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Sports Shorts: MJ-Favre, Shootout Trophy, Kings Colors, Goalie Chirps, and the Commonwealth Games Snub.

 

 

Before (good) & after (not as good)

To me, it seems that the most recent incarnation of Brett Favre (that is, the Minnesota Vikings version) seems a lot like the most recent playing incarnation of Michael Jordan (Washington Wizards edition); both former superstars in their prime (Jordan best basketball player ever, Favre arguably one of the better quarterbacks in recent history), now playing in/beyond the twilight of their career, playing for an obscure team not likely of much success, putting up decent enough numbers to say that they’re contributing, but not in a “championship contender” kind of way.  Oh, and they both danced the retired/unretired/retired/unretired-legacy endangering sonata, with Mike finally bowing out, and Brett (supposedly) finally winding down after this year as well.  I know it’s gotta be hard to leave the game for a lot of different/mostly selfish reasons; it’s all they’ve ever done, all their friends are doing it, what else would they do, they’re really good at it, winning championships is fun, self-worth and identification, etc.  But I think the mark of a really great player in any sport is being good enough at it, and earned enough respect through the years to be granted the ability to leave their game on their terms.  Too many players who’ve had good careers abuse this right, lose the privilege, and are eventually told there’s no longer room for them (Mike Modano), or are told just to leave altogether (Chris Chelios).   Not that Modano nor Chelios possess the legacy in hockey that Jordan or Favre do in basketball or football, but you get the point.       

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How is there still not a side points bracket for shootout goals/saves in the NHL?  With such a pivotal interlude in the game that literally wins or loses games, you’d think the people responsible for the results could get some sort of recognition.  Their stats don’t need to count towards Rocket Richard or Vezina Trophy balloting, but why shouldn’t there be a trophy for most shootout goals in a season?  Or shootout saves for that matter?  The best rookie (Calder), defenceman (Norris)/ a forward ”being good at defensive aspects” (Selke), and most gentlemanly player (Lady Byng) all get one and have their acheivements recognized; you’re telling me the guy responsible for winning the most games in the season shouldn’t get something?

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Before (underrated) & After (looking sharp)

I have to admit, I like the retro LA Kings jerseys; they might even be my favourite throw-back uniform so far.  I think the purple and gold look better than they get credit for, and I also think they got way too much heat for looking bad back when they were the starting jerseys.  Also, nice work on the brown pads, glove and blocker.

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A few goalie chirps… how many 2nd chances on how many different teams is Jose Theodore going to get to be good again?  How long before the lustre/protection of a Vezina/Hart Trophy win in 2002 wears off? 10 years max?

Can you imagine if Cory Schnieder bumped $64 mil Roberto Luongo out of the Canucks’ starting goalie spot?  Lu should be careful with his “the team decided to give Schneids the night off” comments, they might just come back to haunt him, pemanently. 

I’m secretly cheering for Carey Price (not the Habs, just Price) to have an awesome year and shut everyone in Montreal up.  He’s got it rough playing in front of that kind of heat (Habs fans).  Obviously the fans wanted Halak to stay, and no one blames them.  Price getting traded probably would have been the best thing for him, but alas here he is.

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Speaking of heat, with all the hubbub about Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh over the summer, the Miami Heat pretty well have to win the NBA title this year if they’re going to show their faces in the league after this season, right?  Ok, good talk. 

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Do the Commonwealth Games seem a little snooty to anyone else?  54 countries are invited to participate, while at the Olympics, 200 are invited.  Do the results not seem a little skewed when you only compete against ¼ of the world’s sporting community?  Sure it’s nice to win stuff and be better than other people at sports, but I wouldn’t have too long of a parade when I get home for winning one of those medals.  Tough to brag much about winning when athletes from countries like China, Russia, Germany, and the USA aren’t invited or anywhere near the premises.  Congratulations, you beat competitors from a bunch of other average nations at this event….        


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  1. Shane Marsh
    October 27, 2010 at 11:38 am

    i still don’t understand how u expect a non-commonwealth country to get invited to the commonwealth games? winning provincials…say in hockey for the westside grizzlies…shouldn’t feel any less because a team from alberta didn’t compete…

    • October 27, 2010 at 11:47 am

      haha, I don’t expect them to get invited, I just want them to keep in perspective the scale of what they’ve accomplished when they win. They should still feel good about winning yes. It was a lot of fun winning with Westside, but we all realize it wasn’t a national championship (though I’d still argue we could’ve contended, we were really good that year). But it was the farthest a AA team could go, so it felt good knowing that too. When you think about it, it’d be like the Canucks winning the Northwest Division and treating it like the Stanley Cup. Yeah it feels good to accomplish that one level, but they haven’t won the Conference, or the overall title; same with the Commonwealth Games, there’s a lot left to be accomplished, and a lot more talent to defeat to really claim victory.

      • Shane Marsh
        October 27, 2010 at 6:03 pm

        well regardless of who is there, a win is a win no matter who it is against and it is not a snub to not invite a country that is not eligible to attend.

        • October 27, 2010 at 6:06 pm

          agreed. Winning rules. congrats to them! Just keep your accomplishments in perspective is all I’m saying. At the CG’s, they beat some of the world’s best, not all of them. Gooooo winning!

  2. October 27, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    We have to have it that way so we can win stuff.

    • October 27, 2010 at 6:01 pm

      Does the Queen punish English athletes if they don’t do well at her games??

  3. Casey Fodor
    October 27, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    It’d be weird if the commonwealth games let just any non monarchy queen hating rednecks play in our games. What would be even weirder is if more than a dozen people followed the action.

  4. Rich Abney
    October 27, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    while i will admit Theodore is not his hart-season calibre anymore, he did go 62-24 over the last two years in washington, with save % over 91.

    • Kraymer Barnstable
      October 27, 2010 at 12:27 pm

      Sorry Dave gonna have to agree with Rich here. Yes hes no longer the Vezina winner he once was, but he is for sure a more than capable back up. Im backin Jose as a good choice for Minni’s backup, let the old guys sit on the bench and the young guys develop in the AHL

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