Posts Tagged ‘crotch bang’

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I Hate Power Rankings

October 23, 2007

Here is a quote from tsn.ca’s power rankings.

Chris Mason opened the season with two outstanding games and has struggled ever since. Perhaps it’s time to take a step back and give backup Dan Ellis some work.

Okay…I get that the Preds have lost five in a row and that Mason had some shaky games but he looked pretty good in the Ducks game and played great Saturday in San Jose. This is ridiculous to think that they should give Ellis some work. Mason is the number one, no ifs, ands or butts. Here is the case of a person compiling the list looking only at box scores and not knowing what is happening on the ice.

I am not even arguing the point that they have the Preds ranked 28th. Right now they deserve that ranking because they’ve lost five in a row. Five in a row! Are they a better team than what they are showing? Without a doubt they are! But until they start showing the rest of league by stringing together some wins they will be pulling up the rear in all of these rankings.

So…a big fat juicy Crotch Bang to TSN for not doing enough research to know that Mason is playing good hockey right now and still deserves the #1 spot.

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The Blog I Want To Write Tomorrow

October 23, 2007

The post I want to write tomorrow.

Enough already! I am getting sick of writing about losing. For those who think winning is overrated they should try losing five games in a row…it sucks! To remedy this situation I thought I would write the blog that I want to be writing tomorrow today…you know some of the Tony Robbins positive thinking stuff. So here we go!

Now that was Predators hockey! While the didn’t play better against the Kings than they had against the Ducks and Sharks the result was much better from a Preds fan perspective. Hopefully this 4-1 win will put the guys back on the right track!

I thought our D made the difference last night. They played with intensity and never seemed to allow LA to get set up in our zone. They were all over them all night long! Pred fans knew going in that our D was young and good and last night we showed just how good they can be. I love the way our D will go deep on the attack in the offensive zone. While this may get us burned on occasion our guys seem to be working this well with forwards covering the points when someone goes in.

I loved seeing Radulov get it going last night. I think going against the likes of Anze Kopitar gets him up for the game. Anytime two young stars go head to head in a game you know they want to outshine the other and Alexander The Great did just that. His two goals set the tone for the game…this was going to be a wide open fast paced game. His first one was a thing a beauty and made ESPN’s top plays. Goals from Zidlicky and Bonk rounded out the Preds scoring.

On the opposite side Kopitar did his thing and gave the Kings their lone goal on a play that would turn any goalie inside out. He is special for sure!

The Preds should be thrilled with their play tonight. They come home a little happier and ready for a couple home games at the Sommet Center.

Crotch Bang to those who think the Preds are the only ones with attendance problems. Did anyone see all the empty seats last night in LA?

Now…lets go Preds…go beat those Kings!

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Yup…Another Loss

October 21, 2007

I feel like an auctioneer…’we have four. Do I hear five? Five – thank you team in teal. Do I have six?’

Seriously…what do we have to do to get a win around this place? The Preds played a great game last night. Mason was as solid as I’ve seen him since game two and the team was really keeping pace with the Sharks. We just ran into another goalie playing out of his mind…Nabokov played great last night. He kept the Preds scoreless and frustrated for 60 minutes of wide open hockey.

This is not a case of the Preds losing the game but just the other team having a goalie who had ‘one of those nights.’

Let’s hope the streak ends at five when the Preds visit the Kings on Tuesday.

[b]Crotch Bang[/b] to Scott Nichol who took a stupid delay of game penalty that led to a 5-3 power play goal for the Sharks and put them up for good 1-0. Nichol is one of the most frustrating players on our team. He plays with energy but he fails, so often, to harness it. This is not the first time he has cost us and I doubt it will be the last. When Sullivan is healthy I hope we see Nicol sit down a bit more…or maybe pawn his ill-timed penalties off on someone else!

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Home Away From Home

October 19, 2007

While many teams view the comfy confines of a nice home stand I think there are times when a little road trip is just what the doctor ordered. That, I believe, is the case right now with the Preds.

