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The last good season was season 10, after that it takes a completely obvious nose-dive. It's completely obvious! The only reasons it stayed popular are A. The reputation built by 10 awesome seasons, and B. By that point, kids who hadn't grown up watching those great years started tuning in with no expectations.
The Simpsons is a hollow, superficial caricature of its former self. It died a long time ago, and what we have now is celebrity cameos, ridiculous stories, appalling voice acting and constant, unrelenting, Shrek style references to current events. When was the last time the story hinged around Bart wanting a new toy, or having to win a sports game, or any other member of the family being involved in anything that wasn't totally retarded (like working in an erotic bakery with Gabriel Byrne).
The really sad thing is that there are 10 good seasons, and 25 bad ones. There is a lot more crap than good by now.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/theapparty/
Jarnkrok had already expressed a desire to return to Europe and it was possible he wouldn't sign a further deal so there's that too. Plus I like Legwand and hope he signs again. Can't wait to say good fucking bye to Cleary and Bert.
I'm also wary of writing off Quincey, although he takes dumb penalties, turns the puck over, and can't really do anything particularly well. But, who else is there? It's such a shallow pool every damn year.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nightmareonhelmstreet.com/uncategorized/sunday-musings.html
@zombi_ Then you sir, obviously watch hockey in a parallel universe where this would be a good idea. Do dogs keep people as pets in your universe?
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nightmareonhelmstreet.com/
So, I'm guessing this blog is dead then?
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Game Day Movie Poster from the Litter Box: A Duo
So is this blog going again or what? It's been like the Mary Celeste around here! Great poster, and what do you know? He gets it done!
11 months ago on Hello Chicago...
Hell yes, who hasn't been waiting for this! Now we just need Cleary benched/waived and Quincey to develop mild plague and we're set!
1 year ago on Boom - Nyquist Here To Stay
Howard doesn't exactly suck, but he has certainly become mediocre this year. Nothing at all remarkable, he has played utterly and completely like an average goalie, and that's not acceptable. We've all seen him be much better so he needs to step it up.
This team has loads of people who can score who are, like you say, playing like grinders for no reason whatsoever. It's so frustrating to watch such messy hockey from a team I expect better of. Why the hell is Nyquist not on this roster. And why does Quincey keep seeing ice time? And WTF is with the not winning in OT/SO!?!? We have the most OT losses in the league, tied with the Sharks and NJ.
1 year, 1 month ago on Red Wings Recap 11.12.13
@JasonKeller You have no idea how Lions fans felt in the past. They had zero success for decades, the Wings have two decades of post-season appearances, 4 cups in that time and we are only 1 point off the division leader. The Lions have Megatron and that's pretty much all they've got going for them.
1 year, 1 month ago on Starbucks vs Red Wings 11.7.13
if Pavel Datsyuk disagrees with you, you are wrong...unless you think that gay people should be treated equally. But that seems to be a Russian trend due to coming from an insanely conservative country.
They did play well for the most part, but really the main thing was two completely fluke goals coughed up by a very flakey Joey Mac who did not play well. If he doesn't let those in the Wings lose that game.
1 year, 1 month ago on Red Wings vs Flames Recap: 11.1.13
Just fyi, "if you’re into schemantics on pronounciation" makes absolutely no sense, ironically :P Never understood the Eckzavier pronunciation, it's just pronounced Zavier, the X is pronounced as a Z. Ken Daniels was pissing me off the whole time with that, but not as much as Smith was pissing me off with everything that he did.
1 year, 2 months ago on Sharks Wings Recap 10.21.2013
Having said that, Mike Smith is a notorious diver, and has been for a while now. Just ask Henrik Sedin and Andrew Shaw. Do love this article though http://octopusthrower.com/2013/10/20/red-wings-make-mike-smith-cry/
1 year, 2 months ago on Red Wings Recap 10.19.2013
Bad luck? You're kidding right? It wasn't just bad luck, it wasn't just the refs, it was pure incompetency and a total inability to play for 60 minutes (as per fucking usual in losses like these). You cannot blame 5 unanswered goals on bad breaks.
To pull our sieve at the end was also dumb, were they honestly expecting to gain 3 goals in a couple of minutes? All they did was get even more embarrassed by Smith, and deservedly so. Hopefully this wakes them up. You can't go beat a 6-0 team, then go up 2-0 the next game only to cruise for 40 mins. If you do that, the other GOALIE scores on you. I have no sympathy because they have already proved this season that they are better than this total shambles we saw last night.
@Twig @shortguy91 Sometimes I think a sack of potatoes on a toboggan with a helmet glued on would be better than cleary in almost every regard though.
