Archive for April, 2012

Dearly Beloved…

Posted in Senators Opinion on April 27, 2012 by sensay

We are gathered here today not to mourn the passing of our beloved Senators, but to, instead, celebrate their season.

When I think of the 11/12 season, the phrase “not yet” comes to mind.

Not yet are the young players ready fulfill their NHL destinies, whatever they may be.

Not yet has this team, as a group, come to understand and embrace what it will take to win the Cup.

And, most importantly, not yet am I, or the franchise, ready to see the retirement of Daniel Alfredsson.

On every front I truly, deeply, believe there is much more to come.

GN

Ignorance is Bliss?

Posted in Senators Opinion on April 26, 2012 by sensay

It’s 10:53 p.m., and I don’t even know who has won.

The truth is, I can’t get myself to watch the game.

I know it’s over, one way or the other…I just don’t know if I’m happy or sad.

You see, I came into this season ready for the worst.  Prepared for a long season of losses, frustration and, for the one season at least, futility.

But instead, despite my most desperate attempts to stifle it, I began to grow hopeful.  Hopeful for the short-term at first.  Hopeful that, on any given night, the Sens might just win.  Then I tried, with little result, to fight the urge for hope, hope that this team could actually make the post season.

If you read my blog earlier in the year, you will have noticed my constant refrain that I did not believe this team could make the play-offs.  I was saying this every chance I had, to fight the growing seeds of expectation.

As the season went on, and the wins continued, I started to see a strange correlation between my posting, and the team losing.

I am the last person to be superstitious, but as the season went on, I became more and more so, to the point that, with the post-season within reach, I stopped blogging.

How crazy is that?

Then, when the Sens lost in the post season, after \I blogged, I just could not get myself to post at all.  As if my blogging would decide the fate of the team I love.

Nuts…but no more nuts than allowing a game to actually matter.  A game you don’t have any influence over.

And maybe that’s the root of it all.  Winning matters, and we fans are powerless to make it happen, so we develop these absurd ways of trying to exert some sort of influence.

I know, even if the Sens have lost, I’m not disappointed.

But I will be sad to see this season end.

If they’ve won…well, don’t expect another post any time soon.

GN

 

On The Suspensions

Posted in General Opinion on April 16, 2012 by sensay

Talking about NHL discipline is like commenting on which way the wind blows, while standing in the middle of a tornado.

But here’ goes;

Carkner – He received a 2 game ban, not one, as some seem to be saying.  His ejection was a one game, plus the other handed down by Shanny.  I have no issue with this as his actions were obviously premeditated, intentional, and resulting from a previous incident, not from the heat of the moment.  But, that being said, Boyle did have the opportunity to defend himself, knew he was going to have to do so, and chose not to.

Sure it could be argued that you do not HAVE to fight…but, if you go around hitting others after the whistle, it hardly seems the moral high-ground to later claim the right to not be hit by others.  Boyle made his bed, and, in my eyes, took a bigger beating to his character than to his face.

But the biggest gain in all of this is the fact that, after Boyle attacked Karlsson, and received no penalty (it was a wash with Karlsson also being penalized), resulting in this whole situation, the officials arenow  less likely to allow Boyle, or any other Ranger, a free shot in physically abusing Karlsson, outside of the rules of the game.

Once again, the NHL created the situation, by refusing to do the job at the outset, then, from the power vacuum this created,  left the player holding the bag.

Hagelin – Rangers fans have every right to be disgusted by this suspension, not because it wasn’t warranted – it was – but because it seems inconsistent with the Weber non suspension.  Webers act, IMO, is at least as bad, and because it came outside the play, even worse.

That being said, those Ranger fans claiming Alfie embellished…get real, there’s no way he misses half of the game, and OT, just in the hopes of getting Hagelin suspended, that is just plain idiocy.

Yes Shanahan has a difficult job, but he’s done nothing (and maybe can’t) to make it any easier, and the on ice officials continue to foster the environment of chaos and in-consistency, leading to Shanny’s intervention, and eventual criticism.

GN

Winning may gain you fame, but only character can earn you respect.

Posted in Senators Opinion on April 16, 2012 by sensay

We’ll here they are, your Ottawa Senators, in all of their glory.

And yes, I use the term glory, with all of its attached and implied meanings, because, in all honesty, they have been glorious this season.

We all know they will not win the Cup, but we all hope they do.

We all know they aren’t likely to even get out of this round, but we all hope they do.

We all know, the mere fact they are returning home, in the post season, with a win under their belt, is expectedly un-expected.

This team is the little team that could…and, with a little luck (because, like it or not, luck matters), they may even be the little team that does.

My level of pride in this team is un-matched…they may not be the most skilled team we have ever had, but, in terms of fortitude, dedication, and value for money, they’re tops.

Go get ‘em boys, and know, win or lose, you have earned the respect of thousands.

GN

What is left when honor is lost? – Publilius Syrus

Posted in General Opinion on April 6, 2012 by sensay

We all watch things in the game that leave us shaking our collective heads.

Cheap shots.

Ridiculous officiating.

Diving.

But then, right when we think the game has sunk to its lowest ethical depths, something new happens, something so…wrong, it makes us shutter at the impact its doing has on the deepest foundations of the games integrity as a sport.

An act that makes us wonder if the sport we love has truly become little more than a game for spoiled millionaires.

Something that, when one see’s it occur, leaves one wondering “What is left when honor is lost?”

It hurts my soul to admit, the sport I love, hockey, is on a clear, determined and unfettered spiral downward, where anything goes, and the ends will always, always, justify the means.

Yes, it was a small thing…I guess, but, it so entirely lacked in honour, its impact is paradigmal in scope.

Judge for yourself;

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/globe-on-hockey/what-should-the-nhl-do-about-ryan-clowe/article2394037/

GN

Kyle Tu-Tu, Tu, Tu, Turris!

Posted in Senators Opinion on April 3, 2012 by sensay

For those who have followed this team since inception, you’ll get this reference, and understand why, in having reached the post season when many (myself included) thought they would not, is not just reason to celebrate, but reason to remember other great moments in this teams history.

The win over the Islanders was, and will forever be, a great moment in this franchises lore, and Turris, like Steve Duchesne before him, deserves recognition for his great contribution.

The performance of Kyle Turris was nothing short of inspiring.  Here’s a kid who has languished since his draft, been dragged through the mud, traded and faced the challenge of stepping into the NHL weighed down by all of that baggage, on a team, presumably, going nowhere any time soon.

He stepped into a challenging, and demanding number two role, and although not rock-solid in his points total, has provided this team with what it needed, reliable two-way play.  It is no coincidence that Alfie has had such a great year, while paired with Turris.  The evidence of that was impossible to miss once Kyle was forced to put this team on his back…and did, at an incredibly difficult time.

To the victor go the spoils, and Kyle, you deserve a great deal of “spoils” for that performance, including your name in the annuls of Senator lore.

GN

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