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Amusing quote

“I would not live forever, because we should not live forever, because, if we were supposed to live forever, then we would live forever, which is why I would not live forever”—Miss Alabama in the 1994 Miss USA contest

Amusing… probably not the Miss America pagents shining moment when they speak of how intelligent their competitiors are. (Note- I’m not posting this to imply the Miss America contestants are slow/stupid, merely amused by the quote above).

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July 30, 2007 Posted by | Amusement | Leave a comment

My R Rated Blog

Quite amusing, you can get a content rating for your blog. Here’s mine:

 

Online Dating

This rating was determined based on the presence of the following words:
kill (3x)
dangerous (2x)
stab (1x)

Hmm… never would have thought of this blog as being “R” material, if your under 17 you require parental guidance to read my thoughts. ūüôā
And here I was thinking this was a pretty tame family friendly blog.

(Click on the image if you want to get a rating for your own blog)

July 21, 2007 Posted by | Amusement | Leave a comment

Bettman-NHL/Kansas City/Canada

Blogger Tom Benjamin is always controversial, sometimes I garee with him… often I don’t Either way he invariably causes a lot of interesting discussion.

Something he said the other day, bears repeating because it’s probably frighteningly accurate and quite disturbing.

 

 A post he made Thursday—-

…Canadians, pound for pound, are willing to spend more than Americans on hockey means that there’s no way Gary Bettman or the NHL could actually prefer a team in Kansas City over Hamilton or Mississauga or North York. Money talks! – Ian D.

As strange as it seems, most teams in the NHL do prefer Kansas City. Even better would be if Gary Bettman and local Nashville businessmen manage to prop up the Predators despite the pathetic $46 MM in revenues the team generates. The players are learning that sometimes money doesn’t talk very loudly in the NHL.

Why not? Three facts:

  • The NHL may be the NHLPA’s partner, but the NHL doesn’t generate spit in revenues. About 90% of league income is local.
  • Individual teams are individual businesses pursuing individual objectives. They care far less about league revenues than they care about team revenues, and in that regard, there are huge disparities, team to team.
  • In the Gary Bettman hockey league, player salaries are tied to league revenues. The players get nearly two thirds of the next $400 MM in league revenues.

    Add it up. From the Wharnsby piece:

    It has been suggested that having another high-revenue Canadian team might not be in the league’s best interests since it would push the salary cap higher without putting any money into the pockets of its 24 American-based teams. Those owners are already dealing with a salary cap that is much higher than they anticipated it would be, solely because of the strength of the Canadian dollar.

    Higher league revenues are not in the interest of any (not just American) individual team unless those increases are driven by their own or pooled centralized revenues. (And in the case of pooled revenue, the benefits are reduced because a chunk of those revenues will go to save the rich teams revenue sharing money.) When the Leafs raise ticket prices, salaries go up for everyone. As pay per view expands in Vancouver, player costs are driven up in Washington.

    The owner of the Atlanta Thrashers would be very happy to see Nashville stay put. If Hamilton generated $50 MM more than Nashville, the Thrashers don’t see a penny of that money and player costs across the league go up by about $1 MM a team. Why does Atlanta want Nashville to move? Why would a Toronto? The Leafs might like the idea if it reduced revenue sharing costs but it won’t because those are tied to revenues, too. If Nashville doesn’t get the money, another poor team will get more.

    The stupidity works in expansion thinking, too. If the league can find chumps willing to pony up big bucks for teams in new markets, it’s a double win. First, the teams get expansion fees which don’t have to be shared with players. Second, by adding a couple of low revenue teams they hold down their own salary costs.

    Remember when small market whiners couldn’t stop telling us the league was being ruined by salaries inflated by big market spending? In the Gary Bettman Hockey League, the big market teams don’t even have to spend to drive up salaries. Now salaries can be inflated by big market revenues whether the big boys spend or not. Most teams don’t want to see league revenues grow.

    It’s just another absurd consequence of an absurd system.

