Archive for November 2008

We Need a New Statistic

November 30, 2008

As I was watching a particularly lackluster 1-0 loss of the Chicago Wolves to the Grand Rapids Griffins, I began contemplating the need for a statistic that would be a good indicator of how physically and inspired a team is playing.  I know that there already exists the stat for how many hits are made during a game, but that’s static and can be misleading.  It would have been very misleading in the Wolves game and looked as if the Wolves played a spirited game tonight-they didn’t.

Then it hit me like a Boris Valabik check.  The RATE of hits.  Hits per minute.  It’ll show if there are lulls, and how bad those lulls are.  More so it’ll be a great indicator of how much a team is truly in the game and playing with some giddyup.

This could realy look cool in graphical form as the hits per minute would change in a squiggle graph… this could be cool…the possibilities are endless!!


Live Life-Set Yourself On Fire!

November 27, 2008

Great article here, quoting hockey mind Fred Shero with a reminder for how we need to approach life.  Love this quote:

People all too often wait for success to happen to them. “If only it would fall into place…”, “Surely someone will discover who I am and what I can do soon…” or “Just a little while longer and it’ll all come good…” are examples of the things we say while we’re waiting for success to come along.

Who Wouldda Thunk it?

November 20, 2008

Well, the Blackhawks won again.  Dallas is falling on hard times so it’s not totally unexpected.  The road trip is going to get harder from here on out, especially after Toronto when they swing back to the West Coast.  Nonetheless, they’re playing good hockey.

I’m worried about the kids though.  They’re holding their own, especially Kane, but Toews is carrying a huge responsibility as captain and I think his offense suffers because of it.  Not that I ever expected him to be an offensive juggernaut.   Patrick Sharp has settled down, and Versteeg is benefiting from Kane but who knows how long he’ll be able to keep producing. 

Havlat?  He’s in a world of his own and he plays… sometimes.  He’s on an 80 point pace.  Not bad, but not worth his salary.

Brain Campbell? He’s finally generating some offense but I thought he was over-hyped as well.  The drudgery of the season will tell.

Then there’s the Bulin wall.  He’s showing me what I’ve said all along.  He’s good when he wants to play and he’s got a tendency to feed off positive energy.  If the team goes south, he’s shown historically he can’t carry the team to another level.

But so far they’re firing on all cylinders so I’ll keep my pessimism contained.

What else can I say?

Go Hawks!