Saturday, September 25, 2010

Dome Beers NFL Picks

Domebeer-aholics, we are pleased to introduce to you a new feature here at Dome Beers. The Dome Beers NFL Picks Panel.

In case you have forgotten, the panel includes AZR (Dome Beers fame), Pat Steinberg (FAN960 fame), Jared Ramsden (NJ HF and scouting fame), and Doug Kirkwood (of being hilarious fame).

Anyways, let's get to it.

AZR:

TEN V NYG (-2.5) Sheli or VY? We lean toward the suicidal Longhorn. Pick Titans


SF (-1.5) V KC Wasn’t SF to go to playoffs? Now they are pickems with KC?

DAL V HOU (-2.5) Dallas wins by a TD.

BUF V NE (-13.5) New England going boat-racing this weekend. Pick NE

Love or hate overtime Rules In CFL? If I wanted to watch everyone get a chance, I'd watch the girls at the Back Alley. Hate it.

CLE V BAL (-10.5) Browns should be relegated. Pick BAL

DET V MIN (-10.5) Again, too many points. Pick DET

ATL V NOW (-4.5) The whole NFC prays at the alter of Drew Breesus. Pick NOW

PIT (-2.5) V TB Steelers. TB gets shutout, PIT returns an INT or two.

Short Shorts or Skinny Jeans? Who likes short-shorts? We like short-shorts.
CIN (-3.5) V CAR The Bungles. If they want to keep talking, they need to win this game.

WSH (-4.5) V STL Redskins

PHI (-2.5) V JKV Kolb's a pooface. Pick PHI

IND (-6.5) V DEN NFL Films say pick IND

Ed Whalen or Peter Maher? Ed Whalen is the correct answer.

OAK V ARZ (-4.5) Zona wins big at home.

SD (-5.5) V SEA Crazy shit happens when the Hawks play at home. Pick SEA

NYJ V MIA (-2.5) I think MIA will win this game with sacks. Pick MIA

GB (-3.5) V CHI Bears at home should cover. Pick CHI


PAT STEINBERG:


TEN V NYG (-2.5) I'll take VY and the Titans to bounce back and cover on the road.


SF (-1.5) V KC I know KC has been a nice story, but I think San Fran gets their first win here.

DAL V HOU (-2.5) Houston is going to tear that up. TEAR THAT UP.

BUF V NE (-13.5) Two touchdowns is too big. NE wins but Buffalo covers.

Love or hate overtime Rules In CFL? Love it in the regular season. A travesty in the playoffs.

CLE V BAL (-10.5) Big number, but Flacco has shown he bounces back…Ravens cover

DET V MIN (-10.5) Big number, and Minny is good at home…eeeeek…Vikes cover, only because Detroit doesn't have Stafford.

ATL V NOW (-4.5) Saints win by more than 5 at home.

PIT (-2.5) V TB That Tanard Jackson loss kills the Bucs. I still won't choose though.

Short Shorts or Skinny Jeans? Skinny jeans on my gal…she looks really good. Short shorts on Katy Perry.

CIN (-3.5) V CAR A full week of practice helps Jimmy Clausen in his first start. Panthers cover.

WSH (-4.5) V STL Redskins have looked above average for most of two games…I'll take them.

PHI (-2.5) V JKV Jaguars. MJD is going to rip that shiz apart, just like Best did.

IND (-6.5) V DEN Denver has yet to really impress, so the Colts ride that Sunday night wave to a cover.

Ed Whalen or Peter Maher? Do you know where I work? Both are legends.

OAK V ARZ (-4.5) Will anyone watch this game? Oakland cover as Grad is in.

SD (-5.5) V SEA The Seattle factor will play a part, but not enough, Chargers still the pick.

NYJ V MIA (-2.5) Divisional game. Jets rise to the challenge and win big on the road.

GB (-3.5) V CHI Game of the week. I'll the Bears to cover at Soldier.

 
JARED RAMSDEN:

TEN V NYG (-2.5) NYG - Two teams coming off very bad weeks, NYG rebounds at home.


SF (-1.5) V KC S.F. - K.C. is very lucky to be 2-0. The luck runs out this week.

