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#2
General NHL News & Views / Re: 2022-23 NHL Thread
November 30, 2022, 05:03:06 PM

[url]https://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/35147718/penguins-kris-letang-indefinitely-second-stroke-career[url]

Kris Letang has suffered a second stroke. Hopefully he's ok with no lasting damage.
#3
https://www.tsn.ca/fifa-world-cup/qatar-says-worker-deaths-for-world-cup-between-400-and-500-1.1885786

This is Qatar's defense. It was "only"" 400-500 deaths. I mean, forget for a second how much of a monster you have to be with being ok with even that many deaths but imagine being such a poorly run enterprise that you don't even know whether or not 100 people who built your stadiums died in the process?

This feels like one of those areas where we can declare a little cultural advantage here. There's a lot of problems with NA sports but I'm pretty confident that if anyone died building the ACC then A) they were a reasonably well compensated professional and B) the people in charge knew about it.
#4
Quote from: Zee on November 28, 2022, 09:45:04 AM
Quote from: Guilt Trip on November 27, 2022, 04:48:50 PM
Quote from: L K on November 27, 2022, 04:10:05 PMI will say Herdman was profoundly stupid in giving Croatia bulletin board material after the Belgium game.  Croatia loves to use stuff like that to boost their game
Yes stupid but I don't buy that bulletin board stuff.

You might not buy it, but the Croatian players did

https://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/article/croatias-kramaric-thanks-herdman-for-motivating-team-with-eff-comment/

It's the World Cup. If any player isn't 100% motivated to win already they probably shouldn't be playing.
#5
Ah well. Tough group. No gimmes. Still well done by the lads to get this far.
#6

I'd go Marner/Matthews but man is it nice to get a solid, steady performance from your #3 goalie like that. Also to Sandin/Lilegren in leading a very solid defensive group in ice time.
#7
Quote from: L K on November 26, 2022, 10:42:49 PMThe Leafs were 4-4-2 in their first 10 games culminating in an awful West Coast road trip.  They scored 4 goals once in that stretch and got outscored 27-30.

Since then the Leafs are 9-1-3.  They have scored 4 goals or more 5 times in that stretch and have outscored their opponent 42-29.

And getting it done without Matthews being a one man band. It's been a very impressive stretch.
#8
He's obviously not everything he once was but I'd still say about 5 or 6 times a night Giordano does something that just strikes me as exceptionally smart. What a solid finish to a really good career he's having.

Really good win over a pretty good team tonight.
#9

People need to remember that people from New Jersey frequently say I Love You by throwing garbage at each other.
#10
Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: RIP Borje Salming
November 24, 2022, 02:13:38 PM

RIP to one of our real legends. He was before my time but the way people like my dad talked about him was all I needed to know.
#11
Quote from: herman on November 18, 2022, 11:55:09 AMThe Leafs centreman pipeline does not look nearly as fallow as it did when Dubas was stepping into the GM role.
In a couple of seasons, we could be sporting Matthews ($$$$$), McDavid ($$$$$), Tavares ($pezza-deal), Holmberg ($), Minten ($). If Kampf is still around (and effective), awesome.

No rings, hard pass.
#12
Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Useless Thread
November 18, 2022, 12:51:25 PM
Quote from: Significantly Insignificant on November 17, 2022, 12:07:52 AM
Quote from: Nik on November 16, 2022, 03:52:03 PM
Quote from: Significantly Insignificant on November 16, 2022, 03:47:03 PMI think that is what I will find interesting.  Can ego such as this cost you financially, or is it possible to protect yourself to the point where you really can do and say whatever you want and have no repercussions?

Feels like there's probably a huge middle ground between those two points though. Like, Musk will almost certainly lose billions and billions of dollars because of Twitter and still be incredibly wealthy.

No, I get that, I guess I am just wondering how far he will drop.  These things that he is doing are rippling through Tesla and SpaceX as well.  At some point he may have a problem finding employees for his companies and at that point do they all start tanking, and if those companies are the bedrock of his wealth, how much does he end up losing? 

Kanye went from 2 billion to 400 million, and there is a chance that goes lower.  How far can a person with 220 billion go?  Once a person starts to spiral down, is it like the way up, where there is this multiplier effect? 

Well that's sort of the funny thing about how we talk about wealth these days, isn't it? Like Jeff Bezos being the richest man in the world I understand. Amazon certainly feels to be the largest retailer in the world that has enormous warehouses that employs thousands of peoples and sends millions of packages even before you get to their streaming/web services. And I understood Bill Gates being the richest man in the world because computers are everywhere and his company wrote software that was on a massive percentage of them. But Musk? Tesla doesn't sell the most cars in the world and I'm assuming they're not the highest margin cars in the world. His Space business may be lucrative but I can't imagine it does crazy volume because of the limited customer base.

So why is he the richest man in the world? Well it's because he owns lots of Tesla stock and the markets have priced his stock high enough to make his "wealth" eclipse that of other people who are selling many more things that he is. That's modern wealth. It's not making and producing and selling things. It's stock valuation. He's "the richest man in the world" not because of money he has in the bank but because of the good judgement of the same group of people who, in my lifetime, have come perilously close to destroying the world's economy.

The fact that we know who he is at all is just because of the ugly by-product of a broken system. One that confuses wall street gambling with wealth and wealth for actual acumen.
#13
Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Useless Thread
November 16, 2022, 04:38:57 PM
Quote from: Arn on November 16, 2022, 04:04:12 PMAbout a decade or so ago I actually really liked twitter. It had a fantastic British hockey fan group and I was working in the media sphere so it was a great way of interacting with people I wouldn't otherwise have.

But it really has turned into a cesspit.

Tbh it should have required everyone to be verified so that if abuse was posted they could be traced.

But that probably speaks to a wider "the internet and/or social media should be regulated" debate.

I think that idea is always going to be a double-edged sword though. Like, yes, I think a lot of the nastiness and abuse would probably be mitigated if people actually had to stand behind their words. On the flip side though the anonymity of the internet has always meant it's been a place where people can maybe be freer than they otherwise would in real life. For some that might not mean much but for people living under oppressive governments we wouldn't want them to put their safety at risk just to use a particular platform.

To me the thing about Twitter at it's best was that it could be many different things. News, the ability to talk about sports as they happen and just outright silliness and comedy accounts.
#14
Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Useless Thread
November 16, 2022, 03:52:03 PM
Quote from: Significantly Insignificant on November 16, 2022, 03:47:03 PMI think that is what I will find interesting.  Can ego such as this cost you financially, or is it possible to protect yourself to the point where you really can do and say whatever you want and have no repercussions?

Feels like there's probably a huge middle ground between those two points though. Like, Musk will almost certainly lose billions and billions of dollars because of Twitter and still be incredibly wealthy.
#15
Toronto Blue Jays / Re: 2022 Blue Jays
November 16, 2022, 03:33:13 PM
Quote from: L K on November 16, 2022, 03:27:25 PMOverall its' not a horrible move.  Swanson's peripheral numbers are decent and we have him for 3 years.  Losing Teo is tough but we also need to see what he gets replaced with.  The 60 games we would get of healthy Brandon Nimmo wouldn't really be an adequate tradeoff.

My very remote hope is that they use their catching surplus to land the Lefty hitter they need and then use the money to target either Correa or, maybe, Verlander.