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When I get lazy with blogging, I just post links to some neat stuff around the web:

  • Believe it or not, the National Enquirer was up for a Pulitzer! Click the link to find out if they won, and to read a story about their history.
  • Have you ever wanted to hear your favorite songs in the style of Swing? Lucky for you, you don’t have to wait for some master DJ to remix it because there is an algorithm to convert any song to an instant Swing classic.
  • No data plan on an iPhone (or travelling I suppose), that’s ok. Grab OffMaps beforehand and you won’t get lost. Great utility, now all I need is an iPhone.
  • I think this is definitive proof that crop circles are man-made. If you encode mathematical equations in Western notation/characters, and then write it in 8-bit using ASCII notation, then you’re not alien. Unless of course, it’s a coincidence.

It’s the gift-giving season so Malcolm Gladwell and Bill Simmons have a discussion about all things sports in order to get their names and their new books on your minds. It’s not as skeevy as it seems because they specifically say they’re doing that at the very beginning!

It is interesting throughout and touches all the major leagues in the US. They left the NHL to the end, and basically re-iterated the same thoughts that were in the minds of all Canadian hockey fans.

Speaking of crazy theories, what about the idea that Stern planted Bettman in the NHL knowing he would screw the league up? Follow this timeline.

Fall 1992: Stern sees the NHL coming on strong: Gretzky in Los Angeles; a potential Lemieux/Jagr dynasty in Pittsburgh; Lindros looming in Philly, Messier leading the Rangers back to prominence; three other potential superstars (Alex Mogilny, Pavel Bure and Steve Yzerman); and four major markets (Detroit, Boston, Montreal and Chicago) contending for the Cup. Well, he has to sabotage this immediately. When the NHL owners come to him for a recommendation, he pushes his assistant Bettman on them. It’s like Michael Corleone convincing Moe Greene to let Fredo run his casinos. No, really, he’ll be great!

Feb 1, 1993: Bettman takes over. At this point, he is saying all the right things and not hinting at his desire to overexpand, lower the number of Canadian teams and effectively destroy the soul of the league.

June 1994: The league finishes its greatest 18-month run ever — Montreal beating Gretzky’s Kings in the ’93 finals, then the Rangers ending a 54-year drought by winning the ’94 Cup — and if that’s not enough, Jordan “retires” (sorry, I have to use quotes) and baseball has its damaging strike. Sports Illustrated cements hockey’s coming-on-strong status with its memorable “WHY THE NHL’S HOT AND THE NBA’S NOT” cover. Even in video games, the NHL was crushing it: That year, “NHL ’94” became the single biggest time-waster other than the O.J. trial. There was no cooler/hipper/hotter sport.

Looking back, how can you screw that up? Bettman did it. Forget about all the other reasons the NHL fell off a cliff for 12 years (only recently have there been signs of life) and concentrate on this one: The league had 24 teams when Bettman took over, including eight in Canada. Now they have a whopping 30 teams, including more warm-weather American teams (L.A., Phoenix, Nashville, Carolina, Tampa, Florida, Atlanta, Anaheim) than Canadian teams (only six). Here’s Canada, the country that loves hockey more than anyone loves anything … and it only represents 20 percent of the National Hockey League. This is the single dumbest true fact in sports right now. And it happened on Bettman’s watch.

Still, it is comforting to see these words written in public by influential writers!

The Leafs won last night! I can’t believe it, can you? This comes only 6 days into November so we barely even had time to start the I-Hope-We-Win-A-Game-In-November rants. Not only that, this win catapults the Maple Leafs to SECOND last in the standings! I will only mention that we won 3-2 over Paul Maurice’s Carolina Hurricanes – yes the same Paul Maurice that used to coach the Leafs in 2006 and 2007. I will let you form your own conclusions and not mention any conspiracy theories behind this win.

After starting the season 0-7-1, the Maple Leafs were begging for a win. And was it ever fortunate that they happened to be playing our prematurely-crowned saviour, Brian Burke’s former team – the Anaheim Ducks last night. This season has not been going great good believable for Burke. A 0-7-1 and last in the league is not the result any GM wants to see after promising that their star-less team will compete for the playoffs, and after sacrificing their first round pick for the next two years (the last place team has the best chance to get the #1 pick in the draft) in a trade for a player who is injured until at least November. I’m sure there is no headhunt for Burke yet, since it took almost 2 years to get him to Toronto from Anaheim, but his buddy Ron Wilson might be a victim if the Leafs don’t turn it around.

Good thing for the Leafs then that the team that Burke formerly built decided to take 17 penalties and let the Leafs score 5 power play goals (4 of which there were only 3 players on the ice – including the goalie). At least we know that the Leafs can beat a team when it has two extra players now!