DAL V HOU (-2.5) HOU - Would anyone have thought the Cowboys could possibly be 0-3? It's about to happen!

BUF V NE (-13.5) N.E. - That 13.5 is a big number, but the Bills are that bad, and the Pats are looking to bounce back after that loss to the Jets.

Love or hate overtime Rules In CFL? CFL O.T. - Like it, ends things quickly, yet provides plenty of excitement. And gives boths teams a fair chance to win.

CLE V BAL (-10.5) BAL - Hello Joe Flacco, it's time to make use of your weapons, and the Browns are the perfect tonic. Ravens roll at home.

DET V MIN (-10.5) DET - Lions maybe 0-2, but they aren't pushovers anymore, even without Stafford. 10.5 points is too much for me. Vikes win, Lions cover.

ATL V NOW (-4.5) N.O. - If the line was over a touchdown, I would have taken the Falcons. Should be a great game between NFC south rivals regardless.

PIT (-2.5) V TB PIT - Doesn't matter who's QB for the Steelers. That defense is ridiculous and I don't think Freeman will handle it. Steelers to cover and win.

Short Shorts or Skinny Jeans? Skinny Jeans vs Short Shorts - Give me skinny jeans, because it's always skinny jean season!

CIN (-3.5) V CAR CIN - Good move by Carolina to switch to Claussen, however, that Bengal defense is tough and they should be able to score enough to win by a touchdown.

WSH (-4.5) V STL WSH - Even though Washington blew that game against Houston, they are showing signs of becoming legit. This one could get ugly fast. Skins win and cover no problem.

PHI (-2.5) V JKV PHI - The Mike Vick show goes to South Florida to pick on the happless Jaguars and their awful secondary. Eagles cover this one easy.

IND (-6.5) V DEN IND - Likely no Champ Bailey against Peyton Manning? Doesn't bode well for Denver. Colts win by a touchdown.

Ed Whalen or Peter Maher? Whalen or Maher - Tough call, but gotta go with Mr. Yeahhhhhhh Baby!

OAK V ARZ (-4.5) OAK - Might regret this one, but Cardinals have looked terrible and the Raiders seemed to show some life after the QB change. Cards might win, but Raiders will at least cover

SD (-5.5) V SEA S.D. - Hawks are tough at home, but unless it's pouring in Seattle, the Chargers should be able to dismantle the Seahawks. Bolts offense is kicking into high gear.

NYJ V MIA (-2.5) MIA - Probably one of the best games of the week. Give the home-town Dolphins the edge here as they squeak out a 3-point victory. Won't be many point to be had here

GB (-3.5) V CHI G.B. - Bears have looked surprisingly good so far, but I don't think that O-line holds up against the Packers. Oh yeah, and the Packers can score.

 
DOUG KIRKWOOD:

TEN V NYG (-2.5) This is almost even money. Flip a coin, edge goes to the G-men at home


SF (-1.5) V KC KC are light in the Defence with injuries, Niners by 3

DAL V HOU (-2.5) Dallas are a mirror image of the Vikings right now, this is a statement game for the Texans and they might be a darkhorse this year

BUF V NE (-13.5) The spread couldn't be big enough, Buffalo are just aweful. Theonly person loving this is TO

Love or hate overtime Rules In CFL? Hate It

CLE V BAL (-10.5) Baltimore will win this game, but only by 10. That half point either way could be a killer on this one

DET V MIN (-10.5) Somehow my Vikings (yeah that's right i just said MY) just get the job done...Or do they? Upset Special, Detroit by 4

ATL V NOW (-4.5) Atlanta look good, but not that good. Saints keep on rolling.

PIT (-2.5) V TB This is a pick 'em game at best. Steinberg ! Just who the hell are the Buc's this year? Dammit Steinberg take that hat off in my classroom!

Short Shorts or Skinny Jeans? Too many variables to decide.

CIN (-3.5) V CAR Cats by 4...you figure out who I mean

WSH (-4.5) V STL Washington puts the mistakes behind them this game and Coach Shanahan gets tricky. Redskins.

