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The Red Wings’ coach isn’t worried about his team’s injuries, nor your or my opinions about him

This is a little off-topic, and Paul already posted an entry on the CBC's Tim Wharnsby's chat with Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, who's not sure whether he'd return to coach Team Canada for a third time in 2018 (assuming that the NHL participates in the Olympics taking place in Pyeongchang, South Korea), but I had to smile at Babcock's take on his team's uphill playoff battle given that there are now ELEVEN Red Wings who are either out for tonight's game vs. Toronto (if the man isn't relentlessly consistent, I don't know what he is)...

"There is no sense worrying about [the injuries]," Babcock said. "What we've told our guys is the standings aren't in our way. It's just getting our mind right. What I mean by that is our belief system. We are organized enough. We have good structure. We can work hard enough. We have to believe that we're good enough. We have to find a way to win and I believe we're going to find a way. We not going to win the way our fans are used to seeing us play. But all I care about is getting two points."

As well as his advice to ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, which shouldn't surprise you in the slightest in terms of what value Babcock places on others' opinions of his performance:

"The outside pressure they were dealing with was absolutely crazy," said Babcock, who studied sports psychology at McGill. "It's tough to win silver and, when I say tough, I mean it was difficult to handle after winning gold four years earlier.

"I talked to them a few times, including when they were stretching in a weight room near my room [in the Athletes' Village]. I told them that only the people who live in my house or visit me at the lake are allowed to have an opinion and that no one else gets one.

"You can't make everybody happy and that's the attitude you need as an Olympian and as a human being. You give maximum effort and make yourself happy. You don't have to make the rest of the world happy."

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Chet's avatar

meh. i’m tired of hearing this stuff from babcock and i’ve out and out lost respect for holland. just win, dude. seriously.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 03/18/14 at 06:35 AM ET

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meh. i’m tired of hearing this stuff from babcock and i’ve out and out lost respect for holland. just win, dude. seriously.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 03/18/14 at 06:35 AM ET

What else do you expect him to say in this situation? He’s a got a young team without any top talent. His cliches is all he has left. He can’t walk into the locker room and say “hey guys, just don’t get embarrassed”

Posted by George0211 on 03/18/14 at 07:55 AM ET

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meh. i’m tired of hearing this stuff from babcock

Then tune out. Seriously.

There’s literally nothing else he should be saying right now.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 03/18/14 at 09:17 AM ET

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“You can’t make everybody happy and that’s the attitude you need as an Olympian and as a human being. You give maximum effort and make yourself happy. You don’t have to make the rest of the world happy.”

As a human being and non-paid athlete/coach, sure, do your best, have fun, and don’t worry about what others think. If you win, great. If you lose and are okay with that, great.

However, as a an individual getting paid ridiculous amounts of money for the sole purpose of entertaining others (which in turn makes more money), it is absolutely your job to make at least a portion of the rest of the world happy.

Otherwise, they don’t spend their money on your team, which eventually gets your ass put out of a job.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 03/18/14 at 09:20 AM ET

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meh. i’m tired of hearing this stuff from babcock and i’ve out and out lost respect for holland. just win, dude. seriously.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 03/18/14 at 06:35 AM ET

What else do you expect him to say in this situation? He’s a got a young team without any top talent. His cliches is all he has left. He can’t walk into the locker room and say “hey guys, just don’t get embarrassed”

Should Babcock just sit there mute? Would that be better?  Go all John Torterella on the media, and tell them to go EF themselves. Maybe he should whine and cry and blame eveything on the injuries? Come on, the guy has to say something.

Unsure I would call them cliche’s, I agree, its his message to the team, and what he and them need to believe.

 

Posted by MurrayChadwick on 03/18/14 at 09:24 AM ET

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If you win, great. If you lose and are okay with that, great.

No sure what other quotes or stories you’ve read but that doesn’t sound close to what those quotes mean.

