Morning Free Association, September 22

Was Team USA improperly built for a game that has evolved into one of skill and speed? Or did they just underestimate their opponents? These are the questions that anyone who has followed the demise of this team built on a “blue-collar” ethic of grit and determination are asking after the defeat by Team Canada. New Bruins forward David Backes was not shy to talk to the press, being quoting in many outlets including in this piece on Puck Daddy, his words causing all sorts of Bruins fans to opine one way or another on his possible play with the Bruins this season.

“We weren’t going to out-skill Canada. Truthfully, we’re maybe on par with skill with Europe, but we have the blue-collar mentality that we’ll push farther, but we didn’t go through with it,” said Backes.

“Let’s analyze the games,” said Backes, speaking about the Canadians. “We played them three times. We beat them the first game. They outshot us, but we were able to get the win. Second game, they beat us handily. Last night, if we wanted to go into full analysis of it, it’s a shot off the back board that goes to Duchene and he’s tapping it in. It’s a backhand pass to Quick’s blocker that he deflects off Perry’s chest and it goes into the net. It’s a great move by Tavares, and it’s off our defenseman’s skate and it goes in. It’s a breakout that hit’s a defenseman’s shaft, and deflects to [Duchene] for a mini-breakaway and he scores. We hit four posts in the game.”

Uh, David, that team as comprised was not going to beat Canada. You should have beaten Europe, that’s true. Surprisingly, that team has more pluck and resolve than it should.


Team “All These Guys Could Be My Sons” beat Team Sweden in the afternoon matchup, 4-3. In primetime, Canada beat Europe 4-1. That’s okay, Zdeno and Brad can still hug it out.

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The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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Where should I arbitrarily move to: East Lansing, MI; Flagstaff, AZ; Boston, MA, Chicago, IL?

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Boston or Flagstaff, flip a coin

carvinbass18
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BOSTON WE COULD MEET UP FOR DRINKS MORE OFTEN

Satan81
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AND GO TO BRUINS GAMES TOGETHER

Satan 81's Sister
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AND SPEAK IN ALL CAPS TOGETHER

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

AND MAYBE SEE THE BRUINS PLAY THE CAPS WHILE SPEAKING IN ALL CAPS!

Satan 81's Sister
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WHILE WEARING CAPS ON THEIR HEADS!

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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AND IF SOMEONE COMMITS MURDER WE CAN USE CAPITAL PUNISHMENT!

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

DEATH BY CAPSAICIN!

Satan 81's Sister
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OR PUT THEM ON A BOAT SO THEY CAPSIZE!

Satan81
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AND COMPLAIN ABOUT OUR TEAM’S SALARY CAP PROBLEMS

Satan 81's Sister
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WHILE DISCUSSING THE PROS AND CONS OF CAPITALISM

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

What kind of weather do you like?

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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Cold, but I want to feel my face. There goes Chicago!

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

The more i visit Providence the more i don’t dislike it.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

The more i visit Providence the more i don’t dislike it.

Strongest vote of approval Providence has ever received!

Satan 81's Sister
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You should work for their tourism board. wink

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

its the first day of fall….yeay.

The Backes comment about Kessel was a lil harsh in my book, not sure how you can take offence to that, but im sure Backes was just pissed that he didnt have a better team.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Backes was just pissed that he didnt have a better team.

Someone who could finish would have been nice. Phil did have a Conn Smythe type postseason, even if they gave the trophy to some other jerk.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

fully agreed

Satan 81's Sister
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Happy Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckers!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Good Morning All!
Bunch of assholes in my double header last night. It’s expected in the finals, but jeeze Louise, Next season is next week. Jerks.
Getting stoked for two days on the West River. There’s nothing like that feeling in the pit of your stomach right before you head down the mountain! Here’s a good look at the West
A league championship tonight. More douchebaggery anticipated.
Moar coffee, please!

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

According to Urban Dictionary, the collective term for a “bunch” of assholes is a privy. (ex.: Sitting at the bar was an entire privy of assholes.)

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I was not privy to that information.

carvinbass18
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The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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There was a fight everyone’s final game Sunday. Yup

The London Bear
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Team “All These Guys Could Be My Sons” beat Team Sweden in the afternoon

Love that grin

Now they need Finland to see off the Russians to make it to the semis, where they will lose to Canada…

My Mom is in Dallas at the moment. She loves the States and I usually ask her to bring me back a shirsey from wherever she goes, but Dallas, mmmm, nah.

Only 4/5 days until the first Bruins pre-season game! The Bruins website says it’s Tuesday 27th, but NHL.tv schedule is showing Mon 26th. Does anyone have a definitive date?

