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#81 Dabura

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 01:22 PM

Players have already decided, that they don't want their families, girlfriends there that speaks volume to the amount of fear they and a lot of fans are having.

 

I dunno that it shows they're trembling with fear, just, well..."Honey? You and the kids might die. So you should probably stay home." From a you-don't-want-your-family-to-die perspective, it's a no-brainer. And, less nobly, you'd rather not have concerns about your family's safety in the back (or front) of your mind while competing for Olympic Gold. And, honestly, families can be kind of annoying.


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Posted 30 January 2014 - 02:09 PM

Our Swedes are more in danger from having to play 5 games in 3 days than they are from terrorists.


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Posted 30 January 2014 - 06:22 PM

Honestly, I think that you have to be in their shoes to make the decision.

How many of you would bungee jump?  Work graveyards in a convenience store alone?  Go camping in Yellowstone? 

 

No way would I bungee jump (don't like heights) or camp where there may be bears and/or snakes.  OTOH, I've worked graves in a c-store for years.  Every time one gets robbed, people come in and ask me if I'm afraid.  I don't understand what there is to worry about.  If it's gonna happen, it's gonna happen, and the odds are pretty slim.

 

Of course, you could say the same about bungee jumping, camping with bears, dancing with wolves, flying in an airplane, driving a car, or playing hockey in Russia, but each of us has the place where we draw the line.  We have our own risk/reward ratio.

 

If I was chosen as an Olympian, I'd be on the plane, but that's just me.  I can understand and respect the decisions of those who think that the risk is too great, but I'd go.  Unless I was on a plane with a bungee jumping bear.  Gotta draw the line somewhere.


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Posted 31 January 2014 - 06:23 AM

I really think it depends on each individual personally I would not go, heck I wouldn't even want to visit Russia with all the shadyness going on there. Is bungee jumping dangerous ? For sure but I'd rather do something like that, instead of going into such a dangerous unpredictable situation like Sochi.

 

At the end of the day, hockey is the biggest event of the winter olympics which means the biggest target also :(


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Posted 31 January 2014 - 12:53 PM

I've read the five pages of the thread to find that playing in the Sochi Olympics is pretty much the same as working night shift in a convenience store.

If you play in Sochi you have to drive the car, fly in the airplane and stay in Russia for an extended period, so that's like a triple-threat.

I mean, you've seen those nasty multiple car pileups on the Interstate and you know not everyone can fly Qantas. Airplanes are also typically ripe for picking up flu's like the H1N1, which in some instances can be fatal. Also, don't forget that in Russia if a chicken crows at you three times before noon, the death of a close family member can be expected within a fortnight, a woman with empty water buckets coming towards you is considered a bad omen ... and they love Herring, mayo and pickle sandwiches.

Go at your own risk NHL players, but you'll likely end up dead before you arrive.

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 01:19 PM

You are more likely to die from getting hit by someone texting and driving or some drunk than in some incident at the Olympics.  I'd be a lot more worried about flying on those Russian airplanes. 

 

The media like to exaggerate to sell copies and get clicks.  Don't forget that.  Every Olympics has threats and concerns surrounding it.  Funny how you didn't hear North American media outlets going on and on incessantly about possible threats in Vancouver when they hosted, even though there were MANY.  But big, bad, evil Russia hosts, and it is nothing but scare stories on the "news".  (I expected as much, being that "the west" hates Russia)

 

Not to mention that the NHL never wanted their product (ie: the players) to go to Sochi in the first place in case they got injured, so it is no surprise that they would jump on any excuse they could to try to get the players to stay home.



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Posted 31 January 2014 - 01:23 PM

The real reason Uncle Gary doesn't like shutting down, allowing players to participate in the Olympics: the League makes squadoosh.


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Posted 02 February 2014 - 05:01 AM

You are more likely to die from getting hit by someone texting and driving or some drunk than in some incident at the Olympics.  I'd be a lot more worried about flying on those Russian airplanes. 
 
The media like to exaggerate to sell copies and get clicks.  Don't forget that.  Every Olympics has threats and concerns surrounding it.  Funny how you didn't hear North American media outlets going on and on incessantly about possible threats in Vancouver when they hosted, even though there were MANY.  But big, bad, evil Russia hosts, and it is nothing but scare stories on the "news".  (I expected as much, being that "the west" hates Russia)
 
Not to mention that the NHL never wanted their product (ie: the players) to go to Sochi in the first place in case they got injured, so it is no surprise that they would jump on any excuse they could to try to get the players to stay home.

Little known fact: Well over 99% of drunk drivers drive without incident everyday (about 99.7%). Not trying to be offensive, just trying to be right.