Mired in the a four game losing streak (3 at home and one on the road) the Preds step away from comfortable home beds, wives, children and any sense of routine. The road forces you to depend on those around you more than you ever do at home. The Preds have often done a great job planning team building activities when out on the road and it would not surprise me if they did some of that in their three game California swing.

This years edition of the Preds, more than the last two, needs to understand that team model. There are no superstars on this team. No one is going to score 80+ points the way Kariya did the last two years. This years team is going to have to do it the hard way. They are going to have to work as a team with different guys stepping up each night.

Sure we should expect Arnott, Erat, Dumont and Radulov to lead this team in scoring but the real success will come from role players who take their turn in the spotlight. We will need huge games, from time to time, from the likes of Bonk, Gelinas, Fiddler and yes even Tootoo. Goalie Chris Mason will also be called upon to single handily win games for us as well but the end result, if these Preds are to make the playoffs, will be a team of faceless players who understand what team is all about. Who are willing to sacrifice their body and their stat line for the better of the team.

Crotch Bang to Steve Sullivan’s back. Yes I know that is crazy to even write that but I am getting ticked off at that back! Heal already! (this by no means is a reflection on Steve. I know Steve wants to be back there, this is just a sign of my frustration)

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Preds Fall Again

October 18, 2007

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I hate writing after a Preds loss and the way this season is going I may have to a ton of this writing. The Preds lost their fourth straight against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Ducks last night in a 3-1 game.

I know I am going to sound like a homer here but this game could have easily gone the other way. The Preds owned that first period. It was one of those times where the ice seemed to be tilted the other way. Their puck possession was incredible and they were buzzing around the puck. Trotz lit a fire under these guys and they responded. Unfortunately they did not respond with a win. If the NHL gave points for effort the Preds would have been in line to get some because they, despite the loss, played a terrific game. In fact the first period might have been their best period all year.

I firmly believe that a team is only as good as their leader. If that is the case the Preds are in great shape because Jason Arnott is playing like a man possessed. He not only put five shots on goal but he was a forechecking animal, creating havoc in the Ducks end.

I love the fact that Ryan Suter got his first goal of the year. He still appeared sloppy at times with the puck and one turnover in particular resulted in a scoring chance. I am willing to be patient with his growing pains but he has to be better on the puck.

Not real happy with the play of Mason last night. He seemed a step behind and was giving up some huge rebounds.

And finally…Crotch Bang to anyone who doesn’t think that Alexander Radulov is one of the most exciting young players in the NHL to watch. When this kid finally finds his stride in this league he is going to be special. His pass to Suter last night was a beauty and he played a high energy game all night.

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Losing Stinks

October 15, 2007

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One thing I’ve discovered about blogging about your favorite team…when they lose it’s hard to write. Writing when they win is easy.

“They played a great game.”
“The boys looked sharp.”
“The other team played well but just didn’€™t have it.”
“This was a quality win against a quality team.”

Seriously…cliches abound when you are talking about winning but when your team is in the tank finding the right words to say can be difficult and downright painful.

Let me first say that I am not all doom and gloom about the Preds right now. There were people last year at this time who were wondering how on earth our team could give up eight goals to Chicago and give up 17 goals to start the 06-07 campaign 0-3. Last year was different though…we were picked to be a good team and people were doubting following the ugly start. This year most are picking the Preds to finish much worse than last year and perhaps miss the playoffs. Those people are looking at these recent results as evidence to their prediction.

Before I go too far down this road let me bang some crotches!

Crotch Bang to anyone who believes the Preds do not miss Steve Sullivan right now. We miss his speed, his creativity with the puck and his never take a shift off attitude. A good report on the health of his back gives Pred fans hope that the return will be soon.

Crotch Bang to any Chris Mason hater. I know he has looked horrible in his last three. It happens. Lest we forget the guy who looked like a world beater two weeks ago or the goalie who put up one of the best save percentages last year. Mason is our number one goalie (without a doubt) and the sooner everyone embraces that the better off we’€™ll be. (I realize this is a near repeat of an earlier CB…but people have to get off of Mason!)

