So the show has appeared on Prime today. After much internal debate, I finally relented and watched the first episode on my lunch break and certainly it's an interesting insight. Some good behind the scenes practice stuff, lots and lots of swearing, a little spat between Keefe and Matthews.
Dubas is a Man City fan.
I enjoyed it and looking forward to episodes 2,3 and 4. Might skip episode 5 though :D
Perfect aperitif before my first live game of hockey since January 2020 this evening!
One of the most incredible crashes I have seen in years today in Bahrain. Romain Grosjean clipped a rear wheel on another car and careered across the track hitting a metal barrier straight on. His car split in two and erupted into flames instantly. He walked away from the incident and it looks like some burns to his hands and a couple of broken ribs.
The videos and photos are both incredible and terrifying. The safety standards that have allowed him to walk away from this deserve credit.
Since were getting on towards the end of another decade, The Athletic have been doing a load of retrospectives. One of them is their Leafs team of the decade.
It's been a tough enough decade to be a fan with a few false dawns but it's kind of fun to look back at some names that have played here. Here's the athletics team if anyone wants to have a go at making one of their own or tweaking this one
So this is kind of following on from Rick's post over on the main forum about Leafs/hockey podcasts.
Are there any podcasts of any genre that you've listened to and would recommend? Share them here!
There's a couple that I really enjoy.
1 - BBC Radio Five Live Kermode and Mayo's Film Review - this is a weekly show on BBC Radio reviewing movies, it cocvers the UK top 10, that week's new releases, DVD releases etc. Obviously it is UK based so the release dates may not match up, but it's a fantastic listen with 2 really good broadcasters who have created a show that you could probably listen to even if you weren't a movie watcher. The quality of guest and the quality of the interviews with those guests is a different level also.
2 - The Teacher's Pet - this is one of those "true crime" things that seem to be very popular at the minute. Focuses on an Australian rugby league star/school teacher, his disappeared wife and his school girl that he taught mistress from the early 1980s.
3 - Nike Trained - I found this one lately as the episode that caught my attention was with 3 time Crossfit Games champion Mat Fraser. However as a bit of a fitness geek I found the other interviews to range from interesting to making me quite... incredulous. Obviously it's a bit product placement-y but all the interviews are well done and range from topics on things like nutrition to sleep to trying to break records (an episode by the scientist who ran the attempt to run a sub 2 hour marathon) and even mindfulness.
Obviously we've known that Reimer contract is up this year while Bernier still has term left.
There were some interesting stats also came up on. The general gist is that Reimer outperforms Bernier in the analytics.
In the "red zone" (basically the slot right out in front of the crease to between the hash marks where around 50% of goals in the NHL are scored from) Reimer ranks 2nd in the NHL for save percentage on shots from here (83.5%) while Bernier is significantly below league average with 66.3%. League average is 75.5%.
So, do you trade Reimer as his contract is ending, and value probably particularly high. Or do you try and work out a way to trade Bernier?
Or do you just keep both? Who, if anyone, is likely available in free agency that would be a better bet?
So this was brought up in one of the recent game day thread, and now that Komarov has passed his career high in goals in any professional season I guess it's worth further discussion. Do you try and trade Komarov?
My take on it personally is that I'm a big fan of Komarov - and have been in all his time as a Leaf. He was a competitor even on the poorer Leafs teams in the past. Now he's a competitor on an improving team trying to create an identity. I think he brings some almost veteran leadership to the side. He comes across as a good guy to have in a dressing room and a good pro with experience of different leagues for younger guys to learn from. He also seems a pretty smart guy.
But his offensive production so far is off the charts this year, probably above what anyone would expect. So do you sell high against all the positives I think he brings as mentioned above? Thinking back to Kulemin when he had his huge offensive season he never came close again. Will Komarov?
To me it would be nice to have a guy for the next few years who the team could build an identity around and fans could get behind. But if someone offers you up a 1st round pick, I think you have to take it. A 2nd or lower, I think I hang on to him.
I wasn't sure which section to put this in, so mods feel free to move.
For anyone needing a hockey fix, a new Europe wide competition has just gotten underway. Based on the model of the UEFA Champions League it's made up of teams from all of the top European leagues (apart from the KHL) including Sweden, Finland, Czech, Swiss, Austrian, German, French and British.
Game day 3 is tonight and tomorrow and the games are being streamed live for a cost of €5 for a day pass which allows you to watch any game. Face offs are around 7pm European time so 2pm east coast time.
Potential big game tonight is Frolunda of Sweden v Geneve-Servette of Switzerland (coached by Chris McSorley). Tomorrow night Djurgarden of Stockholm play Eisbaren of Berlin which could be a great game with a great atmosphere.
Guys, firstly I hope this is in the right place and nobody minds me posting it up. As many of you know I'm based in Belfast and a big fan of the Belfast Giants as well as the Leafs. A few years back I founded and regularly contributed to a fan run podcast for the Giants. Unfortunately I can't contribute as much as I did in the past but it has now been adopted as the official podcast of the Belfast Giants organisation.
This week via the medium of twitter I had a bit of an interaction with Joe Bowen which ended up with him agreeing to speak to my good friend Patrick Smyth who presents the show. It's a really enjoyable interview and covers various topics.
If anyone wants to listen the podcast pages are HERE in the most recent podcast named "Holy Mackinaw" and if you want to hear just the interview with Bowen it is about half way into the show.
You can also get it via iTunes if you wish HERE and the Bowen interview starts around the 54 minute mark if you want to listen to it through iTunes.
It's a great interview with Bowen and well worth a listen. And hopefully I can recruit a few more of you as Belfast Giants fans as well ;D