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#2484622 Official 2014 Olympic Hockey Thread (Admin warning #316)

Posted by kipwinger on 17 February 2014 - 02:08 AM

Here's two things, 1) That interference on Crosby was an interference, and that's coming from an American; 2) What makes Team USA exciting is Team USA...this year, how we're playing.  I don't blame Canadian fans for drawing on their rich history, why wouldn't you?  But, objectively looking at both teams, ours has played better.  That's why we're excited.  It always rings a bit untrue when I hear "we'll win because we've always been good" vs. "We'll win because we're playing good right now".  It's just a different perspective, and I'm not foolish enough to think that most Americans wouldn't be acting the exact same way if we had the history Canada has.  We don't, which is why we rely on how our team is currently playing...and currently we've playing VERY well against better teams than Canada has played.




#2484598 Official 2014 Olympic Hockey Thread (Admin warning #316)

Posted by kipwinger on 16 February 2014 - 07:59 PM

Right, cause that worked out so well the last time...

 

Well here's hoping this time around they award the gold based on past achievement.  If not, this time next week you boys will be watching curling, waving your little Canadian flags, and endlessly repeating "four years ago we were the best in the world". 




#2484580 Official 2014 Olympic Hockey Thread (Admin warning #316)

Posted by kipwinger on 16 February 2014 - 04:11 PM

One of my favorite things about the Olympics is how all the NHL animosities you build up for players, and all the free rides you give players in the NHL, go right out the window.  Which is why Ryan Kesler can be totally rehabilitated in the minds of American fans for blocking a shot, while half of Canada's forward can go from being superstars to bums in a close game.  Everything is topsy turvy. 




#2484561 Official 2014 Olympic Hockey Thread (Admin warning #316)

Posted by kipwinger on 16 February 2014 - 03:01 PM

I doubt Russia and US will be dumping it in without a forecheck and lining up at the blue line. Playing a team that tries to score goals will be a nice change for our forwards

 

Yeah, maybe the mentality will rub off on them.




#2484556 Official 2014 Olympic Hockey Thread (Admin warning #316)

Posted by kipwinger on 16 February 2014 - 02:45 PM

No they're just bad at Defense I think they're both capable. I wouldn't count on getting 6 power plays in the medal rounds. Half our forwards could still finish the tournament without really getting it going and we'd still win gold just like last time

 

I wouldn't count on playing teams who's best defenseman is Sami Salo in the Medal rounds either, so maybe you should worry about your own team.  They can't seem to skate, score, or play up to their potential and you're talking smack about Team USA?  Haha, good try.  Also, have fun against Russia.  You'll see how little they play defense in a few days.  By that time most of Team Canada should juuuuuuust about be catching their breath.

 

It might not be today, or tomorrow, or this week, but sooner or later you're going to realize that this ain't Vancouver, and the big ice is doing your boys no favors.




#2484549 Official 2014 Olympic Hockey Thread (Admin warning #316)

Posted by kipwinger on 16 February 2014 - 02:33 PM

USA had a more interesting game because they're better I guess? Had nothing to do with the 11 penalties called between too bad defensive teams

 

I didn't realize that Norway, Austria, and Finland were such defensive stalwarts.  Smells like sour grapes to me.


Kessel and Kane would be cherry picking so Canada wouldn't have to skate through 5 guys at the blue line

 

You mean like that time against Russia when Phil Kessel lifted Kovalchuk's stick and saved a goal.  Yeah, that guy never plays defense.  What other lame ass cliches do you want to repeat?




#2484531 Official 2014 Olympic Hockey Thread (Admin warning #316)

Posted by kipwinger on 16 February 2014 - 02:19 PM

Well they won.  I think that's about all the positives you could take from that game. 




#2484515 Official 2014 Olympic Hockey Thread (Admin warning #316)

Posted by kipwinger on 16 February 2014 - 02:00 PM

Man, at least your boys are playing with intensity.  I may fall asleep.


Half the team plays centre.  Load up a skill line.

