Morning Free Association: December 29

It’s nearly the end of the year. Seriously, two days left and it cannot end soon enough.

(Please great Reaper, can we have a moratorium on death, now? Speaking as someone whom you had toyed with a couple of times this year (the Mack truck, the tumble down the driveway and then the stairs a week later, the Columbus Plague that lasted for 5 weeks with no sign of relief), CAN YOU PLEASE JUST STOP!?!)

Anyway, hockey stuff:

In his column yesterday, Ryan Lambert posted among other things an examination of the Coach’s Challenge from the start of the season through the Christmas break. The tweet he used is embedded below:

It seems that the Bruins are not alone in having multiple goals overturned by the challenge; the Canucks and Panthers have had 1 and 2 more respectively taken away. That Pastrnak OT goal that was taken away falls into the Situation Room Initiated challenges. Lucky for us, the subsequent Spooner goal that also was challenged, this time by Therrien, was good.

Anyway, Lamberts point is that while it’s great that the league wants to get things right, they are making the game harder to watch and enjoy by taking away goals. Basically, let ’em play and let’s make this game fun again. That would be great, wouldn’t it?

I could get into the point that there were supposed to be more cameras for more angles for these challenges, but that’s for another time.

In possibly lighter news: Down Goes Brown had the dumbest controversies of this calendar year of 2016. For those who lack time for reading, I will list them for you in a handy poll:

Which was the dumbest NHL controversy this year?

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This is my last MFA for the year. I hope you all have a happy and safe New Year’s celebration and I’ll see you on the other side.

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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Forgot to weigh in on the dumberest thing of the year. Golden Naughts naming controversy, hands down.

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

It’s alarming the number of times I’ve heard a supervisor say “If I had a gun for everytime…”

phonymahoney
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tha’s a kind of weird expression. it’s supposed to be a nickel or a dime. Weirdo.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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Cut the man a break — he’s got a private militia full of mouths to feed!

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

Three days till we are safe from 2016 death warpath.

I AM gonna make it through this year if it kills me.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

For those in the H2H fantasy league, I am shopping Joe Thornton. Need I pump his tires? Slow start, but Jumbo Joe is heating up and I have too many centers. Make me an offer. Looking for a goalie.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Good Morning All!!! Home with my darlin’ all day. Nothing could be better than that.
Need the Bs and Light (really light) Sabres to build up some animosity tonight and let it all loose on Saturday. Jo and I will be in attendance.
Already buried the second cup of trouble, er coffee. Let the wild rumpus begin!!!!!
B2B after dark – daylight edition (don’t look) {I TOLD YOU NOT TO LOOK!!!!!!!} Your eyes might never recover.
On tap – left to ones imagination.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

B2B after dark – daylight edition (don’t look) {I TOLD YOU NOT TO LOOK!!!!!!!} Your eyes might never recover.

The London Bear
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O’Reilly and Kul-YEE-kov are out. That should help…

phonymahoney
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Morning, pals. Late start for me. Still fighting the plague, feeling defeated.

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Where is everyone?

carvinbass18
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working

carvinbass18
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wow, that sounds bitchy. Sorry, did not mean it that way

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

You didn't have to be so mean about it, jerkface

The London Bear
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Speaking of jerkfaces, where the hell has my boss gone? I need him to check something…

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

As I recall (back when I had a real job), the boss only shows when you are in the most difficult to comprehend, compromising situation. This is Murphy’s Law. No one is immune.

The London Bear
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turns out he’d gone to buy a new phone. As you do.

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

He knew you need him to check something. Duh.

carvinbass18
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fact.

Every time my boss asks me how I’m doing with this printer, something else goes wrong. I refuse to let him near me now.

carvinbass18
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Morning everyone.

Well this is going to be a very boring day. Belt steering then flushing. Lots of standing around. This snow storm can eat a dick. Offside challenges are stupid, for a league that complains there isn’t enough scoring, they have done a good job disrupting scoring. I don’t have much else right now.

The London Bear
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Good morning all,

-Coaches challenge on Goalie interference I have no problem with, as it’s not always obvious.
Offside is a different matter. I trust the refs (linesmen?) enough to spot it if it’s significant and if it’s close and they get it wrong I don’t really care. How often do you see a goal and think “well that wouldn’t have gone in if he’d been half an inch further back when they entered the zone”. Wrong calls will even up over the course of the season anyway.

-All those controversies were extremely dumb and do nothing for the league’s image.

-Two games last night featured two of the Bs division rivals facing each other and both went beyond 60mins. You get a point! And you get a point! This happened a lot late last season and was one of the reasons we missed the playoffs. 3-point system anyone?

-Blackout misery tonight. Stoopid Premier Sports has got three Bruins games over the next 12 days! Hopefully that means the rest of the month will be available on NHLtv.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I’ve never been quiet aboot my endorsement of the three point system, eh? It’s not rocket surgery!!!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Could not agree with you more. As a sometimes linesman, offside and icing are your thing. We position ourselves in a place to see the lines and, believe me, could give a crap what team is approaching the blue line when we make a call. We want to be right, no more, no less.
And if I think someone is a millimeter offside, I’m blowing the whistle. Something that a veteran guy told me when I first started lining – “Take your time. Make sure before you signal or blow a play down. There is plenty of time.” I hear those words in my ear all the time. Thanks, Stewy.

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

At a minimum, there needs to be some sort of time limit on challenging offside. When the goal happens a minute after the missed offside call, then I’m going to go ahead and say the missed call didn’t cause the goal, you just failed.

carvinbass18
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3 passes. If a basketball ref can count out 10 seconds in play to cross the half court line, a linesman can count passes.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

IM FOR IT!

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

I can dig it.

The London Bear
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That would certainly be an improvement.

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Morning!

-My vote has to be the Kessel tweet. Torts bothered me, but I don’t consider it a controversy.
-There’s an annoying beep happening in the office. It’s from the control panel for the IT room fire suppression system. The “System Trouble” light is blinking. I think we’re supposed to be worried, but no one is.
-Stupid storm is going to make tonight’s commute home miserable, isn’t it? People are stupid.
-Maybe I’ll catch some of the game tonight. Maybe we’ll win and not be stupid, too.
-BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP
-I was thinking about my previous job last night. God, what a shitshow that was. Glad I’m gone.
-I still have money on the Queen croaking before midnight on Saturday because, fuck it, why not?
-Based on the ramblings above, I clearly haven’t gotten the hang of Thursdays yet.

Happy Thursday everyone.

phonymahoney
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I don’t even think the Torts thing is bothersome. He was coaching Team USA at the time, OF COURSE he said that. The Kessel thing was a riot and totally understandable. I don’t know. This league sometimes…

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