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So you worked for Microsoft on Windows 7, eh?
Personally was fine with Vista, but I jumped in at SP1 with a new rig by which time most of the driver issues were fixed and running a modern system took care of most of the other pain points.
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For the talk and sports stuff the original point of it was to give the broadcasters breaks like they’d have on radio. Of course, in a podcast world this is a silly constraint, but satellite radio believed itself to compete with terrestrial radio, hence the format and hence the working conditions its broadcasters agreed to
But since they need breaks for their broadcasters… Why not run commercials to fill the dead air? (Yes, I can think of a thousand more creative solutions)
I do give them credit for keeping commercials off the music stations though. At least last I encountered before cancelling last year (stayed subbed for a decade and a half thanks to the excellency of Hard Attack/Liquid Metal, but finally got to the point where audio quality is just so awful that I couldn’t bear it compared to Spotify).
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The day BSB died.
I can’t even load comments on my phone
Typing this and posting it took 10 minutes because it kept freezing and reloading
Fuck you SBNation
Er… is this a phone problem? ‘cuz the comments aren’t on Coral yet…
Oh shit, I forgot about Steve.
Pensburgh took care of it for you.
We need GIFs of Buch’s epic "yes, DQ, I finished my check- see how the guy is already on the ground and the puck is way away, but I have fully stopped and am now shoving my arms into the air to ensure you can see that I did, in fact, finish my check?" as a response for this.
He said Cullye was throwing huge hits, skating very well, and showed off a shot that is NHL ready (leading to two goals).
Whelp, that does sound like the Tom Wilson formula. Skate just fast enough and shoot just well enough that if you have two linemates who perform at an elite level and draw all the attention, you can score a bunch of goals without using much skill or brainpower.
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Were you not around for Tanner Glass? If your 4th line is only capable of playing 6 mins a night because one of the players on that line is a liability, that puts more pressure on the other 3 lines. You need 4 lines to win
If in those 6 minutes those 4th liners "wear-down" the other team’s 1st liners, DOES THAT compensate for the overall exhaustion our top three lines experience from playing more minutes over the course of the game!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?
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Reaves is here because GG likes him and wants him around
Are we really letting Tony off this easily? He's been saying for years that Reaves will be a Ranger. Just like he said for years that Trouba will be a Ranger. Seems like if Tony says someone will be a Ranger long enough... it eventually happens. So is this really still GG's fault instead of Tony's?
I think we’re at a point where if Zib is going to be #1C long-term, he and Arty need to get tossed on a line together and figure out how to make it work. That is where the tough decision comes in now though where the best right-now option to compliment that setup is Laffy, but he would need to shift to RW. This, again, is where keeping Buch to provide RW play-driving would have been a savvy, efficient move for NYR, freeing-up the young Ws to continue working their way up and finding their roles with the Strome and Chytil lines. For the life of me, I still can’t fathom why a team with a playoff mandate decided to ditch its only veteran RW, such that now if they want a veteran first line they need to shift Arty or CK to off-wing and hope that works, and otherwise they are going to live or die based on how well their young players perform up-lineup (and possibly off their natural wings as well).
With the exception of TB12, no one seems to age well athletically
Don’t even know what to think of that anymore tbh.
There’s a rational side that looks at what TB did with freakin’ Ryan Fitzpatrick and recognizes that TB had an excellent WR core and overall offense that can make even an otherwise bog-standard QB look fantastic, but was missing a defense worth a damn and a run game capable of keeping opponents honest. Looking at what Winston is doing elsewhere, it remains weird that TB seemed to do worse with him in, but given Brady’s success I imagine it has something to do with their OL handling more traditional, less mobile QBs better. TB got aggressive on addressing all its shortcomings and making the hard decision to shift into one of the most experienced QB options available for what their OL seems to do well with. I dunno at this point how much of this is Brady actually aging well versus how much it is him finding a good fit outside of NE in a role that doesn’t rely on needing a QB with quick legs or a big arm where Brady’s experience in knowing how to read defenses and whom to throw the ball to matters more than how effectively his arm can deliver the ball to his target.
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But then I read the opinion of every single NHL player ever and to a man they all say that having tough teammates is important.
Because they feel they cannot rely on the NHL to protect them and their physical safety from career-ending injury at the hands of goons.
Of course, having goons on your team doesn’t actually solve this problem. But people do tend to feel better when they feel like something is being done to try to address a problem or a threat- there’s a reason the Placebo Effect exists.
