Thursday, December 29, 2011

Stuff N Junk

Such a fucking glutton. Nobody needs a $300 dollar hockey stick. Until you get one in your hand.

What? Nothing.

Ok people, here are our thoughts, not that they are deep or consequential or anything.

We don't like the spin that the team has been playing 'better team defence' in their four game win streak. Ya'll watching some of those games? River hockey against a team you should dominate, Columbus, is not 'better team defence'.

Other than that? Meh. Caught the radio show on the FAN this morning. They were talking about how it would surprise nobody if the Flames lost this game against the Islanders, and we think that is a pretty accurate statement. Which is a big statement in and of itself, right? It's a theme here on DB, hope and faith and how those sentiments relate to the team, and how the team can affect those sentiments in their owners/management/fans.

Buy in is a big thing. In sports, business, life. There is a concept in the Japanese warrior code that we like to relate to the concept of 'buy in'. It's the concept in Bushido of accepting death. Think about that for a moment, how unnatural that is, to embrace death. The human body isn't build for it. It fights against death with every beat of the heart and expansion of the lungs. Your body embraces life.

The embrace of life, however, is the font from which fear flows. And as the Bene Gesserit say, fear is the mind killer (You are reading DB, so excuse us if we assume you are into overwritten works of literature). Inaction stems from fear. Hesitation stems from fear. Fear stems from the embrace of life.

The Japanese fought battles in close quarters, with deadly Katana. Hesitation and inaction would kill a person. Hence the Bushido code to embrace death. If one embraces death, accepts it, honours it, hesitation and inaction are no longer viable options. They disappear, and the effectiveness of (in this case) a Samurai rises exponentially.

Getting back to the point, this is an illustration of the power of buying in. It creates utility, and is essentially free, because it is made of faith. Which is also what makes it so fragile and easily shattered. It isn't made of anything tangible but the moment, and moments pass.

The fact that the Flames fans and the media following this team are half expecting the team to lose to the Islanders is, while harmless in the short term, a reflection of just how bad this team, or rather, how frustrating this team has been over the long term. Frustrating is the better word, we think. This team has been oversold as a Cup contender for about the five years previous to last, and this year and last has been sold as a playoff team. That oversell isn't entirely on the players, and we bring it up to highlight the fact that had they not been oversold with expectations that we know in hindsight where much to high, the fanbase may be treading lighter with this team. But time machines don't exist, and the damage to the brand has been done.

That's one of our main beefs with Ken King, to be honest; the way he has let the brand atrophy under his watch is disgraceful.

What's the point of this whole little diatribe? Nothing so deep as a Herbert epigraph: The Flames play the Islanders tonight. A victory does a little towards restoring the faith; a loss may destroy it completely.

Go Flames, go.

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

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

This Team Isn't Good Enough

For the first time in a long time, the Calgary Flames have some momentum.

Speaking as fans, that is a good thing. When was the last time this team surprised you, in a good way? Been way too long, and because of that, the win in Vancouver felt great.

Was it symbolic because it represents a true turning of the corner for the squad, or was it just a continuation in the ebb and flow of a .500 hockey team?

While we loved beating Vancouver as much as everyone else, we feel it is more of the latter. A team that had lost 4 straight then goes on to win 3 in a row. The definition of a .500 team, pretty much.

But...

It was only one game, it is true. But it showed something from the club. Usually, when the Flames play a team that is better than them, we think they have a tendency not to try. We think they don't try as hard as they can in order to avoid the questions that would come if they did try their hardest and still got blown out. But against the Canucks, we think they showed some courage. They showed up to play, win or lose.

That's a big step for this team, in our opinion. Maybe they are sick of getting shit on. Who knows?

Should they be rewarded for it?

Fuck...you know, if you read this spot, that we don't think the team is talented enough to win a Cup. We still don't think they are. So the question is, do we buy, or do we sell?

The Flames have one scoring line. They have a solid bottom six. They do not have a second scoring line. The Flames have a single defenceman on the roster, Bouwmeester. The rest of them are, to us, average level nothing special guys. They have a goalie, and for the first time in a while, may even have depth in goal.

If you are inclined to want to add, then the question is whether this team has enough assets available to buy the missing pieces. Even with Gio coming back, the team, to us, seems to need at least one defencemen (PK! Weber!), and it needs a second scoring line. Especially if Bourque continues to be Bourque, and Tanguay is legitimately injured. Hell, you might have to add three players, two forwards and a defenceman.

That's not going to be cheap. Moreover, it would take a level of intestinal fortitude that the current management has shown it does not possess.

Not that they need our advice, but if they asked for it, we would tell them to ignore what the fans think. Lets be real: if this team sells at the deadline, the fans will whine, because a lot of the fans of this team are mouthbreathers who think we are capable of winning with the current roster. If they trade Iggy or Kipper, look out. But if they buy, the rest of us will whine, because the risk we would be assuming in order to win now would be very high.

It's lose lose either way, almost, from a management perspective. Whatever they do, they better not stand pat. It better be a buy or sell scenario.

We bet they buy. It's Feasters first year, and we doubt he wants to be known as the guy who guaranteed a playoff spot for the team and then had his team miss the playoffs. And honestly, if they were to buy on someone young and dynamic, we wouldn't scream to loud. 

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