Saturday, June 18, 2011

Rem Dog Continued Assault On Canucks Nation

Rem Dog, you will now always occupy a special place in Flames Fans heart.

Domebeer-aholics, enjoy:



The Sardine Twins. Fucking classic, Remy.

Furthermore, I think Peter Loubardias should be fired.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Roman Turek Profile In Courage Award


It's Friday, and that means just one thing: Sexy hot tub parties.

Huh? What? Oh yeah, that's right. It is also that time of the week when we present the Roman Turek Profile In Courage Award (The RTPIC)!

So, did anything happen this week, anything at all?

Our first nominee is, of course, the Boston Bruins. Congratulations. It must have been tough to play with the pressure of two nations on them, but they succeeded and got the job done.

And then the riot started. Like we said on twitter, this is exactly why the rest of Canada hates Vancouver Canuck Fan. In the immediate aftermath of the riot, people from Vancouver tried to white-wash the situation, blaming the riots on everything, anarchists, martians, whatever, everyone was blamed but the people of Vancouver, and the Canucks fans. Which, of course, is bullshit. Bruce Arthur had a pretty good piece on the whole situation. We do not understand all the pretending that goes on when it comes to Vancouver. This is a city that likes to riot. Cities that like to riot suffer from a deficiency of something. We will call it 'Civic Culture' but who knows, maybe it is something else.

What we were struck by was the lack of responsibility of the crowd. Mob mentality isn't a one way street. Where was the mob mentality to protect the city? The civic authorities that we saw trying to deal with the situation provided us a little bit of a clue, we think. The mayor came off as extremely soft, as did the police chief of the city. Their solution to the riot was to treat it like the plague, and let it burn itself out. While that may be well and good for a soft police union who wouldn't dare ask its members to do its job and maintain the peace and order, it isn't good for the city. In effect, the civic authorities, by not being more aggressive with the mob (and lets be real here: That was not a brave mob at all, but a cowardly one. They were not attacking the police lines of 10 cops when they had 10,000 people behind them) they gave the mob and it's activity a sort of sanction. And the next time an opportunity to riot happens, the citizens of Vancouver will happily take it. Why wouldn't they? The (civic/political) markets reaction to the last riot has shown them that they can and will be allowed to act like children.

Speaking of children, our second nominee of the week is Greece. Lots of worry in the world about Greece and whether or not it can pay its debts. First off, it's always good to see a nations 10 year bond offer a return of somewhere between 15 - 17%. Yikes. And the idiots in Greece are rioting over the fact that the free ride is over. 17% return! For a sovereign nation that has a population base to tax!

As to our thoughts on the need to bail them out? Fuck em. We have no sympathy for banks. They make bets, they should have to live with the consequences of those bets. Nobody forced the banks to extend credit to Greece. Now that that trade may turn, the banks who fucked up should be forced to live with the consequences of those actions. Spare us the 'sky will fall' bullshit rhetoric. The sky will not fall. Assets will be put on the market for depressed prices. That isn't, despite the greedies objections, isn't the end of the world. It is the end of their world, not our world, and not they world. If these banks go belly up, the banks that are left that are run by the prudent and intelligent, will be able to add to their balance sheets, which in reality is a good thing. Let the market do its thang, we say.

It's actually kind of good and bad. It's good that retarded ideas like the EU and a single currency for first world nations like Germany and third world nations like Greece are dying. But the disintegration of the new European Continental system will invariably be a bad thing, because Europeans have a habit of getting into wars with each other.

Our third nominee, while we are on the topic of wars, is Syria. Assad needs to be shot in the head, his brothers, his children, need to be fed to the dogs. Straight up. His whole regime, the ministers and the bureaucrats, should be hung from the parapets. Why are we going after Qaddafi and not Assad? If we have the moral imperative, the moral sanction and duty, to go to war in Libya because Qadaffi shoots at his citizens, why aren't we helping to liberate a real country, Syria? The world makes little sense, and we have little patience for dictators who shoot children in the streets.

