This was another one I started as a potential last game of the season had we missed the playoffs. It was going to be a Last Western Supper theme.
Haha, that was outstanding! I'm upset you didn't get to post that GDT... but I understand you didn't get to do your GDT that day. I'm expecting an over-the-top one for game 7 if we're lucky enough to get there! come on boys!!
That Avengers one would be tough to top, Its hard to come up with themes that have enough characters to do rosters.
Probably not for a few more years. He'll get the call-up in case of injury but they won't have him sitting on the bench when he can be starting tons of games for what should be a very very good farm club.
My issue is this: In recent years in all sports the head seems to have become fair game, there have been a lot studies that show such hits can cause permanent damage, even if there is little or no symptom presentation at the time of the injury. The head MUST be made off-limits, and even accidental contact should be punished to keep borderline plays out of the game. A player should do the mental calculus before a hit to make sure there is no way they hit the head, and Abdelkader could have gone an inch lower to make sure his hit was perfectly shoulder to shoulder. He didn't, he sacrificed safety trying to make a big play, even though its clear it wasn't his intent to hit the head. And that's the exact issue I have, if it comes between making a huge play and jeopardizing someone else, everyone should be trained from a young age to let up and adjust point of contact. He didn't and the Wings are suffering now because of it.
PS if you look at most head shot threads on this forum I say the same thing as I am now, I will not be a hypocrite because its a Wings player involved.
I don't think you're a hypocrite at all, although you did imply I was one when you called me a homer and said my opinion would be different if it were a Wing.
We just have a difference of opinion when it comes to head shots. I can see your point as far as the lasting damage caused by them, but these guys are making millions of dollars to play an extremely rough sport and they all know the risks. I also don't know how a player can do "mental calculus" as you put it in a split second taking into account the improbable movement of his target. Some of the onus is on the person being hit to take the hit to the body and to not put his head in danger with his own movements.
I think there are ways to minimize the damage caused by hits while still allowing the game to maintain a physical edge. A good start would be to get rid of the hard plastic in shoulder and elbow pads.