2007 Archives http://www.jibblescribbits.com/table/2007-articles/ Wed, 24 May 2017 09:42:52 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Beige Wings Shrink needed http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/december/beige-wings-shrink-needed.html http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/december/beige-wings-shrink-needed.html
Now? I just don't know how to feel about the Beige Wings. I mean clearly they still generate some hatred, vile and bile. The "Red Wings sucks" chants at the Pepsi center clearly demonstrated they aren't just another team like the Kings or Hurricanes. But at the same time, they aren't the same level of evil they used to be. On the Altitude broadcast the other night they said only 4 players remain from the heyday of hatred. Lidstrom, Sakic, Draper, and Hasek. The only really hateable one, on either side of that 4-some, is Hasek. And that's just because he's a whiney, flopping, cheap shot bitch. But the Beige Wings as a whole aren't. In fact there's a reason I call them the Beige wings. They went from one of the most evil and despicable franchises to just being one I, and I feel other Avs fans, hate out of habit. Hell I call them the Beige Wings because, outside Chelios and Hasek, that red club has no discernible personality.

I mean there were 8 penalty minutes tonight between these two clubs. Sure Altitude kept trying to work up the rivalry, playing old clips and such, but really it was fun to watch the clips but you could tell the feeling wasn't there anymore.

Sure I still hate Beige wings fans. Mainly because there are 3 types of Beige wings fans in Denver.

  1. Those who grew up in Detroit/Michigan and followed the Beige Wings for their whole life. Really I can't hate them, they didn't have a chance. They were brainwashed from a young age.
  2. Those who didn't have a hometown team to pick up on and regrettably fell upon the Beige Wings. Let's face it, they had a lot to like. They were good, they had a brilliant and entirely honorable captain in Steve Yzerman, and I could see how a young impressionable mind could fall into the trance a Sergei Federov deke and even continue to watch in awe as Nikolas Lidstrom just quietly dominates the ice. I mean there's a sucker born every minute right? And if there were no trude guiding Avalanche to show the way, the Beige Wings could trick some poor susceptible fools into thinking they are the righteous team, I can really understand that.
These are the two acceptable Beige Wings fans, it's like a 2-year old who cusses, they don't know any better... But then there are these assholes who really ruin it (and yes I am well aware there are some who follow the Avs as well)
  1. The Asshole local who wants to be "edgey, hip and rebellious" by selecting the very good, but hated rival of the home team. These guys are assholes and can go to hell. I grew up in a city where we had a hated rival in football, the Oakland Raiders, and it would be no surprise to me that fans of the Raiders, in Denver only, would also be fans of the Red Wings. When I lived in Columbus, OH we called these people "Michigan Fans."
These people are the worst because not only are they incredibly boring and uncreative, but they are obnoxious and rabble-rousers as well. They aren't really cheering for the Red Wings or Raiders (or in Oakland and Detroit, the Avs or Broncos) but they are cheering against the home team, and they want you to know it. These are the people who stand up and scream "Yeah You Avs Suck" at every puck clearance or missed pass. You can find these Assholes in every city, cheering for the Red Wings in Denver, the Cowboys in Philly, the Giants in Los Angeles, the Devils in New York, or cheering for the Red Sox anywhere outside New England. That's why feint "Let's go Red Wing's" chants could be heard for small periods tonight. Real fans, the ones who grew up in Michigan, know better than to be loud and obnoxious in an opposing teams building. Only an idiot who feels he's in the comfort's of home would be stupid enough to try another chant in an opposing teams building.

Yet I digress. As the Avs missed the playoffs, and players moved on, the rivalry has faded. Not so amazingly the number of fans in the third category has decreased (and watch it plummet if the Red Wings ever miss the playoffs). The point being that even the fans are slightly less aggravating . Sure there's still the occasional Red Wing know-it-all that feels because you have only had your hockey club for 11 years that somehow you are an inferior fan, but they are pretty harmless.

So until these two clubs meet in the playoffs, I will still hate the Beige Wings, but really it's not the same.