The winner of this weeks Roman Turek Profile In Courage Award is the Lady Anne Murray



Vancouver Fan, after embarrassing yourself, your city, and by connection, us and our country, you probably need some chicken soup for your soul. You need some Anne Murray. We know we do.



Imagine what could have been. When the Canucks lost, and bottles were thrown on the screen. Suddenly, Anne Murray's golden voice starts gliding over the crowd, emitted from the speakers. The crowd begins to waiver...it has a choice to make, the hooliganism of the Hippodrome (which you should look up if you are unfamiliar with. You will see that the cops should have been sent in to Vancouver, but we digress) or peaceful dissolution. Anne Murray persuades the crowd: It's 8 o clock, it's nice out. It's time to hit a patio and hold wake for the Canucks season. The crowd peters out, and no Boston fan gets stabbed in the neck.

What could have been...

For being the solution to the problem, Anne Murray wins this weeks Roman Turek Profile In Courage Award.



Furthermore, I think Peter Loubardias should be fired.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

For Posterity

Rem Dog said the following, (qualified with 'These are all paraphrased')

He starts with talking about the Cup, congratulating Boston. Then the PBP asks him about the handshakes in hockey. Rem Dog says he wouldn't shake the hands of those cheap shot artists. He would have started a fight, he jokes, because the Canucks are a bunch of cheap-shot artists. 

Rem Dog then briefly touches on the riot, saying that is what happens in Cities that win, so it was unusual that it happened in Vancouver. He says it is ok though, for Vancouver fan, because they have Loungo. The PBP asks Remy what he thought of Loungo. Rem Dog answers with "Never heard of him before, but I loved every minute of him." Hilarious. The PBP kinda laughs and prods Rem Dog further about Loungo, and Rem Dog says "When he said that stuff about Thomas, I had heard and seen enough of him (Loungo). After that, he was finished and his team was finished." 

Ok. Great stuff. If anybody has like a TiVo of the Red Sox Vs Devil Ray game, it's in there. 5th or 6th.

Furthermore, I think Peter Loubardias should be fired.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Celebrate



And then the riots started. This really could not have gone any better for Calgary.

Furthermore, I think Peter Loubardias should be fired.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

We Want The Drugs Brian Sutter Is On

Hola.

Boomer is back, so we were listening to the morning show. First, Walker is Rick Lafitte 2.0, except without the gravitas of the original. How do ya'll survive listening to that human chloroform rag? Back on point; Boomer was talking to the greatest coach the Young Guns ever had, Brian Sutter, about the Stanley Cup finals, and really, just life and hockey in general.

And we stop to take another aside. We heard the interview live, and when it was replayed in the 9 o clock hour. Did you know, 9 o clock listeners, that somebody lopped off the end of the interview? Yeah. Somebody at the FAN960 lopped off the end of the Brian Sutter interview. Which, in case you are wondering why we have repeated it twice, is where the juicy little parts were found.

(New slogan: The FAN960: Cowtowing to Power & Authority since Joe Sports passed.)

What everyone, the early listeners and the 9 o clockers, got to hear was Brian Sutter repeat the words 'leadership' about 8000 times. He also implied that a group of coaches he hangs with would be able to win the Stanley Cup this year, because (say it with us class) "they have character and heart."

Honest question: Does the concept of 'Talent' exist in the Sutter's mind?

Anyways, to the end of the interview, the hidden ending, the lopped off part. Boomer asked Brian about the Sutter family dynamic, you know, because Brent ran a powerplay on Darryl and got him fired from the organization, and that will tend to damage said family dynamic.

And we got a very, at least we think, interesting answer out of one Brian Sutter. Somebody thinks the Flames leadership, or lack of it, is the reason the Calgary Flames aren't more successful. Somebody thinks Darryl did a bang up job assembling a team, but that the players let Darryl down. Furthermore, Brian said that the fans think they know what the problem is, but they don't (which, hint hint, Boomer, would have been a perfect time to say "Well ok Brian, what is the problem then?", don'tcha think?) before again calling out the leadership of the team.

