Based on nearly half of this bastardized “season”, the remarks I made about Kadri were wrong. And, provided he keeps up this point-per-game pace (and there is no guarantee that he will or won’t), his emergence as a legitimate top 6 forward in the NHL stands as a reminder to people like me about age and inexperience: sometimes a young player under-performs because the expectations were too high but sometimes a young player under-performs because he is still too young and / or too inexperienced. It seems that Kadri has finally grasped the pro game at a level greater even Read More
So I have been on a business trip this past week and didn’t have time to blog about what will probably go down as the biggest NHL trade of the summer of 2012 (you know, unless something wackier goes down). But just as an aside, the Rangers re-signed Stralman for 2 years at around $1.7 or $1.8. Yes, Stralman has his problems but for a guy who has some level of talent and was clearly helpful to the Rangers in the playoffs (for the most part) I can’t help but still absolutely hate that Leafs’ trade. I mean at this Read More
At the end of the 2011-12 season, I picked the NHL awards. Last night they once again fucked the dog on the Norris. Here is a summary. Feel free to check out the detailed original as well. Automatic Awards: The Rocket Richard: Stamkos The Oates: Henrik Sedin The Art Ross: Malkin The Clancy / Orr: Karlsson and Weber The Bourque: Karlsson The Coffey: Karlsson The +/-: Bergeron The Crozier: Brian Elliott The Voted Awards: The Hart: Me: Malkin NHL: Malkin The Verdict:We agree! The Gretzky: Me: Malkin NHL: Not a real award Verdict: The NHL does not have a “best Read More
Unlike virtually everyone I knew, I was very much on Philly’s side when they traded away their supposed franchise players last summer (though not so much when they signed their supposed franchise goalie). And through the regular season, it certainly looked like I was right. Of course now the Kings have won the Cup and it looks like they won the Richards trade hands down and also somehow managed to make the Carter trade bad for Philly. So do I take back what I said? At the time I suggested that both trades were very risky – not for Philly Read More
2012, Awards, Devils, Hockey, Media, Mistakes, NHL, and Playoffs.
Russia Today claims that the NHL announced its Conn Smythe nominees today, though they of course provided no source. (I’m a poet and I know it.) Bryce Salvador, the only reasonable nomination from the Devils to date, was not nominated. Instead Brodeur – who has been alright – Parise – who was been invisible at times and dominant at other times – and Kovalchuk – who leads the team in scoring but somehow also manages to be significantly minus (on a winning team) – are the Devils “nominees”. Salvador is second in ice-time, first in +/- and no slouch in Read More
The following turned into a disaster. On Tuesday, the Spec gave me hockey stats. So I decided to start my MVP watch. However, they really didn’t give me all the stats I needed. What follows is probably nonsensical. Note that I tried, if that is any consolation. Conn Smythe Watch (as of Tuesday): Given that we are half (or close to half) way through the second round and all but one of these series are at 2-0, I figured it was time to start talking about the Conn Smythe, provided these four teams actually win their series. The Spec doesn’t Read More
I will be making an attempt to collect my various Zip.ca reviews on the blog. Many of them are quite old and don’t necessarily represent opinions I might hold now. It’s just better to have them here than just on Zip. I hope to re-watch and write better reviews of some of these movies in the future (but given how many movies I watch, that is not likely to happen). If you actually subscribed, I’m sorry that you are going to get flooded. Read More
2012, Basketball, Gambling, Mistakes, NBA, Playoffs, and Prophecy.
