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  1. Trust The Process of Losing?
  2. Summary: The Summer Olympics (0.49%) have nearly double the percentage of reported doping cases as the Winter Olympics (0.28%). Athens 2004 was the most doped Olympics with 26 reported violations of anti-doping rules. Weightlifting is the most doped sport with 36 violations - 28.4% of all Olympic doping cases. Austria has the most doping violations in the Olympics (10) followed by Greece and Russia (tied for second with nine) and then the USA with eight. The four Olympic doping charts below were compiled from over 20 sources and provide a handy summary of doping in the Olympic Games from 1968-2010. The number of doping cases reported refers to the number of positive tests found by the International Olympic Committee and the WADA-accredited laboratory run by anti-doping scientists from multiple countries. Athletes who tested positive for banned substances prior to the Olympics and were not allowed to compete are not included in these numbers. For example, WADA President John Fahey announced that at least 107 athletes who play Summer Olympic sports were sanctioned for doping in the six months leading up to the London Olympics, making them ineligible to compete. Granted this information does not include the last two Olympics. Another interesting read: Well, yes and…not really. One the one hand, WADA-accredited labs processed an astounding 186,073 blood and urine samples in 2014, the most recent year for which figures are available. Slightly less than 1 percent of those came back with an “adverse” or “atypical” finding, jargon for a positive or suspicious result. That translates into a large number of positive tests—but contrast that figure with the 29 percent of athletes at a major international meet who, when promised anonymity by researchers, admitted to using PEDs. Clearly, plenty of cheaters are getting away with it. One reason is that the dopers remain about five to 10 years ahead of the testers. Consider the example of recombinant erythropoietin, or EPO, a potent hormone that boosts red blood cell count (and, thus, aerobic endurance). The drug had been in use for more than a decade before a reliable test was introduced in 2000, at the Sydney Olympics. Yet tests, clearly, have not stopped its use. In 2014 57 athletes tested positive for EPO, according to WADA. Anecdotal evidence, however, suggests it may be far more pervasive; because the drug only remains in the athlete’s system for a matter of hours, low doses are very difficult to detect.
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    E was always one of those frustrating players because he never seemed to improve. He is what he is, which is at best a 3/4 guy on a good day, and a 5/6 guy the rest of the time. Coupled with his poor positioning and the lack of him using his body despite his size, it made me want to scream at him sometimes. I get not being a fighter, but with his size, just a bit of correct positioning would make him worth the contract. Then, we gave him that fat contract (not his fault), but he never made the leap to justify that pay. I was never a big fan of Abby, but thought his was a decent filler in the bottom lines. Then we go out and give him that fat deal and it leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Does anyone think that his style of play would last as a productive level until he is 36?
  4. Well at least it didn't happen in the playoffs
  5. Larkin getting a bit annoyed
  6. I want to win and beat them down. Sucks about Mantha I get right off work and rush home (being in FL) and I get to see the game and miss the good stuff and get all the bad!
  7. We won, but their goalie is down. Jeez, they were saying head/neck, I thought it was knee. Far scarier. Stretcher out. Hope he is okay!
  8. I jump through all these hoops to watch the last few minutes and then they frickin score
  9. Well at least we have one functioning line!
  10. Any hope next year we will be able to either poke check, or body check on D? Tired of the awkward lunging and whiffs.
  11. PK period..... TATAR with the rebound! I wonder if I can finish with more posts than Sheahan's shots this year.
  12. Was watching at bar, just got home. Feels good. If things go sour, the beer is cheaper here.
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    2/18 GDT - Capitals at Red Wings - 2:00 PM EST

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOO! TY Zetterberg! Someone has to tell AA that no one is faked out by him going at warp speed. VICTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    2/18 GDT - Capitals at Red Wings - 2:00 PM EST

    No call? Did he just fall?
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    2/18 GDT - Capitals at Red Wings - 2:00 PM EST

    I know we were on our heels with the PK time this period. I really hope we come out looking good in OT. We were moving it around earlier so well and actually looked like a decent squad.
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    2/18 GDT - Capitals at Red Wings - 2:00 PM EST

