Cooke’s Hit And Emotional Response

Matt Cooke’s knee on Tyson Barrie tonight was definitely bad, but lets think this through for a minute

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In tonight’s game between the Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche, Matt Cooke kneed Tyson Barrie and received a two minute penalty. Everybody, of course, lost their collective minds. Now that the dust has settled, it appears that Cooke has been offered an in-person hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety, which generally implies a 5+ game suspension.

To be honest, I think there’s a…

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TFC today… the shoes match

TFC today… the shoes match

About That Billboard

Yeah, about that new Drake Billboard that everybody is talking about today… don’t believe everything you see on the internet (aka why I’m a jerk)

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Complex Magazine just posted an article about a Drake billboard, which they received from Word On Road, the official Drake fan site. It matches his digital cover for the song “Days in the East”… what can he possibly be planning? (more…)

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Charlie is really big now, FYI

Charlie is really big now, FYI

I talked to Drew MacIntyre today about his brief stint with the Leafs. He also showed me his sweet new mask. Check it out:http://theleafsnation.com/2014/3/27/macintyre-returns-to-marlies-slightly-disappointed

I talked to Drew MacIntyre today about his brief stint with the Leafs. He also showed me his sweet new mask. Check it out:
http://theleafsnation.com/2014/3/27/macintyre-returns-to-marlies-slightly-disappointed

why did you hashtag my twitter comments with bullying? You have no idea kid what your saying. Keep your comments, fine but please remove the bullying tag. I am far from that, and my comments do not reflect that in anyway. I would appreciate it thanks. Keep up your good work. PS - you missed my entire point however.

@anarchista2010

The April thing as a whole is considered a form of bullying, not necessarily your statements. Hashtags aren’t necessarily me describing you as much as me indicating what topics I’m touching on.

I’m pretty sure I didn’t miss your point; I addressed everything, I just think you’re objectively and totally wrong

Hey @anarchista2010, I’m responding to you here because Twitter doesn’t give me enough characters to tell you how ridiculous you sound. Here’s my attempt at a full response.
First and foremost, thank you for reading and responding to my article “It’s a Game, and These are People”, which was a lesson on how/why not to be a jerk to people, particularly athletes and their families, and is now the most read piece in TheLeafsNation.com’s history. To anybody else who read it, linked to it, responded to it, and the like, I also thank you.
Now, on to your points.
I don’t believe that creating a social media account automatically makes you “fair game” to personal attacks, no matter who you are. There is literally no logic to this whatsoever. Different relative scales of course, but this is like telling a woman that she was raped because her clothing choice was tempting to her attacker. Just because someone has decided to make themselves more available to you to speak to, doesn’t give you free reign to do so in a way that nobody deserves to be spoken to.
Similarly, it doesn’t matter what her “reason” for popularity is. Are there a bunch of people who only care about her because she’s James Reimer’s wife? I mean, we’d be lying to ourselves if we said no. But, it’s not like she is out there asking for attention. April created her Twitter account before James was well known in this city, and had less than 500 followers until CBC decided “oh she’s pretty, quick lets show her face after every whistle and throw her Twitter handle up six times a game” during the playoffs. She was under the radar and was fine with that.
The argument that she played the “white sheep” card is silly too. She brushed off the comments, perhaps better than those who came to her defence. She made a tweet that basically said “I know what you’re saying and it’s not cool, but I’ll live”, and that was the end of that from her end. She shouldn’t have to shut down her account because a few people have no social skills or ability to be polite.
In response to your last tweet, I don’t have a strong connection to either of the Reimers by any means, but I’ve met both of them and they’re nice people. Most players and their relatives are if you treat them as themselves and don’t try to glorify them. The article was more about how to act in a situation like this in general so much as her, in any event.
As such, I’ve heard back from a few players and player relatives that I’ve befriended over the past few years (I may write for a blog, but I do media stuff too) and they’ve said nothing but positive things about the post. Most other readers who don’t have the connection that the article was addressing enjoyed it too, and I’m grateful for that.
In summation: nobody is fair game to personal attacks just because they have a twitter account. It doesn’t matter why she’s popular, and she didn’t pull any cards. The point of my article was to explain how to not be an jerk for the sake of being a jerk, and in that regard, you have failed. Thanks for reading!