Thanks for listening Doc"]]>
jibblescribbits@gmail.com (Jibblescribbits) December Fri, 28 Dec 2007 05:00:00 +0000
Merry Christmas to me!!! http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/november/merry-christmas-to-me.html http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/november/merry-christmas-to-me.html
God Bless You Sir.

Sincerely,
Jibblescribbits]]>
jibblescribbits@gmail.com (Jibblescribbits) November Fri, 30 Nov 2007 16:14:00 +0000
Scheduling oddities http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/october/scheduling-oddities.html http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/october/scheduling-oddities.html
Over the next month the Avs will play 13 games, 10 of those games will be against fellow Northwest foes, this will increase the stretch of mainly NW division opponents to an almost absurd 15 out of 19 games of playing NW rivals. In December, the Avs will play exactly one game, out of 14, against a NW division foe and in January they will play another whopping one game against the NW. The Avs then play a pretty balanced schedule until late in the season where they finish with 9 in a row against NW rivals.

The problem is that NW divisional rival games are more important than games against other conference foes, which in turn are more important than games against the Eastern Conference. When you schedule so few of those divisional games against your NW foes in December and January you're basically telling the fans, these months aren't as important. These games aren't as important. Save your money for later in the season when the games ARE important.

I don't have too much of a problem with the glut of divisional games at the end of the season, especially in the Northwest. The Northwest is expected (and is shaping up to be) incredibly competitive, and these teams will be battling for playoff positioning, or even playoff spots late in the season. In the West, getting a 3-seed is going to be critical for playoff advancement so battling NW teams will make that race to #3 more exciting for everyone.

But early in the season, the playoff lines haven't been drawn yet and teams are still jockeying for position and spreading themselves out. While the games are important the divisional rivalries don't take as much precedence as playing well and gelling, at least for fans. Look at the posts from all the Avs blogs. We are way more concerned about how the D is looking (pretty bad so far) and how the goaltenders are playing (pretty well) than how Vancouver, Minnesota, or Calgary is doing. Why? we know that if they are doing poorly (Vancouver) they have time to correct themselves, and if they are on fire (Minnesota until recently) they will probably come back down. It's not time to worry about them, yet.

If the NHL is going to insist on this division rivalry format (of which I don't have a problem with to be honest) they should at least do it right. The division games should be mixed in with the other games until late in the season where the importance should be placed on the division games. Yes a point in November is the same as a point in March in the grand scheme of things, but in reality a 4-2 win over Minnesota in November isn't as anticipated, emotional, or intense as a 4-2 win over 1st place Minnesota in late February, or March.]]>
jibblescribbits@gmail.com (Jibblescribbits) October Mon, 29 Oct 2007 15:08:00 +0000
Avs Roundtable - Question #4 http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/september/avs-roundtable-question-4.html http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/september/avs-roundtable-question-4.html Avs Roundtable:
Welcome to Question 4 of the Avs roundtable, the most comprehensive Avalanche season preview on the web. Many Avalanche bloggers have come together to answer 8 questions facing the Avs going into the season. Mile High Hockey is headquarters for this event, and here at Jibblescribbits we have volunteered to host Question #4. All the questions, and their hosting sites, can be found to the left on a special new link list. Since this response is long, let me go ahead and get started with Question #4

Question #4- What are the biggest stumbling blocks to the Avs this coming
season? Are they their own worst enemy, or will certain teams present
specific challenges to Colorado this season?

