Thoughts And MusingsNovember 25, 2010, by
Happy Thanksgiving, BSBers! Hope your day is filled with turkey, stuffing, family and friends. I know mine will be. Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday. Not because of the food, which is great, but it’s so nice to have a big ass dinner with all these great people. I’m looking forward to it. But, there’s still hockey to discuss, and hockey will be discussed. Grab your plate, cause a full serving of Thanksgiving musings is headed your way.
-Actually back in NY for the holiday, staying with family, so I’ve been able to see the past couple games. The Calgary game, which, as a friend who was there told me, showed how “gritty” this team can be. Blocking shots. Being physical. Doing the little things. And then the Tampa Bay game. Not getting anything going offensively. Not blocking shots. Taking stupid penalties. The Jekyll and Hyde nature of this team is not only frustrating, but could cost them a playoff spot.
-I guess it’s too much to ask to be consistent, right? I mean, that’s been the problem for years now. With Jagr. With Torts. I guess when you have a lack of depth and injuries, you can’t be consistent.
-I still think Stepan stays with the team, even when Drury comes back. He’s been improving. Where he plays? That I don’t know.
-Is there a goalie controversy? No. But should there be? Maybe. Look, Hank is Hank, and he is the team. But right now, he’s going through one of his slumps. And it’s bad this time. Biron, on the other hand, has been playing great. Should Torts ride the hot hand?
-I think he should. There will be fan backlash. But Biron, right now, is the better goalie. And you have to play the better goalie.
-Random interlude: Had a college friend, only about 10 minutes ago, call me. Not out of the ordinary. But, what was out of the ordinary was this: He was with some friends, who I don’t know, ask me sports questions. My friend is not a sports guy. I am. I also have an insane knowledge of NFL and NBA players and where they went to college. His friends didn’t believe this. So, they tested me. And while I got them right, it was a weird phone call. A good one, cause I got to show off. But still. Lesson is this, I suppose: always be prepared.
-Brian Boyle is awesome. That is all
-How bout that Steve Eminger?
-Will the real Marian Gaborik please stand up?
-I like Sauer. Don’t like Gilroy. Rosy is coming back soon, so that should help.
-Is it just me, or is putting Avery on the 4th line a bit of a waste? I mean, he’s more effective when he gets more chances to be an asshole. On the 4th line, playing 5 minutes a game, he has less chances to be an asshole. Move him up, perhaps?
-I’ve always wondered what travelling athletes do on Thanksgiving. Eat in the hotel? Do the foreign players join them?
-The Wade Redden mustache is awesome. Perhaps, if he had it NY, he would have played better.
-And now, the question must be asked: Should I grow a mustache?
-I truly hope each and every one of y’all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I’m quite thankful to be able to write for a site like this, with a great community. You’ve made my absence from NY and the Rangers just a little bit easier.