Thursday, May 4, 2006

More on the Dead C

Like professional athletes, writers can get in "the zone." Colby Cosh has his mojo on for the playoffs, notably in last night's post-mortem of the Calgary Flames underwhelming first round exit:


I'm a typical Oilers fan: all year I've vacillated comically between hysteria about the team and feeling bad about how hysterical we were. No move by our GM went unchallenged, and our head coach's approval ratings had spiralled into what I'd estimate to be the low 20s by the end of the season. We are all feeling a bit sheepish about that hallucinogenic hullaballoo now--but in retrospect it's obvious that Calgary Flames fans were way, way, way too far to the other end of the spectrum. You'd have to be crazy not to see the Sea of Red as a physical manifestation of groupthink right now: every time Darryl Sutter made a strange move or said something completely incomprehensible, Calgarians were there to offer unblinking Stepford-esque justifications.

12 comments:

Colby Cosh said...

As a bonus to everything else awesome that's happened in the last five days, the mighty Selanne seems to have found the hole in Kiprusoff's game, high to the blocker side. Maybe he's scheduled for a slight return to earth save-percentage-wise.

James Mirtle said...

If anyone would know, it'd be his Finnish team teammate Selanne. Interesting.

oilfanincowtown said...

Great column by Cosh, as an oil fan in calgary the weird group think was disturbing. Everytime I came back north all I heard was about how bad Peca sucked, while in Calgary no one mentioned Amonte.
Also I would argue that shortside high was the spot Selanne found; and there is no love lost between the two Finns.
Great Work by the way

Pleasure Motors said...

That's a dead-on assessment. Let this be a lesson that hubris is as life-destroying now as it was for the Ancient Greeks.

Alternatively, this might just go to show that the only reason I cheer for the Oilers is because I'd see the pessimistic undertones of a sunshine blowjob from a team of ice cream puppies.

Dennis said...

to be fair Peca was making nearly twice as much as Amonte...

James Mirtle said...

The problem with Colby's piece is that he goes to great lengths to portray the Ducks as a terrible club, despite the fact they were one of the top teams over the final half of the season and have one of the best stable of prospects in the NHL (as the link Cosh later provides tells us). They were as good a team as the Flames (and the Oilers for that matter) which is why the series went seven games.

I doubt Cosh has seen the Ducks play any games against a team other than Edmonton this year, and in those cases his homer meter was so off the charts for the great defensive plays Matt Greene was making he couldn't evaluate the opposition.

Colby Cosh said...

I think you have me confused with somebody else. Greene played surprisingly mature hockey but there's no pretending his presence on the roster was anything but a necessary investment in the future. I don't think I said a word about the guy all year.

What I wrote about the other day, specifically, was the quality of Anaheim in Game Seven. I'll have to insist again that nearly any other team would have had the Ducks in the hole 2-0 or 3-0 by the end of the first period, and that their offence wouldn't have frightened an ECHL team when Selanne wasn't on the ice.

But I'm under no illusions that Anaheim isn't better than that. Lupul has Arrived with a capital A. The Good Niedermayer was my backup Norris pick. Jeff Friesen always get better as the playoff tourney goes longer. And if Bryzgalov blows up, which he hasn't given the slightest indication of doing, the team can still roll the dice with a Conn Smythe laureate.

Leaving aside the mini-crisis in net, the Ducks have the kind of shape you look for in a playoff team; young talent crossbred with plenty of solid playoff experience and a few rings. To deny that the other Western teams have counterbalancing advantages would be madness, though. The Oilers have the best surviving goalie and deepest remaining D in the conference, the Sharks have the world's best one-two punch up the middle, and the Avs might have the largest raw number of grade-A players on the roster.

Earl Sleek said...

What I wrote about the other day, specifically, was the quality of Anaheim in Game Seven. I'll have to insist again that nearly any other team would have had the Ducks in the hole 2-0 or 3-0 by the end of the first period, and that their offence wouldn't have frightened an ECHL team when Selanne wasn't on the ice.

I guess the thing to note here is that the Ducks were not playing anyone besides Calgary Wednesday night, so to project another opponent into the Flames' skates is silly.

The Ducks played the way they needed to in order to best the Flames in their building in a Game Seven situation, using their backup netminder. In my eyes, they executed to near-perfection.

The question of whether it would have worked on other teams is silly; I would hope that Carlyle could keep his focus on the pertinent squad.

Walking Barry Bonds might be a good strategy in baseball, but a different batter shouldn't be thinking that he's going to also get an intentional walk. He's not the one up to bat.

Oilerman said...

Did everybody read Cam Cole's article in the Journal today? He wasn't mincing words there at all.

Achtungbaby said...

Here's hoping that the Kipper will wind up on one of those 90's EA Sports commercials. Remember those goalies dressed up in full gear working regular joe-jobs whining about how a certain player exposed a weak stick hand?

Good times, good times.

Coluch said...

There are a bunch of those Nike Goalie Ads on youtube

Coluch said...

Interesting, if you check out the goalie ad with the Blackhawks goalie/fast food place, the customer is played by "Shitbreak" from American pie... (those spots were done in 2000 by the way)