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Igor Larionov reflects on playing for Red Army, and what is wrong with North American hockey

Maybe international ice would help but my gut feeling is there just aren't enough Datsyuks in the world for NHL hockey to be played the way Larianov imagines.

Those CSKA Moscow teams that Larianov played with got the pick of every draft-aged player in the country to fill out their roster, there was a ridiculous depth of talent. Practice 8 hours a day with those teammates to bake in some chemistry and the on-ice understanding gets to be telepathic.

I'm not sure how in the modern world you would draw the same level of talent together for long enough to build up that understanding. Watching old Red Army highlights its the puck movement that is amazing, they absolutely know/trust that someone will be there on the end of those blind passes. If anyone misses their spot those great passes turn into bad turnovers, pucks floating around in the middle of the neutral zone.

Unless we start cloning Sedins I don't see how there would ever be enough players with the right vision & cohesiveness to see a league-wide move to puck-movement offences.

posted by deflated at 05:48 PM on February 23

McCutchen: Baseball No Longer a Sport Where Poor Kids Get Discovered

grum, I kind of agree with you on the hockey, kind of don't.

The exception to the rule from these parts is Milan Lucic; he was still playing on house teams in peewee before he worked out what he wanted. Then I look at a kid my son plays with who looks pretty special (he's been the best on the ice in very game we've played in the last 2 years) and see the amount his family have spent to get a 9y.o. that good and yeah, high-level hockey is stupidly expensive for families.

posted by deflated at 02:07 PM on February 15

The Gaming Obsession of the Green Bay Packers

Now I have visions of 300-lb linemen making "I got wood for sheep" jokes around a table.

5 more years, yerfatma. Started our youngest on Carcassonne at 6, he lapped it up.

posted by deflated at 12:02 AM on January 17

Colts Silence Broncos Offense, Make Peyton Manning Look Old

Time to buy a lottery ticket. :)

posted by deflated at 09:18 PM on January 12

Colts Silence Broncos Offense, Make Peyton Manning Look Old

Stepping away from the Manning theme for a moment, as a Broncos fan I cannot wait for the day that Fox and his mediocre-to-insipid coaching is booted out the door. Given the talent at his disposal his tenure has been the biggest waste of a potential championship window since Norv led the Chargers astray.

Last year in the SB, yesterday against the Colts the team did not look ready to play. The same ineffective vanilla 4-man pass rush all game. A dearth of those intermediate crossing routes that Manning has built a career on and screens designed to get D. Thomas into space; instead we got repeated low-percentage deep shots from a QB with an alleged quad injury. Putting Talib on an island against Hilton. The Colts killed the Broncos in preparation and intensity.

Gah. Is there not a happy medium somewhere between toxic boy-blunder McDaniels and stuck-in-1994 Fox?

posted by deflated at 05:37 PM on January 12

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I don't mind the move for the Jets. They have a ton of cap space and a young QB who is actually showing some promise, getting an elite WR type to take some of the pressure may work here over the next couple of years.

Looks like the Giants are on the slide too, never hurts to be better when the crosstown team is down.

posted by deflated at 08:31 PM on October 18

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Sure they won't be the Seattle Metropolitans, Grum? Luongo back in the PNW is pure win.

posted by deflated at 10:21 PM on October 14

MLB Pace-of-Game Committee Suggests Six New Rules

I like all these ideas and I like instant replay. Speed up the regular plays and take the time to get the 1% right.

The time between pitches rule could lead to some epic managerial meltdowns. Can't wait for the first called strike if the batter isn't in the box 1:45 after the ball gets to the pitcher.

posted by deflated at 06:24 PM on October 01

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

How on earth did Parrish screw up his relationship with Pulis that badly? That is a massive blunder.

posted by deflated at 10:58 PM on August 14

Baseball Hall of Fame Announces Changes to Voting Process for Recently Retired Players

Unlimited ballots won't help that much; in 2013 only 6.6 names were listed on the average ballot, they aren't using the space they have now.

Until some of the voters pull their heads out of their asses this isn't going to change.

posted by deflated at 08:27 PM on July 26

The Borders of Baseball

Grum, BC is still Blue Jays territory - far, far more Jays games on local TV and who is going to watch the Mariners if given the choice? It hurts...

posted by deflated at 04:18 PM on April 24

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I'd actually bet this is something stranger than we're imagining - as has been pointed out you don't need this sort of hardware for the obvious analysis.

The new Trackman-based playtracking system from MLBAM seems to be radar based; maybe someone is trying to process streaming data from multiple radar sources to determine how effective a pitcher is in real time - spin and plane of their curve, actual path of their fastball. Know if your starter has his stuff before you find out the hard way (or the opposite, maybe the other guy can't get his breaking ball working and its time to sit on the fastball).

posted by deflated at 11:04 PM on March 18

Cowboys Release DeMarcus Ware

Broncos with Ware are going to have an outstanding front 7. The cap pain will hit in a couple of years as Peyton and his $20M cap number ride off into retirement; they have some flexibility.

posted by deflated at 11:08 PM on March 12

Miller & Ott traded to St. Louis; Sabres get Halak and Stewart, prospect and two picks

It was best for the Sabres that they moved Miller but it was still sad to see. He was one of the guys like Iginla who really carried a team for years and you wish they could have enough success to finish as a one-team guy. Good luck to him, he was good for Buffalo.

posted by deflated at 01:34 AM on March 01

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Scientists and Celibate Rifles references? This really is the most discerning of sports discussion venues.

posted by deflated at 12:10 AM on January 15