Baba Oje, from Melt Your Faceoff, and is also hosting Question #7 gets us started:
They need to play more consistently defensively. There were too many times last year when the other team got behind our own blue liners
and hung the goalies out to dry. Its time that our defenders matured into the new NHL and learned that they don't have the two line pass to protect them. We also need Budaj to play like he did at the end of last season, a high order, but he is capable.
Mike, from the blog Bleu, Blanc, et Rouge, (also Avs hosting Question #1) responds:
It all comes down to goaltending, in my opinion. If Coach Q. can get the most out of the Avs' goalies this year, then all we have to worry about is the two-and-a-half elite goalies in the division (Luongo, Kipprusoff, and half-a-Backstrom). Why half-a-Backstrom? I believe that the system in front of him will be motor that makes any of Minnesota successes' go this season, more than Backstrom. (Plus, I'd like to see more of his backup, Harding, who was rocking some sweet vintage gear in the past!) If Colorado can beat the foes they should beat consistently (Phoenix, St. Louis, Columbus, Edmonton) and be competitive in our division and against the powerhouses in the Pacific (Ducks, Sharks) they can control their own destiny. If the Avs don't win the division, I fully expect them to battle Minnesota for one of the final two or three playoff spots and it could come down to who has the horses in net.
Tapeleg from Jerseys and Hockey Love (and hosting Avs Question #6) had this to say:
The biggest stumbling block for the Avs are going to be the demons of last season. Missing the playoffs for the first time by one point(or three, depending on how you look at it), making mistake after mistake, giving up leads, and losing too many one goal games are a lot of questions to answer for a team that still most of it's core returning. The 400 pound gorilla in the corner is the forty minute games they played last season. This question, for me, falls directly on the coaching staff, and how they plan on keeping the team motivated, while not getting in the way of the talent. I wonder how much of last season was based on the coaching and how much on the players themselves.
I am much less worried about the goaltending this season than last. Even thought we still have Budaj and Theodore, the third goalie can be filled if necessary, something not available last season. The departure of Vitali Kolesnik stung, and had there been an injury, the Avs would have shown how thin at this position they were. With Wall
and Weiman in place, that shouldn't be a concern. If the Avs are going to do anything this season, they have to exorcise last season. All of the pieces are in place, now they have to do something with them.
A new Avs blogger, and new to the blogosphere Justin G (coincidentally whose site The Hockey Guild, and Avs Site the Avalanche Guild launches sometime today) opined:
I totally understand the obvious responses about a "lack of consistency" - not only from our defenders but from the entire team last year. But I honestly believe that they do not deserve the brunt of the blame. Hockey is a team sport, so blaming a set of four or six defenders for all of the "40-minute games" is a fallacy. Yes, there were way too many 40-minute games last year, especially early in the season, but it wasn't strictly the defenders' fault. Defensive effort from Avalanche FORWARDS is, in my opinion, the biggest soft spot on this team. Back-checking and the work ethic needed to skate back and help out the defensemen will be a giant key to the Avalanche playing 60-minute games. Getting sticks in the passing lanes, deflecting pucks, continuing to be a strong shot- blocking team are such vital aspects to a total team and total game effort. These are the little things that bring a team together defensively, as everyone must be responsible when the puck is in their own zone. It's not JUST the blueliners and goaltender. It's all five players working together and executing a solid defensive system.
Physical play is another major hurdle the Avalanche must jump over this season. They must be gritty. They must HIT SOMEBODY. I cannot begin to count the number of times I found myself screaming at the top of my lungs, "SOMEBODY HIT SOMEBODY!" as I watched games last season. It was almost a joke and it was certainly frustrating. Yes, the new NHL is based on speed and passing, but if they cannot push a player off the puck and impede their forward progress, they will end up getting beat on a ton of plays. They HAVE to take players into the boards and impede the puck handler by pushing their body out of the way. Not only does hitting a forward take them off of the puck, but it also takes them out of the play. More odd-man situations arise from a solid body check than slipping behind a defender with pure speed and agility. The more the Avalanche hit and play a physical game, the less time they will spend in their own zone and the more time (and space) players like Sakic, Smyth, Hejduk, Svatos, Stastny and Hlinka will have with the puck. It's intimidation. It's grit. It's a certain physical presence that the Avalanche must have.
