I agree with the above comment(s).
posted by Succa at 05:14 PM on October 17
I like DiPietro and all, but, don't they know that 25 (his age) + 15 (the length of the contract) is 40?
posted by Succa at 10:18 AM on September 12
Oh my God in Heaven... The Islanders.... just, just.... The Islanders.
posted by Succa at 09:21 AM on September 12
Pyatt ended up in Vancouver, traded for a draft pick. I forgot Jay McKee on that list too (now in St. Louis). I loved watching them last year too, but every year there are big surprises, and Buffalo was one.
posted by Succa at 04:33 PM on September 06
There is absolutely no bitterness. Hell, I was cheering for them to make the playoffs and I was hoping they'd come out of the East after my Sens went down. But you can't convince me that a team that last made the playoffs in 2001 (with a better team than it had last year), and then puts together one nice season, is automatically to be considered a top team. If you'll grant me that last year's Sabres played at as close to 100% of their ability as a coach can reasonably expect, then unless Ruff can get the stars to line up like that again (which he could not between 2001-2006 with arguably better teams [lockout considered, of course]) there's nowhere to go but down, especially after losing Dumont, Grier, Pyatt, and probably Connolly, and adding nobody. I'm just sayin'. I don't see how things can get better for Buffalo than they were last year, or rather, I'll believe it when I see it.
posted by Succa at 04:02 PM on September 06
I don't get all the Buffalo love, truth be told. They were a Cinderella team on a miracle run last year, and Ruff can't count on the magic again, especially with key players missing this year. Also, I like Miller but one good season does not mean much. At the beginning of last season I saw predictions putting Buffalo close to last place in the East. Same with Carolina. For that matter, same with Edmonton. All those teams have lost important players and haven't added squat. It says here least two of last year's final four miss the playoffs. I agree that Florida could be surprising this year. If my above speculation is correct, Carolina will suck, and Florida all of a sudden looks like the best team in the division. I love the Bertuzzi addition and I agree with garfield about Belfour. He could be a great signing, and Auld is a dependable backup. I like them to make the playoffs this year.
posted by Succa at 02:27 PM on September 06
Also, Spezza's success as a scorer will be inversely proportional to the number of times per season he attempts the Junior B toe-drag dipsy-doodle move. You finally fooled someone (Souray) with it, after four years of trying. Time to find a new move this year, Jason...
posted by Succa at 09:04 PM on September 05
NE: Senators Bruins Canadiens Sabres Leafs ATL: Flyers Rangers Devils Penguins Islanders SE: Panthers Canes Lightning Thrashers Caps Central Predators Red Wings Blues Blackhawks Blue Jackets NW Flames Wild Canucks Oilers Avs Pacific Ducks Sharks Coyotes Kings Stars Bold denotes the Final participants. The italics represent the Cup winner and best team ever of all time stamped it no erasees. And no, I don't think much of last year's final four teams, Ducks excepted.
posted by Succa at 09:01 PM on September 05
Hart: Jagr - sorry Joe fans, but the Rangers were expected to be a draft lottery team this year. The bad end to the season shouldn't spoil JJ's accomplishment. Vezina: Kiprusoff Calder: AO Norris: Lidstrom Adams: Lindy Ruff Selke: Brind'Amour Byng: I don't know what the criteria are for this, so I'm gonna say Brian Campbell, who had 18 PIM in 79 games this year, and still hit the hell out of RJ Umberger the other night. Or Sami Kapanen, with 12 PIM in 58 games. Masterton: Whatever.
posted by Succa at 05:24 PM on April 29
My own ambivalence to Toronto's "culture dominance" aside, the place *is* extremely multicultural, in a distinctly non-boring way. There's lots to see in that town. Sauril is correct, though. I'm in Montreal now, and the attitude here is "Toronto who?", and not just in that knee-jerk big city hating way. Toronto only feels like the Centre of the Universe when you're in Toronto.