Take care all, have a great day.

carvinbass18
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You could get one of the goaltenders, but it’d be full of holes when you got it

The London Bear
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There used to be a soccer goalie named Antti Niemi, now retired.

Satan 81's Sister
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Morning all. I get to go home tonight!
Holy awesome Sweden/NA OT, Batman! I’ve been loving the WHC.

Satan81
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The WHC is way better than preseason.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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Eh. It’s been the same for me

Satan 81's Sister
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I’ve been enjoying it. It’s been fun for me to see hockey in September where they’re actually playing like they give a shit, USA excluded.

The London Bear
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What do you think of the ref-cam? I love it. Never having played hockey it gives a great insight. Seen some negative comments on FB and Twitter, but as long as they stick to using it for replays (rather than while the puck’s In play) I think it’s a great new angle

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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The ref cam is great! I hope they use it during the NHL season too

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Caution must be exercised while using the ref cam. Jo once told me that while I was watching the game, my partner’s attention was focused squarely on a hockey mom in yoga pants.

Satan 81's Sister
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Co-signed and notarized.

Satan 81's Sister
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The ref-cam is great. I want our resident long winded striped mofo to wear one and post video on here.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I’ll work on that.

carvinbass18
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Ciao mio Bruins famiglia!

Backes comments are whiny, but at the same time why is he getting ripped for his “poor character”? What was he supposed to say, “Oh Kessel is totally right and our team sucked thanks to management decisions”? Ugh hockey fans are mostly obnoxious.

Trivia tonight, hoping for a much better showing than last week. Maybe we can even get another win??? Other than that water and work on tap for me today

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I find Backes’ comments pretty accurate. The team was built to play a gritty game, but they didn’t play that way, at all. I found Backes to be grittier than most.

Satan 81's Sister
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While Team USA was a roster full of douchecanoes that deserve multiple kicks to the balls, I can’t really fault them for losing. Management really didn’t set them up to succeed.

Satan81
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I don’t think we’re gonna see another post-game press conference from Torts after this tournament.

Satan 81's Sister
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I don’t think we’re going to see Torts in another international tournament…nah, someone will be stupid and hire him again to do this.

Satan 81's Sister
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HE CHALLENGED A GOAL THAT WAS ALREADY REVIEWED! Good lord, the stupidity.

Satan81
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I’m pretty sure his coaching career is over.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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He still coaches the Blue Jackets.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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That word… “coaches”… I think may be open to interpretation…

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

could be interpreted as “has team play with one arm tied behind their back.”

Satan81
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wait what

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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John Robert Tortorella is the head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Satan81
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Wow.

Satan 81's Sister
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Three year contract!

carvinbass18
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trololorella

Satan 81's Sister
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I’M STARTING QUICK, DAMNIT, AND NO ONE CAN STOP ME!!

carvinbass18
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Despite being the 3rd best goaltender on the team AND I CANT EVEN THINK OF WHO IS ON IT BESIDES SCHNIDER

Satan 81's Sister
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I get it that Kessel could have been interpreted wrong when you’ve already been embarrassed. Hopefully the players will realize it wasn’t directed at them.
From a fan perspective: That Tweet was awesome.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Agreed, whatever a Tweet is…. that was a good one.

carvinbass18
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Amen.

I’m talking about Bruins fans whining about Backes though. Like what was he supposed to say “yeah, Phil’s totally right, USA totally sucks”

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Morning!

I’m leaving for salt lake city tonight, then driving to Jackson Wyoming tomorrow for a wedding. These are places I’d never think I would be going to, but here we are. (Also worth noting, the wedding is in a town called Moose, WY.)

I’ve only been at my new job for about two months, and yet i feel I’ve contributed more in that time than I ever did at my last place. It’s such a weird feeling to actually have the power to things and to be actually making a difference. I like it. I knew I had to get out of there, but I didn’t realize how bad it was until i was really gone, apparently.

Have a good weekend everyone, if I don’t check in again.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

Enjoy your moosey fate!

Satan81
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Hey, sounds like a great job! Congrats!

And have fun in the middle of nowhere!

Satan81
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Red Sox, Patriots In 1st Place: How To Avoid Smug Boston Co-Workers:

https://thekicker.com/red-sox-patriots-in-1st-place-how-to-avoid-smug-boston-co-workers/

carvinbass18
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I’m that co-worker here for the Bruins. Get asked “how they doin” and I start going off on a whole thing until I get that glazed over look like “uuuhhhhhh, what?”

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Red Sox have been fun to watch this week, that’s for sure.

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