Thursday, September 29, 2011

Swaggerville

Ya'll see Off The Record yesterday?

Well, our own Harry Jay Feaster was on. Sexy time.

Anyways, here is the link, because TSN will not allow us to embed it.

The What:

Will Jarome be ready for the season: Yes!

Cools then asks 'How the scoring will be spread around this year?" which to us sounds like a completely stupid question, because what the hell does it even mean? Anyways, Feaster answer was interesting. Feaster says that they are expecting a big year out of Alex Tanguay, (which again, to us, because almost all of Tanguays points are ones that are shared with Jarome, whatever, you know? Tanguay will have a big year if Jarome does.) and then goes on to say that whoever centres that top line should have a big year as well, which, well, duh.

Why do we bring this up? Because Feaster then continues with "I think Backlund will get a chance to start there." Why did we notice this? Because there has been all this talk about how one of Darryl Sutters sins was he was telling the coach where to play players. Well, Darryl rightly was shit on for that. Now we have Jay Feaster, the GM (we are pretending, ok?) of the team ostensibly naming who will play in the top centre line. Which we figured was the coaches decision. 

Expectations for the team: Feaster said that the expectations for the team were to be a 'playoff team'. He then qualified that with 'strong playoff team' and specifically said the team was 'not going to be one of those teams that squeaks in at the last minute at the 8th spot'. He then goes on to say that the club is going to challenge for the division. Which is nice bluster, for sure. But what if it doesn't happen?

We are big believers in consequences. One of the reasons is that there are fans out there who don't pay quite as much attention to the team as say we do. So if they hear that he club was hot at the end of last season, and then they hear that the GM is talking noise about winning the division, they may not know any better and actually believe the schmucks marketing. And that in turn builds expectation, which is good, but it's expectation without any reasonable chance at realization. Which is fake and empty. At the end of the year, if we 'just squeak in at the last minute at the 8th spot', even though that might reasonably be seen as a success, the people are going to be pissed because they thought they were getting a division winner. If Feaster is talking junk about going to the playoffs, winning the division, and we don't do either, then that is going to breed even more cynicism in fanbase towards the team, which is terrible.

Honestly, why go out and write cheques your players can't cash? Does anybody expect us to win the division? No, because the Canucks let in 180 goals last year, and the Flames let in 230, and got worse on defence entering this season. It isn't happening. And do if we aren't winning the division, can we finish in a 'strong playoff position', which we read as 4th or 5th place? Well, maybe. You probably need 100 points to finish that high, and the Flames finished last year with 94. Can they make up 6 points? Possibly, but it all depends on if the coach can get the team to show up when they play the Islanders, which is something this coach hasn't proven he is capable of doing.

Finally, back to the consequences. Sure, you can go out and talk all the noise you want about how well the team will finish. But it better not turn out at the end of the year for those predictions to be totally off base. Because if they are, Feaster has just pissed away any credibility he might have had. And quite honestly, if the GM says the team will make the playoffs, and they don't, then the GM should lose his job.

Cools then goes on to ask about Jay Blowsover. Feaster says the obvious, that Jay Blowsover needs to add to his offensive game. Nothing to quibble with here, because when you get paid what Jay Blowsover gets paid, you are paid for offense. 30 points and a minus number just isn't fucking good enough, no matter what Jay Blowsover defenders think.

Next question was about Kipper. Feaster flat out says that Kipper is going to be an elite goalie again. Kipper may cost the man his job. We shall see.

Final question from Cools is whether or not the Flames will make the playoffs, which was a bad question, because Jay Feaster already told Cools that the Flames will. But Cools asks the repetitive question, and Jay supplies the swaggerville answer: The Flames will make the playoffs. Write It Down.

Well, ok Jay, we will. Jay Feaster says the Flames will challenge for the division, will finish in a 'strong' playoff position, which we are taking to mean 4th or 5th, and that the team will make the playoffs.

And if they don't, Mr. Feaster? Are there going to be consequences, or is the Country Club going to be allowed to continue on as usual?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

DB Out With Back Spasm's

Ha. Yeah right. Back spasm? More like "it's 20 in September in Calgary and we are getting our Iginla on and skipping work to go golf" asms.

We will try to make this week not a complete write off. Actually, while we are here, here is what we are thinking about, vis a vis the Flames.

- Brent Sutter is on the last year of his contract. In almost every other real sports market, this would be a topic of discussion. We understand the people covering this team like to keep the working atmosphere very genteel, but to not even touch on the subject is a bit much. Ken King hasn't given them the permission to start talking about it, we guess.

- Speaking of the coach, what does it say about him, the team, the situation, that he isn't even agitating for a new contract, and he didn't quit he wasn't extended with only a year left? Our own opinion on the matter is that it isn't a good thing to be going into the season with a lame duck coach, especially with this team, which is known for killing it's coaches. This being the 'Season of Treading Water', we guess the team doesn't want to rock the boat.

- We don't know, gang. We haven't been this unexcited for a season in a while. It's the whole 'make the playoffs' mantra the team is going with. The goal of a team, especially on that is sold out every night, and has the financial wherewithal to spend to the cap, should be to win the Stanley Cup. To have the teams goal to be simply to make the playoffs because the front office looked at the roster, sighed, and decided not to undergo some radical surge but rather plug ahead with the guys they got but clearly do not believe in is a travesty. If the team was awful, that would be one thing. This year, the goal of the Oilers is make the playoffs. Because they are terrible. But us? We are just mediocre, and almost by design, and it's just bad, and it's just sad that the team that was perennially talking about winning the Stanley Cup has been reduced by it's own mismanagement to trying to make the playoffs. The team can try to hide the mess it has created behind some faux tough guy rhetoric out of Feaster and King all it wants, but bullshit is bullshit.

- Tits!

- Quick look at the roster for tonights pre-season clash of the titans, and looky here, Steve Staios is back in town. It would be really awful if some puck bunny was to give that guy herpes as a welcome back present. It would just be terrible.

- Stories we know nothing about: Twitter was going twitter over some story some guy wrote about Toronto being a bad sports city. We do not understand this at all. Like, we were not aware that this was even under dispute. Toronto is a terrible sports city. It's obvious. The Jays were getting less people at their home finale than a pre-season hockey game, to provide an example. We are sure someone will clue us into just why Toronto isn't a terrible sports city (they sell tickets to the Raptors? Does that count?). And just to add: soccer sucks.

- Avery is gay. He is. Anyone who rats on what an opponent called them on the ice is gay? In fact, it's gay city, dude. Honestly, the players are telling the media about smack talk on the ice, hits are being made illegal, and there is the liberal arts wing of hockey fandom is out to get fighting outlawed. Pretty soon we will all be watching ringette.

- Riders still suck.

Furthermore, I think Peter Loubardias Ken King should be fired.