PHI (-2.5) V JKV He da man. Oh yeah the dog killer. Well he leads the pack on Sunday as he gets the nod. Watch for Vick to scramble for some crucial 1st downs. Philly

IND (-6.5) V DEN Peyton at those shuffling feet at the line. He's too smart and he knows how to use his weapons. Watch for Indy to make it to the big show.

Ed Whalen or Peter Maher? Yeah baby !

OAK V ARZ (-4.5) This game should tell us a little more about the Raiders. Are they as real as some are saying? This game will tell. I will take the Raiders riding high on last wee

SD (-5.5) V SEA Chargers, only because the Shit-Hawks have fucked me more than any other Team in Proline history! Die you Seahawks, Chargers all the way

NYJ V MIA (-2.5) This should be a low scoring affair. L-E-T-S, these guys are believing the hype and playing like it.

GB (-3.5) V CHI Both teams are arche enemies to me. Don't care, but I'll take the Bears only because I have a Butkus Jersey.
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So there you go, folks. Go out and bet your life savings on what you have learned here today. We are not in love with the formatting, so we will work on that for next week.

(The lines are from Sports Select, in case you were wondering)

Furthermore, I think Peter Loubardias should be fired.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Roman Turek Profile In Courage Award


It's Friday, and that means just one thing: Prostitutes!

What? Huh? Damn guys, you're right, you are absolutely right. It is indeed that time of the week when we present the Roman Turek Profile In Courage Award (the RTPIC)!

And what a week it has been, right? Langkow continues to fake hurt so the team can use its LTIR to start the season, Matt Stajan intentionally injures his shoulder because he is so scared of Raitis Ivanans he will do anything to get out of that locker room, and Leaf fans are already starting to warm up to South America's favourite ex Flame...that could actually be a rather long list.

Anyways, let's get started unveiling the nominees, shall we?

Jack Welch, star of Dome Beers favourite advertisement, isn't too pleased with President Obama's whole 'War On Business' thing. And to be perfectly frank, it isn't that tough to see why Mr. Welch feels that way, either. One of the things Mr. Welch goes on to say in the linked article, that we think everybody could probably agree with, is that when one party in America controls both the White House and the Congress, said party tends to over reach. One of the things that makes America so great, besides In-n-Out Burger, is there are elections for something or other every two years. This November the Democrats are going to lose the House, and the GOP may even win the senate. Sweet, sweet gridlock should be on it's way, and maybe the threat of being one term makes Obama invite people like Mr. Welch into his cadre of advisors.

Our second nominee is civil war. Specifically, the civil war that is about to engulf the small French town of Cap d'Agde over what is and what is not acceptable behaviour for naked people in public. You see, Cap d'Agde is famous, famous for being a nudist colony. And it turns out that nudist's, contrary to the lies and slander put out into the mainstream culture by the pants lobby, are hard working, decent, normal(ish) people. They have jobs, they have kids, they have dogs. All they want is to live what they describe is the natural way. No problem, right? Wrong! You see, recently a group of unemployed, unwashed hippies moved into the town, and use its naked friendly disposition as an excuse to, as Camus put it so eloquently, feed and fornicate. In public. Like in the town square. Ewww...

Anyways, it appears our good hearted and decent nudist's want to part in the shenanigans of the drugged out swinger-hippie nudists. And our kind souled nudist's don't play. Only a couple of years ago did they firebomb a hotel that the swinger-hippie nudist's were staying at. The Mayor is reportedly quite worried that tensions could escalate, but we are just happy for this: we finally know where the Calgary Streaker went.

To cap off the nominees for this week, we bring you the story of Eliose Diaz. Eliose lives in Washington, D.C., and has been hurt, like millions of others, by the recession. Recently, she fell behind in her rent payments, and because of that, was evicted from her apartment. Sad story, usually, except for the fact that Eliose is a hoarder, and it took the city 10 hours to evict her because of all the treasure she had hidden away in her little rowhouse. Yeah, you read that right, 10 hours. It gets better. When the city got all the treasure out of Eliose's house, it took up two whole city blocks. Two blocks, man! It took three moving trucks to move half of all the treasure away.

