Wednesday, December 08, 2004
MORE ND REGRETS
THE NHLPA OFFER
This is a terrific offer and the owners should jump at it. First, because it is likely the best offer they will ever get. Second, if they don't, the fans will start to blame them for the impasse. It's bad politics, and it's bad business.
So is there hope? Hard to tell. Depends if there are more progressive owners than dinosaurs like the Black Hawk's Bill Wirtz. If Wirtz is the standard, then hockey is doomed. Lets hope the collective ownership doesn't hail from Jurassic Park.
MAKING HOCKEY FAN FRIENDLY?
Every one says that we need to find a way to open up the ice and increase the skating and speed. Well, duh, then do away with the center redline on the offside pass. If you make the offside pass blue line to blue line, as in international and college hockey, you double the skating space at center ice. You make it much more difficult to trap or run a lock. The game will be much faster through center ice, and scoring chances will increase dramatically.
The other change I would make concerns the afore mentioned goalies equipment. Return the equipment to the sizes allowed in 1970. The decades of the 70's, (actually starting about 1967), was the glory days of goaltending. Look at the names. Dryden, Cheevers, Parent, Esposito, Vachon, Maniago, Edwards, Giacamon, Davidson, Smith. These were spectacular goalies, facing slap shots off of banana blades. Bobby Hull and Rick MacLeash's slap shots consistently hit 120 mph. Mike Walton occasionally hit 130 mph. No goalie got maimed, the hockey was great, and the great goalies made great saves.
The truth is there is nothing wrong with hockey. Except, they need to get back on the ice and start playing! It is still the greatest sport on earth. I just thank heavens I live in a college town, where I can see the game played at a high level. At least, that is, when Michigan, Michigan State, or Miami come to town!
Monday, December 06, 2004
ELECTION OF BUSH FULFILLS PROPHESY
As it turns out, Menchen was quite a prophet!
Sunday, December 05, 2004
US USING NAPALM (again)
For those of you too young to remember, Napalm is a horrific chemical incendiary agent that was first used in Viet Nam. A mixture of kerosene and polystyrene, it sticks to the skin as it burns. Banned for use against civilian targets during the Viet Nam war due to public reaction to photos of horribly burned civilians and children, it was banned internationally in the early 80's. The US is one of the few countries not signatory to the ban.
Anyone who remembers the news film of the small Vietnamese child running from a fireball screaming, her back in flames, knows the horror of this chemical. That we would use this chemical under any circumstance is appalling. To use it in proximity of civilians in Fallujah is unconscionable.
Hey Notre Dame, do you realize you look....STUPID?
I.Q. 160 +. He is smart enough to win close games against superior opponents. He should communicate well with the smarter than average ND student athlete. Downside... Weiss will likely be unavailable until after the Superbowl, 3 days before recruits sign their letters of intent.
So, they either settle for a coach they really aren't sold on, or sacrifice a whole years worth of recruiting. Quick, somebody call George Lynch!
Friday, December 03, 2004
Damn.... probably not. According to ESPN hockey analyst and former Blackhawks player rep. Darren Pang, the new proposal does not contain a salary cap. Without one, the deal is probably DOA.
Smart move on the part of the Union though. By making it sound like they have bent over backwards to please ownership, the onus is now clearly on the owners. If the NHLPA can sell this to the fans, the team owners now become the bad guys in the publics eyes. Gives them a lot more bargaining leverage.
I so miss my Red Wings, but I am not getting my hopes up for hockey this year quite yet.
DOMESTIC SPYING, JUST LIKE DICK!
It is becoming increasingly clear that this administration has completely lost sight of the values it is supposedly fighting to protect in Afghanistan and Iraq. I have long since contended that by surrendering our civil rights, we are conceding the war to the terrorists. Bin Laden may never have to set off another bomb here. Bush and cronies are doing his work for him!
ND SHOOTS SELF IN FOOT (again)
People here have quickly forgotten that a large part of the reason that Lou Holtz was pushed out, and Bob Davies fired, was not their won/loss record. It was the quality of human being they brought into the football program that brought them grief. Every year there were players in brushes with the law, alumni scandals, etc. Ty brought discipline back to the program. He was a great role model and the students and players respected him.
The worst part is, Coach Willingham and staff were having one of the best recruiting years in the history of ND. By all accounts, one of the top 5 recruiting classes in the country, with more prospects leaning toward ND. If they had given him one more year, at least the new coach would have had great material to work with. As it is, most of those recruits will go elsewhere now. It's a shame.
Athletic Director Kevin White has in his brief tenure shown a tendency to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. With this decision, his track record appears to be intact.