posted by Succa at 03:10 PM on November 17
I read Gary Smith's collection. Excellent series of character profiles of people such as Mike Tyson, Magic Johnson, etc. Recommended.
posted by Succa at 08:24 PM on June 27
I won! Highest score right here boyyyeeeeeeee! Oh, that's rank.
posted by Succa at 12:01 PM on June 09
*whistles* Uhh, no, I didn't totally forget about this pool. *whistles*
posted by Succa at 02:55 PM on May 25
Calgary in 7 and let the farm tits fly! This is probably one of the best final matchups in a long time. I'll be watching.
posted by Succa at 11:04 AM on May 25
I'm rooting for the Flames and Flyers -- their fans deserve it. Tampa fans haven't had enough heartbreak yet, and the same could be said for San Jose. Philly's had its share of playoff disappointments in the last ten years. It's a great hockey town, one that can properly appreciate the significance of a Cup win. And needless to say, a Cup win for the Flames would cause the city of Calgary to rock so hard it would open a fissure in the earth and fall in. Still, I'm going with my head. Tampa in 7, San Jose in 7, setting up a fantastic final matchup that nobody will watch.
posted by Succa at 03:22 PM on May 07
Finished Pandalf Golf. Damn. Now what am I gonna do at work.
posted by Succa at 04:53 PM on April 30
I'm at level 78 now. code is "ORVLO"
posted by Succa at 03:05 PM on April 30
Level 54 is frigging hard.
posted by Succa at 04:16 PM on April 29
Damn this pandaf golf!
posted by Succa at 05:11 PM on April 28
Well he had to...he was too far past the puck to chip it in the normal way.
posted by Succa at 04:18 PM on April 28
My refereeing pet peeve through these playoffs has been the calling of the retaliation shot but not the initial infraction that prompted it. They're both penalties. Call 'em. Or don't. But retaliation isn't worse than slashing, or high-sticking, or whatever, and shouldn't be penalized as such.
posted by Succa at 03:56 PM on April 28
I know! And note the lack of points on Recchi and Leclair. Leaf fans now know what it feels like to go up against a hot 'tender.
posted by Succa at 10:58 AM on April 27
You're right, should have taken Flyers in 4. ;-)
posted by Succa at 10:23 AM on April 26
It's just one game! I go with what's worked in the past.
posted by Succa at 04:40 PM on April 23
Crap, can I make predictions now that the serieses have started? I will anyway. Flyers in 5 Lightning in 6 Wings in 7 Avs in 7
posted by Succa at 02:14 PM on April 23
Eddie who? ;-)
posted by Succa at 09:05 PM on April 14
It's still way too early to call anything resembling a favourite so far. Philly is looking good, as are the Sharks (hello, St. Louis...you there?). It's time for Theodore to steal a game in Montreal...he's getting outduelled. The Canucks looked poised last night. A team that plays defence like that will be hard to beat. Calgary couldn't even get it out of their own zone in the last five minutes. I had no idea Hedberg was such a great puckhandler either. As for the Battle of Ontario, again, too early to tell. I thought the Senators deserved better on Saturday. They were right in that game until the very end. The Leafs can't lean on Belfour like that every night and expect to win. This series could turn downright ugly at any second, and almost did with Varada trying to run Sundin out of the rink. But the more disciplined team will win.
posted by Succa at 01:00 PM on April 12
I would be up for a meeting. But this week isn't great for me. Plus I'd prefer that grum was there so I could punch him for his back-to-back fantasy wins.
posted by Succa at 09:21 AM on April 12
Frigging Aebischer lets in a softie with 5 minutes left, spoiling the shutout and 5 points in my office pool. DAMMIT. Otherwise, last night's games went as expected. That VAN-CGY series should be a classic.
posted by Succa at 08:22 AM on April 08
Ahh. Woosh. That's the gust going over my head. Cheers gspm.