But wait, it gets better. At the end of the article is this little gem: The city is providing shelter to Diaz and a tenant who lived there too.

She had a tenant! Eliose, whose house was so full of garbage that the city workers literally had to dig a tunnel through the garbage just to get inside, had a tenant.

This weeks winner of the Roman Turek Profile In Courage Award: Jose Bautista



Which makes Jose Bautista a two time two time winner of the illustrious and coveted RTPIC.

Jose Bautista hit home run number 50 off King Felix Hernandez. And we here at Dome Beers couldn't be any happier.

What we are not happy with, however, is the continued insinuation that Bautista is on the juice. Baseball players have done nothing to dispel the notion that they were not all on steroids, so we understand where the speculation is coming from, we just don't like it. Primarily because we think it's dumb.

Steroids are not magic. Steroids help you train, they help you build muscle, they shrink your jillywack, but they don't magically give someone 20 home runs unless that person trains and puts on muscle. And even then that person still has to be able to hit the ball.

This is an important point that the we think gets missed at times. People point to Barry Bonds as the King of PED's. That's all well and good, and he probably was a bigger roider than Roger Clemens (allegedlies all around) but that wasn't the key to him hitting 73 home runs. Steroids allowed Bonds to get huge, putting on crazy amounts of muscle, which meant he could swing harder. But that increase in power was not what got Bonds 73 home runs all by itself. If you can recall that year, you can recall that Bonds would sometimes go games without seeing a hittable pitch. If a base was open when Bonds came up, he would get walked. Yet Bonds still managed to hit 73 pitches out of the park.

He was able to do so because he had amazing, super human ability to judge the flight of the ball. Steroids didn't help him with that. Coaching and preparation did. And because he could tell balls and strikes so quickly out of a pitchers hand, he was able to outwait pitchers into throwing him maybe one or two pitches a night that were hittable. Bonds was so good that he was able to get the bat around on the one pitch a night he would see. The steroid fuelled muscle he put on then was able to get to work, but only after Bond's had identified the pitch and gotten the bat to it.

Last time we checked Jose Bautista didn't put on 20 pounds of muscle over the offseason. Which leads us to believe he isn't on steroids. His home run totals did jump quite high from the previous season, true, but not because of steroids.

Baseball does not test for HGH, a drug that actually has a little bit of magic in it, so we cannot say for 100% certainty that he is clean. Which is to baseball's shame, not Jose Bautista's. If Major League Baseball cared about the publics perception of the industry they would go to war with the union over this issue. For the good of the game, MLB needs to test for HGH.

One of the things that makes Jose Bautista's 50 home run season so special that we don't think has been getting the run it deserves is the fact that Jose Bautista had to compete this season without the benefit of amphetamines, AKA kid speed. The novel thing about Jose Bautista's season is not the fact that it could be drug fuelled, but the fact that it was done without the benefit of one of baseballs most widely used drugs (until the banned it)!

But on to happier subjects. Jose Bautista hit 50 home runs, during a season that us closet Blue Jay supporters have actually found quite enjoyable. The fact that he will be hanging around Toronto for one more season (you know, because he is contractually obligated to do so) is also a good thing, even if he doesn't reproduce the crazy 50 home run season. Yunel Escobar, a very talented SS that the Blue Jays stole from the Braves, is still too immature a player. Jose's presence will be a good thing.

And, oh yeah, he has hangs out with a very nice lady.




For being the Man, man, Jose Bautista wins this weeks Roman Turek Profile In Courage Award.
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Furthermore, I think Peter Loubardias should be fired.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Praise The Lord Matt Stajan's Hurt

Domebeer-aholics, you may know we spent a good portion of our September in temple. It turns out pious devotion is indeed rewarded; Matt Stajan is out indefinitely with a seperated shoulder.

Who cares?

Dear Reader, what does Matt Stajan represent to the Flames organization? Pudgy Leaf-ness? Darryl Sutter's complete and utter panic? The soft bigotry of lowered expectations?

