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So, I’m sure I’m not alone in periodically liking (or disliking) something for reasons that are unbeknownst to even myself. When the Islanders hired Scott Gordon, a guy I’d never heard of, I liked it, but wasn’t sure why. Let me try to explain it to myself:
Some owners hire coaches to give their fans the impression they hired a good coach. You know, a guy with a name, something that won’t cause a huge negative ruckus. This means you end up recycling coaches based on fame, not success, and before you know it, Mike Keenan is running your franchise.
I’d love to see more coaches with lower level success work their way up the ladder. Mike Babcock didn’t get the Red Wings job based on his days as a player, he got it cause he won with every damn team he coached. I think the game today is well-suited for a young coach who understands the more free-wheeling NHL (hint: defense-first is still your focus), and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the hiring trend in this direction continue (again, St. Louis hiring Davis Payne was exceptional – he’s doesn’t have Babcock’s NHL success yet, but I believe he’s got the same ability).
So good for teams that hire Davis Paynes and Scott Gordons – if Tampa Bay would do the same, they’d find out real fast what sort of team they’re actually dealing with.
Islanders are in a playoff spot in the middle of January, Rick DiPietro just got a shutout, and a 19 year old is leading the team in scoring. And the Red Wings are currently in 9th in the West. AND THE COYOTES ARE TIED FOR HOME ICE ADVANTAGE AT FOURTH. I’m dizzy. I need to sit down.
I doubt many of you watch much ECHL hockey. So far this year, I’ve watched zero minutes and no seconds, so I know where you’re coming from.
Well, the Victoria Salmon Kings (real name) scored a goal so ridiculous it ran on ESPN SportCenter yesterday. Yeah, it’s that good.
The goal made me think two things – one, that at that level, there are a few kids that are going to be legit NHL studs mixed in with a few who’re going to be legit rec league duds (though not many, you’d be surprised at the quality). What that means is, occasionally, someone gets burned so bad they should be forced to take their gear off and quit. If that were the case, the Islanders Andrew Macdonald would’ve put entire teams into retirement during his months in Utah.
Secondly, it made me shudder at the sound of their goal song. I was twice on teams that eliminated Victoria from playoffs, but when you’re on the wrong end of a game there, and that crowd gets fired up, it’s real easy to post a plus/minus that looks like Tiger got hot at The Masters.
Oh, minus five, good hustle Bourne.
Really, Dwayne Johnson… “The Tooth Fairy”? I guess we can finally start calling him “The Rock Bottom”.
I watched the Golden (Halle Berry’s) Globes on Sunday night, and thought it might be worth mentioning that I, like pretty much everyone else, love me some Ricky Gervais. That guy is money. Also, Halle Berry continues to defy human aging laws. ———->
Puck Daddy wrote an interesting bit on Mike Richards battle with the media. The guy is the perfect captain for that team o’ douches.
Here’s what sucks about how fun it is hating them: if they can get some GD goaltending (I feel like I’ve written that before), wouldn’t you not want your highly rated team to play them in the first round of playoffs? If I’m Buffalo or New Jersey, I’m praying the Isles or Panthers sneak in. I’d be interested to see the betting lines on them come playoffs, they might make for a sneaky round one money-maker.
That’s all for today! Sorry no Monday post – I was super busy watching FIVE STRAIGHT HOURS of Dexter with Bri.