 

 
The media like to exaggerate to sell copies and get clicks.  Don't forget that.  Every Olympics has threats and concerns surrounding it.  Funny how you didn't hear North American media outlets going on and on incessantly about possible threats in Vancouver when they hosted, even though there were MANY.  But big, bad, evil Russia hosts, and it is nothing but scare stories on the "news".  (I expected as much, being that "the west" hates Russia)
 
Not to mention that the NHL never wanted their product (ie: the players) to go to Sochi in the first place in case they got injured, so it is no surprise that they would jump on any excuse they could to try to get the players to stay home.



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Posted 02 February 2014 - 05:23 AM

The real reason Uncle Gary doesn't like shutting down, allowing players to participate in the Olympics: the League makes squadoosh.

 

Exactly even if it would be very dangerous if the NHL could at least make one buck they'd be forcing the players to go, thanks god the NHLPA would have had something to say about it.

 

My point hasn't changed, personally if I were a player I would not go.


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Posted 02 February 2014 - 08:25 AM

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Posted 02 February 2014 - 12:28 PM

Hey Numbers, how many people have died in terror attacks at the Olympics versus people who have died in drunk driving incidents worldwide? 

 

I agree that most people that drive drunk don't get into accidents.  That also has absolutely zero to do with what I said.  Which was that you have a MUCH greater likelihood of getting hit by a drunk driver than you do dying in some attack at the Olympics.

 

Do you disagree?



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Posted 02 February 2014 - 01:08 PM

Little known fact: Well over 99% of drunk drivers drive without incident everyday (about 99.7%). Not trying to be offensive, just trying to be right.


Do you have a link to that survey? That would be an interesting read.

For some reason I just can't imagine every drunk driver reporting into some research team somewhere. The control groups must have been something else.

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Posted 02 February 2014 - 02:38 PM

Hey Numbers, how many people have died in terror attacks at the Olympics versus people who have died in drunk driving incidents worldwide? 
 
I agree that most people that drive drunk don't get into accidents.  That also has absolutely zero to do with what I said.  Which was that you have a MUCH greater likelihood of getting hit by a drunk driver than you do dying in some attack at the Olympics.
 
Do you disagree?


Just saying both are very unlikely

Do you have a link to that survey? That would be an interesting read.

For some reason I just can't imagine every drunk driver reporting into some research team somewhere. The control groups must have been something else.


Ran the numbers MADD puts out a few years ago. Just go to their site. They conveniently don't run the numbers for u.

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Posted 03 February 2014 - 07:31 PM

Dont know. These guys look ready to play for their country regardless.

 

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 08:14 PM

Foreign media are sending back photos of some of the rather odd things they've seen at Sochi, regarding the accommodations for the guest athletes. I haven't seen things this funny since the "glory days" of reading National Lampoon.


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Posted 04 February 2014 - 08:35 PM

Foreign media are sending back photos of some of the rather odd things they've seen at Sochi, regarding the accommodations for the guest athletes. I haven't seen things this funny since the "glory days" of reading National Lampoon.

 

Some of my faves:

 

Canada's men's hockey accommodations

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And...

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Nothing like some good quality bonding time on the s***ter...


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Posted 04 February 2014 - 08:41 PM

I read something on bleacher report where you can't flush toilet paper, theres no heat, the waters not suitable for your face and is yellow If its working at all, and they're killing hundreds of wild dogs.
Ha.
It seems like a third world country.

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 10:43 PM

I read something on bleacher report where you can't flush toilet paper, theres no heat, the waters not suitable for your face and is yellow If its working at all, and they're killing hundreds of wild dogs.
Ha.
It seems like a third world country.

 

 

Some of my faves:

 

Canada's men's hockey accommodations

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You guys do remember that in Lake Placid 1980 Olympics, the Olympic village was in a prison, right?



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Posted 04 February 2014 - 10:57 PM

I read something on bleacher report where you can't flush toilet paper, theres no heat, the waters not suitable for your face and is yellow If its working at all, and they're killing hundreds of wild dogs.
Ha.
It seems like a third world country.


The ioc should be ashamed and held responsible for that disaster.

Instead of talking about the prejoy, we have to read things from Muslims planning attacks, dogs getting killed, people there losing homes and of course bad quality of life.

Worst Olympic decision ever made be proud you ioc f***ers

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 11:23 PM

 
You guys do remember that in Lake Placid 1980 Olympics, the Olympic village was in a prison, right?


At least prisons are secure, and theres potable water.
Plus that was 34 yrs ago, the standard of living for the average person has risen dramatically since then, not to mention that of a professional/Olympic athlete.





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