Bass Pro ever bothers to put stuff like this on sale. Some guy from Westmoreland would've paid full price for this, assuming he fits a men's large.

Have a great holiday.

My answers:

-Most patriotic garment of clothing you own? That shirt.

-Favorite food at a cookout? I'm a bbq snob, but I'm adventurous with sides. Squash casserole is excellent.

-Favorite beverage at a cookout? If it's hot, beer. If it's not, bourbon. If you're trying to be cool: a mule.

-Favorite potato dish at a cookout? Do sweet potatoes count? If not, red skin potato salad.

-Pick one: hamburger, hot dog, pulled pork, or chicken leg? Depends on the rub, normally I go with chicken. But it's hard to turn down a good burger.

-Most annoying family member & his/her traits? My family has this one cousin who goes through stages where he pretends he's part of some group. This guy even pretended to be a Marine for a while; driving a Wrangler (not even a CJ-7) and allegedly eating MRE's. I haven't seen him in over a decade. In a related story, my family reunions have all been held in the Panhandle of FL since 2012.

-And finally, should P.K. Subban play beside Roman Josi or Mattias Ekholm next year? Either. If Roman goes Roamin', Ellis may be a better fit for him. But all four play such similar styles, there's not a pairing that scares me.