Good guesses, all of them, but wrong nonetheless. Matt Stajan represents depth to the Calgary Flames, and because he represents depth, the Calgary Flames can afford to lose him. Ergo, who cares?

Now, the loss isn't ideal, but that's because injuries are not ideal. But injuries indeed happen, and all things being equal, it's probably best that the injury bug, real or imagined, has bitten the team now.

Olli Jokinen was slotted to be the first line centre. That's still on check. And call us crazy, but as fans, in all honesty, we don't really care that Backlund will now be getting reps on the second line. The kid has to grow up sometime, so throw him into the deep end of the pool and let's see if he can swim. Who knows, all he has ever been advertised to be is an offensive threat. Now we will all get to see it (hopefully), and we, at least, are excited. 

What, you thought we were going to talk about how that affects the clubs chance to, you know, actually win hockey games in 10-11? We're glad you asked, because we were going to talk about that, albeit tangentially. If the Flames get out to a bad start, this city is not going to be very happy. Fire Sutter was quite a popular chant over the offseason, and we were in the choir ourselves*. A slow start to the season could, we stress could, as in maybe, might, possibly, spell the end to the Sutter reign.

Does Stajan's injury, coupled with Langkow's, buy Sutter more time than he might have otherwise received if the slow start scenario actually goes from the stuff of dreams into concrete reality? It's an interesting question, we think. Unanswerable in the definitive as we lack all sorts of time machines, but still worth pondering. Reflexively you might think that it would, but we are not so sure. This city has the knives out for it's 4.5 million dollar 37 point centre. It isn't too thrilled about Matt Stajan. He certainly isn't viewed as the saviour. If anything, his injury could be viewed as a good thing in some quarters; getting rid of a Leaf from your team is almost certainly a good thing. The sympathy may have existed if the injury had occurred to a Jarome Iginla, but we are not quite so sure it extends to Stajan.

Still, as we have written before, we think the promotion to Executive Vice President on a 10th place finish doesn't exactly spell Sutter's job is in trouble. We believe some of the people who manage to live in that...thing they call an 'Edmonton' call it 'getting Lowe-ed'.

But to the original point, yes losing Stajan on paper hurts this clubs chances to win, based alone on the fact that Stajan has been a regular cast member on the NHL show for 6+ seasons now, and Backlund is still auditioning. But as to whether or not we should move the terror alert level up another colour, we are rather cool. Again, Sutter went out and added depth (and expensive, long term contracts) at the trade deadline and during the offseason...

You know what gang? Hold that thought. Darryl Sutter did indeed go out to acquire depth. And we are still left with Olli Jokinen as the number one centre, and the choice of some rookie, or some 75 year old to play on the second line. Holy snickees Batman. Human beings are born with nothing but hope, and spend their whole lives living off it, but this is just too much. Everybody better go out and raid the nearest nunnery they can find; how many virgins are we going to have to sacrifice to make David Moss a viable option at centre in the NHL?

In parting, we will leave you with this final thought. You know the cap has been mismanaged when the team can't afford to bring in Kyle Wellwood to replace an injured Matt Stajan.

Furthermore, I think Peter Loubardias should be fired.


*Still are, if only because we think threat of death has a certain way of sharpening the senses and getting the best out of people, at least short term. And sports is all about short term; most plans are in the 5 year variety, not 25.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Probably Should Give This A Title

HOUSEKEEPING

Domebeer-aholics, we are happy to announce the birth of a new feature here at Dome Beers. Starting next week, we will have a panel of experts to tell you who to bet (gambling is a sin nobody do it) on when Sunday comes around.

Our expert panel is better than anyone else's, nah nah nah. So come to Dome Beers and make some cash, why don'tcha? 

Who is on this panel? Why, we are glad you asked. The panel features our main poster, AZR, sometimes poster DeathHammer (of the Harvey The Hound stories) as well as FAN960 superstar Pat Steinberg. We also have Jared Ramsden (of New Jersey HF fame) and, drumroll please...Doug Kirkwood. For reals.

Actually, we were suppose to have the panel up for week 2 of the NFL season, but we here at Dome Beers decided we would rather drink all weekend over updating the site. The follies of youth and all that. We will have the panel up for week 3, and we are trying to get it up for Thursday. No promises on that, though.

