Saturday, March 24, 2012

Murray Edwards Is So Fate He Waddles Like A Duck When He Walks

To me, it is pretty simple.

If the organization cares about ticket sales, it will keep Ken King. Ken King will keep this bunch together, mumble something about injuries, and throw money at free agents who will ultimately sign elsewhere. He will not trade veterans. He will ignore the gaping holes in the defence. And the club will finish 11th or worse.

If the organization cares about winning, it will fire Ken King. It will fire his crony Feaster, and it will not renew the contract of Brent Sutter.

If the organization cares about winning, it would not settle on failed retreads like Wiesbrod and Hartsburg to replace Feaster and Sutter, either.

Three years out of the playoffs And how many years removed is this club from actually having a legitimate chance to win a Stanley Cup? Five or six? And Ken King has the peculiar genius to be able to managed this trick while working with an unlimited budget.

Enough is enough. The current management crew has proven themselves incapable. Perhaps a newspaper editor is not the best person to have running hockey operations.

The fans have been very, very good to the Flames. It's time the Flames returned the favour, and start putting people in place to run this team who know what they are doing. Grasping at straws has proven itself a poor strategy for long term success.

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

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Chris But7er Paraphrase: We Play With Fear

I didn't find the video, so if anyone does please post the link.

It was in the post-game interview. I assume people saw, but I wanted to post this for posterity.

Brent Sutter committed coaching suicide tonight. If you disagree there is a strong chance you also happen to draw a cheque from the Flames in some capacity. Probably a beat writer, radio host... you know, the salesmen, err, journalists.

But But7er's post game interview was insightful. He basically said the team plays scared when it has a lead, simply wants the clock to tick down so they can get out of there. They play not to lose; they don't play to win. They play scared. They play with fear.

A professional hockey player said this. Out loud. In front of a camera.

Holy shit. Holy fucking shit. Fear. That's not a word you want bandied about is it? This next comment is strictly for the people who actually play the game: Fear?

I don't know how else to say it. If you play, you know what I mean. Because if you play, you know: You cannot show fear. Period. It's a machismo thing, but it isn't exclusively male: You can't show fear in Ringette for fucks sake.

Fear? In a competition. Fear?

Fear? Fear. Chris But7er said the team gets scared. WHEN THEY HAVE THE LEAD!

I don't know what colour the sky is in like 80% of the Flames fan's world. I really think a majority of the fanbase is fucking mouthbreather. But surely everyone can get behind the notion that when a player on your team says that they get scared when they get the lead, something is all sorts of fucked up.

Seriously, the gladiator is scared? That means the gladiator thinks, no, knows he is going to lose before he steps out on the fucking field.

These guys don't trust each other, and they don't trust the coach. You know how I know? THEY ADMITTED TO BEING FUCKING SCARED WHEN THEY GET A LEAD!

Brent Sutter Is A Mumbling Clusterfuck Failure Of A Coach.

Sorry, by the way, after Coach Retard plays Stajan, Stempniak, Jones, and Comeau in the playoffs (in a must win), which is a fucking retarded thing to do, Coach Retard has a hissy fit and skips out of doing the post game conference.

Wow. What a fucking Stajan.

Tiny testicle bitch. He rolls the dice on the shootout, in, like we said, retarded fashion, and he doesn't even have the personal honour to face the music for his decision.

Fish rots from the head down, I guess. You want to talk about a lack of character, I'd point to that as being exhibit number one.

Makes him a punk. Brent Sutter is a fucking punk. That's not me being a hater. Sutter gambled, lost, and then sent his sidekick out to deal with the press. Punk bitch move.

Coward move. No wonder this club plays scared.

Brent Sutter Is A Mumbling Clusterfuck Failure Of A Coach.

Third update. Think about your own personal life. Think back to when you had to take a test or something. Think about a time you had to compete.

Why do people become scared? It is because they are not prepared. That is why the military drills the fuck out of front line troops: so in their heads they have a gameplan, so when shit hits the fan they don't get scared.