  • July 21, 2007 Posted by | NHL Business | 2 Comments

    Paris Hilton

    Everyone knows her, everyone hates her. The reasons are obvious no need to get into that.
    Interestingly her stupidity in reality seems to live up to the hype:

    Witness:
    She states that she played hockey in high school (True, at least for the few months she was at the school before being kicked out for reasons anyone can guess ie. summoning limos to take her to clubs rather then going to classes). Says she was “very good”
    Asked her position? ¬†“Oh, I played all over the ice”. ¬†Unusual, but okay. What position did she prefer to play? ¬†¬†She asked what the positions were. Her former teammates mention she didn’t know how to skate.

    Impressive, she’s very good at hockey…. yet can’t skate and doesn’t know any of the positions.

    She¬†states¬†that¬†she’s¬†devoutely¬†religious¬†and¬†has¬†read¬†the¬†bible¬†multiple¬†times. Asked¬†her¬†favourite¬†part:¬†She¬†couldn’t¬†name¬†one. Asked to mame a part she liked: ¬†She couldn’t name one.

    She’s¬†so¬†devoutely¬†religious…¬†she¬†can’t¬†name¬†anything¬†she¬†liked¬†at¬†all¬†in¬†the¬†bible.

    Asked if she votes:  She anwered yes.
    Asked when was the last election she voted in: Last year.
    Asked what election that was: Presidential election.
    Asked how often she vote in the presidential election: She votes every year, she’s voted for Bush 5 times.

    Intriguing. I presume the presidential election last year was a secret one held only for her, because there certainly wasn’t a regular one. Nor is there a presidential election every single year, nor can anyone have voted for Bush as president 5 times…

    Asked what she thought of Bush’s predecessor and his… dalliances with Lewinsky: She asked who it was.
    Fascinating. She voted in the election (as she somehow does every year) but managed to be oblivious as to whom the president actually was at the time.

    I’m amazed. The sheer stupidity here is overwhelming, the jokes about her actually pay her a compliment. She’s far less intelligent then even the harshest jokes might portray.

    July 16, 2007 Posted by | Amusement | Leave a comment

    Maurice on Blake and other thoughts

    Quote of the Week: Paul Maurice¬†(Leafs¬†Head¬†Coach) on the Jason Blake: “What I like about Jason is that I really didn’t like him.”

    No¬†Maurice,¬†that’s¬†Tucker.¬†You¬†hate¬†Tucker,¬†everyone¬†hates¬†Tucker.¬†¬†That’s¬†why¬†Leafs¬†fans¬†love¬†Tucker,¬†and¬†that’s¬†why Tucker¬†is¬†so¬†valuable. When your an agitator hatred is the epitome of success.
    Blake is Tucker, just less physical not as good of an agitator. Slightly more offence, and much more defence. I like Blake, but you’ve got someone already that deserves that statement much moreso then Blake.

    On another note- I wish people would stop calling Blake a 40G scorer. He’s broken 30 once in his career, at age 33. What are the odds Blake became a dramatically better player at age 33? ¬†¬†Pretty small.
    What are the odds he had a career year? Awfully good.

    Note¬†#2:¬†Blake¬†takes¬†Tucker’s¬†place¬†on¬†the¬†PP.¬†Tucker’s¬†goal¬†totals¬†drop.¬†I’m¬†betting¬†low¬†20’s.¬†18-23, without Blake I’d have said 26-31. And even without Blake, no way in hell does Tucker score at a 35+ goal pace over a full season next season, last year was definitely a high water mark for him.

    Note¬†#3¬†: Blake’s never put up huge numbers ES. Don’t expect that to change.

    Note¬†#4: Everyone get’s overpaid in UFA, you never get a bargain. The question is how much you overpay, and for how long. If you go into UFA and say you won’t sign player X unless you get him at a fair price…. then you better realize you’ll sign one player every 5yrs or so.
    Blake at 4M/yr is pretty nice under those conditions. Blake for 5yrs isn’t so nice. He’s hear for his age 34-38 seasons. A semi-young 34, since he made his NHL debut at 26, but he definitely isn’t going to be worth 4M long term.

    Note 4: Ryan Smyth was the best player available in UFA.