Hey @anarchista2010, I’m responding to you here because Twitter doesn’t give me enough characters to tell you how ridiculous you sound. Here’s my attempt at a full response.

First and foremost, thank you for reading and responding to my article “It’s a Game, and These are People”, which was a lesson on how/why not to be a jerk to people, particularly athletes and their families, and is now the most read piece in TheLeafsNation.com’s history. To anybody else who read it, linked to it, responded to it, and the like, I also thank you.

Now, on to your points.

I don’t believe that creating a social media account automatically makes you “fair game” to personal attacks, no matter who you are. There is literally no logic to this whatsoever. Different relative scales of course, but this is like telling a woman that she was raped because her clothing choice was tempting to her attacker. Just because someone has decided to make themselves more available to you to speak to, doesn’t give you free reign to do so in a way that nobody deserves to be spoken to.

Similarly, it doesn’t matter what her “reason” for popularity is. Are there a bunch of people who only care about her because she’s James Reimer’s wife? I mean, we’d be lying to ourselves if we said no. But, it’s not like she is out there asking for attention. April created her Twitter account before James was well known in this city, and had less than 500 followers until CBC decided “oh she’s pretty, quick lets show her face after every whistle and throw her Twitter handle up six times a game” during the playoffs. She was under the radar and was fine with that.

The argument that she played the “white sheep” card is silly too. She brushed off the comments, perhaps better than those who came to her defence. She made a tweet that basically said “I know what you’re saying and it’s not cool, but I’ll live”, and that was the end of that from her end. She shouldn’t have to shut down her account because a few people have no social skills or ability to be polite.

In response to your last tweet, I don’t have a strong connection to either of the Reimers by any means, but I’ve met both of them and they’re nice people. Most players and their relatives are if you treat them as themselves and don’t try to glorify them. The article was more about how to act in a situation like this in general so much as her, in any event.

As such, I’ve heard back from a few players and player relatives that I’ve befriended over the past few years (I may write for a blog, but I do media stuff too) and they’ve said nothing but positive things about the post. Most other readers who don’t have the connection that the article was addressing enjoyed it too, and I’m grateful for that.

In summation: nobody is fair game to personal attacks just because they have a twitter account. It doesn’t matter why she’s popular, and she didn’t pull any cards. The point of my article was to explain how to not be an jerk for the sake of being a jerk, and in that regard, you have failed. Thanks for reading!

Jeff, why do people still not understand that goaltending is not the Leafs' big problem here? WHYYYYYYYYY.

@melisusthewee

Being a goalie is basically the most thankless position in hockey. Your job is to make up for the fact that your team made enough mistakes to give the opposition a chance to score. When you let a puck in, all those prior mistakes are forgotten and the blame gets put on you.

Not to mention the fact that when you’re doing your job best, it’s largely forgettable because that means you’re in position to make the most boring saves possible. Bernier and Reimer are talented goalies, and as such, make boring saves, making you remember their faults way more. This is also the issue Phaneuf has in his defensive style, but that’s a different topic altogether.

The Leafs’ problem is that they allow 36 shots per game, and as such need a Vezina Trophy Finalist’s game out of their goalie if they aren’t lighting it up offensively. The Leafs haven’t scored more than 3 regulation goals in any game this month, meaning they’ve given next to no support.

Yes, Reimer has been shaky since getting a foot to the head and no time to slow down and take a breath. Bernier was very good but not brilliant tonight. But bailouts should be a pleasant surprise, not an expectation.

This is one of the worst defensive teams in NHL history. Whether it’s a talent thing or a systems thing is debatable (I lean to the latter). They’re on pace to give up the third most shots against in a season. EVER. The goatlenders are victims that are saving their teammates’ reputations when they dominate. They are human shields, in more ways than one.

They’re having their own issues, but they’re literally last on the list of problems.

infinitxly:

petition to put drew macintyre in net

that was pathetic

This was written before today’s game but with 3GF and a necessary 0.960 to win in regulation it still applies

http://theleafsnation.com/2014/3/24/dry-march-and-sv-expectations