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Balsillie Back In The Picture

October 12, 2007

In a letter written by a local business man who was heavily involved with the campaign of Nashville’s new mayor it appears Jim Balsillie is ready to try to dance again.

Here is it in it’s entirety:

I (Bo Roberts) am writing on behalf of a client of NetCom LLC, Predators Sports and Entertainment LP (“Purchaseco”). We have been asked to summarize my client’s position on matters related to the two arena operating agreements in the event, however unlikely, that the Freeman/Del Biaggio Group may not be able to reach an agreement with the Authority and Metro government.

First, let me state that Purchaseco is 100 per cent owned by Jim Balsillie of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and that Mr. Balsillie was previously in negotiations with Craig Leipold for the purchase of the Predators. After having had extensive discussions with him, I am completely convinced that Mr. Balsillie’s understanding of the Nashville market at that time was incorrect, and that Mr. Balsillie recognizes that. He is now committed to Nashville as a viable hockey market, one in which he strongly desires to own a franchise; and that he will commit the resources that are necessary to lead to a Stanley Cup for the Predators and Nashville. He is also keenly aware of the recent outpouring of support of the Predators by the community, and our concrete expressions that hockey and the Predators are important to Nashville. Along these lines, Jim has assured me that he would welcome, but not require, local partners as a part of the ownership team. Specifically, he would welcome the participation of the local investors in the Freeman Group, who have so diligently worked to keep the Predators in Nashville. You can be assured, ladies and gentlemen of the Authority, that Aubrey Harwell and I would not be associated with any group that we felt would lead to the demise of this important franchise in Nashville.

That said, I want to outline, in layman’s terms, the steps that Purchaseco would be willing to take to make this franchise successful. First the existing arena operating agreements will require no changes whatsoever unless they benefit the Authority and the residents of Nashville. In that regard, Purchaseco will make the following commitments that will strengthen the position of the Authority and Metro Government:

+ Purchaseco will respect the previously stated opinion of Metro’s legal department to the effect that the 2006-07 hockey season was not the second consecutive “full season” of sub 14,000 paid attendance. As such, the Early Termination Notice issued by the Predators in June, 2007 will be void and of no effect. Further, any such notice could not occur until after the 2007-2008 season results are known.

+ Purchaseco will make the necessary arrangements to comply with the minimum tangible net worth guarantee provisions, as required in the arena operating agreements.

+ Purchaseco will increase the exit fee to the owners for terminating the License Agreement to approximately $75 million from approximately $16 million, to be adjusted only by cumulative operating losses, but in no event will decrease below $25 million.

+ Purchaseco will contract with a nationally-recognized facility management firm to operate the Sommet Center, and structure the contract so that Nashville (the Authority) and Purchaseco would share the benefits from improved financial results.

+ To assure the Authority and Nashville that the team will be competitive and the franchise has a chance to succeed, the owners would guarantee a minimum salary base of at least the midway point between the minimum and maximum requirements under the salary cap arrangements. This would be at least an $8 million investment over and above the required floor.

These are the highlights of our proposal. Detailed and appropriate language describing the foregoing can be submitted immediately when appropriate and upon the Authority’s request.

Let me summarize: the only changes my client would request in the current operating and licensing agreements would be changes that would benefit the Authority and the citizens of Nashville. If you feel that it is appropriate, my client is willing to meet with the Authority and any appropriate officials to further discuss the items outlined above, but, more importantly, to share his passion for hockey and his desire to bring a Stanley Cup to Nashville.

Thank you for the consideration of these comments.

Well…will wonders never cease. I don’t know whether to laugh, cry or flat out kiss my team goodbye. I can tell you one thing…I am sick and tired of not knowing what is happening with this team! Does Mayor Karl Dean owe Roberts a big time favor? if so this could be the way he pays him back.

Crotch Bang to the City of Nashville and the group of local investors who didn’t get this deal worked out before Balsillie showed up again.