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Fun With Google Image Search

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but what does that mean in the age of today’s Google Image Search? Well, it probably means that you’ll find a hodge-podge of randomness when you type a player’s name in and hit “Search”—most of it good (action shots or media photos), some of it not, and some it just downright bizarre. Join me on a journey through search-engine fun as we take a look at how Google views your favorite hockey heroes. All of the following pictures are on the first page of Google Image Search when you typed a player’s name in.

We have to start with Ed Belfour, whose photo isn’t worth a thousand words; instead, it’s currently valued at a billion dollars. This lovely photo (which I’m sure we’ve all seen before but who can get sick of this one?) was number two in search results. I’m sure The Eagle’s glad that’s what he’s known for.

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  Tags: barry+melrose, brian+engblom, chris+pronger, ed+belfour, jonathan+cheechoo, olli+jokinen, patrick+marleau, stephen+weiss, todd+bertuzzi

Tampa Bay’s Total System Failure

Like a train colliding with a Zamboni that’s crashing into a rusty old shack, the Tampa Bay Lightning story is just something I can’t stay away from. All personal bias aside (I always loved Barry Melrose’s enthusiasm on TV, even though I thought he was wrong much of the time; I’ve also been a closet fan of the Bolts since their 1996 Alexander Selivanov-Daren Puppa run), this story just keeps going and going. In summary:

-Barry Melrose thinks he wasn’t given a fair shake, Steven Stamkos isn’t ready for the NHL, and Rick Tocchet is a puppet of the ownership.
-The ownership thinks that Melrose is guilty of gross negligence when it comes to preparation and research and that he should, to steal a phrase from old Bolts coach John Torterella, shut his yap.
-Rick Tocchet thinks that Melrose is sour grapes and sees the team as slowly evolving into using a real system.

The real culprit? I can see why people can point fingers at one guy or another (though Stamkos is absolved of everything other than simply being an 18-year-old rookie learning the ways of the NHL) but when it comes down to it, everyone is at fault here, from the wacky ownership duo of Len Barrie/Oren Koules to Melrose and his then-assistants to veteran leaders like team captain Vincent Lecavalier.

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  Tags: barry+melrose, tampa+bay+lightning

Required Reading For Koules/Barrie

I really hate quoting myself but the knee-jerk reactions in Tampa Bay, now with the firing of Barry Melrose, are taking the franchise from “amusing sideshow” to “sad joke.” Oren, Len, (and Brian Lawton if he actually does anything), please review a tale that I posted a few days ago about the 2003-04 San Jose Sharks. I think you’ll find it educational.

And a quote from a wise Jedi master: Patience! For the Jedi, it is time to eat as well.

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  Tags: barry+melrose, tampa+bay+lightning

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