Goaltending is the most important factor for all 30 NHL clubs, so knowing this, the onus is obviously on Budaj to continue his play from the end of last season. Unfortunately, from what I have witnessed in training camp and the preseason game against the Los Angeles Kings, I am weary and worried. He is struggling right now - flat out. That's the main reason why he played the entire game and Mike Wall sat on the bench - because the coaching staff realizes that Budaj is struggling, and so they are hoping he will play through it by the time October 3 hits. He's kicking out rebounds, he's letting in soft goals and he's playing deep in his crease. Honestly, as of September 21st, I'm worried.
Our Host, Joe from Mile High Hockey, added this:
Besides goaltending doubts, inconsistent defense will be the number one hurdle facing the Avalanche this season. They have to recapture the feeling they had during The Streak at the end of last season. Every D-man was firing on all cylinders, smashing and crashing and clearing pucks like every opponent they faced was a Pee Wee team. Scott Hannan has to motivate his new troops and fight every game like it's the most important one of the season. If they can stay consistently tight on D, the Avalanche will do very well this year against any team.
Draft Dodger, from In the Cheaps Seats (host of Question #8), shifts the conversation to face-offs with his comments:
Francois Giguere made two great moves this summer in signing Ryan Smyth and Scott Hannan. Both players - especially Smyth - should fit well with the team and the style they play. Unfortunately, neither move really went very far to address some of the more nagging deficiencies the Avs had last season - faceoffs, physical play and penalty killing.
Frankly, as nice as he's been offensively, I was surprised to see Tyler Arnason - a player weak in all those areas - re-signed. With the right signing, the Avs could have added a 3rd line center to address all those needs in one fell swoop. With all the cap room the Avalanche have, I think Giguere missed a golden opportunity to improve the team. Already they've had issues in all three of those areas in the preseason. While I suspect they'll still have the firepower to overcome these issues, I think they would have been in better shape if they'd made a better move this summer.
After all this I decided it was time for me to add my 2¢:
Internally there seem to be 2 stumbling blocks going into the season. The first is, obviously and well documented, the goalies. Budaj needs to be good, but Theo needs to be a sold backup. Play for that next contract Theo. They also need to be better on the blue line. Hannan was brought in to shore that up, but he can't do it all himself, and he needs to adjust. Leopold is back (for now) but really late game leads need to be protected a lot better.
I think playing in the NW itself will present a challenge. The Avs could lose playoff seeding to inferior clubs just because they'll be competing with the Canucks/Flames/Wild while teams like St. Louis get the Blackhawks, BJ's and Nashville.
Jori, host of Question #2 and the author of the great blog Avs Prospects said:
The Avs have the offense and the defense is improved with a healthy Leopold and the addition of Scott Hannan. The defense lacks "star power," but it's a solid and underrated group that should help the Avs PK and help the goaltenders. An area of weakness the team did not address is face-offs. This could still hinder the Avs penalty kill and defense overall.
The goaltending is probably the biggest concern, but it's not just Budaj and Theodore, it's also Joel Quenneville. Quenneville is quick to pull goaltenders and may under play or over play them at times. I believe the struggles in net the Avs experienced early last season can partially be blamed on Quenneville. You can understand the need to play Theodore due to his massive contract, but should it be to the detriment of the team?
Even with the additions of Smyth and Hannan, this is a team that can still get pushed around if they don't play "tough" as a group. It's important that the team starts strong out of the gate. The Avs play in arguably the toughest division in the NHL. The Western Conference itself is extremely strong. A consistent effort night in and night out should be enough to earn the Avalanche a playoff spot.
And finally Post Pessimist from the extremely popular Hockey blog Hockey Rants (and host of Question #5) offered up these thoughts:
While they're in one of the most competitive divisions in hockey, there's no team that really stands out as superior to the Avs in the Northwest. If Colorado establish themselves quickly and manage to play pretty consistently, they'll be fine. I'm still not sold on the defense. It looks like a capable unit, but one that could go either way -- the days of Blake/Foote/Bourque still seem very far away. If everything goes right (Hannan all that is advertised, Leopold goes more than a week without getting hurt, etc) it should be fine; but there's not much margin for error, and it could still be the team's Achilles heel.
Finally Shane from Avs Talk (and host of Question #3) wraps up the Question #4 roundtable with:
Team chemistry will be the only real stumbling block. Q has to do his job and find the right line combinations from the get-go and get the team to buy into how he wants them to play. That doesn't mean that Smyth-Sakic-Brunette need to play every shift together, but it does mean he needs to find some good 1-2 punches and compliment those with a third winger. A full 3-man line matters less than a 1-2 punch
does. As evidenced with Brad May playing on a line with Staz and the Duke last year.