 

Like I said early on, they look like they're skating in glue.




#2484440 Official 2014 Olympic Hockey Thread (Admin warning #316)

Posted by kipwinger on 16 February 2014 - 12:28 PM

Crosby went down pretty easy there.

 

Selanne agrees.




#2484409 Official 2014 Olympic Hockey Thread (Admin warning #316)

Posted by kipwinger on 16 February 2014 - 10:54 AM

THAT'S WHY WE SHOULD HAVE SIGNED TATAR INSTEAD OF FRANZEN WHO IS LAZY AND SUCKS

GET IT TOGETHER KENNY

WON'T SOMEONE PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN

Olympic hockey is the boobs. I'm thoroughly enjoying myself!

 

I was seriously just thinking the same thing.  I'm having a lot of fun watching these games.  And while I'll be crushed if the USA doesn't bring home the gold, the good thing is that I'll still not feel as terrible as I did at the end of the 2009 playoffs...so there's really no downside.




#2484403 10 ton elephant in the room.

Posted by kipwinger on 16 February 2014 - 10:23 AM

Franzen scores 27 or 28 goals and 60 points a year. Vanek has been at 30 and 70 on average the last few years. Please explain why Franzen is a bum at a $4 mil cap hit but Vanek is worth the monster contract he's going to want.

 

Dude, you're barking up the wrong tree.  Fact is, the Franzen hate around here makes no sense and never will.  Somewhere along the line Franzen got a certain reputation and people ran with it.  Now they spend all their time trying to justify this hate post hoc with a variety of silly reasons. 

 

Franzen's a floater (he isn't, you don't score as often as he does by not playing),

Franzen's streaky (he isn't, or at least not more so than Zetterberg who typically has longer scoring droughts than Franzen),

Franzen doesn't play defense (he does, in fact he's so responsible Babs has been using him on the PK),

Franzen's contract will be horrible when he's 40 (maybe, but so will every other back diving contract like his.  What makes him different?)

Franzen's injury prone (he isn't, at least no more so than Dats and Zetterberg and far less so than Kronwall)

 

Now, here's the funny part.  People say all these things about Franzen, and then when he's playing and scoring and making a difference (which is nearly every game) you say "I thought Franzen was a bum" and they'll reply "Well he isn't a bum NOW, because he's trying".  Soooooo stupid.




#2484396 Official 2014 Olympic Hockey Thread (Admin warning #316)

Posted by kipwinger on 16 February 2014 - 09:58 AM

Well too bad for the Slavaks, but they played a heck of a game nonetheless.




#2484375 Official 2014 Olympic Hockey Thread (Admin warning #316)

Posted by kipwinger on 16 February 2014 - 09:09 AM

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I'm starting to suspect that there's no love lost between the Eastern European teams and Russia.  It's almost like they've got a history or something.




#2484372 Official 2014 Olympic Hockey Thread (Admin warning #316)

Posted by kipwinger on 16 February 2014 - 09:00 AM

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This picture rules so much.  It would only be better if there were a wolf howling at the moon in the background. 


Check out ESPN's live cast of the Russia v Slovakia game.  THEY THINK IT'S BASKETBALL!!

 

http://scores.espn.g...ast?gameId=1188

 

They wish it was basketball.  At least then they'd be able to talk about it.  Not talk about it intelligently, but talk about it nevertheless.  I can almost hear it now, Steven A. Smith and Skip Bayless arguing up a blue streak about whether or not Jimmy Howard or Jan Mursak is the next Michael Jordan.  Cutting edge sports journalism at it's finest eh boys?




#2484315 Trade deadline fast approaching - who should we target?

Posted by kipwinger on 15 February 2014 - 08:43 PM

 

Or we could just play Brendan on the wing and refer to him as "Reilly."

 

BABCOCK: Hey, that puck's gotta go deep, Reilly!

B. SMITH: I'm not my brother!

BABCOCK: I've noticed!

 

This is your best post.  Your all time best post.