Talking Heads

- May 11th, 2012

Couple things bugging me, but just a little bit ….
-It’s good to see TSN and CBC try out all these players, ex-players and coaches on their panel, but it’s starting to get a little crazy. Like the NFL networks who use every retired star or coach that has had any success. When are they going to run out of jobs to hand out? Somebody Tweeted the other day that Bruce Boudreau was so good on HNIC that he is sure to have a permanent seat among the expert analysts if the coaching thing doesn’t work out. Boudreau is okay, but thankfully Anaheim signed him to a two year extension yesterday. As for Sean O’Donnell, well, I know he’s from Ottawa and a good guy, but he just doesn’t have the demeanor for TV. His face doesn’t move. Sorta reminds me of Mike Peca in the nice-try-but-it-didn’t-work category.
-I love baseball, but Triple-A eventually flopped in the nation’s capital. People quit caring. So why is Double-A going to be any better?
-If I hear Alex Ovechkin say “it’s not about me” one more time, I’m gonna puke. Did he have that attitude when negotiating his long term contract?
-After a solid first round of predictions in which I went 6-2, I need the Caps to beat the Rangers tomorrow night just so I don’t go oh-fer in Round 2. Yup, I also had Nashville, St. Louis and Philadelphia making it to the conference finals. What’s the matter with those people? Don’t they realize they’re ruining my chances of being considered a great prognosticator?
-There’s more, but I have to take a break right now. I’ll be back.

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5 comments

  1. Bobby Goodman says:

    Right on Don; some of these ex players and coaches are brutal. But some are pretty good; PJ Stock is a natural and I love his candor/honesty. I never liked the silly bugger stuff like “the quiz”; there is no quiz. and JD is getting to be a little bit too much.

    Baseball died in Ottawa a long time ago. I love baseball and watch the games at the major league level (Jays) when I can. I loved the ‘Spos and they broke my heart when the left (Montreal didn’t deserve them). It is hard to have interest when it isn’t played by the kids like yesteryear. Baseball is replaced by soccer and ‘ultimate frisby”. I remember when Little League was HUGE. When we all got too old to play Little League, we all went on the play Baby Ruth and there were leagues after that. There aren’t there anymore and the interest in Baseball for the most part, has died. It is a damn shame.

    Ovechkin is a monster and I blame the owner and GM. They made the monster and I give Hunter a lot of credit for cutting his ego down to size. Who knows, he may become a team guy afterall. Under Gabby, he was given a free ride to do what he wanted, when he wanted as long as he wanted. Gabby was a very talented hockey player and he loves offense but offense only does not win championships.

    Don’t feel to bad Don, this year has been totally unpredictable. I will go out on a limb and say LA comes out of the West and New York or Washington and New Jersey will emerge from the East ;-)

  2. Kevin F. says:

    Hey guys just flipping around and reading at the bottom of an article it said that I’m not allowed to post on this site, not that I would like to interact with the intelligentsia or ever have, I gave it a try. By the jeepers Im pretty computer savvy and there ain’t no way I m allowed to post, without being deceptive of course, no interest in that. Now I know the lads have no idea who moderates this site or why it is so tightly controlled, but I am again intrigued. Looks like you are down to about 4 now?

  3. Bobby Goodman says:

    I don’t get it Kev; but there is no question the “moderation” is killing this once thriving and interesting forum. I love hearing different opinions, perspectives. I like to read posts from people like yourself who cheer for the Leafs, afterall, we are all just fans of the best sport in the world. While we have you, what is your take on Burke and Carlyle? I am not a Dum Cherry fan but there must be a reason why Ziggy has been banished to the Marlies. I don’t care if Kadri has an ego, he has to be better than many of the slugs who played with the big club all year. We had Butler got Butlered all year collecting his 1.2 meg for scoring 6 goals and 2 in one game and the Sens have him signed for yet another year. He played 60 games including 4 in the post season, go figure? Ottawa played two kids who never played a single game in the NHL over 2 who played well in Bingo; it made no sense to me. I assume as fans we must simply accept decisions that are made but I was raised on the notion that anything worth while, can stand up to scrutiny and curiosity is the seed of knowledge (just not for hockey). Good to hear from you Kevin and drop by when you can. I believe in moderation, in extreme moderation.

  4. OD99 says:

    Kevin.

    What? Who said you couldn’t post here?

    Nice that you come out swinging though – intelligentsia – good word.

    Happy to have you join us to talk hockey – Senators and Buds offseasons should both be interesting…the Leafs are going to have some high expectations again now that the Marlies are doing well in the AHL play-offs.

    Will Kadri make the team or remain tucked away in the minors? How good with Jake Gardiner be this season? Like Karlsson come out and jump in the mix for the Norris? He certainly has the tools…will Komi get bought out or buried in the minors with Kadri?

    Sens have lots of decisions to make up front and lots of improving to do on the blueline…will any of the baby Sens make the jump next season?

    All that and it could end up being LA and NY in the Stanley Cup Finals…I wouldn’t have a problem with that and Bettman might soil his pants if that happened but they could $#%^ the whole thing up royally if they don’t get a new agreement in place before too long…what a waste it would be to have all the good press turn negative with a long, drawn out negotiation…and God forbid a minute of even preseason hockey lost to a lockout.

  5. Kevin F. says:

    To clarify, it was not this blog but in the comment section following articles where I get the message that I am not allowed to post. I don’t care as those tend to be crap slinging babble of morons. What bothers me about the moderation here is why? I like to think of myself as a libertarian, and believe in a minimum of censorship among normal reasonable people. Someone didn’t like what was being said here by a very small but fairly prolific group. Who and why? It boggles the mind and leads to a few conspiracy theories that seem at first to be ridiculous, but coupled with Bruces claim of being in the dark,seem to be the only plausible explanation. If someone offends or is outrageous delete their posts and block them. End of soapbox speech.

    As for hockey looks like a very interesting off season for our respective teams. Time will tell of course, but I’m told that Kadri was predestined to spend the year in the A as a lesson in humility and dedication to fitness and discipline, don’t know anything personal about him but he appears to have great skill, lesson learned or setback development? I know the Hab dynasty was praised to the heavens for making sure almost everyone spent serious time with the Voyageurs before coming to Montreal If Kadris smart he will turn it into a positive As for Carlyle, I was to be honest disappointed in his hiring, I thought Dallas Eakins should have been named as interim and a final decision made this summer. After reading Damien Cox profile of him I am even more convinced, a person of quality. Having said that all 4 teams left employ the style of game that Carlyle favors so if you can’t beat em join em I guess. I saw Zigo play a lot in junior in Kingston and there was a lot to like unfortunately he was a Jr B calibre skater then and I can’t believe he has improved that much over the years. Komi who knows, RW run and gun was clearly a terrible fit for him Carlyles clutch and grab may give a chance to have a rebirth to at least a very expensive 3rd pairing guy. After all all it was a coaching change that rescued youngsters Kuba Gonchar and Phillips off the scrap heap for your very own young rebuilt Sens nes pas? Gardiner appears solid hopefully his pal Shultz comes aboard this summer.
    Thought the second round stunk in general close but rarely entertaining, counted 7 skaters behind the goal line scrumming dullsville, the rodeo has returned
    It is a great word isn’t it? When I was a teen decades ago myself and other boys who were forced to go mass would sit in the balcony and generally not pay attention and cut up. Finally the Preist had enough and announced at the start of a service “beginning today the intelligentsia in the balcony will come downstairs and join the rest of the congregation with their families”, never forgot it and have been using it ever since.

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