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#2611405 WCF : (3) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (1) Anaheim Ducks

Posted by Mckinley25 on 29 May 2015 - 01:11 PM

I'm rooting for Chicago.  They're more fun to watch, and I hate the idea of the Stanley Cup going back to California.  Seriously, think about that for a second.  It's not too dissimilar from the penguins at the San Diego zoo.  Just leave them where they belong. 

I agree on the Penguins, but I just want the Cup wherever it's been the least recently. (Outside of Detroit obviously, it can be there every year.).

Ideally I'd like to see a cup final with two teams that have never won. Winning the cup is fun for a fan, I'd like to see fans get that experience that never have had it if the Wings can't win.

#2611018 WCF : (3) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (1) Anaheim Ducks

Posted by Mckinley25 on 28 May 2015 - 11:24 AM

For me it just comes down to not wanting a team to have success that rivals the Wings stretch of success. Because it's sports, and it can be emotional, so Go Ducks! Then go rangers!

#2610017 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by Mckinley25 on 25 May 2015 - 08:13 AM

Why do I torture myself to live here :)

You must be naive.

#2609886 Z and Emma expecting

Posted by Mckinley25 on 23 May 2015 - 04:03 PM

I knew he didnt have any kids, which is why it was weird.

He was speaking of me, I am his son, but only figuratively.

#2609808 Z and Emma expecting

Posted by Mckinley25 on 22 May 2015 - 09:57 PM

Hank and Emma had sex. I'm not sure which one I'm more jealous of...

#2609787 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by Mckinley25 on 22 May 2015 - 06:39 PM

Because they are in our division. And I don't want anyone else in our division to win...ever.

Plus they have more cups than us, and that needs to be rectified.

#2609708 Slava Fetisov: Giant Hypocrite.

Posted by Mckinley25 on 22 May 2015 - 01:06 PM

The obnoxious thing about it is that it won't make Russian professional hockey more viable. It won't do anything he's hoping it will do.  It will just make Russian hockey crappy because nobody who's playing it will give a damn.  And anybody who gives a damn will turn their efforts toward activities that aren't subject to repression. 
How do I know?  Because it already happened with Russian sports.  And industry.  And art.  And everything else.  Forcing people to do something stifles motivation, creativity, passion, hard work, and effort.  It NEVER increases them.  Ask Slava, it's exactly how he felt in 1989.

Though with art and creativity, some of the best stuff was the result of oppression. Just take a look at the films from Eastern Europe that were banned in the 50's, 60's and 70's, the most brilliant art ever committed to celluloid. It's a terrible reason to oppress, obviously and I'm disappointed in Fetisov. It's going to be a monumental task to create a culture shift in Russia, the roots are so deep.

If you're going to ban guys from coming to the NHL, what are you going to do when they defect?  Or refuse to play for the national team?  Are you going to have travel bans?  Are you going to beat them?  Are you going to threaten their families? 

If they could get away with it they would, that ideology is only a short stroll from the one Fetisov is supporting.

#2609562 Nicklas Lidstrom co-authors scientific paper in Sweden

Posted by Mckinley25 on 21 May 2015 - 07:40 PM

Blech.  I feel like the focus on statistics and fancy stats is ruining sports for me.  It's turning away from a competition of will, luck, opportunity and whatnot and turning into a predictable pseudo-science.

If it's predictable it's hardly a pseudo-science, that's actually one of the staples of real science.

#2609219 Datsyuk's House

Posted by Mckinley25 on 20 May 2015 - 07:47 PM

You don't need to tell me.  I can tell you a Moscow, break-in, apartment story you'd never believe.  

Did you break into Putin's mother's apartment again and swap out all her photos with pictures of MacGratton?

#2609069 Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

Posted by Mckinley25 on 20 May 2015 - 02:20 PM

I'd thought we get a thread going for any potential rumors
Pete Wallner @petewallner  ·  27m 27 minutes ago

#RedWings AGM Ryan Martin confirmed to me in text Jeff Blashill will stay w @griffinshockey for playoff run. @GRPress

Why would he leave in the middle of the playoffs? Did Toronto offer him 8 gajillion bazillion dollars to coach the Marlies?

#2608637 Report: Oilers hire McLellan

Posted by Mckinley25 on 19 May 2015 - 06:06 PM

This is kind of ancient in today's terms of social media but no threads on this ... because we are all in a frenzy about Babwatch.
Anyhow, as you all know by now, Oilers announced hiring of McLellan.  Great choice, classy coach.  Oilers will be a force to be wreckoned with in 2-3 years.  Anyone know the dollars and terms?  
P.S. Oilers didn't even request official permission to talk to Babcock.  

Maybe they didn't want to spend 5 million when they could get the same thing for 2.

#2608110 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by Mckinley25 on 16 May 2015 - 11:12 AM

Babcock did mentor Blashill as an assistant.  Seems many here forget Blashill was an assistant coach with the Wings for a year in the 11-12 season and then was...sent down...promoted? to head coach of the Griffins. 

I dont think people forget that, it gets brought up all the time.

I'm certain Blashill is in the best spot to replace Babcock if he leaves, particularly if the Griffins do well, although that may not matter.

#2608080 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by Mckinley25 on 15 May 2015 - 09:39 PM

On a side note, I do think he's a great coach, but I would trade him for Quenville if that was an option. I'm hesitant to want him gone because I don't know what better options there are, which admittedly is influenced by ignorance, I'm not an authority on coach talent. But if coaches do have shelf lives, I don't think we're a new coach away from a Stanley cup, so if roster adjustments are made as well I wouldn't be too sad to try something new.

#2608079 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by Mckinley25 on 15 May 2015 - 09:34 PM

Is it possible he didn't sign with Detroit because he doesn't really want to? There could be many reasons why, such as he is self aware of a coach's shelf life and realizes even if he's a good coach staying in Detroit won't amount to much. Those are things you won't tell the media.

Is it also possible that the reasons he might stay are family concerns? Which even if you're dream is to be Bowman v.2 your family takes precedence.

The media hype is ridiculous but that's the nature of media. More realistically Babcock is human and has a tough decision to make and is making the best of it, or even just trying to at least get as much $ out of the deal if he has to stay at job he no longer wants.

While this is all speculation you see how what we don't know vastly trumps what we do. I don't know much about him personally, maybe he's a giant, selfish dick. The media is just grabbing dollars, what Babcock is doing will be revealed when his future ex-wife writes her memoir.

#2607951 Kronwall in the Playoffs

Posted by Mckinley25 on 15 May 2015 - 10:56 AM

Kronwall is not a number 1 until he wins a Norris.

And Franzen isn't a soft Euro until he wins a Lady Bing.