Could But7er be scared, could the team be playing scared, because they don't trust their coach has prepared them properly?

Seeing as Coach Retard is a mumbling clusterfuck of a failure for a coach, I think the answer is probably yes. 

Brent Sutter Is A Mumbling Clusterfuck Failure Of A Coach.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Teutoburg Forest

I'm reading Tacitus. (Enjoying it, too.) Which had me thinking.

"Varus! Give me back my legions!"

One of my favourite lines in history. An angry, frustrated Divine Augustus, smashing his head against the wall, in the fashion of mere mortals, screaming to a ghost. "Varus! Give me back my legions".

Varus, a Roman Governor and General, led three Legions of the Roman Army into the barbarous wilds of Northern Germany, marched his army through Teutoburg Forest, marched his army into the heart of an ambush, marched his army to slaughter. Very few of the men in Varus's army survived, too few to even really consider. Varus and all his officers were killed. Most of them were dragged off to the sacred woods, boiled in pots, and had their bones used in the barbarians victory rituals. 20,000 men dead, the myth of the invincible Eagle shattered, the most advanced military equipment of the day lost and in the hands of the enemy.

"Varus! Give me back my legions!"

(Augustus responds with this when he hears the news, I think, because the whole event was perfectly avoidable. Military intelligence suggested that Varus would be ambushed, and Varus ignored the warning.)

What I am interested in isn't the defeat, however. It is the aftermath of the defeat. With Roman honour stained with defeat, with the Roman Legions Sacred Eagles in the hands barbarians, with the borders into the Romanized provinces open, something had to be done. A response was indeed undertaken; Tacitus writes of 1000 ships being built to carry the avenging Legions into Germany.

Think about that for a moment: Varus did not need to kill himself and 20,000 veteran soldiers in an ambush he was warned about. But he did, and as a result, Rome was forced to spend resources it could have used for other endeavors on a campaign in which the motive was not to secure another province, or gain an ally, but rather to avenge honour, and to gain back the Eagle's (essentially the standards of the Roman army). Important stuff to be sure, but not as important as another province to collect taxes from.

It is a three-fold setback: Varus loses legions, Rome has to send more legions to avenge the legions lost, and the original reason Varus was in Germany to begin with, to pacify and civilize, gets abandoned.

On the weekend, the Flames, in my mind, had a "Varus! Give me back my legions!" moment.

Edmonton had been talking about this game. They had apparently put Feaster's bluster about "Where did the Oilers finish last year, caller?" (Answer: out of the playoffs, like the Flames, Feaster.) on the proverbial bulletin board. Military intelligence had warned the Flames that an ambush was coming, and the Flames did not respond. They put up 19 shots against a team that gives up on average 30 shots a game. (I just looked, and the Flames give up more shots against a game than Edmonton. But hey, let's bring back Coach Sutter.)

In an important game, only because the Flames went 10/23 in the first two months of the season, the Flames did not show up.

The next game the Flames played was against the Blue Jackets. The Flames put up 30 plus shots, but were not able to win the game. The Flames managed to get at least one point out of the game, which is nice, but they needed two.

Had the Flames won those two games, they would be sitting pretty with 84 points, they would be alone in 7th place. They would have leapfrogged four teams, and be feeling pretty good about themselves. Instead, they sit with 81 points, they sit at the bottom rung of all the teams still competing for the final spots in the West.

Instead of building a playoff cushion, the Flames need to win games just to get back to the position they should have been in, as wins against the bottom dwellers of the conference are expected. The Flames are now forced to play at a clip that is superior to the clip that Colorado and Phoenix will play. Can they? Sure, anything is possible; Matt Stajan is scoring. But they didn't have to. Had they won those games on the weekend, winnable games, they could have simply gone .500 and had a good chance to make the dance. Now they are forced to play above that clip. 

Varus was defeated in AD 9, and revenge was had in AD 13. Four years, and who knows how much money and energy, later. Had only Varus headed the warnings.

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