1 year, 2 months ago on Red Wings vs Avalanche Recap: 10.17.13
On an unrelated note, don't do the living apart for 2 years thing, it's a really, really bad idea even for the best relationships believe me.
1 year, 2 months ago on Sabres vs Red Wings 10.2.13
Today's Malik Report sums it up pretty well. They're just doing the same old safe thing they always do, never taking a risk, just overloading the roster. We need to re-sign Brunner, I don't give a crap about Fil walking.
1 year, 5 months ago on Seeya Carlo - Colaiacovo Is Gone
And good god I hope we buy out Samuelsson, sign Vinny and Brunner, let Fil walk or sign him for what he deserves ($3-4 at the very most). Does that math work? I don't care. And thanks, but I never want to see Dan Cleary play hockey ever again.
1 year, 5 months ago on Cap Anxiety
I agree I don't expect players to take pay cuts for the good of me, or anyone else, BUT, I do think that when they're earning $30 bagillion like Lecavalier will be regardless of what he does, then deciding where you play comes down to personal preference and not the money. By that point, all you're doing is accruing numbers which you will never ever be able to spend unless you outright buy yourself a pro sports team. Players don't work on wall street, they aren't out there just to compete for the biggest bank account. After a certain monetary point, it's down to where they want to play. e.g. Parise and Suter were offered basically $100mil from everyone, but they decided to play in Minni. I reckon they would've played there for a lot less, because that kind of money is just a meaningless number in a bank account that is racking up more in interest than a sane person could spend.
And can someone tell me why Vancouver didn't buy out Luongo? Or have I missed something?
1 year, 5 months ago on Red Wings Draft Updates
I knew someone would overpay Bryan flash-in-the-pan Bickell. Glad it wasn't us. This Mantha kid sounds good, let's see what he can do. Apparently he reckons on reaching the big squad this year or next. Doesn't he know he's playing for Detroit now?
@JOHNxJOHN There's always one, *CHUCK FLETCHER ahem, excuse me.
1 year, 5 months ago on Buyouts Buyouts Buyouts! Come and Get 'Em
I think there's a good chance he takes an offer based on team rather than money since he's already getting his FAT paycheck from Tampa for the next hundred years.
And the idea that pseudonyms somehow demean criticisms is not only ridiculous, but completely betrays the denial and insecurities of Flood. You want my name? GFYS, I don't need to be accountable to YOU.
1 year, 6 months ago on NBC Sports executive producer Sam Flood blast critics who "hide behind blogger names"
Pierre McGuire not only bombards us with constant, useless patter, he also states the blindingly obvious as if he has some insight. For example from last night; "there are too many men playing the puck, and that's why it's too many men on the ice". He is essentially Jason Bateman in Dodge Ball. He is consistently infuriating, providing no analysis whatsoever, and a loudmouth who doesn't realise he actually has nothing to say.
At least fans out east will now get to see the Wings, and the earlier start times will suit me better. And at least you still have, for the moment anyway, an NHL arena in your area. Although, I still think moving to Seattle or Quebec (though not sure about how that would affect realignment) is the best option and Bettman is being stubborn to the point of insanity keeping a team in Arizona.
1 year, 6 months ago on NOHS Mailbag 06.12.2013
I NEVER want Brad Richards anywhere near my team. What a total waste of money for NYR.
1 year, 6 months ago on Players We Need to Keep and Let Go
Absolutely gutted about that loss, but they simply did not challenge Crawford at all. And I'm sorry, but Brendan Smith is an 'effing liability. He is a turnover machine, making zero good passes. But I digress. Please re-sign Brunner! Please!
If anything, we have been shown that our captain is a great player and a great leader, Z really carried this team lately. I really disagree with some of Babcock's line choices, and I feel he really let down some guys like Datsyuk by placing guys like Cleary and Abdelkader on the top lines, where they have no place.
1 year, 6 months ago on Red Wings Game 7 Recap
@Twig @Reddy Yeah, but theyre doing it within the rules, you can have a 38" pad nowadays. I wear 35" with no extra thigh rise, but Howard/Crawfor are probably using the same with an extra 3" on the thigh. Some guys need it (Gustavsson) and some really don't. Maybe some kind of individual fitting is needed or something, but then again why should small guys be penalised? Tricky.
1 year, 6 months ago on How to Score on Crawford
@Twig @Reddy Sure but what do you suggest? Gloves now are tiny compared to anything before, and likewise pads are as small as they've ever been, and length up the way really isn't all that beneficial other than 5-hole stops, which I admit would be easier for shooters. They certainly couldn't go much thinner, at 11" they're actually not very wide. I think goalie chest armour needs some development, right now to get the right protection they need to be huge, so I think they need to work on getting that stuff more body-hugging.
