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#2626333 Todd Ewen Dies

Posted by kipwinger on 22 September 2015 - 12:03 PM

Correlation certainly does not equal causation, nor does it imply responsibility for all cases of Parkinson's. Even considering causation as an option, stating that head trauma caused Parkinson's in specific cases does not imply that head trauma is the *only* cause or risk factor for Parkinson's. It is a neurodegenerative disorder that probably can be brought on by a number of causes and affected by numerous risk factors. One of which seems to be head trauma. Which, to me, seems perfectly plausible that neurological trauma could potentially lead to a neurodegenerative disease down the line.

Science is awesome.

*thumbs up*


Are you saying that there could be more than one factor which causes a particular disease? 


That's just crazy.  Everybody knows that degenerative diseases like cancer, Alzheimer's,  Parkinson's, or CTE have one cause, and one cause only. 


Which is why they're so easy to prevent.  Oh wait...

#2626325 Kane case headed to grand jury

Posted by kipwinger on 22 September 2015 - 11:34 AM

Imagine if you reported a physical assault, as in, a physical beating you received. 


Now imagine everyone assuming you're lying about it because earlier in the night you'd been seen drinking beer with the guy who later beat you.


Seem crazy?  That's because it is.  NOTHING that happened at the bar earlier in the night precludes Patrick Kane from having committed a crime after they went back to his house.  Nothing.


Attempts to explain way the seriousness of the allegation based on something that was happening hours earlier are completely nuts.  By that rationale a man couldn't rape his wife because she's probably agree to have sex with him at some point in the past. 

#2626318 Kane case headed to grand jury

Posted by kipwinger on 22 September 2015 - 11:01 AM


What?  I took the position that no one knows what the facts are, and our personal bias will in the meantime fill in the blanks as to what we 'think' happened.  That is called having an open mind before the actual trial starts where they present the facts. 


It seems that you have already assumed Kane is guilty, and that anything anyone says contrary is messed up to you.  That, my friend is your bias, and exactly what I am referring to.


Any more messed up than thinking that a woman who reported a crime is a money hungry liar (as quite a few around here have not so subtly insinuated)?


This woman has done NOTHING to have her character called into question.  She reported an alleged crime, and obeyed the directives of the legal system thereafter. 


What should she have done differently in order to be taken seriously? 


Not talked to the media...oh wait, she didn't. 

Reported the crime immediately...oh wait, she did. 

Refuse to settle the case out of court...Yep, did that too. 


Apparently, if you're a woman (and you want to be taken seriously when reporting a sexual crime), you better have never been drunk or horny in your life because god knows you can't be raped if you made out with a guy in a bar earlier in the night. 


This is shameful. What if you reported a stolen car and everyone assumed you were lying in order to defraud the insurance company?  Oh, that's right, it woudn't happen because nobody is insane enough to assume that kind of thing regularly occurs.  Unless you're a woman, and you report a rape...then you're obviously weaving a nefarious web of deceit. 

The most obnoxious thing about this is that nobody actually believe the b.s. they're spewing. 


If your daughter, or sister, or girlfriend, or wife, or mother reported an alleged sexual assualt, nobody here would think "well she was hitting on that guy at the bar, so I've got to consider the possibility that maybe she just wants his money". 


Nobody.  Would.  Think.  That. 

#2626229 Todd Ewen Dies

Posted by kipwinger on 21 September 2015 - 02:45 PM


I seem to remember hearing that Probert was a wild child when he first came into the league.  It's not like his other issues only developed in the 90's, after long-term head trauma.  


And it's not like contributing factors don't exacerbate those problems either. 


I'm not really sure why I'm debating this.  The link between substance abuse, depression, suicide, etc. and CTE has been proven demonstrably at this point.  It wasn't, however, proven back when guys like Probert were punching each other in the head to the delight of fans.  They absolutely had no idea the kinds of long term effects that those actions had, because nobody knew. 


If you want to think that they all knew what they were getting into, fine.  But I don't agree, and I don't think most researchers would either. 

#2626168 Red & White Game

Posted by kipwinger on 21 September 2015 - 11:58 AM

Dang, that AA, Bert, and Mantha line is on fire. 

#2626135 PK Subban - spot on Don Cherry impression

Posted by kipwinger on 21 September 2015 - 08:48 AM

This is an affront.  How dare he mock a legend?  Don Cherry is an institution.  A deluded, old, xenophobic, blowhard, institution. 

