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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Useless Thread
« on: Yesterday at 09:47:43 PM »
Still don't understand the fascination with NFT's.  Give me the tangible product over a digital one every single time.

The only thing I've ever heard that makes sense to me is that it might eventually be a way for companies to monetize what a lot of people enjoy for free on the internet right now. So, like, if you could own a popular meme or what have you and have some sort of legal way to charge other people to use it. Obviously the technological or legal infrastructure might not be there yet to make that realistic now but I also don't underestimate capitalism's desire to affix a price tag to every aspect of the human experience.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2021-2022 NHL Thread
« on: Yesterday at 09:36:27 AM »

I've really never understood the pass the Edmonton organization seems to get from the media. Legitimately trying to imagine what the perception of the Leafs would be if they had the same record of draft picks and failure.

Introductions / Re: Greetings from MA (USA)
« on: January 19, 2022, 11:32:29 PM »
I don't actively participate in either but I see some parts of them through just casual internet usage. I think reddit gets a bad rep in general, it's really not that bad but I'd miss the more personal interactions that you probably don't get there because of it's size.

I think the issue with Reddit is just that there's virtually no filter. It's everything. If you're looking for good stuff it's there or bad stuff it's there but there's really no way to just see the stuff you want.


No getting around that this was a clunker but on the other side nobody should look at that defense and be like "Oh yeah, this is a team that can just shut down other good offensive teams".

I think your performance has been off for a while now CtB, and I am wondering what you think one thing that you can improve upon is?

Why are you asking him to criticize me?

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2021-2022 NHL Thread
« on: January 19, 2022, 07:18:00 PM »
Yes, as we all know, Chris Johnston is the only reporter who uses sources and surely Jim Matheson never has used any.

I think there's a pretty wide difference between "using sources" and being someone whose whole schtick is relying on sources to know about trades five minutes before other guys. The next time Johnston or Friedman or any "insider" reports something even resembling a difficult or controversial point about a NHL team will be the first and I'm, I think, pretty fairly skeptical on their takes on getting on people's badsides.

I’m generally all for reporters asking players hard questions about themselves and their play. If Draisaitl has been playing terribly, go ahead and grill him on that and get specific.

If you're the leader of a team, whether officially or by virtue of your play, you should be expected to be asked tough questions about the team as well as yourself in bad stretches. That doesn't obligate you to give answers they want, and indeed it almost never results in that, but I don't think that makes the questions themselves out of bounds.   

  But with the “#1 problem” question, Matheson is asking Draisaitl to explicitly call out specific teammates either directly or indirectly, and the only variation of a response we can expect to get from him is the way in which he doesn’t answer the question.

No, he doesn't. He asks him "What do you think is the #1 reason for the there one thing in your mind where you're saying we got to get better at?". Now, you might think that in asking that he's implicitly asking him to criticize teammates but quite literally he's including Draisaitl in the "we" and, accordingly, Draisaitil could have answered with "No, when you're on a losing streak like this it's never one thing" or even answered in a way that implicated himself. Which, of course, is what Draisaitl did albeit in a bit of a brusque manner. My beef isn't with Draisaitl's answer.

But the fact that the hockey world at large has decided that if a team has one glaring flaw that asking any of the players, implicitly or explicitly, to talk about it is off-limits and that any player who answered any such question remotely honestly would make them a horrible teammate and human being doesn't actually mean a reporter shouldn't ask about a glaring flaw that anyone with eyes can see. Even if Matheson had said "Hey Leon, your goaltending sucks, any comments?" it's still a legitimate question if the goaltending sucks. A hockey team's decision to close ranks and not call out individual performances doesn't alter the relationship a journalist should have to what's actually happening on the ice.

I know people resist the comparison of sports media to people who cover more important subjects but any big organization like the Oilers could use the same excuse to duck difficult questions. We, as the public, just wouldn't accept that in any other context. Imagine the head of Coca-Cola PR being like "Hey man, we're not going to comment on all the human waste discovered at our plant in New Mexico. The New Mexico Coke Bottlers are teammates of ours!"

I don't know anything, really, about Matheson and whether he's a good reporter and really my take here isn't about defending him for calling Draisaitl pissy or even criticizing Draisaitl fror being pissy which, given how the Oilers are doing, seems kind of reasonable to me. I'm just genuinely struggling to understand the "Draisaitl doesn't want to answer what might be a difficult question about the team, so the reporter is a jerk for asking it" POV coming from a lot of fans and even some media. Like, at that point why even have a hockey media? So you can ask a player about how he's doing exclusively?

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2021-2022 NHL Thread
« on: January 19, 2022, 01:02:00 PM »
Chris Johnston wasn’t sympathetic to Matheson’s approach either, on TSN1050 yesterday.