Now, before we move on, we would like to address the following: We asked Nik Lewis if he would want to be on the panel, and we received no response. Shame on you, Nik. And look what happened: he promptly went out and got his knee hurt, and then fell on his face, straight up tripped like a two year old who was learning how to walk, on a route that would have won us the game on Friday. Coincidence?

And finally to finish up this little section, we have to announce that our deal with CNS fell through. We were trying to get them to give us a free all-in-one-home-gym thing for us to give away as a contest, and they wouldn't do it. We remain advertisement free. Ya'll dodged a bullet.

FLAMES

The Flames, as presently constructed, are an interesting bunch. The team missed the playoffs last year, so the need to improve is obvious. However, the team is also filled with veterans on one way contracts, many of whom were here last year, when they stunk up the Dome so spectacularly. Clearly, in order for the team to improve, it will have to shake up its roster. This has put a lot of those veterans with one way contracts on notice, and has them watching their backs. With the team over the salary cap and in need of some new blood, one of the veterans is sure to go.

So what does one do if one is an NHL veteran who has gotten quite used to the perks of the professional game, and has no intention whatsoever of going down to ride the bus at the AHL level? Why, shove a stick through the face of one of the rookies, that's what!

And that's exactly what happened a couple of days ago, when a nameless (Adam Pardy, according to the Calgary Sun) player decided he was up for some Swedish shish kabob and stabbed Mikael Backlund in the face. Looks like someone else is also a little peeved that the team is handing The Kid an unearned roster spot.

But if we could be so frank, we would like to have a few words with Adam Pardy (who, we hear, is from Bonavista, Newfoundland): Mikael Backlund isn't the guy taking your roster spot, Steve Staios is. Stab Staios, Stabby! And stay away from the rookie!

A final thought on Backlund. A young, Swedish NHL hockey player, who now sports a wicked scar over his eye? That guy is going to Dyson when he hits the bars, he is going to absolutely clean up.  Inquiring minds want to know how the hell do we get on the playa playa's wingman list?

Moving on, we hear that the Flames are toying with the idea of playing Moss at centre, you know, because with Stajan, Jokinen, Langkow, Conroy, Backlund, and Stone on the team, centre depth is, really, a huge issue for this club.

Actually, once we remove our tongue from our cheek, looking at a squad that has Stajan, Jokinen, Conroy, and Backlund available to it to start the year, adding one more centre probably isn't that nutty an idea. Using Moss as that centre is, but at least the Flames heart is in the right place.

MATT STAJAN

Finally, in Flame-ish news, we would like to point out something that Robert Cleave caught. In this terribly written piece we are told, breathlessly, that because Matt Stajan signed the biggest free agent deal ever awarded in the history of the universe, he is now to be looked at as a point a game player.

Umm...all together now, on 3. 1, 2, 3: What the fuck?

Does anybody with a functional brain think Matt Stajan is a point a game player? Does anybody with a functional brain think you can sign point a game players for $3.5 million dollars a year?

Robert points out, correctly, that if the author of this piece had taken 5 seconds to look at the contracts of point a game players they would have discovered just how off base they were in the assertions that the article presented. Point a game players sign for $14 million dollars? Maybe in 1995, maybe.

Who the fuck wrote this story? When you look at articles and see that they aren't attributed to an author, you should raise your eyebrows. Why? Because the author obviously knew he just wrote a steamy pile of bullshit, and doesn't want anybody to know he (or she, it could be V Hall) wrote it.

Contract values don't determine how good a player is. How good a player is determines contract value. Darryl didn't just wake up and say, gee, it would be really cool to have a 3.5 million dollar centre on the team. Let's give that to Matt Stajan. Sutter woke up and went "Gee, I have no centre's on the team below the age of 30 except Matt Stajan, who is in the final year of his contract. Guess he and his agent have us over a barrel, as we are in cap space purgatory so we cannot sign a better centre, and lack the picks and the prospects to either trade for someone better or put out an RFA offer sheet. I guess I'm going to have to sign him to whatever contract the corner we are in dictates."

