23 Intently Staring Goalies
by lsefton on 01/24/12 at 09:08 PM ET
Well, who knew that a NHL goaltender could be so lacking in grace?
Everyone else is talking about l’affaire Tim Thomas, so I might as well get my two cents in.
First a confession: I have a number of relatives who, while not career politicians, sure made an attempt at it. They did this in and around Chicago, and oddly enough on both sides of the political aisle.
What did this mean to me? I attended a lot of events where I wasn’t particularly happy to be there, and didn’t necessarily agree with the views of the people putting on the party.
I mean, there were even White Sox fans in attendance!
Seriously, what I learned early on is that you will have to “take one for the team”, and you learned to do it in a polite manner. And if you just could handle being at the “Welcome Back” party for someone you thought would be better served by taking a permanent walk under Diversey Harbor, you bowed out with a minimum of fuss, had a nice little “social lie” available, and otherwise kept your mouth shut.
You certainly didn’t turn your non-attendance into the focus of the event. Doing that was a slap in the face of your family and your friends. That level of rudeness is remembered long after the baptism, cotillion, wedding, funeral, or whatever was crumbling dust in a scrapbook.
Shame on you, Tim Thomas…
More on this from Scott Coen at MassLive.com:
“Have you no sense of decency? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”
Joseph Welsh, a famous Boston lawyer, said those words to a famous ideologue, Senator Joseph McCarthy.
And while what happened in Washington, DC on Monday has nothing to do with what happened in Washington, DC back in 1954, those words were the first thing I thought of when I heard what happened, or in this case, what didn’t happen at the White House.
The real reason I dip into the history books is because no matter how many years pass, no matter how the times change, we are all time after time reminded how flawed we all are.
It’s especially true in our time. Our time of thinking and acting in a selfish manner. Our time of regarding no one’s personal feelings and sense of self above all others. And our time of clinging to the edges when it comes to our political views.
In our time there is no room for common ground, because our sense of common decency has vanished.
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About 23 Intently Staring Goalies
23 Intently Staring Goalies comes from the 23 close-up photos of goalies that used to line the walls of my office.
On the good side, it kept down interruptions, but it also made sure I had to leave my trash outside my door if I wanted it picked up.
I've been watching and analyzing goaltenders for going on 40 years. Some of that was spent drawing goalies on my grade 8 math homework. Then it was taking my card decks and printouts to Indianapolis Racer games. Luckily, the Internet took off, and by 1991 I was half of the duo that would ultimately become the Plaidworks hockey mailing lists. I wrote "Handicapping the Goalies' for the San Jose Sharks mailing list, and took a lot of photos of goalies in action. I have around 5000 slides of mostly goaltenders in action from 1989 through 2001 from the WHL, IHL and NHL. Since I've gone digital, I've added about 10,000 more images to the library. During summers and when the league went dark, I was reading through multiple SF By area news papers, tracking ice hockey from the 1917 recreational leagues up through the California Seals.
We'll be talking about goalies and goaltending. We'll talk about whats going on now, who's in the system, and when the doldrums hit, I'll haul something out of the big bag of history, or something from the photo archives. We'll talk about who's hot and why, and who's not and what they can do to get back on track. We'll take a look at the trends in scouting goalies, and why a style may work for one team but not another. I'll battle with my dictation software to get it to understand Bryzgalov and Bobrovsky.
It should be interesting--hope you want to come along for the ride!