Really? Johnny Access Merchant didn't approve of annoying a potential source with impertinence?

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2021-2022 NHL Thread
« on: January 19, 2022, 04:47:00 AM »
I thought Draisaltl was pretty reasonable. I mean he was terse and frustrated and didn’t want to create a story by blaming anyone in the organization (very reasonable and smart!). He wasn’t insulting or provocative.  Reporter seemed like a jerk — failed to show empathy for a player in a tough spot.

It's not a reporter's job to be empathetic to Draisaitl in that situation. In fact it's sort of the opposite. He's supposed to ask Draisaitl a tough question and, to be frank, "Is there one thing in particular you guys need to be better at" is not a particularly tough question. It's not like he's asking "Who is to blame for this stretch?" or "Who's ultimately at fault for the construction of the team". There are about a dozen different typical NHL player ways to give a totally unremarkable calorie free inoffensive answer to that question like "We need to be better on the PP" or "We need to get off to better starts".

I think one of the better signs that this is a case of the general antipathy people have for the hockey media overriding good sense is it doesn't even seem people can pinpoint why "Is there a specific thing your team needs to be better at" is supposedly such an offensive question. To some it's "He's asking Draisaitl to throw other people under the bus" but in the tweets in Herman's post it's "Draisaitl's upset that the Edmonton media is blaming him for the team's failures" and quite obviously it can't be both if the implication is that if Draisaitl were to answer the question he'd be blaming someone else.

I just really think it's weird that we've become so conditioned to hockey players giving safe, no substance answers that people here somehow seem to think that it's then unfair or impolite for media members to ask honest questions that might be "tough" for players to answer. Literally asking tough questions is the job of people in the press. If Draisaitl doesn't want to answer honestly, he doesn't have to. The friction though clearly comes from the fact that Draisaitl can't answer honestly.

And let's be real, "I'll let you do that, you know everything" is being pissy(and undeniably provocative and insulting) and, while it doesn't particularly bother me if a hockey player is snarky with a reporter I think it's likewise fair for a reporter to point that out.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2021-2022 NHL Thread
« on: January 18, 2022, 09:55:26 PM »

I don't know a lot about the Edmonton media's day to day coverage of the Oilers but it seems to me that if you're asking a question as relatively anodyne as "What do you guys have to do better" as some sort of cagey attempt to get a player to say something newsworthy, Matheson accomplished his job fantastically.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Coronavirus
« on: January 18, 2022, 09:49:18 PM »
Sure, frustration is an emotion that I think most of us have felt regarding Doug Ford and his method of playing the political game. We've also known for a while that he talks out of both sides of his mouth.

I didn't even particularly mean frustration with Ford and his usual antics. I think it's understandable how frustrated he was with the media for going along with it.

My point is this:

There was a storm in Toronto. Doug Ford used it to say "Look at me, vote for me". Sid then used Doug Ford's antics to say, "No, look over here at me! I'm stomping my feet". All in all, they're using a storm in Toronto to try and gain hits/votes. Doug Ford being an idiot doesn't make Sid any less of one.

I was never a big Tim and Sid fan in large part because I felt Sid would sometimes rant like this about a bad call to end a hockey game or a decision not to fire a coach or something like it was World War 3 but I never got the sense that it was disingenuous and he was "using it" to draw attention.

So I guess my point is that while I'm not going to try to talk anyone into liking Seixeiro's sort of thing, I don't think there was anything dishonest about it in the way that I think both Ford's actions, and the coverage of it, came off a little Potemkin Village-y.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Coronavirus
« on: January 18, 2022, 04:27:29 PM »

I think being pretty frustrated with it is understandable.

Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: 2021 Blue Jays General Discussion Thread
« on: January 17, 2022, 05:49:50 PM »

Shoutout to Eminems Flores.

Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: 2021 Blue Jays General Discussion Thread
« on: January 15, 2022, 04:15:45 PM »

International signing day today and the Jays big get seems to be this kid Luis Meza from Venezuela. The Jays had one of the lowest bonus pools for today and it looks like they're trying to sign a few guys instead of going all in for one of the top guys.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2021-2022 NHL Thread
« on: January 14, 2022, 04:36:02 PM »

I think Brathwaite is the giveaway. He's almost 50.

Young guns and past their primers wouldn't be bad for entertainment value though. I'd rather watch that then the team they sent to Korea.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2021-2022 NHL Thread
« on: January 14, 2022, 12:12:49 PM »

It really is remarkable the extent to which they've devalued the all-star game. What's worse is that because you don't really have the right group of players there it also makes the only thing about the all-star game that worked, the skills challenge, worse because you don't have the right guys there.

Other leagues' all-star games suck but at least they've remained a good gauge of who the best players in the league are. The NHL can't even really manage that.

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