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All Sports But Hockey / Re: Hurling
Today at 05:00:39 AM
Haha well. When I was growing up Hurling was, sadly, not a sport that the side of the Northern Ireland community that I grew up in was really exposed to.

However, thanks to a combination of my own maturation and indeed the maturation of relations between people within the community I have been very lucky to have actually attended a few games both in Belfast and at Croke Park which is where the final was played yesterday.

Both hurling and Gaelic football are brilliant sports. Hurling obviously is just that little bit more insane.

I think the thing that really stands out is the players are all amateur and don't get paid to play. They do that around their day jobs.

Glad you enjoyed it. This game really seems to have caught the imagination of a really wide audience.
Here's a "funny" video of me playing from a few weeks ago.

Toronto Blue Jays / Re: 2024 Blue Jays
July 16, 2024, 01:27:20 PM
Good man, Teoscar.
Quote from: princedpw on July 10, 2024, 05:13:18 PM
Quote from: Highlander on July 10, 2024, 02:59:35 PM
Quote from: herman on July 10, 2024, 01:17:49 PMhttps://www.nytimes.com/athletic/5626787/2024/07/10/nhl-teams-offseason-2024/
QuoteWhich NHL teams have improved the most this offseason? Rating all 32 teams

8. Toronto Maple Leafs
Net Rating added: +14
Salary added: -$4 million

Key Additions: Chris Tanev, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Anthony Stolarz

Key Departures: Tyler Bertuzzi, Joel Edmundson, Ilya Lyubushkin, Ilya Samsonov

It's looking more and more likely that the Leafs are running it back. Will this time be different? Maybe!

What helps make that decision feel like the best path forward is seeing where all of the league's top contenders lie — at the bottom of this list. Almost every contender from last season looks demonstrably worse going into 2024-25. The Leafs? They look better, and that closes the gap between them and the league's best considerably. The Leafs' 2024 offseason has put the team back on track after last season's questionable summer.

That stems entirely from the Leafs turning Joel Edmundson and Ilya Lyubushkin into Chris Tanev and Oliver Ekman-Larsson. Those are comparatively strong upgrades that give Toronto one of its best blue lines during this era. Adding Anthony Stolarz, who was stellar last season, to replace Ilya Samsonov looks like a great move too.

The Leafs could still use a top-six winger to replace Tyler Bertuzzi, but were right to prioritize the back end. It could be what finally pushes the team toward a deep playoff run. This is a much stronger defensive group.
Its a nice positive assessment, that I concur with. I hope both Cowan and Minten can join the team. We need to get rid of Janrock or bury Reeves in the minors.  I don't think Treliving will do this.

Every time I watch Jarnkrok play, I think he provides great versatility and value per dollar given his low salary.

I'd look to get something for Kampf long before Jarnkrok. The only benefit to trading Jarnkrok is he might bring more back than Kampf. But I'd rather be shot of Kampf's salary and utilise it elsewhere.
I'm sure it's happened but certainly I can't think of the leafs having brothers playing in my time (back the late 90s kind of era).
Quote from: Deebo on July 06, 2024, 09:05:08 AMCapFriendly are still selling premium subscriptions.

If you buy one of those you get to call Capitals line changes via a voting button during games
Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Useless Thread
July 05, 2024, 06:12:34 PM
Some collapse by the Conservative Party in the uk elections.
Quote from: bustaheims on July 05, 2024, 10:02:59 AMThe biggest question re: Stolarz is how he'll hold up to what will almost certainly be a career high in starts by a fairly wide margin (at least, at the NHL level). His current high is 24 - this past season - and it's a pretty significant jump from that total to the 35-40 he'll be expected to handle this year.

Yeah, this was kind of what got me thinking about the rotation thing and I appreciate Deebo and Herman's replies.

Imagine if it worked out something like

Woll 38 starts
Stolarz 30 starts
Murray 14 starts

Obviously your plan for Murray's starts is against the lesser teams. You probably split Stolarz and Woll over back to backs etc.

Then you go into the playoffs and your goalies are relatively fresh and have (hopefully) 3 good options to turn to.
It's one of the quirks that still kind of amazes me.

A skater plays shifts between say 12-25 minutes of a 60 minute game on average. So they get little mental (and physical) breaks.

A goalie has to be out there for 60 minutes and basically mentally tuned in the whole time.

And then teams have tended to play one of them for 75% plus of the games.

(In some of the European leagues the number 1 goalie plays over 90% of the games).

I know we've shifted a little more toward sharing it between 2 goalies on a lot of teams but I'm amazed that we haven't moved more towards something like baseball pitching rotation with goalies where you have 3 NHL level goalies getting a more even share of the starts.

I'm sure there's arguments for and against this.
Toronto Blue Jays / Re: 2024 Blue Jays
July 03, 2024, 06:10:07 AM
It's even worse when you think what they traded away to let him stay.

It's also nice of Vlad to finally go on a hot streak. Not sure if that makes me want to sign him long term or just better value for a trade.
Happy with this one.

I enjoyed having a Domi as a Leaf again and he actually slightly surpassed my expectations.

So even if he slightly regresses I think this is a good deal.
Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Useless Thread
June 27, 2024, 04:49:55 AM
Quote from: herman on June 26, 2024, 02:34:08 PMThis led me down the rabbit hole of learning about reinforced aerated autoclaved concrete and its proliferation during brutalist era architecture (of which there are some key examples throughout Toronto, and many mass-built structures in the UK).

Been a massive issue here of late, particularly in schools. And the same issue that rather than fix it as they went along they've passed the buck and now are having to literally close schools entirely (over 100) or rooms within schools and stick kids in portacabins as the school is literally unsafe.

Toronto Blue Jays / Re: 2024 Blue Jays
June 25, 2024, 04:48:00 AM
It's almost comical now.

Quote"The last two innings there, unfortunately, led to the outcome of the loss, but I think the first seven (innings), you did some really good things," Schneider said, searching for positives for his team.

From The Athletic's report on Game 7:

QuotePanthers reached the Final in just the third season after their 1993 inception, then went from that 1996 Eastern Conference championship until 2022 without winning a playoff round. That included 10 consecutive seasons without making the playoffs.

So here's hope for the Leafs yet
So basically McDavid is a choker.

Should be able to get him cheap to come to Toronto then