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Nice review Alec. Especially the comment on Carlyle not "sticking with what works."
6 days, 2 hours ago on Game Review: Game #63, Blue Jackets 2 vs. Leafs 1
Even great players will look bad if playing a system that doesn't work. Just saying.
6 days, 7 hours ago on Shark Club Game Day: Game #63, Blue Jackets at Maple Leafs
Tons of empty seats in the lower bowl at the ACC...
@Leafs2 Isles1 @TheCanucksnaphook Thanks for the article. You make some good points.
Regardless, my point is that it doesn't really matter what the reason for the recent sea level drop is, or whether we understand it, because three years is too short of a period to infer anything about the long-term evolution of the climate system.
Consider this hockey analogy: If Paul Tim Gleason would score a hat trick in his next game would anybody believe that he will continue to do so for every remaining game of the season? No. Because we have certain verifiable data and measurements of Gleason's past permanence and skills, and they indicate that the hat trick would have most likely been an anomaly. Would anybody be able to explain why Gleason scored the hat trick? Maybe, maybe not. Does it matter if we would be able to explain it, and more importantly would not being able to explain why Gleason is all of a sudden playing like a reborn Drew Doughty, mean that our prior knowledge about Gleason as a rough and tough stay-at-home defence man have to be entirely thrown out the door? No, I don't think so.
Odd things happen sometimes, Climate is no different. One anomaly does not make a trend. Three years may seem like a long time, but it really isn't in terms of climate.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on The Leafs & Top 3 Centers Per Team by Cap Hit
@TheCanucksnaphook @TheCanucksnaphook Disclosure: I used to work as a climate scientist.
Three years is nothing in a climatological time perspective.
Consider this. If, hypothetically, it was ten degrees colder today than yesterday in Toronto, does that mean that Toronto is experiencing a long-term robust cooling trend, and that tomorrow will be ten degrees colder even, and next week it will be minus 70 degrees Celcius outside? No, of course not, we all know that weather fluctuates naturally, from day to day, week to week, season to season. (These short-term fluctuations has noting to do with long-term trends.) Put in another way. Do we fear that summer will not come this year because one day is colder than the previous? No, most reasonable people don't.
People don't generally know that weather can fluctuate also over longer time scales too, even years. So the drop in ocean levels you mention may be just a blip in the long-term evolution of the earth system, might be a simple fluctuation, and at this point indicates absolutely nothing about what climate will be like in ten or a hundred years.
Sometimes the science cannot explain short term-fluctuations, as you mentioned. However, this does not disprove the robust conclusion that the earth system is slowly warming on average due to increasing amounts of greenhouse gases. Just like one rainy day after a sunny one, does not indicate that winter wont eventually become summer.
@TheCanucksnaphook @MaxwellHowe Global warming will lead to droughts, famine, floods, even countries disappearing under water. Not a laughing matter. When glacier fed rivers dry up, scarcity of water resources in the dryer parts of the world is likely to lead to armed conflict over access to water, including for example nuclear warhead armed countries such as India and Pakistan. It simply naive to think that northern countries, such as Canada, will be able to thrive in a much destabilized global world just because we have a colder climate. Get wiser people.
@peterbleafs @leafsjon Not much precedent for such a strong mental ability on this team, but I hope you are right!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Game Day Notes: Game #49, Sabres @ Leafs
The Leafs seem to thrive as underdogs, but persistently fail to beat poorer teams. It should come as no surprise if after beating the Bruins they put up a real stinker against the Sabres tonight.
@JeffNB @leafsjon Agreed. Bozak has been great lately. I didn't mean to bash on him. My comment was more of a general reflection on stats, considering Michael's post stating that this "was Bozak’s 7th career 2-goal game… which is actually kind of an impressive stat".
The number of goals you manage to score in a single game is a fun stat, but not a particularly useful one IMHO to determine a player's value for a team. The total number of goals per season is what matters.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Game Recap: Game #48, Leafs 4 at Bruins 3
Good for Bozak. Two-goal games, however, and hat tricks for that matter, are useless stats. What matters are how many goal you score a season, not how they clump up randomly in certain games.
@Uncle Otis @leafsjon @wendelsfist To be fair to Mr. Cox, I think he has been clear that he is against fighting, but not all type of physical contact as you claim. Besides that your accusations of him being a douche bag, condescending and arrogant, are largely unsubstantiated. I can't really take your word for it. Not sure about him not being a hockey fan, but certainly he is quite neutral to the Leafs, which I find quite refreshing in this market, where most hockey journalists are quite biased towards the Leafs in their reporting.
I can't help wondering if it's the fact that he is not visibly cheering for the Leafs that makes him unpopular.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Game Recap: Game 46, Capitals 3 vs. Leafs 2
@rockydundas @leafsjon @MaxwellHowe Agreed.
@rockydundas @leafsjon @MaxwellHowe Good point, but at the same time I think it is dangerous to judge players for their performance on a struggling team. There is a long list former Leafs players who have succeeded when let go to other teams. Moreover Kulie is not deployed in scoring situations on the Leafs anymore.
@MaxwellHowe I don't like trading Kulie, he's one of the few players working hard consistently, a rare commodity on the team currently.
@wendelsfist @leafsjon I have noticed that. So, he's a contrarian, goes against the fan base. Probably not a great way to become popular. Hardly makes him a douche bag though, just uninteresting.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on A formless rant on Carlyle’s Maple Leafs
Why does so many Leafs fans seem to resent Damien Cox at the Toronto Star? I haven't followed him for a while, but in the past I thought he was one of the few writers that made sense. Just curious to what people don't like.
I don't know anything about this blog, but they do a nice summary of everything Carlyle is doing wrong, given the current rooster. It's from early December, but nothing has changed.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Game Recap: Game #45, Canes – Many vs. Leafs – Very Few
@Hammertownleaffan @Shift_Disturber1 Maybe Phaneuf is an extreme example (and actually I don't think it would be a good idea). But a guy like JVR could definitely sit. He talented sure, but I see him dragging his feet on the back check and avoiding physical contact. The idea would be to send the message that nobody is safe.
@Hammertownleaffan @Shift_Disturber1 @leafsjon Sure, but how about sitting some of the more established players to send a signal about leadership? I guess it would be suicide for Carlyle to sit Phaneuf, and in a way Phaneuf doesn't deserve it, he's one of our best players, but some extreme measures are needed to break this funk.