You Know Me, I Ramble: Shoes, Playing Styles, FlyersShareThis
I made my picks for Puck Daddy today, and already changed my mind since yesterday. I’m ramping my pick up to Chicago in Five, as opposed to yesterday’s prediction of “in six“. So go me.
I used to forget my dress shoes on road trips constantly.
You’ve got a million things to remember to bring. Running shoes, shower sandals, going out shoes, dress shoes…. skates…. it was too much for my tiny mind to remember, and I didn’t have a BlackBerry to function as my head then. God I would’ve been a better student-athlete/hockey-player with a BlackBerry (and by “better student” I mean “would’ve read twitter all day and never listened”)
Anyways, I never remembered the dress shoes unless we travelled in suits, which was about 70% of the time. In that case, I’d forget running shoes.
But it’s amazing how impossible it is to track down dress shoes once you’re on the road. First, nobody brings extra ones. Second, I’m a size 12, which rules out a fair number of shoes. Third, shoes are effing expensive. Fourth, you never have free time. I could go on all day.
So basically, I was the tit walking around with what some people NOW MISTAKE FOR STYLE, and was wearing my New Balance’s with my discount suit I bought from a sponsor. It was horribly embarrassing, and worse, was always a hefty fine. The fun part is, it was always someone if not me, so I loved when the “shoe was on the other foot”. (Clever Bourne, real f***in’ clever)
Some people are hockey players, and some people are built to play hockey (Travis Moen would be the latter).
What I mean is, some people have a feel for the game, and instincts that let them move within the flow of the action (Jonathan Toews). Some people, and there are a number of them in the NHL, are men that are effing huge and skate like the wind. For them, the “game” of hockey is of secondary importance – and this isn’t a beak or a bad thing – it’s just a different type of human.
These man-beasts have such god-given gifts (I’m not talking about handsy guys here) that they couldn’t have missed the NHL if they tried (okay, Moen was a bad example). If you’re a good skater and a huge body, you can always find a few effective things to do. You’re immediately tough to play.
I’m trying to think of examples and could use a little help. Do you know what I mean? Guys that have value because they overpower the game instead of playing it? Jason Arnott? Could, say a Ryan Kesler have missed the NHL at that size and speed, even if he was offenseively useless? David Backes? It doesn’t have to be grinders – Dany Heatley is frickin’ huge with a bomb slapper and skates better than you think. First time I skated with him I was bummed, because I thought “no matter how much I lift, eat, and skate, I’ll never have those tools to work with”.
I’m looking for names of a few guys that couldn’t have missed the NHL if they used the wrong end of their stick.
I’m sure he’s a great guy and all, but I sports hate the shit out of Mark Messier. Like, with all of my sports heart. Oilers and Rangers? Burn in a (sports) fire.
From about seven weeks ago (before playoffs started) I have this note saved in my phone: “Philly has had to be in playoff mode for the last couple weeks of the season to make playoffs. This will benefit them early in ploffs, but kill them later”
Soooo, take that for what it’s worth. How long can you keep that nose to the grindstone before you hit skull? (Annnd there’s your horrible imagery for the day.)
Anytime you hype a guy up as being the edgy/cool guy on a show, it’s tough to actually be that. I’m so weired out everytime The Daily Line hypes up Reese as the guy who “crosses the line”. I can imagine that everyone says their piece on a topic, then looks to Reese for the big zinger. God that must be awful.
Let the record show that I love that my blog gets me involved in product/promotional emails from companies. MLX is a new company that’s sending me skates to demo. So I’ve got that goin’ for me. I’ll follow up on that next week sometime.
It’s Follow Friday on Twitter. Any good recommendations?