They also need to establish the right balance between offensive output and defensive presence. A run-and-gun offense works good but you have to have the defense - and goaltending - to back it up. Buffalo had success last year with that style as Ryan Miller bailed them out enough times to make up for it. But I'd much prefer seeing them backcheck harder and play smarter rather than forcing Budaj to make huge saves to bail the team out.
Of course, injuries could hamper the team out of the gate but there's not much a team can do to control that aspect of the game.
To wrap things up, It looks like all us Avs bloggers are worried about:
  • Goaltending
  • Defensive Consistency
  • Overcoming the letdown of missing last seasons playoffs
  • Physical Play
  • and Face-offs
Despite this post about Avs stumbling blocks, let's remember. Budaj seemed to come into his own last season, and the Defense added Leopold and Hannan this season, to a corps that started to play well late last season.

Oh and lets not forget that not one of us bloggers even said anything about the offense. This should be a fun team to watch, and I am getting excited for Wednesday.]]>
jibblescribbits@gmail.com (Jibblescribbits) September Sun, 30 Sep 2007 16:42:00 +0000
Hello Pinkguins http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/august/hello-pinkguins.html http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/august/hello-pinkguins.html The Poll is closed and the winner, by a close margin, is Pittsburgh Pinkguins.

I just want to thank Sidney Crosby for giving me the opportunity to come up with such a great nickname.
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jibblescribbits@gmail.com (Jibblescribbits) August Fri, 31 Aug 2007 16:05:00 +0000
YouTube > everything III http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/july/youtube-everything-iii.html http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/july/youtube-everything-iii.html

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jibblescribbits@gmail.com (Jibblescribbits) July Tue, 31 Jul 2007 21:42:00 +0000
More YouTube goodiness http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/june/more-youtube-goodiness.html http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/june/more-youtube-goodiness.html
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jibblescribbits@gmail.com (Jibblescribbits) June Tue, 26 Jun 2007 18:35:00 +0000
Goaltenders highlight games one and two. http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/may/goaltenders-highlight-games-one-and-two.html http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/may/goaltenders-highlight-games-one-and-two.html
Going into this series the purveying thought was that Ray Emery was the weak link that would keep the Senators from winning. Multiple experts agreed that the teams were even but that Giguere is that much better than Emery, so the Ducks would prevail. I think Emery has earned the right to tell them to put a sock in it.

He has been spectacular. Last night he was the only reason the game wasn't 3-0 or so. Giguere made 5 saves on the 5-vs-3 and then pretty much was allowed to take the night off. Emery has emerged as a force dfor this Senators team, and if they had been able to sneak one in last night he may have stole them a game. He needs to in order for the Sens to come back.

That being said, I think the Sens are going down. They look outmatched. Pahlsson looks like the Selke is going to be his for the next 5-10 years. He has been fantastic. Maybe having the last change is going to help Murray get the ASH (Alfie, Spezza, Heatly) line away from Pahlson, Niedermeyer x2, Pronger and Perry but the Ducks look like they are well on their way to giving the Stanley Cup a nice tan.

I think the most telling sign is that the Senators came out, and had some good (REALLY GOOD) chances against Giguere last night, and when he was able to stone them with some fantastic saves well that was the end for them. the wind was taken out of their sails and they looked cooked. You never know until both teams get a home game, but the Sens look done.

That being said I am impressed with Ottawa's Defense. Redden, Volchenkov and company have done a pretty good job. They can still salvage the series, but the need to dump-and-chase more. Anaheim is just punching them in the mouth and taking their lunch money in the neutral zone.]]>
jibblescribbits@gmail.com (Jibblescribbits) May Thu, 31 May 2007 15:29:00 +0000
Playoff Hockey night #1...post 3 http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/april/playoff-hockey-night-1-post-3.html http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/april/playoff-hockey-night-1-post-3.html
Ahh Sudden Death OT. Nothing more intense in sports, oh how I have missed it.