Posted by MurrayChadwick on 03/18/14 at 09:37 AM ET

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No sure what other quotes or stories you’ve read but that doesn’t sound close to what those quotes mean.

Posted by MurrayChadwick on 03/18/14 at 09:37 AM ET

*scratches head*

I’m agreeing with the statement that Olympians and other non-paid athletes/coaches/whatever shouldn’t worry about what other people think.

Then I go on to say that paid athletes/coaches should absolutely worry about what other people think, because doing well enough to please themselves isn’t what they’re paid for.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 03/18/14 at 09:39 AM ET

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doing well enough to please themselves isn’t what they’re paid for.

Being unhappy for the sake of making other people happy is a shitty way for a head coach to go about doing things.  He’s not paid to entertain people. That’s what the players are paid for. That’s what Ken Holland’s job is to make sure they do.  Mike Babcock is paid to coach and he’s paid to do it the way he does it regardless of whether people are happy with him.

If enough people get unhappy, then it’s Ken Holland’s job to fire Mike Babcock and hope that his replacement does a better job of coaching.  This doesn’t change Babcock’s responsibility to not waffle to the whims of a public that doesn’t know how to do his job.

The same as he gave the advice to those figure skaters (whose job doing their job is to make people happy). They do that by doing their jobs right and the right way. Taking audience request for what kind of spins/jumps they should be doing would be stupid.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 03/18/14 at 09:49 AM ET

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It’s not the injuries he should be worried about.

It’s that even healthier, DET was sliding down the standings.  From what, 3rd in the East at one point…. on down to out of the playoffs.  It’s been a slow, steady slide.  And even when DET only had 3 or 4 guys out, they were giving away points.  When key guys were healthy, they were still blowing 3rd period leads and losing shootouts.

The reality is, if Pavel and Z were healthy, I don’t think this story goes any differently.  The defense is THAT bad.

So to me, while the injuries suck… I don’t think they’e the story here.  And it is VERY troubling as a fan that it seems to be how this season is being reasoned away by all involved.  Because as long as the blueline is what it is, it doesn’t honestly MATTER who the forwards are.

Posted by Primis on 03/18/14 at 10:25 AM ET

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I read the above as give everything you possibly have, and don’t worry about the outside opinion, not

”If you win, great. If you lose and are okay with that, great”

. And I don’t agree that

“it is absolutely your job to make at least a portion of the rest of the world happy” 

His job, what he should wake up every day to accomplish is getting the best out of his team, and whether he dresses nice, and is charming and funny and entertaining in post game interviews, or if he’s pointed, uncharming, and ugly doesn’t matter much, the extremes aside.

To him, and others, the best way to accomplish his job, is to give maximum effort to the job at hand, which doesn’t include caring what the consensus thinks, it’s an outside distraction that doesn’t warrant his attention, the team warrants his attention.  If Babcock was reading forums and listening to talk radio as this team struggled, I’d be upset, and you can bet his boss would. To that end, if he’s giving his best, he doesn’t care, nor should he.  Now, if he was VP of Sales, bet your @$$ he cares, but that’s not his job.

Babcock is paid to coach and get the best out of the team he is provided. If much is given, much is expected.  He ain’t got much, hard to expect much.  Unsure Bowman could do better with this team right now though in saying that, I do know Bowman would never let Holland give him this soft of a roster.

 

Posted by MurrayChadwick on 03/18/14 at 10:26 AM ET

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khan just tweeted no Abbey in skate.  Smith wearing white (i.e., forward).  WTF.

Posted by MoreShoot on 03/18/14 at 10:46 AM ET

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khan just tweeted no Abbey in skate.  Smith wearing white (i.e., forward).  WTF.

Posted by MoreShoot on 03/18/14 at 10:46 AM ET

This is getting comical now.

Posted by George0211 on 03/18/14 at 10:47 AM ET

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khan just tweeted no Abbey in skate.  Smith wearing white (i.e., forward).  WTF.