Photo of game between Boston Celtics and Miami Heat. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Chicago vs. Philly: Bulls in 7 (I feel like maybe I should call an upset here) Miami vs. Knicks: Heat in 5…but let’s go Knicks!!! (Probably the only time you will ever read me say that, unless of course they play the Heat next year too.) Indiana vs. Orlando: Pacers in 7 Boston vs. Atlanta: Celtics in 5 2nd round: Chicago vs. Boston: Celtics in 7 Miami vs. Indiana: Heat in 6 3rd round: Miami vs. Boston: Heat in 7 (boo) Read More
Automatic Awards: The Rocket Richard: Phil Kessel: 13G in 19GP Now, obviously I’m more shocked about this than practically anyone. All I can say in my defense (and eternal carping about how Kessel sucks) is that he was on pace for something 100 goals earlier in the season and now he is on pace for about 50 or 60, It’s called regression towards the mean and its happening with him and the Leafs. Soon he will be on pace for 40. He will score 35 this year (give or take) and not win the Richard. The Gretzky / Oates: (My Read More
Eight years after the fact, I stumbled upon this list and I am shocked at how terrible it is. It’s not just that it is biased to Americans (is it ever biased towards Americans) – and specifically to blues-based guitar players – but it makes no sense. There are one or two jazz guitarists on it but it is clearly not a list of jazz guitarists (as there would have to be more). Maybe it’s a list of those who had something to do with rock. But then it would certainly have to include Charlie Christian. But it’s not just Read More
I thought “Britten in rehearsal” on his War Requiem on Decca was a parody. Read More
Though it may seem obvious to some the Heat will have another chance at a title, I’m not sure it’s so certain. For a variety of reasons. Wade’s fragile body: LeBron has been quite healthy since he came into the league. And Bosh has been reasonably healthy. But Wade – their best player if the finals are anything to go by – has played 80 less games than LeBron (that’s two games less than a full season, folks). Are we to expect him to get healthier as he gets older? The ‘8 championships in 6 seasons’ approach already failed: Though Read More
A couple of weeks ago I got into a discussion about the greatest hockey RW of all-time. I declared it was Bossy. This was questioned. So I did some research. It took me a while. Hence the “couple weeks ago.” Bossy: McCown Method: Career: 573G (20th all-time), 553A for 1126P in 752 games, +381 (15th all-time). 0.76GPG (1st all-time), 0.74APG (17th all-time) which is 1.5PPG (3rd all-time behind Gretzky and Lemieux). That’s an 82 game average of 62G, 61A for 123P. Adjusted: 461G (41st all-time), 445A for 906P (79th all-time). 82 game average of 50G, 49A for 99 adjusted points. Read More
Ladies and Gentlemen, Right now I am drinking a Mill Street Coffee Porter from my taster’s pack. It was in a Tankhouse bottle. I kid you not. There is another Tankhouse bottle and hopefully that is actually a Tankhouse. Not that I dislike the coffee Porter, but I love me my Tankhouse. Weird. Read More
Well, I can’t say I see the Heat winning it all. I really don’t buy that three guys will suddenly make a winner. On the other hand, if they don’t have any personality conflicts, they could easily win the regular season. But I don’t see them making it out of the East. I figure a healthy Boston could (but I don’t think they will be healthy). Or Orlando if Boston is hurt. And I’m going to go out on a limb and say that a healthy Milwaukee could make a big push and surprise at least one of the favourites Read More
P: Walter Johnson? C: Pudge? 1B: Don Mattingly?? 2B: O-Dawg! Just kidding: Eddie Collins SS: Ozzie 3B: Robinson according to my dad LF: Brian Downing?!? C: Devon White…kidding RF: Jess Barfield! Again, kidding. Closer: Riveira So much less sure about this. No idea really. The only person I’m totally serious about is Ozzie. That’s it. Read More
P: Wes Ferrell C: Mike Piazza (should this be Johnny Bench?) 1B: Poo-Holes 2B: Joe Morgan? SS: Jeter (even though I hate him) 3B: Wade Boggs LF: Ted Williams C: Ty Cobb (or Mickey Mantle) RF: Ruth Read More
If I could build a team around any player in the NHL, who would it be? Centre: Crosby, obviously, with an honourable mention to Datsyuk LW: Ovechkin, obviously RW: I have no idea. The highest goal scoring RW last year was Gaborik. The highest point total for a RW last year was St. Louis. I like neither. I have no idea. Not Rick Nash. LD: Keith, no question…and if I had to pick any player with no requirement of position it would be him RD: Weber, no question If I could build a team around any player in the NBA, Read More
Apparently one of the many reasons why my copy of this movie sucks is because it was cut heavily. At least 15 minutes are missing. There is no warning to the viewer. That’s kind of hilarious, that a movie studio would release a shorter cut so as to keep it from being two VHS tapes, but not inform the viewer. There are a lot of people in the world who shouldn’t do the jobs they do. Read More