Announcers pick OT game winner scorers, shockingly neither picks a Predator.

Thornton starts on a line with Grier and Bell. Strange way to start OT. Of course the nearly score so I guess Wilson knows what he’s doing.

All time Sharks playoff record_ 4-10. Sharks fans can’t be confidant.

SJ screws up a 3 on 1.5. SJ confidence has to be skyrocketing.

Player who looks the most out of place in a Nashville uniform… not Forsberg or Kariya, but Jason Arnott.

Brown (SJ) just missed a basically open net. Game should be over.

Very exciting overtime, back and forth with lots of scoring chances.

Pause for a second to close up the garage, and prick my finger on the garage door. In true hockey player spirit I would return, bloody and all.

Nashville controlling OT, but no win to show for it yet. And Forsberg makes a brilliant pass with 2 guys draped all over him to get his defensive man a shot… man I miss him.

Forsberg steals the puck at center ice, taking a big hit, then feeds it setting up a breaking Radulov who nearly wins it with a hat trick. Man you almost forget how brilliant Forsberg is.

Wow just end to end action here… a really good game.

Apparently that Cheechoo injury is pretty severe and Nashville got a 5-minute major for it. If it’s that bad (I didn’t see it) it needs to be a suspension and a big fine. Cheap shots need to be eliminated from the game.

This is how bad it is right now… The SJ announcers have said Nashville is dominating. Yeah that’s probably the best way to say it. Of course “San Jose is going to turn it around here”… umm sure they are. Anytime now would probably be a good time for that.

Another lazy clear by San Jose almost costs them the game. Man they look bad right now…

…On cue they lose Jordan Tootoo for a breakaway. Nabokov with a nice breakaway save. He is literally saving SJ right now.

Second most used cliché in the playoffs so far “Kept in by Nashville”

So long New NHL rules. SJ should have been called for an obvious too many men on the ice, but weren’t. How obvious? A SJ announcer says they got away with one.

“SJ’s inability to get pucks out has cost them tonight”. Wow, if nothing else it’s an accurate statement.

Thornton hits the opposite side of the net from 5 feet away. Another should have been game ender.

Wow. Dumont, from Nashville, has his stick slashed right out of his hands by the SJ defense, which allows SJ to clear the zone with less than a minute remaining in OT… So long new NHL, we hardly knew you.

End of OT… and I will say SJ is lucky to be here. Nashville had a ton of chances, with SJ having a couple sprinkled in. I do hate that they are missing (intentionally not calling) completely obvious penalty calls in OT. This is the crap that got the NHL in trouble in the late 90’s, and they are reverting back to it. Nashville dominated the period and SJ’s sloppy play should have been enough to warrant some completely justified Nashville power plays. Unfortunately some people (i.e. a lot of hockey) think it’s cheap to award power plays in OT of a playoff game. “Let the players decide the game” they say. But if you let a player get away with cheating (which SJ basically did 2ce here) you’re not letting them decide it fairly. Come on refs... have some stones and call some penalties.

On that note I need to run to the store for cat food before it closes... back for more in a few. Once I run out I can have some more sweet sweet Guinness.]]>
jibblescribbits@gmail.com (Jibblescribbits) April Thu, 12 Apr 2007 03:39:00 +0000
GO CANUCKS!!! http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/march/go-canucks.html http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/march/go-canucks.html
So it's not too difficult for me to cheer for them tonight. Also I hate the Minnesota Wild.. HATE them (well right now at least). So I would rather see Vancouver win the division than Minnesota anyways, so GO CANUCKS!!!

About the game today... Brett Clark is the most baffling player this season. One minute he makes a great play, like his fantastic blocked shot late in the game or on the 2 vs 1 where he went down and took away the pass, but sometimes he makes mind numbing mistakes. Like the 2 pucks he let get by him on the Blue line today. I just can't figure out if I like him yet or not.]]>
jibblescribbits@gmail.com (Jibblescribbits) March Sat, 31 Mar 2007 22:23:00 +0000