As far as my Twitter goes (@GJHeidler... give me a follow!), I'm a... "Writer, Part-time Actor, Detroit Red Wings and Michigan sports fan, Middle-Distance Runner, Dr Pepper Drinker..." which I think sums me up pretty well. A Film and Creative Writing graduate, I'm trying new things to help the rest of my life go to plan, constantly writing and striving to make it fruitful. I blog, mainly about things I find funny, or inspiring, or really things that tick me off a bit, and I hope you could all find something enjoyable in my words. Bit-part actor who loves taking on a bit of background work in my free time (go spot me in Captain America.... if indeed you can). I stay up to watch my Red Wings most nights that I can, which makes for a lot of tired eyes over this side of the Atlantic.
Yeah it's soccer, but that sums it up for me. You do fall in love with teams, often through no fault of your own - you're taken by a parent or (in my case) you stay up as an 11 year old and watch hockey at gone-midnight on some low-budget UK tv channel. And it's often for no apparent reason. You don't really say "oh I like their uniform so I'll support them", it just seems to happen. But in all facets of love you can be disappointed. Some people react differently - some shout, some try to ignore and move on, some lose hope. Personally, I'm English, but cannot support English football. For a long while I stopped supporting English rugby for the same reason - I'd lost touch. I couldn't associate with they way they were going about the game and I felt disillusioned. The same may yet happen with the Red Wings.
But the main thing is, as in love, I won't move on to another team just because "I like [sport x]". If my partner disappointed me I wouldn't shout and then go out with their friend the next day. I'd be annoyed but eventually I'd get over it.
Who knows, if it was Boston or New Jersey that was being shown on tv when I was a kid maybe I'd be over on their boards. But then I'd probably be crying and shouting.
It's probably LESS to do with advertising than people think (i.e. not the first step in a process that leads to sponsors on the back of jerseys), but more to do with brand presentation. *Note - Tried to find a promo/press pic of Ovie but they were all of him in game* However in all these sorts of photoshoot pics, what's the one thing you notice about the player in questions jersey? If you, as an organisation, are trying to sell your brand then the last thing you want is your marquee player, the face of your franchise, obscuring part of their jersey (in this case, their number) when he is on TV or going to be snapped for the net or the papers. All arranged photos seem to have players with untucked jerseys it seems.
Not surprising this seemed to come at the request of GMs.
Unfortunately, we don't have much of a striker. Chelsea fans will understand.
I don't know much about formations but if I'm looking at that right, Helm/Flip are defensive mids, Dats line are attacking mids, right? And I'm guessing the striker position doesn't do as much work as everyone else except trying to score goals?
Soccer (4-2-3-1 formation)
White - Ericsson - Dekeyser - Kronwall
Helm - Filppula
Brunner - Datsyuk - Zetterberg
It still amazes me how much North Americans are getting into football/soccer. It's nice to see from a British perspective Now if only you could do the same with rugby!
I like that team as well, although would like E in the defensive midfield slot for his occasional long ball peaches.
Heck no, I love meat. I'm actually thinking about getting a burger for lunch.
This obviously goes deeper than polar bears. If Henrik Zetterberg killed an endangered seal with a harpoon in Sweden, I'd be more willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, because I didn't start with the assumption that Zetterberg is a POS.
It was just tough for me to accept that we needed to pay a premium for a 29-year old hack would was a healthy scratch for a team that cleaned our clocks in April, yet can barely get to the cap floor in salaries. I think part of their success was DUE to the fact that guys like Tootoo weren't running guys in the corner for no reason.
So you basically admit that this topic is irrelevant? Insomuch as it's based entirely on your prejudice against a man that you simply don't like? You'd give Z the benefit of the doubt for much the same offense because he's not, as you put it, a POS... a man fiercely proud of his heritage which is slowly dying out, who is employed to play a role and has the added baggage of the hassle that comes with it, namely people saying he's a POS when they don't know him. I say let him play and then criticise dude.
Please oh please can the lockout end so that we can get back to hockey so that I don't have to hear about Jordin Tootoo's bear hunting desires?
Yeah, we really need to get playing again... getting way too political on here these days
This sucks. Was a horrible incident though and I guess taking a puck to the head is always going to take longer to recover from that a hit to the head. I think saving graces are that we're pretty flush on offense at the moment and a lockout could give him more time to recover but boy I want to see Eaves skating again soon.
Messier or Shanny are good shouts. Don't think Shanny would be offered it though, just something about him doesn't seem to fit as commish to me but Messier is pretty much perfect for it. As ogreslayer said though, it'll be that dude in the suit...
This is brought up a lot when it comes to replacing old Bettman. Being commissioner entails more than ust giving awkward stuttering interviews and handing over the cup to a new team each summer. It's a high demand position requiring an educational background in law and labor relations. I don't think any former player except maybe Ken Dryden could make a crack at it.
Thing is it only has to involve law and labour relations in terms of hockey. Any career player and coach/gm/league official could do it as they've lived it. Plus there will be advisors for that stuff. I think it'll be good to have a commish who can provide a much needed link between hockey talent (players, coaches, etc), and hockey businessmen. Think how much smoother negotiations with the NHLPA would be if a former player was commish?