Pleiness and St. James indicate it’s because Smith is going to be scratched tonight.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 03/18/14 at 10:49 AM ET

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Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 03/18/14 at 09:49 AM ET

You’re correct in that he’s not paid to entertain people directly, but he is paid to direct the entertainer. If the head coach is not providing a winning strategy, then he must adapt; being happy with his own performance isn’t good enough.

Babcock’s not adapted since 2008-2009. The group of players that were in Detroit were capable of playing a solid puck-possession game, and he wanted to make them to a dump and chase, mucking and grinding type team. With the free agent and trade markets being as tight as they are, why would you try to change the style of a team that’s been built a certain way?

I’m not sure if you misread what I typed, or are just being argumentative for the sake of it, but Mike Babcock is paid to win, not throw the same shit at the wall year after year and hope some of it starts to stick, even after it’s been coated with Teflon.
Amateur athletes, by definition, aren’t (or shouldn’t be, at least) paid to do anything. In your example, figure skaters are doing their routines to impress judges. If people happen to like the routine, great. If they don’t, tough noogies. On the other hand, professional figure skaters (those who do ice shows, exhibitions, etc) absolutely do what they think or feel would please the people. Do you think Disney on Ice’s routines are made up because of someone’s artistic vision, audience be damned?

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 03/18/14 at 10:58 AM ET

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at this point i dont think it matters how bad the D is, we cant score. The way I see it is, even IF the D held the other team to 1 goal, we still lose. How many shots W-I-D-E of the net did you all see the other night? It was horrific.

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 03/18/14 at 11:04 AM ET

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at this point i dont think it matters how bad the D is, we cant score. The way I see it is, even IF the D held the other team to 1 goal, we still lose. How many shots W-I-D-E of the net did you all see the other night? It was horrific.

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 03/18/14 at 11:04 AM ET

The problem is that because the D is so bad, they get bogged down in their own zone and can’t get out. Even if the other team does not score, they are still spending most of their time in the D zone without generating offence, that’s one of the reasons for not being able to score. You can’t score from your own zone.

Posted by George0211 on 03/18/14 at 11:06 AM ET

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and when you do get in the zone you are one and done or wide of the net. Hell even get a puck stoppage for a faceoff would be better.

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 03/18/14 at 11:08 AM ET

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”If you win, great. If you lose and are okay with that, great”

. And I don’t agree that

You don’t agree with that as an amateur doing something for the love of it? Okay man, that’s your opinion, and you’re entitled to it.

His job, what he should wake up every day to accomplish is getting the best out of his team, and whether he dresses nice, and is charming and funny and entertaining in post game interviews, or if he’s pointed, uncharming, and ugly doesn’t matter much, the extremes aside.

That’s… that’s not what I’m saying at all. I’m talking about coaching and providing the players he has available with all the tools necessary to give themselves the best chance to win (which makes fans happy, puts money in the pockets of the owners, and pays the salaries of said coaches/players), not how he dresses or whatever line he’s spitting to the public.

To him, and others, the best way to accomplish his job, is to give maximum effort to the job at hand, which doesn’t include caring what the consensus thinks, it’s an outside distraction that doesn’t warrant his attention, the team warrants his attention.  If Babcock was reading forums and listening to talk radio as this team struggled, I’d be upset, and you can bet his boss would. To that end, if he’s giving his best, he doesn’t care, nor should he.  Now, if he was VP of Sales, bet your @$$ he cares, but that’s not his job.

Babcock is paid to coach and get the best out of the team he is provided. If much is given, much is expected.  He ain’t got much, hard to expect much.  Unsure Bowman could do better with this team right now though in saying that, I do know Bowman would never let Holland give him this soft of a roster.

Maximum effort to the job at hand means winning, and it’s obvious his strategies aren’t doing that. The consensus, being the paying customer, speaks with their wallet collective wallet. I agree that Forum Jockeys like us shouldn’t have any say in how he structures his game plans, but it is his responsibility to tailor his plans to whatever situations may arise.