    Note¬†5: Either Colombus made the second good move in team history in signing Jan Hejda for 1M/yr for 2yrs, and made by far the best signing in UFA. Or I massively over rate him, he’s not a 4th D-Man and is in reality ECHL fodder. Odds are I overrate him. I loved, absolutey loved Gilbert Brule. He hasn’t exactly done anything at all yet. He was drafted by Colombus. I had Brassard ahead of Kessel in 06′ Colombus drafted Brassard, Brassard may have had an excellent season last year but he will fail to live up to my expectations. As will Hejda. They hired Ken Hitchcock, that exhausted their quota of logical and intelligent moves for the next 25yrs.

    Note 6: Very glad we got a top 6 LW.

    Note¬†7:¬†Bell¬†is¬†a¬†poor¬†man’s¬†Jeff¬†O’Neill.¬†We¬†didn’t¬†want¬†O’Neill¬†at¬†1.5M,¬†we¬†now¬†have¬†Bell¬†at¬†2M/yr¬†for¬†2yrs.¬†San¬†Jose¬†is¬†laughing¬†that¬†they¬†actually¬†got¬†value¬†in¬†return¬†for¬†him.¬†Toskala¬†has¬†always¬†played¬†the¬†easy oppisition¬†in¬†San¬†Jose,¬†Nabokov the tough opposition.
    Toskala’s Shot Quality Neutral SV%? ¬†Never quite as inspiring as his unadjusted SV%.
    Take the two together? Toskala in Toronto = .900 SV%.
    To add to the stupidity JFJ signs his latest unproven starter to a 4M/yr deal. Why the urgency? He’s under contract for next season, you can wait a few months into the season to see if he deserves it… instead of signing him ASAP and hoping he justifies this deal.
    For this JFJ took Bell’s dead weight, and gave up a 13th overall pick a 2nd rounder and a 4th rounder.
    Florida gave up two 2nd rounders and a 1st rounder for a borderline elite (not quite there) starter in Vokoun.
    Slightly more then JFJ gave for Toskala, and didn’t even have to take dead weight salary like JFJ did.
    Vokoun is a far better goalie then Toskala is even in a best case scenario.
    Thanks JFJ for overpaying for mediocrity again, it’s not like the Leafs as a team without a lot of youth and litte immediate hope of going anywhere in the player could USE those draft picks your so desperate to give up.

    Sorta like Raycroft last year. Gave up an elite goaltending prospect in Rask for Andrew Raycroft…. our overpaid backup that no one wants to take off our hands. Hated it then, hate it now.
    Wonder what mediocre to bad goalie JFJ will give good value for next season?
    Could have had a legitimate starter in Legace for a cheaper price then Raycroft last season without paying anything. Could have had Vokoun this season for marginally more then he gave up for Toskala.

    We desperately need to add an addendum to JFJ contract that prohibits him from touching a goalie, else he agrees to be shot by a firing squad.

    Meanwhile Peddie continues to search for an advisor for JFJ. Since he doesn’t have faith that JFJ can be a good GM on his own he doesn’t bother firing him. No replacing crap with something better would be too logical.
    Instead he hopes people like Poile and Burke will accept a demotion to come to Toronto and advise JFJ. To no one’s surprise they declined. Much like Scotty Bowman did.
    Now he’s after Muckler. Why? Probably because it’s stupid.
    Muckler’s great why? He stuck around the legendary 80’s oilers but was in no way respondisble for their success. As the neverending parade of “friends of Gretzky” in Phoenix have proven being around Gretzky when he was playing doesn’t make you absorb hockey genius by osmosis. His tenure in Buffalo was pretty decent albeit unremarkable.
    His time in Ottawa? Well, he took on a very young and very cheap elite team and…. they got much more expensive, and older… and marginally better which was expected with development of their youth anyway. Now his replacement is trying to dump Muckler’s costly mistakes in qualifying Saprykin and overpaying Corvo and Gerber.
    For this we apparently want Muckler to advise JFJ.

    Ah, they eternal torture of being a Leafs fan. Fun isn’t it?
    Welcome to Leafs Nation, leave your common sense at the door.

    July 8, 2007 Posted by | NHL Trades, Toronto Maple Leafs | 1 Comment