Yes, they sort of understand them in the sense that they know what a good one is and what a bad one is, but they regularly mistake the concepts. Take, for example, +/-. Right now, CBC is telling us that Marleau / Thornton / Heatley are a collective -18 for the playoffs. This makes no sense. Why? Because +/- is a collective stat! It is for all players on the ice at a given time. My guess is that it is something like they are all -6 for the playoffs and CBC is just adding them up, which makes no Read More
So, we just got our new students at work. We get students every summer. They help us out. It is a good thing. Some of them have worked with us before, others not. Sometime last week (I don’t remember what day) one of the new students said hello to me as if she knew me. I couldn’t place her. I figured she must have helped my department a day or two last summer. I really had no idea who she was but I figured that was a reasonable explanation. I think I smiled back a little (I can’t see my Read More
Um, I don’t know that I’ve ever had a terrible date. I think I’ve probably given a girl or two a terrible date experience but I have never gone away from something thinking “that was terrible.” I did have one which was totally utterly pointless because there was no reason for me to be there. But it wasn’t like it was painfully awkward or anything. The girl was a hip-hop-listening business student. I did sort of ask myself, “how did this happen exactly?” Another time I tried to date this girl who a friend assured me was “gorgeous” (I have Read More
I have a few. The most obvious one is on my stomach. It’s my appy scar. I have one faint one on my right forearm which is from when I fell on some rocks at 12 or 13. There’s one between my left index and middle fingers which has possibly my best story ever behind it. I have a tiny one on my forehead from when I was a little kid and ran head first into some bricks (yes, I know, it explains a lot). Read More
Fantasy, Formspring Q and A, History, Mistakes, Personal, Regret, and Time Travel.
Regret is a poison. That being said, do you mean which calendar year, or do you mean which year by my age? I’ll go with the latter, as I am an egomaniac. I obviously do not wish to go back in time, if that were even physically possible. But if I had a gun to my head and had to answer this question despite these qualms, I would say probably my 22nd year, because it was a lot of fun but also productive, things that are sometimes mutually exclusive. I don’t have many regrets about this year. I was probably Read More
So there’s this folk singer. Steve something. Can’t remember his last name. He does covers and his own songs. I ask him if he’ll play some Neil Young. And he does. He plays “Mr. Soul”. I am happy. But he says Young didn’t write it. He says he just sang it. He says Stephen Stills wrote it. I tell him Young wrote it. He directs me to this older man at a table who is apparently the source of this information. The man tells me he knows for a fact that Stills wrote the song. Now, I think I know Read More
So I was out to dinner tonight with the grandparents. The waitress was hitting on me pretty hard. I guess because I appeared to be single because there I was on Valentine’s Day with my grandparents and no date. I didn’t know what to do. My parents seemed to be looking at me as if I should in some way be responding to the flirtations. Even if I was available, someone who says “yous” because they think it’s the plural of “you” isn’t really up my alley, yous know? But I’m sure I could have handled it better than my Read More
I was in a store today doing some shopping. I overheard a woman telling another woman West Virginia doesn’t get snow. And yet there are downhill ski resorts in West Virginia. And funnily enough, I’ve been there…and there was snow. Read More
Despite all the roid problems, the Olympics are one of the few things I am not cynical about. I like that. I try to maintain that “faith,” if you will. I thoroughly enjoyed these Olympics, as I usually do, and I thoroughly enjoyed all the ridiculous feats. Personally, I think 18 medals is very respectable given the size of our population and our general lack of interest in amateur sports outside of hockey for most of the year. I can’t help being happy and proud. The latter is, um, a strange feeling. In other news, I went to Wild Water Read More
Democracy, Election, Hamilton Adventures, Mistakes, and Municipal Politics.
I guess it’s because municipal politics attracts the dregs, the people who can’t make it at any other level of politics, that we regularly get the most insane and ignorant suggestions from Hamilton city councilors. The previous highlight was an idea to ban swearing in the downtown core. Councilors were apparently wholly unaware of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, among other vital political concepts. Read More
2010, 2011, Awards, Basketball, Gambling, Mistakes, NBA, Playoffs, and Prophecy.
First, my repredictions for the NBA. I keep forgetting that the NBA has a fixed bracket, so my later round predictions I made two weeks ago probably don’t make any sense. Anyway, East: Cleveland 4 Atlanta 0 Boston 4 Orlando 3 West (before today’s game): LA 4 Houston 1 Denver 4 Dallas 2 After watching today’s game, maybe Dallas will only win one game. However, I do want them to win it all. MVP watch: Cleveland: James Boston: Rondo Orlando: Howard? The suspension kind of hampers that; I haven’t seen enough games Atlanta: Johnson LA: Bryant Denver: Billups or Anthony Read More