note that i have a sinus cold and make no promises of lucidity. funnily enough that will just convince leah mclaren that she’s right about bloggers [saturday’s post]. man i’m pissed at her. so as i drink berry boost (yup bolthouse farms strikes again… this one has 500% of the vitamin C you need in a day) and eating lentil soup you guys get a post.
okay i know it’s not saturday night so technically i’m not supposed to be talking about hockey but y’all are just going to have to suck it up.
i was really curious to see what would happen with the olympics because the leafs coach was coaching the canadian team and their captain was captaining the swedish team, for those of you that don’t follow the nhl or at least the leafs a quick recap.
the leafs fucking suck this year and have been growing steadily suckier for a few years now. recently there has been talk that perhaps their captain Mats Sundin should be canned. i’ve also heard discussion of the goalie, eddie balfour, and his age and thus the requirement that he be canned as well or instead. as though age is all that matters or something.
i do not comprehend this at all.
regarding balfour? he’s the reason the leafs are even IN contention for a playoff spot [not in a spot, in contention for…] what with their total lack of defence and habit of hanging the goalie out to dry. they could have a robot with lightning reflexes in goal and it would still be fucked if it didn’t have any defence.
which it doesn’t.
the real question has to do with the captain and the coach.
the captain has been part of the team a little longer than the coach but it’s been eight years that they’re both been there so i’m not thinking that it makes much difference. that said, i feel quite strongly that the leafs problems stem from the coach and not the players.
the majority of the team has swapped out since those two started but they’ve continuously swapped for veteran players. age and experience are wonderful but in hockey you need some youth and enthusiasm too.
anyway here’s the part of the equation that i don’t get. no one, and i mean no one is talking about pat quinn. they seem to have decided that he’s a great coach and that regardless of his team’s total failure to adapt to the new rules that everything falls in the lap of the captain.
so i was watching the olympics with some extreme curiousity because i figured that it was as good a time as any to determine who the problem actually was. and it could well have turned out to be both of them.
team canada was plagued in large part with a lot of the problems that the leafs have been struggling with for years. for some reason these folks seem to think that dump and chase is still a valid hockey strategy.
yeah not so much.
team canada also brought a pile of bruisers and left the scorers and the skaters at home. someone explain this to me please? my dad thinks that one can be set squarely at the feet of management but i don’t imagine gretzky is foolish enough not to ask the coach’s opinion? and if he is? damm gretz you’re really bad at putting teams together.
of course that stupid gambling ‘scandal’ didn’t help. seriously people care less about that than they cared about lewinskygate… it was just an excuse to drag a good man’s name through the mud.
so pat quinn’s team? didn’t even get to play for a medal. didn’t even make the semi finals. got knocked out by the team that came fourth. got their asses kicked.
i try not to think about it being canada because then i sulk about how the americans got ONE more medal than us. ONE! damm it would have been awesome to beat them at that for once.
that said i’ve had a love hate relationship with the canadian men’s hockey team for a while. stop acting like you’re ENTITLED to a medal and start playing for it. dammit.
anyway yeah, lack of teamwork, bad strategy, failure to get the puck anywhere near the net… heck i could be talking about the leafs. but i’m not.
i’m talking about the canadian national men’s hockey team. the one with the leafs COACH coaching them.
okay well that’s only half of the picture. then there’s the question of the leafs captain. the guy who is apparently at fault for the leafs problems. the guy who passes the puck without looking and it hits the stick of the guy he passes it to.
the guy who regularly leads the league in game winning goals or scoring chances or whatever. the guy who passes so his teammate can score. the guy who led his team to a gold medal at the olympics. here they are partying:
yup that makes sense to me. clearly we should fire the captain. he is obviously old and incapable of playing. but that coach. yeah yeah! keep him… he’s so awesome.