Again, if people aren’t happy with the product, they will stop consuming it. If you’re losing customers and neglect to attempt to change the performance of your product - yet are still happy with your efforts - do you think you’ll still have a job?

Now, I will readily admit that Holland does have some part to play in that, but why people want to blame him for the majority of this team’s woes is beyond me. Other than Lidstrom (and to a lesser extent Rafalski, on whom people bagged mercilessly toward the end) retiring, Filppula and Hudler leaving, the core of the team is essentially the same with Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Kronwall, and Howard.

Babcock’s strategies rely on big-bodied, skilled forwards. How many of those are available in a Salary Cap world on a season-to-season basis? Before the league started going the same route, the Wings were successful. Since 2009, everyone’s caught up, and the Wings have stagnated…

... okay, I’ve lost my train of thought, thanks to my office-mate. Ugh.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 03/18/14 at 11:14 AM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar
being happy with his own performance isn’t good enough

The mental gymnastics it takes to parse that meaning out of what Babcock has said must have been exhausting.

Let me simplify so that there’s no more confusion as to this topic: 

Babcock isn’t saying he’s happy with how he’s done or how things have gone; Babcock is saying he doesn’t give two squirts whether you or I are happy with it because he’s holding himself accountable and our opinion on his job performance (even if it matches with his opinion of his own job performance) is neither welcome nor is it necessary because none of us has the expertise to accurately judge his job performance.

Babcock isn’t saying he’s happy with his performance.  He never said that in these words. He knows what makes you happy. It’s the same thing that makes him happy: winning games. He also knows he has to trust his own plan on how to achieve that because he can’t trust your plan or mine.

The group of players that were in Detroit were capable of playing a solid puck-possession game, and he wanted to make them to a dump and chase, mucking and grinding type team.

He’s made them capable of playing that style, but that’s not actually what they play when they have the high-skilled guys healthy. Every time the level of skill to play a more open and risky game has been in the lineup, that’s what he’s played. When Joakim Andersson has been the team’s top center, he’s played a different style.

I completely disagree with the idea that he hasn’t adapted, having seen no fewer than four different forechecking and neutral zone defensive styles employed by this team over the last three seasons.

The scary truth that I think people are trying to deny is that it’s very likely Mike Babcock has been overachieving as a coach with the Wings.

If you want him saying something different in these interviews, feel free to type up exactly what you’d be saying here or exactly how you’d be handling it.  I guarantee you that if you give it a good honest try, you’re either going to come out sounding as smart as Babcock or as dumb as Randy Carlyle.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 03/18/14 at 11:15 AM ET

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Maximum effort to the job at hand means winning

Losing coaches just aren’t trying hard enough

- Randy Carlyle

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 03/18/14 at 11:17 AM ET

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Olympians and other non-paid athletes

Can’t let this pass without comment… Olympians are paid… former Gold Medal Winning Ice Dancing Duos are very highly paid while they try to repeat as Gold Medalists… if they fall short and win a Silver Medal, they are highly paid for that Silver Medal…

Posted by alwaysaurie on 03/18/14 at 11:24 AM ET

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Babcock said. “We have to believe that we’re good enough.”

There’s no doubt that Babcock has to say that, and believe it. As fans, we don’t. We’re free to look at the guys on the ice and say, “This team isn’t even close to being “good enough” (especially where playoff hockey is concerned).

Maybe missing the playoffs for the first time in 23 years is what it will take for Mr. I to put some pressure on Ken Holland to do a better job of signing and managing talent. IMHO, Holland has sucked at it for the past three years.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 03/18/14 at 11:24 AM ET

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The scary truth that I think people are trying to deny is that it’s very likely Mike Babcock has been overachieving as a coach with the Wings.


You hit the nail on the head with that and your post.

Posted by MurrayChadwick on 03/18/14 at 11:59 AM ET

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Now if Smith is a forward, can he play the point on a power play?

Posted by VPalmer on 03/18/14 at 12:09 PM ET

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Babcock’s not adapted since 2008-2009.