The question then becomes: Did Sutter get a good deal? Because by all rights he shouldn't have. Let's take a look.

Players who make within 1 million dollars of Matt Stajans new, 3.5 million dollar cap hit: 41 (21 above, 20 below)

Of these, how many were point per game: 1. Steve Stamkos. Who will cost a hell of a lot more than 3.5 million dollars on the cap when he signs his first real contract.

So that whole '3.5 million dollar contract makes you a PPG player' thing is completely wrong and off base. It seems to stink of lazy journalism. Or a vendetta against the player on behalf of the author of the piece.

But as to the question of whether or not Darryl got a deal:

Of the 41 players in the range, how many scored more points than Matt Stajan: 9 (and yes, we know this ignores games played. We are also going to look at the PPG, keep reading).

Of these, how many make more money: 7.

Of these, how many make less: 2. Mikko Koivu, who will command a cap hit of 6.75 when his newly signed extension kicks in, and Stephen Weiss, who commands a smaller cap hit but is signed to a bigger contract (18.6 million compared to Stajans 14).

Of the 41 players in the range, how many have a higher PPG average than Matt Stajan: 16

Of these, how many make more money: 12.

Of these, how many make less: 4. Mikko and and Weiss again, which means this number should really be 3. The other two were the older Koivu and Tomas Fleischmann.

So to conclude: 41 players are within one million dollars of Matt Stajans cap hit. Only 9 scored more points than Matt Stajan did, and 7 of those took home a bigger pay cheque, and only one of those guys, Stamkos, was a PPG player. Stamkos also happens to be a number one, first overall draft pick. Of the players in the one million dollar range of Matt Stajans contract, only 16 players had a higher PPG average, and 12 of them made more money.

So is Matt Stajans contract the albatross that say, Jay Blowmeester's contract is? Not hardly. It seems to be a middle of the road contract for a middle of the road player. Which is to say that Darryl didn't overpay too badly, if at all.

Folks, the brass tax is that in today's NHL, if you are signing an FA (which was essentially what Stajan was) you usually overpay. At best, Sutter got Stajan for what Stajan was worth, and given the situation the team was in, this is about as best as could be expected.

As to why articles like that are written about Matt Stajan and not Corey Sarich or Jay Bouwmeester? Also, last time we checked Bourque just signed a new contract. Where are the articles about how now that Bourque has signed for a cap hit of 3.333 million, he has to score at a PPG rate and play in 82 games or the fanbase will want him hung?

Why is the media writing bullshit articles like this about Stajan and not the others? Oh, that's right. Bourque, Sarich, and Bouwmeester will give the media an interview...

In short, you know the story was really shitty when we here at Dome Beers start writing articles defending Matt Stajan.

(The chart we used, in case any of you wanted to see it)


VANCOUVER

It still sucks.

Anyways, that team had a lot of players on it that had career years on it last year. You know why they call them career years? Because they only happen once.

So we are going to be interested in what the Canuck forwards do this year. Obviously, from our intro, we don't expect them to have the same seasons.

Players we think could have worst seasons? Besides all of them?

Mikael Samuelsson: 33 year olds don't generally follow up career year seasons with better ones. We don't think the Western Conference has to worry about him scoring 30 goals again. 20, maybe, but not 30.

Christian Ehrhoff: Quick, how many of you knew that this cat was a plus 36 last year? Well, you can't really be blamed, because Ehroff never finished with one above plus 10 when he played for the loaded San Jose Sharks. Obviously the improvement has a lot to do with who plays in front of him, but does anybody really believe this guy will finish next season as a plus, what with the division getting stronger this year?

We are also watching Roberto Luongo. While the Canucks did the right thing and removed the C from the teams biggest diva, the move may not work out as intended. Because they decided to give the pasta addicted goalie the C in the first place, this year we can all sit back and enjoy the story line of: Now that the C is off your, err, mask, how are you playing? That is, there will now be new pressure on Loungo to perform because he doesn't have the C anymore.  Hockey markets, got to love them.

Furthermore, I think Peter Loubardias should be fired. Preferably before the season starts.