We are assuming you all speak the code. What Brian was saying, and why we suspect that the monkey at the FAN lopped the end of the interview off for the 9 o clock hour, was that Jarome and Reggie are loser, no heart bums, who don't posses the 'heart', 'character', or 'leadership' to win.

Say what?

First, with this type of analysis, it's easy to see why Brian is coaching in the NHL these days.

Second, it's just horseshit stupid. Darryl Sutter, as GM, was never able to assemble the talent required to compete for a Stanley Cup. We know that because, past 2004, a Darryl Sutter constructed team never made it out of the first round of the playoffs. That's real. That's scoreboard. Also, let's look at the current representatives of the Western Conference, the Vancouver Canucks. You want me to believe that 'character', 'heart', and 'leadership' are the most important aspects of a team, when the Vancouver Canucks, a team devoid and absent of all three, are in the Finals?

It just doesn't make any sense, man!

Look, we know Brian wants to absolve his brother Darryl of the blame for wasting 50 million dollars or more a year for the last five some years to be mediocre, or of the blame for not being able to win a Cup even though he had Jarome Iginla on his roster for Jaromes prime age seasons, but please. We think the fans do know what the problem is: Ales Kotalik (Darryl!), Nik Hagman (Darryl!), Matt Stajan (Darryl!), Cory Sarich (Darryl!), Renee Bourque (Darryl!) Jay Bouwmeester (Darryl!), et al (Darryl!).

It's talent, stupid. Let us spell this out real slow for Brian Sutter, and his ilk: You win over 82 plus games and the playoffs by having more talent then your competitors. In a world where your ability to spend on payroll is capped, you acquire more talent then your competitors through shrewed drafting, and by signing players to contracts that price the players below their true market value.

Darryl Sutter paid everyone on the team the going rate, gave them NMC and NTC's to torpedo his flexibility, was therefore unable to load his team up on talent, and rightly got fired for it. But according to Brian Sutter, this whole story would have been different if the Flames leadership, Jarome and Reggie, cared more?

We are sorry, but that is fucking stupid. It is. Listen, he played in the NHL, we didn't. It's still fucking stupid.

Capgeek.com tells us that since 2005-06, Jarome has been making 7 million dollars a year. You wanna know his numbers over that time period? Over that six year time period, he has played in 480 games (out of a possible 492), has scored 234 goals and collected 269 assists for 503 points, and put 1730 shots on goal. His average line looks like 80 GP, 39 G, 44.83 A, 83.83 P, 288.34 shots. Is that the line of someone who doesn't care? The problem with the Calgary Flames is the guy who is a point per game?

Or, let us put it this way: The guy who has played his entire professional career for the Calgary Flames doesn't care about the Calgary Flames? Basically, the one guy on this team who isn't a mercenary doesn't care? Honestly, Brian, again, that's stupid.

You all saw the Olympics. You think Jarome isn't concerned with his legacy? Get fucking real, people.

We have a lot of stories we don't share, Domebeer-aholics. One of the Jarome stories we never share is that he has a backyard rink. We couldn't tell you the number of times, strolling by, we have seen Jarome out on that backyard rink practicing his shot. You know why he goes out at night, in the cold, and practices his shot? Because he fucking cares!

And we aren't even going to get started on Reggie. You are telling us that a cat with the type of 'heart' and 'character' Reggie possesses (hey, you all know he broke his legs real, real, bad back in the day, right? And made it back to the team in like less than a year, right?) doesn't care? Right. And global warming is going to kill us all too.

Anyways. Brian Sutter doesn't believe in talent, and that's a shame.

Furthermore, I think Peter Loubardias should be fired.

Monday, June 13, 2011

"Yeah, I mean, I got to believe in myself, right?"

Quoteth Roberto Loungo.

Did you know he is our favourite Canuck? Just thought we would mention that.

Furthermore, I think Peter Loubardias should be fired.