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I asked Leafer Sutherland to do a little write-up on this after reading about it on a facebook group….
Loren, or better known as ‘Loz’ to those of us on the internet, happens to be a big time Anaheim Ducks fan. And judging by the databases at both theNHLarena and allducks, she has been for quite some time now and well before the Ducks managed to win Lord Stanley’s Cup this past spring, making it a trendier thing to do.
The unique thing about this specific NHL fan is that she lives in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. In fact, she has never set foot on this continent, let alone had the chance to catch an Anaheim game live.
When the news came around that the Anaheim Ducks would face the Los Angeles Kings in London for a 2 game series which would kick off our 07-08 season, the obvious question was, “Hey Loz, are you going to the game?” And unfortunately the answer was “No.”
Now that Alanah is up, has had her two cups of coffee, maybe we can wish her a Happy “29th” Birthday.
Alanah has been a great addition to KK and things will only get better, real soon.
HBA (Happy Birthday Alanah)!
Miss604 also pays tribute to the Queen.
Can you keep up with my off-ice workout?
from Ted Leonsis via the NHL Fanhouse,
My bet is that the blogosphere built around the Washington Capitals is now much, much bigger in terms of aggregate circulation than the two sports radio stations combined here in the DC area. I will do some research and then we should all convene a meeting to discuss how we form a more formal keiretsu. There will be power in numbers. Out with the old, in with the new!
more on a developing story about D.C. sports radio and… well, read on...
I would hope other NHL teams would take what Ted said to heart and begin to develop relationships with hockey bloggers in their town!
from On the Forecheck,
The basic idea was that by looking at the ratio between each team’s Goals For and Goals Against totals, you get a good idea of where their actual Winning Percentage will end up. The presumption there is that a team’s overall ability to score and prevent goals is more constant than the bounces and breaks that can decide individual game results, and over the course of 82 games the “luck” will even out to a large extent.
This summer, I thought I’d revisit that analysis, to answer a few questions.
1. Did I just get lucky, or is PythagenPuck actually a better indicator than actual Winning Percentage of where teams stand during the early part of the season?
2. At what point does it make sense to do this kind of analysis? After 10 games, 20, 30…?
Motivated by the recent story by David Shoalts which—incorrectly, it turned out—speculated that Scotty Bowman was offered a position with the Maple Leafs organization, Tom Benjamin comments on the issues facing those who write about the game of hockey.
-Shoalts could have avoided the error simply by picking up the phone and calling Bowman. Deciding not to do that because Bowman might not tell the truth was inexcusable. Steve Simmons made a similar mistake earlier this summer when he incorrectly reported that Mats Sundin required surgery. The error could have been avoided with a phone call.
-I do not understand why competition among reporters excuses sloppiness, particularly when the story is hardly a “scoop”. If the Leafs were going to hire Bowman, we’d all hear about it soon enough. There really isn’t any gain to anyone if the Globe breaks the story a day or two early. A real scoop involves a story that would not come to light but for the reporter’s work.
more… *looking at Shoalts, Simmons, Eklund and others
Hockey fans should always check the cap numbers before thinking of a trade or a signing.
I discuss a place to go for those numbers at my NHL.com blog today and also encourage women to take up the game!
Today in my NHL.com blog, I ask readers to list the Top 5 athletes associated with their city.
Any sport, active of retired, you are the judge.
Make sure to mention your city in the comments too!
note: post will remain sticky for a day.
from Spector’s Soapbox,
I realize there are other bloggers - some of them I like to consider my friends - who have legitimate issues with what he does, but that’s between them and Eklund to sort out.
I’ve publicly opted not to take sides, as I feel there’s plenty of room in cyberspace for he and I to peacefully co-exist and as long as he respects that so will I.
The only problem I’ve had with Eklund is his anonymity, which I felt was a detriment in terms of earning his peers respect, legitimacy for his work and gaining access within the ranks of the NHL media.
read on... and I am sure that is what many of the bloggers want. Address the issues Dwayne, it is time to do so.
Greg Wyshynski at the NHL Fanhouse does a very in-depth story on “Eklund”.
Because as Eklund’s popularity and influence have grown—with surging Web traffic, high-profile radio gigs and an on-air role during an NHL trade deadline television special—so have serious charges about a fraudulent biography, his lack of journalistic ethics and some online behavior that historically has gotten professional reporters fired. During our hour-long conversation, the “anonymous hockey blogger” finally began to answer to them—with some startling revelations….
One of the most controversial aspects of the Eklund legend is his biography. The background he had given to ESPN was in direct contrast with the fanciful origin story he gave FanHouse’s Eric McErlain in an early (and must-read) interview in 2005. Self-aggrandizing aside—I still love the part about having written a book that sold so well he no longer had to work full-time—the fact was that the official bio on his Web site changed significantly after he began attracting a larger audience.
read on... much, much more including pics…
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