The Flames have been out of the first round of the playoffs one time since 1989. One time. That speaks volumes.
Hey Calgary: You are doing it wrong.
I don't think the people are stupid. But I do think the people don't know. So if you tell the people you have a playoff team, and then you end up not having it, I think it is easy for people to then blame the players. But I don't think it is correct. If someone builds you a stock portfolio and sells you on it by promising 10% return, and it doesn't perform up to expectations, you don't blame the stocks, you blame the person who built the portfolio!
I'm not saying don't blame the players. If this team was a complete one, if it didn't have a giant, gaping, Roseanne Barr vagina of a hole on the defence, and if they had a guy who could legitimately play top six centre minutes with Jarome, then it would be a different story, and blaming the players would be extremely appropriate.
But the Flames are not a complete team. They really are not even close to being one. (For example, they were icing Matt Stajan and Mike Cammalleri in top six centre minutes, and playing But7er top four defence minutes). And the people paid to know that, Ken King, Jay Feaster, and Brent Sutter, looked at the roster, and guaranteed a playoff spot.
Now management wants their allies in the media to ratchet up the heat on the players, because management wrote a cheque the players couldn't cash? You want to talk about the players lack of character? Fish rots from the head down, people.
Nobody put a gun to Jay Feaster's head and made him guarantee that a weak team would make a playoff spot. To me, that is a display of spectacularly bad judgment. Quick question: Do we want people who have displayed spectacularly bad judgment running this team? I don't think we do; How does Jay Feaster have a job? How are there not articles and columns talking about how the management has destroyed this team?
To me, the issue is just that. Management isn't up to the task. I don't see how you pen columns on whether or not the team should trade Jarome when the issue that immediately precedes 'Trade Jarome' is 'Are These People Even Capable Of Trading Jarome'?
Besides, everyone knows the real issue that concerns the fans is who the fuck is going to get Rob Kerr's suck out of the play by play booth.
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