Given that #HockeyCulture holds that "whiners" and "complainers" are weak and bad, skilled players don’t really have a good option to respond, "Well, no I actually don’t want goons on my team, and they just perpetuate a vicious cycle, but what I really want is for the NHL to enforce its rulebook and protect its players, which they aren’t doing." Because #HockeyMen interpret that response to indicate the player is "soft" and "weak" and "can’t protect himself" because apparently there is some hidden clause in the NHL rulebook where games are not won by scoring goals, but rather by partaking in gladiatorial combat where bonus points are earned for dismembering opponents. Also, ya know, #Museums…
But even this side-steps the real reason you get these responses from skill players- they are conditioned to give these responses from the very first time they step into an organized game. The mantra is more or less that, "everyone who is visibly trying has a role," and as high-skill players who don’t even really have to try to succeed compared to most other players, they naturally fall into high-skill roles. Since talent discrepancy and availability is a thing that impacts non-NHL leagues far more harshly than the NHL yet at all levels hockey is a game that is generally played with 18 skaters to a bench, these players spend most of their lives on teams where ~90% of their roster barely contributes to scoring goals relative to what they contribute. So there must be some grander meaning for this setup, for that, for why these players should invest and care about their teammates’ contributions, right? Well, part of that is the whole, "these guys may not put the puck in the net as well as you, but they will defend and protect you," and yet again, especially in NA, hockey leagues at all levels are prone to malicious behavior causing serious injuries, and those are inherently traumatic events, even when they affect teammates rather than the star NHL players in question. And so this is part of a shared trauma for these guys, of knowing such an event can occur and afflict them at any time, that they are in fear of it happening, and they are going to time and time again rely on the dogma they’ve been fed that their team has guys who will protect them from this or at least "get even" and "get justice" or whatever if it does. And so when you don’t have guys who fill and embrace these rolls, and something happens, even if the rate of such a thing happening is no more frequent than when the goons are present, these players don’t stop and look at that data- they see an injustice committed, they fear they’ll be next, and they look to their team to do something about it.
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Sage, someone posted an old thread a few months back when we traded for Lindgren, and you scoffed at the idea that he was more than a marginal third-pair defenseman. But his toughness makes him more valuable than can be measured in a stats test.
What is the difference between Lindgren and just about every other "tough defender" NYR have drafted or traded for who are in his same vein (ex- Hajek) yet who have not panned out?
Lindgren seems to have succeeded largely because he has responded to coaching which has encouraged him to tone down his over-aggressive checking fixation. That was his biggest limitation when we took him. Otherwise, he has always had wheels, which are a major asset for a modern defender. He went above and beyond the initial criticisms levied at his game about his over-eager checking to generally reform his game into one where he largely plays things safe and uses his speed and strength to take care of defensive assignments and responsibilities quickly and efficiently, while not getting carried away with his own perception of his capability to carry and move the puck (instead focusing on making short passes to get the puck to more capable players whenever feasible).
But all of this really just makes Lindgren the perfect example for why it doesn’t really make sense to target prospects for these kinds of roles. Gobble-up a bunch, cast a wide net, and some will pan out and some won’t. Lindgren happened to be the one who did pan out.
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And then there’s the actual fact that teams with tough players inevitably outperform in the playoffs relative to teams that are heavily skilled.
(waits patiently for citation of said "fact")
Did 2020 TBL get "tougher" by adding Kevin Shattenkirk? Did Ryan Reaves and VGK lose to Washington because Tom Wilson was "tougher" than Ryan Reaves?
Would the Islanders make it out of the first round without Barzal and Eberle just because Matt Martin and Cal Clutterbuck are "tougher" than the opposition?
This is, of course, all besides the salient point many have already made here- "toughness" on its own isn’t worth anything. NYR saw this first-hand in the extreme dichotomy between Sheppard and Glass in the 2015 playoffs. Sheppard added size and strength to NYR’s forechecks and netfront presence, resulting in key goals-for keeping NYR in the series, while helping prevent shot attempts against and reducing likelihood of goals against. Meanwhile, Glass punished arenas’ boards while effectively leaving NYR on a PK despite being "5on5".
Drury’s moves for Reeves in particular is yet another Glass-like, vacuous reach for "strength". Honestly, the same 3RDP NYR used to get Reeves likely could have pried Blaise from STL who would have been a far better option for "tough and can play". Given our glut of centers this year with Zib, Strome, Chytil, Barron, and Rooney (and of whom the last three are also all "strong and tough"), I also have no idea what the point of Goodrow was that Blaise and targeted, bottom-six W acquisitions in those vein couldn’t have solved better and cheaper.
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