I assume you mean "cheater" as in he tries to predict what the attacking player will do? Because otherwise I see no cheating, he's within the pad rules and frankly Howards pads are the exact same size, they'll both have 38"s (35+3"s or whatever). He also has a super wide stance which means down low, if he can see it, it's not going in. His glove sucks though yeah.
I wasn't sure I was going to bother watching tonight, I thought "screw them" after game 6. But inspiration is infections I guess, I'm back in!
We took Anaheim in their barn in game 7, we can do it again. L. G. R. W.
1 year, 6 months ago on Game Day Movie Poster: We Control Our Destiny
My only hope is that Chicago can't handle the pressure, but the same goes for our team, especially in the 3rd period (if it isn't already over by that point). Brendan Smith, if you read this, please please please just play defensive defence and generally stay the fuck out of everyone's way.
1 year, 6 months ago on Not Looking Good, But...
@ThroatShot Wondered why I was seeing a blue moon and every day this month on my calendar had turned to Sunday.
Reading hawks "fans" comments on nhl.com makes me weep for this sport.
1 year, 6 months ago on Recap: Game 7 Awaits
They should have won that game, the way they were playing in the 2nd they just needed to come back, keep doing what they were doing, and maybe chip in a another one for good measure. Instead, they throw away everything in one period. Disgraceful.
Howard was spectacular at times. Everyone else needs to get their heads out their asses and realise that you don't win a series with 3 wins.
1 year, 7 months ago on Red Wings Playoff Recap 5.25.2013
The Filppula-Cleary line is by far the most ineffective for me. Sure they get the odd chance, and good ones too, but they never come close to burying it because Cleary isn't skilled enough and Fil isn't tough enough.
1 year, 7 months ago on Play The Kid Line - They've Earned It
Incredible. Unless the Hawks change their game significantly, and are prepared to play an all-night grind, things aren't going to end up in their favour.
1 year, 7 months ago on Blue Falcons vs Red Wings Recap: 5.23.2013
@ThroatShot You remember the Sharks series in 2010? Those games were worse.
1 year, 7 months ago on Red Wings Playoff Recap: 5.20.2013
*highlight reel, not real :P Everything else, yes, yes, yes! Joel Q is an embarrassment as a coach.
Thank you for this article, its about time people realised how good he is.
1 year, 7 months ago on In Defense of... Howard?
Brendan Smith needs scratched IMMEDIATELY! Why did he keep getting shifts, why!?!?
1 year, 7 months ago on Red Wings Playoff Recap 5.15,2013
I do love that chicago fans chant about others sucking rather than their team being good. It betrays a deep inferiorty complex and insecurity, coupled with an arrogance belonging only to bandwagon fans. Enjoy those words? Ha, you should loathe them. It means detroit lives in their heads rent free.
1 year, 7 months ago on It’s Blackhawks vs. Red Wings As Conference Foes, One Last Time
Same here, history goes out the window in the post season along with anything to do with the regular season. Rarely do the presidents trophy winners actually take the other piece of silver. I have faith. LGRW
1 year, 7 months ago on Remember 2009?
@Old Fat Bald Guy Nah, he doesn't do it unless provoked, and if anything it gets them pissed off when he's actually not that bothered, just winding them up.
1 year, 7 months ago on Game 6 Wrap-up: Suck It Ducks
I really wan't Bert to go after Perry. Dear Santa...
I think you're right with Lashoff being a stop-gap right now, we need some experience and stability out there. Christ knows we're not getting it from Quincey.
1 year, 7 months ago on Change It Up - Put White or Colaiacovo In
@austikyl That is Fil's signature move, carry the puck in then do nothing then probably a turnover. He needs to frigging shoot, so many times he carried right into the slot only to peel off or pass it out to the winger.
1 year, 7 months ago on You Can't Win 'Em (In OT) - Game 5 Recap
Good recap, except you're quite forgiving. That was probably the worst OT start I have ever seen. Did they realise that the first to score in OT wins? Combined with scoring nothing on a 5min PP, and allowing Getzlaf to literally cruise in at about 5mph was absolutely pathetic. I can maybe even forgive that, but to come out in OT and dick around chasing the puck like a bunch of high schoolers, I cannot.
@Buckeye_Wings_FanNot sure if it's something to do with not wanting to appear bias, but the refs at the Joe always call really, really badly against the home team.
1 year, 7 months ago on Game 4 Recap: Oh Lord Jesus There's A Win
"A shot just got blocked from the point. I miss Lidstrom." - What I think EVERY time our D shoots from the point, every time. Quincey still can't shoot his way out a paper bag.
If you hate the $50K prize you really need to check out TV prizes in the UK. I mean, weakest link used to give out sub £3k ($4.5k).
Great game, love how Perry seems to be on every time we score. But these OT games are killing me!