Monday, April 23, 2012

They Ruined Blogger...

I hadn't logged on, so I have no idea when the google decided to ruin blogger. But they did.

They changed the format on the thang to something I am sure some people are into. It's...less oldsy, I guess. I really don't know how to describe's very sterile, this new look. And I hate hate hate it. Like, the level of hate Matt Stajan feels towards his exercise bike.

Shit, it's really throwing me off. I didn't really have anything to talk about anyways, and now, with this monkey wrench thrown in my gears...forget it.

I hear there is an election today. You may want to check that out... Uh, I got contacts on the weekend, haven't had those in a few years. Those are pretty ok. Probably should man up and go get the eyes cut on, but that would involve having to trust a robot with a the ability to shoot skin burning lasers, and we all know how that turned out for the people of LA.

Hey guys, actually, that reminds me! You know what we can talk about?

I also would have accepted: 'C' stands for 'Choke'. BECAUSE IT DOES!

There is something, I dunno, petty and small and vicious about dancing in the flickering shadows of a corpse tossed upon the funeral pyre...which is sweet, because I am petty and small and viscous. Which makes this celebration of the demise of the divers something I can really dig my teeth into.

Seriously, I'm a little perplexed as to why PM Harper didn't declare this day a national holiday and give us all the day off so the rest of Canada could riot in celebratory glee.

The fact that Stoll finished that team off in total Rec League Hero fashion...that's just perfect, isn't it?

So good. I'll be watching that all freakin' day.

On the Flames front... I know it's old now, but I am still buzzing over the fact that 'Jay Feaster takes his marching orders from King' has not only gone mainstream, but is now accepted, conventional thinking. Take for instance, this line from a week old Jim Matheson article on Brent Sutter:  "But Feaster gets his marching orders from higher-ups. Do they want to tear it down like the Oilers? Doesn’t appear to be that way."

I mean, how good is that? It's awesomely good. I don't want to rehash how the team should probably go out and hire somebody with enough character, talent, and gravitas that they would find a situation like the one Feaster currently...endures to be untenable and would quit if they had to work under those conditions, but the Flames should probably go out and hire someone who has enough character, talent, and gravitas to aspire to be the GM of the team and not the mouthpiece of it. 

But hey, what do I know? 

Other than that, yeah, Feaster still is employed. Bummer, dude. It looks like the only head on a pike we are gonna get was the one we already got, Brent Sutter's. And while we did enjoy that little appetizer, I know all that did for my appetite was wet it for more. I don't know about you guys, but watching these have your windows, right? And when they close, they close. Flames have been going with the Jarome & Kipper show since 05-06, right? 

I'm kinda in the do something new camp. The thing is, I am terrified of the teams management. It's not that I don't have faith in Edwards, King, and Feaster. I do. I have infinite faith in their abilities to make stupid moves that hurt the franchise. Or to do something short sighted for the benefit of some cheap pop from the locals (remember when they gave Stajan an extension so they wouldn't have to listen to pundits in Toronto say they traded Dion for this player and that player and at the end of the year lost them all? That was incredible.).
But look. I think we can all agree that the Canucks were a superior team to the Flames, and the Canucks couldn't get out of the first round. The team is so far away from being a cup contender it, to think that Jarome and Kipper and some new shiny FA are gonna do the trick seems absurd.
The team needs two centres who can play top six minutes against other top six players effectively. It needs, to my eyes, two more defensemen who can play a regular shift. There are ways the team could fake some depth. They could resign Jokinen, play Cammo at centre, use SVEN on the wing, giving the team some combination, say:


(They could reacquire Langkow and Juice to play with Backlund on the third. How awesomely retread would that be?)

But I don't know if that cranks anyone's engine. To me, this team has gone about as far as it is gonna go as currently constructed. If there isn't the ability to go out and get the pieces this team needs to go from 'ok' to 'actually good', then what is the point of spending money on players and wasting time on  another lost season? If the team can't get the players it needs, because of scarcity in the market or whatever the reason, to me, they should then blow it up and try to lose a lot of games. I don't see why not. If they can't compete for reals next season, then management should probably figure out when they might have a realistic shot at competing, and plan accordingly. (Spoiler Alert: IT SHOULD COINCIDE WITH THE OPENING OF THE NEW BUILDING)
If the plan at this point in time is still 'Open bottle, wait for lightning'... Well, the thing with catching lightning is that you can use any bottle you have handy. A young, inexperienced team has just as much chance as fluking out as a veteran one.
But Whalen, those Canucks losing is great. It's so good, in fact, I am not even going to talk about how the Flames gave LA their coach for free, and LA then went out and got the eighth seed. You know, the seed the Flames were gunning for (face palm).
Furthermore, I think Peter Loubardias Ken King should be fired.


  1. I note that you've made the shift from having your starting lineup be set for the week to the month. The Left D is spectacular BTW.

  2. The forgotten manApril 23, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    King Ken leading the Flames
    Grimace leading Calgary
    Nanny Red leading Alberta

  3. It's here frown, right? I dig her little non smile.

    Also, cleavage.

  4. Rotating healthy scratch trio '89April 24, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    The team right now has the 6th most expensive tickets in league and the dome is full every game. Fuck I bet half the seats are owned by businesses. As long as the price is high and seats are full why would ownership want to change the course. Bob Mckenzie said on national TV Flames ownership have the most influence on personnel in the NHL. Clearly they don't have a fucking clue what they are doing. Fuck if people outside the team say it's not going to work you REALLY have to have the blinders on not to see it in your own organization.

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