If you honestly believe that, you are rejecting reality.

Posted by TreKronor on 03/18/14 at 12:10 PM ET

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Now if Smith is a forward, can he play the point on a power play?

  snake

Posted by Tracy from T-Town Hockey on 03/18/14 at 12:18 PM ET

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Now if Smith is a forward, can he play the point on a power play?
Posted by VPalmer on 03/18/14 at 12:09 PM ET

+19

Posted by SnLO from beyond the M-1 on 03/18/14 at 12:22 PM ET

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Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 03/18/14 at 11:15 AM ET

Dude, you’re almost as bad as HockeyinHD. Almost.

You make valid points, and perhaps in my drug-addled mind I misinterpreted what he said. Unfortunately, you’re still an insufferable *#$%@& with your delivery, as if you are the end-all, be-all of hockey knowledge.

Here’s a *#$%@& tip for you: Understand that people have differing opinions, and that when expressing your own opinion, tossing out subtle jabs at a person’s intelligence, understanding of a thing, or whatever else is a total dick move.

Learn how to interact with people on the Internet and not stroke your own e-peen, JJ, for *#$%@&’s sake. Would you talk like you do to my face? Would you honestly sit there and spout your self-aggrandizing opinions and expect a person to just sit there and take it?

Babcock’s not adapted since 2008-2009.

If you honestly believe that, you are rejecting reality.

Posted by TreKronor on 03/18/14 at 12:10 PM ET

When has Babcock deviated for any length of time from dump and chase?

____________________

I’m going to say this one more *#$%@& time, and if you want to ignore me or whatever, feel free: There are some people here who need to learn how to have a respectful goddamned conversation. Just because I don’t see what you see or agree with you, you get to call me names or question my sanity?

What the *#$%@& ever. Get over your goddamned selves and realize that you’re dealing with people here, not inanimate objects.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 03/18/14 at 12:45 PM ET

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And I’m going to refrain from posting my opinion here any more, since apparently I’m *#$%@& retarded.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 03/18/14 at 12:51 PM ET

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I don’t see what the big deal is:  Quincey is still going to be on the blue line, and as long as he is employed by the Red Wings and is playing every game, the Wings have no real hope.  Removing Smith from his pairing just means Quincey is going to f**k it up for some other defensive partner.

Posted by Primis on 03/18/14 at 12:55 PM ET

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you’re almost as bad as HockeyinHD. Almost.

that made me laugh. not so much in the delivery, but because I was thinking the same thing and thought I must be crazy for thinking it; but I see I wasn’t the only one.

Posted by SnLO from beyond the M-1 on 03/18/14 at 12:56 PM ET

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Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 03/18/14 at 09:17 AM ET

BRAVO!  Great posts JJ.

The scary truth that I think people are trying to deny is that it’s very likely Mike Babcock has been overachieving as a coach with the Wings.

Indeed. Everyday Babs is faced with the adversity created by another lost player. That void requires some form of adaptation by the Coach for the team to remain a contender. Staying positive in such conditions has to be exhausting. How would another Coach handle such adversity? Who gives a ripppppppppp…

The results speak for themselves. We are “entertained” by ragtag group of skilled players in the Quest for 23. 

LGRW !!!!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 03/18/14 at 01:49 PM ET

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Here’s a *#$%@& tip for you: Understand that people have differing opinions, and that when expressing your own opinion, tossing out subtle jabs at a person’s intelligence, understanding of a thing, or whatever else is a total dick move.

Sorry I hurt your feelings.

I’m not sure if you misread what I typed, or are just being argumentative for the sake of it, but Mike Babcock is…
Posted by RedMenace from Team Slovaskimo Fighting Snipers on 03/18/14 at 10:58 AM ET

You were saying?

Learn how to interact with people on the Internet and not stroke your own e-peen, JJ, for *#$%@&’s sake. Would you talk like you do to my face? Would you honestly sit there and spout your self-aggrandizing opinions and expect a person to just sit there and take it?

