BTW, did anyone else think this thread would be about dating advice?
Meh - after nearly 10 years of marriage, and 3 kids I'm officially in the lobotomized category.
I definitely have noticed that. On the one hand we never make any of the s***ty trades we're rumored to be making, on the other hand we never make any good ones either. The closest we ever get is "the Red Wings are taking to GM whomever but nothing is imminent". At least this level of ambiguity allows me to dream of something better than lame-ass Ales Hemsky.
In Hemsky's defense - he's on 'lame-ass' Edmonton.
Now - with all that said...He could possibly flourish in Detroit, but then again I thought the same about Weiss, and Alfredsson.
Come on guys. It was a really good game. They aren't going to win many games with this lineup. It's just not going to happen. It sucks, but it's not nearly as frustrating (to me anyway) as when they should play better and they fail miserably. Honestly, they should have played worse or the score should definitely have been worse. The team the Rangers iced was better that the players Detroit has available.
So far this season seems to be either they lose because of piss poor effort (see our loss to the Isles a few weeks ago), or they lose because they're simply out matched.
IMHO the rise of the NHL has less to do with Bettman, and more with the quality of the game we see today; NHL players getting noticed (and seeing what great guys, and remarkable atheletes they are); strong Canadian $ along with franchise stability in Canada; and most of all - many are beginning to realize what a joke the NBA really is - from Bettman's pal aka the NBA commish David Stern down to the players themselves (really - the average 'baller' IMHO is a total d-bag).
Even though we didn't get what we wanted on HBO's 24/7 - we got a glimpse at how much tougher hockey players are when compared to their pro sport counterparts...How many NBA/MLB/English Premier League players would return to action after losing 10 teeth, or taking 18 stitches in the elbow?
With the Winter Olympics right around the corner - I'm hoping it's another USA/Canada vying for the gold medal...The NHL is prime to overtake the NBA is so many different ways; just too bad that most media outlets (in particular ESPN) have their heads so far up their rectums that they're still too busy sniffing Michael Jordan's jock strap, and dreaming a dellusional dream of how 'exciting' NBA basketball is...A big knock that remains against the NHL is that it doesn't help having franchises in less than optimal markets <cough>Phoenix<cough>.
You’re saying that the Leafs players are “cooler” and more “hip” than Wings players?
Yes. The Leafs came off differently because Phanuef, Lupul, and Kadri are all members of Radiohead. It had absolutely nothing to do with editing.
Kadri’s getting his car with Jai Paul’s super-slick “BTSTU” song playing in the background (even though Kadri probably hasn’t even heard of Jai Paul) vs Helm, Smith, Dekeyser, and Abby eating ribs and fish tacos?
Or how about Phanuef, selecting his suit and bow tie to epic synth M83-style music? Howf****** funny is that? Knowing Dion is part cave-man.
That’s all HBO image-crafting and editing. It has way more to do with their idea of presentation than it does with The Leafs players being hip vs the Wings being boring.
I agree that we're at the mercy of HBO's editing dept as to what we as fans see - however if there was anything remotely 'interesting' - wouldn't HBO want us to see it?