posted by Succa at 01:50 PM on April 07
What is the big deal exactly gspm? Not sure why you care about the word "gutsy" so much. Don't you think a team of also-rans that was basically written off from the start, had a rash of injuries to their best players (Iginla and Conroy, not to mention Kiprusoff), zero goaltending for over half the season, and almost no operating budget to work with, has overcome a fair amount of adversity this year? I never claimed to have called the Flames' playoff berth, BTW. And that Go Leetch Go site is just wrong. Frigging Ranger fans. Why can't you cheer for Greg de Vries instead??
posted by Succa at 12:31 PM on April 07
(hey succa, what makes the Flames gusty?) Did you predict they'd place any higher than 12th in the West this year? I'm still stunned that they're in the dance. I'm amazed at the number of people who think Dallas is going to do something. To my eye they haven't looked like a contender all year. Some folks are even picking them to win it all! Am I missing something?
posted by Succa at 07:46 AM on April 07
TB vs NYI - Ning in 5. Too much talent. BOS vs MTL - Bruins in 6. Love the Habs, but Boston is bigger, stronger, and better this year. Raycroft will do just fine. PHI vs NJ - Flyers in 6. These are, in fact, your grandpa's New Jersey Devils. TOR vs OTT - Sens in 5 yeah baybee. That 6-0 drubbing will come back to haunt the Buds. The Sens are the underdogs, I don't care what Pat Quinn says. And I like it that way. DET vs NAS - Wings in 6. They haven't forgotten last year. STL vs SJ - Blues in 6. St. Loo is a much better team than the standings indicate. Osgood is more than capable. VAN vs CAL - Nucks in 7. Potentially a classic. Vancouver just too talented for the gusty Flames. COL vs DAL - Avs in 6. You could make a strong case for the upset, but I'm not buying. Forsberg runs wild.
posted by Succa at 03:27 PM on April 06
You're all going down.
posted by Succa at 09:55 AM on April 05
Ahem, the correct spelling is Spr0tsfilter.
posted by Succa at 02:59 PM on April 02
Ha! I love it! Email forthcoming...
posted by Succa at 03:44 PM on March 12
Sport Not Athletes
posted by Succa at 02:50 PM on March 05
Not a sport, atheletes, and CORRUPTING TODAY'S YOUTH! Kidding, kidding.
posted by Succa at 11:13 AM on February 16
That was the most bizarre game ever. Letting the Leafs come back sucked, but it's hard to feel too bad about losing in overtime when the team had one-half of one-third of its players still standing. If not for some poor goaltending by Lalime it could have been a very embarrassing loss for the Leafs. Hard to come away from a game like that with any kind of lessons learned, save that we need a new goalie ASAP.
posted by Succa at 01:46 PM on February 06
Succa, that Senators vs Maple Leafs must have been a fun one for you, huh? Can't wait for tonight's game. Best money I ever spent. Tonight should be a great one...although I just heard a rumour that a bunch of Sens left practice with the flu today! Ack!
posted by Succa at 01:23 PM on February 05
Senators 7, Maple Leafs 1. Before that it was the Vanier Cup, and before that an Argos game.
posted by Succa at 10:21 AM on February 05
I was in fourth! For a day. Sigh.
posted by Succa at 01:44 PM on February 02
posted by Succa at 05:16 PM on January 21
Movin' on up! A big week from Hossa and my ample goaltending staff got me out from the mire of 8th place. Why won't you people respond to my trade requests? At least REJECT them for chrissakes!
posted by Succa at 04:47 PM on January 17
Nothing I do will get me out of 8th place, it seems. From memory, I've got Hossa, Guerin, Blake, Redden, Robitaille, Lecavalier, Potvin, and Fernandez from the original draft. Consider most of them available if you've got a decent (starting) goalie to share. I've made my share of blunders. Dropping Joseph was a blunder. But I grabbed Kiprusoff when he was sitting idle for weeks! You people! Anyway, like I said, nothing I've done has made an iota of difference in the standings.