Well I guess the gloves are off.  If we were sitting face-to-face having this conversation, we’d have been able to cut through the part where you right off the bat went defensive and accusatory and would have jumped much quicker to the part where I thought you misunderstood Babcock’s comments to mean that he’s happy with how things are going. I imagine that if you could hear my voice in the manner in which I was disagreeing with you and see how I would have delivered it in person, you wouldn’t have taken such offense.

The real question would be would you still be this upset and aggressive with me in real life as well?

I’m going to say this one more *#$%@& time, and if you want to ignore me or whatever, feel free: There are some people here who need to learn how to have a respectful goddamned conversation. Just because I don’t see what you see or agree with you, you get to call me names or question my sanity?

Good lord. All of this because of a disagreement?

YOU *#$%@& STARTED THIS.

I’m not sure if you misread what I typed, or are just being argumentative for the sake of it, but Mike Babcock is…
Posted by RedMenace from Team Slovaskimo Fighting Snipers on 03/18/14 at 10:58 AM ET

NOBODY here called you a name.

I completely stand behind my comment about how it took a healthy amount of mental gymnastics to read total satisfaction from Babcock. You misread the comments and I brought that to light as part of our disagreement.

Take your own advice, hypocrite.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 03/18/14 at 01:50 PM ET

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Hey J.J. i’m a long time reader over at WIIM and here at the malik report. I find I usually agree with your points, just as i do here, but sometimes you come across very rude when you disagree with someone. A little bit here, but I’ve seen you start very long arguments before due to this. I’m just saying that maybe you should consider the way your words come across a little before you post.

I’m not attacking you J.J. Remember, i read a lot of what you right and you have a lot of good opinions. Just trying to help you win more people over man.

Posted by Vedeynevin on 03/18/14 at 02:21 PM ET

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Although in this case i think RedMenace took more offense to your comments then he should have. so i see both sides at fault. Sorry for getting in someone else’s arguement.

Posted by Vedeynevin on 03/18/14 at 02:23 PM ET

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Posted by Vedeynevin on 03/18/14 at 02:21 PM ET

I appreciate the critique. I really do, considering how respectfully you brought it to me. Thank you for doing that.

I’ll say honestly that it makes me sad that this entire topic went this way; that somebody else could jump onto the ad-hominem bus to question my intelligence and my motivations and then turn this into a treatise on how I need to wear kid gloves when disagreeing with childish opinions.

If I’m to consider how my words come across before I post, then fine. I’d simply ask the same of everybody else, because what this turned into from my perspective was somebody act like his own avatar to escape a conversation when his opinions were challenged.

 

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 03/18/14 at 02:55 PM ET

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when disagreeing with childish opinions.

Not that I want to prolong this side-bar thread in the dialog any further than it has already gone(I know, yet I do so anyway), I feel a need I must point out the bolded part of the quote is from where the issues arise. why can’t it just be an opinion? does it really have to be childish? That’s when it becomes HiHD territory with the expressing the passing of judgment with little snarky barbs in a discussion, and thus, inflammatory. I’d like to see less of it.

Posted by SnLO from beyond the M-1 on 03/18/14 at 03:15 PM ET

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why can’t it just be an opinion? does it really have to be childish?

I’ll remind you who called who “an insufferable *#$%@&”

And which of us essentially said “bet you won’t say that to my face!”

It’s childish behavior, and if you want me to call it that less often, then I’d like to see less of it.

Again, the very first disrespectful barb came from RedMenace at 10:48. My response was similarly worded and now we’re talking about protecting that guy’s feelings because he had an episode or whatever.

If this conversation is allowed to stay on the topic at hand in the first place instead of ever being dragged into ad hominem my RedMenace in the first place, there is positively zero problem here with this difference of perspectives. Somehow I’m the only one here defending my actions and I’m the problem because I accidentally treated somebody like an adult.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 03/18/14 at 05:14 PM ET

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