    Jeez......even the fight was sad.
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    2/18 GDT - Capitals at Red Wings - 2:00 PM EST

    Well...that's what I get for saying anything. edit: Yeah, I've been here for a long time. Usually I read the game day as I watch the game, and by the time I have something to contribute 3-4 others have already said it, and in a better way than I could have.
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    2/18 GDT - Capitals at Red Wings - 2:00 PM EST

    What a save! 3rd period all PK time. Figured I'd add something to the thread instead of lurk. Considering how slow it is these days.
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    Glendening signs 4-year, $1.8m AAV extension

    I'm dumbfounded. I like him, but that is a stuppppid contract. We tripled his pay? For four years?!?!? Jesus. If we really felt he needed a new one, why not 1.1 million, for 2 years? I don't get the money or the years. The Red Wings love guys with "intangibles", and apparently we are just going to load up on those guys and ignore the little thing called the "scoreboard". For the record I LIKE Luke too.
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    ECQF Game 4 Post-GTD: Tampa Bay 3, at Red Wings 2

    Very little checking, very little intensity. I don't get it. We didn't set the tone, we did the typical passive Red Wings game plan, "don't make any mistakes, wait for them to" the problem is we don't capitalize. We should be slinging the puck constantly at their net and crashing it. Go for scoring 5, not for winning 2-1. We don't win those games.
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    ECQF Game 4 GDT : Tampa Bay Lightning at Red Wings, 7:00 EST

    I want to know how that minor hook took his legs out from under him. Ridiculous. On a positive note, Kronwall was off the ice for two minutes.
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    ECQF Game 4 GDT : Tampa Bay Lightning at Red Wings, 7:00 EST

    Of course the only guy with a letter on the front of his jersey I want back next year, is going to Russia. Kronwall was pathetic in front of the net there. Not just slow skating, doesn't hit, but good grief how do you let that pass through the middle? Team needs to get it together.
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    ECQF Game 3 Post-GDT: at Red Wings 2, Tampa Bay 0

    Pretty much all the changes I wished for happened other than Mantha being up. I really want our guys to be ready next game, but there is a line of keeping emotions in check and not getting bullied. Smart this evening, but at the end there we should have kicked their you know what for going after Z at the end. Refs aren't going to protect us, and that pathetic point where Abby wasn't trying to fight and the ref was shrugging him off was a joke. I'd really like some protection there at the end for the guys. Abby being expected to fight everyone is ridiculous. Kronwall was beyond pathetic getting over there to help. Just tie someone up there! Smith seems like he will assist in that regard, and I hope some of other guys will step up when the heat is on. Nyquist needs to learn from Dats how to throw his weight around. He had a good game, and I appreciate the checking...ahem, attempts, but he needs some work on that.
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    ECQF Game 3 GDT : Tampa Bay Lightning at Red Wings, 7:00 EST

    Yeah, stuck with Tampa announcers. I'm LOLing, how they are saying Larkin spun Bishop around. How does Bishop get his glove side in front of Larkin while 5 feet out there lol? WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
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    ECQF Game 2 Post-GDT: at Tampa Bay 5, Red Wings 2

    After yesterday: Frustrated on a lot of levels. All the veterans keep talking about "controlling our emotions". The only real emotional penalty I saw that mattered was the Abby one where he got squeezed into boards and retaliated. The vets and Blashill are sitting in the living room having dinner while the house burns, and keep telling everyone else, "sit down, don't worry, the fire department will put it out". We need some fire. Dats is the only veteran who is useful. He still has the skills, he still has the fire, and he is the only one who puts a decent hit on them. Kronwall is useless. Z is useless. E is useless and won't throw his size around. Tampa will try to goon it up in game 3, we better bring some size. The team is too passive. They should be trying to score every possession and never sit back. They can't. The D gets picked apart. I'd rather try to score 5 than try to win 2-1. We aren't going to be able to. Mantha needs to be up. Smith needs to be up. This team needs to be balls to the wall. This passiveness reminds me of the Pistons when it all fell apart. They thought they could flip the switch, and they would wait all game for it, and then it would be too little too late. Howard was out of position far too much. Too many times he was saved by a dman or them missing the net. Need a goalie change the rest of the series.