posted by Succa at 01:35 PM on January 06
Happy stuff, y'all! I want to kiss you!
posted by Succa at 03:33 PM on December 22
Thanks 86, cheque's in the mail. As for you, Samsy...India huh? Business or pleasure? Temporary or permanent? I hope Bombay has a good hockey jersey dealer! But I will accept a "Go Sens Go" sign paraded in front of the Taj Mahal.
posted by Succa at 03:56 PM on December 14
What about the guy in David Robinson's basketball game for the Genesis who had a 100% 3-point percentage? Action Jackson or something.
posted by Succa at 05:24 PM on December 10
Oh, and NHL '94 for Sega may have been the best game ever made. Chicago was awesome, becaues Jeremy Roenick was absolutely unstoppable. My roommates and I just picked up a Genesis and this game. Ain't that the truth about Roenick though...wonder what the game designers saw that we didn't? JR was great in all the early EA games. Of interest is that the first game, NHL Hockey (in 1992) wasn't licensed by the NHLPA. So you'd get the player jersey numbers but not their names. The next year's game, NHLPA 93, had the opposite...you'd get the players but not the team names. It was a bizarre shift to say the least. Anyway they got it right in 1994 and forever after. And I will own anyone at NHL 94. Especially Grum.
posted by Succa at 04:38 PM on December 10
What's with you people not replying to my trade requests?! Still waiting for that breakout year from Felix Potvin. *shakes fist at sky, Andrew Raycroft* Also, [grum|The Leafs|whoever's at the top of the standings] suck(s).
posted by Succa at 02:50 PM on December 08
OK, who wants a backup goalie? We got lots!
posted by Succa at 10:20 AM on November 28
Any of you fuckers going to the World Cup next year?
posted by Succa at 12:25 PM on November 21
mkn's profile is an affront to humanity.
I'm getting boned this year. Every player I pick up stops performing immediately. I blame one man, and his name is Grum.
posted by Succa at 11:04 AM on November 14
A disappointing week for sure. A lot of my guys just aren't performing. Fortunately I should creep up the standings a bit once Ottawa starts playing more than a game a week. What's going on with the HackTheBone situ?
posted by Succa at 10:58 AM on November 06
15 players, 15 teams left...coincidence? We could have everyone claim one player, with ties going to the player with lower team ranking.
posted by Succa at 03:39 PM on October 30
His/her username on Yahoo is dwmf1983. No information in the profile. Searching for users on Spofi gives me nothing. If I search for "dw", I get one user: gooch (not sure why), who only signed up two weeks ago. Going over the old Locker Room threads about the NHL pool this year and last year, everyone is accounted for. Sounds like this Hack the Bone person is an outsider. May I suggest the "ban" button? He's had plenty of time to explain his actions.
posted by Succa at 12:56 PM on October 30
Guerin's hatty last night put me up at fourth. Sleep with one eye open folks...although I could stand for Steve Rucchin to pull his head out of his ass and start producing. HACK THE BONE: Identify yourself! Christ. As for distributing the players, I say reverse order of standings. If grum gets Glen Murray I'm going to shit. That's all I can say on the subject.
posted by Succa at 10:14 AM on October 30
Mike York is mine!!! Step! Found my way out of the cellar this week (was 14th, now maintaining 5th). But nobody's performing particularly well for me. In that 5-2 pasting of the Leafs by the Isles, my two Islander players got me a total of one assist. Argh. But how sweet was the call on Lucky Luc? *bows* Unrelated: grum doth sucketh.
posted by Succa at 09:44 AM on October 23
I'm inclined to agree with the Fooker...I didn't find the thread particularly hostile towards jerseygirl. I see no insults flung, no profanity-laden tirades. It was civil enough. Pointing out that it might be one Sox thread too many is not a first-degree offense. No harm done. Come back jersey!
posted by Succa at 04:09 PM on October 22
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