#2625996 Wings Release Training Camp Roster

Posted by kipwinger on 18 September 2015 - 05:37 PM

Wasn't he a healthy scratch for the first two games of the Tampa series?

#2625994 Islanders turn cold blooded on top prospect

Posted by kipwinger on 18 September 2015 - 05:33 PM

Hear that everybody?  His parents let him do it so it's all good.  Just a big misunderstanding. 
Good luck with that kid.
Jack Capuano totally seems like the kind of guy who's willing to tolerate back talk from an 18 year old.  Totally. 

#2625939 Wings Release Training Camp Roster

Posted by kipwinger on 18 September 2015 - 12:54 PM


What begins? Larkin being awesome, or Jimmy letting in goals? :lol:


A little from column A, a little from column B?

#2625933 Wings Release Training Camp Roster

Posted by kipwinger on 18 September 2015 - 12:30 PM

It's also not like Babs only did this with the defense.  Remember when he moved Filppula to the wing and wanted him to shoot more?  He lost one of his teams' better playmaking centers, and gained a below average winger (who still didn't shoot more). 


He'd have been better off putting Zetterberg on the wing (since he had no problem shooting) and letting Filppula center him (since he had no problem passing). 


Filppula still would have had all the extra assists that he ended up getting that year anyway, but you'd have gained a guy with proven 40 goal potential on the wing. 


Babs was infatuated with trying to jam square pegs in round holes. 

#2625932 Wings Release Training Camp Roster

Posted by kipwinger on 18 September 2015 - 12:22 PM

I think the argument is not that Babs doesn't like offensive defensemen (he seemed to like Lidstrom, Rafalski, Schneider, and Kronwall just fine).  But rather, that given the limitations of our blue line, it might have been better to play to the strengths of our defensemen (many of them are better offensively than defensively) rather than try to turn them into something they've never been. 


The opportunity cost of such a strategy is high.  When you play away from someone, or something's strengths, you limit its effectiveness exponentially.  Take Smith for example, he needs work.  Clearly.  But it would be easier to turn him into an effective point producer than to turn him into an effective shutdown guy.  So why ask him to do the latter?  In the best case scenario you only end up with an ok defender, rather than a pretty good puck mover. 


It would be like making Pulkkinen pass more if our offense wasn't very good.  Best case scenario you lose a good shooter to create and ok passer.  It's dumb.  


If you've got a bunch of under achieving guys with a particular skill set, you try to maximize the potential of that skill set.  Not move completely away from it. 


If Babs is such a brilliant strategist, he should have developed a strategy based on active, good skating, defensemen.  Since that's what he had a team full of.  Instead, he clipped their wings and tried to make them be good at something they'd never done (or been good at) in their entire careers.  Not surprisingly, they didn't respond well to it, and worse yet, it completely limited the offensive potential of the team overall. 

#2625923 Leafs acquire Grabner

Posted by kipwinger on 18 September 2015 - 11:40 AM


Maybe this is stretching, but if you're not from southern ontario you're basically garbage on all levels


Ironically, you'd be a perfectly decent garbage man.  Otherwise, you're worthless. 

#2625877 Kane case headed to grand jury

Posted by kipwinger on 18 September 2015 - 09:02 AM

The league isn't a court of law and doesn't have to play by the same rules.  Pretty much every Commissioner in every sport has discretionary authority to suspend players if they're accused of something which tarnishes the league's image, or has the potential to do so.  Which is why Roger Goodell could suspend Tom Brady and Ray Rice, even though neither of them were convicted of a crime. 


It's the job of a judge and jury to determine whether Kane committed a crime.  It's the job of Gary Bettman to determine whether or not Kane is a problem for the league, which he might be, regardless of his guilt. 

#2625874 Wings Release Training Camp Roster

Posted by kipwinger on 18 September 2015 - 08:57 AM

I should have said "unfortunately for him".  Since this basically ends his chances of getting a contract this season. 


I'm not worried about Helm.  He's a boss. 

#2625865 Leafs acquire Grabner

Posted by kipwinger on 18 September 2015 - 08:46 AM

Vinnik? That was a fun ride from start to finish.


Richard Vinnik, Daniel Panik, what's the difference?  The only thing that matters here is that SOME Maple Leaf is better than Jurco.  Because the Maple Leafs do it right, and the Wings don't.  Hence their respective levels of success throughout the years.