While I feel badly for this guy, he has obviously worked hard to get where he is, I agree with the decision. Being a former runner, I have to question his body mechanics and the processing of oxygen in the blood, the build up of lactic acid and such that a runner deals with. If he has less natural body he has a decided advantage in this area. He has less natural body to burn the oxygen and therefore a more efficient usage. His blades remain a constant regardless of how tired he gets. It's a shame, but a just decision.
posted by Hockey fan at 09:24 PM on January 14
While I agree Downie is a plays with a thug mentality and will probably be out of the league soon, I disagree that there was any intentional eye gouging going on there. He was just flailing away while the ref had him in a bear hug. He couldnt even see Blake at that point. That was just incidental contact in that fight. The real issue is that this guy needs to get his act under control. He ought to know better after the earlier incident. He is going to have a big target on him and someone is going to make him pay dearly for being a cement head soon.
posted by Hockey fan at 12:48 PM on January 07
I truly believe that hockey's dilema is: money/greed vs. "doing what's good for the sport". the NHL's biggest problem is "fan base", they don't have a wide enough one. They're trying to arrange games overseas when they could be setting those in pro sports starved markets in the US and Canada. I say just mandate that every team negotiate a deal to play 2,3 or 4 home games in a different neutral city. I bet that they get more attendance revenue and merchandise sales at those than at other games and create more fans. You can also test out cities or prep them for a future franchise...see if it's viable. There are so many smart business solutions to the "NHL's dilema", they just never seem to take the smart path. They need a stronger commissioner and a bit more cooperation between the franchises. It can be done, if they get the right people in place.
posted by Hockey fan at 12:34 PM on November 07
Detroit's success runs in cycles. I can remember when Detriot was an aweful team year in and year out. They're up and down like most big city economies. The impressive franchise, fan base and attendance wise, regardless of the economy is the Philadelphia Flyers. Even when they are bad that building still sells out. Guys want to play there just because it is a hockey mad city.
posted by Hockey fan at 07:07 PM on November 04
I don't even understand how this whole brack thing works. I read the reviews and there were Jerseys the "critics" like that were not even in the voting bracket. Yet sone hideous jerseys made it into the voting. Plus, the "critics" seemed to have a limited knowledge of hockey, if any at all. This is so whacked I can't even vote.
posted by Hockey fan at 01:13 PM on October 29
The amazing thing is, this is all a media creation. I was astounded when all the media reporting revolved around Solo "throwing a team member under the bus". I watched video of what she said and I read a transcript of it as well. Her statement was a criticizing of a coaching decicision. She was ppointing out an error in judgement on the coach's part and why it was a bad decision. Somehow, in the desire to get a story, it was twisted to be Solo vs. Scurry. This poor girl got the shaft. Just another media manipulation by the team to deflect the fact that they got drilled by an opponent and the coach is a bonehead!
posted by Hockey fan at 02:52 PM on October 01
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