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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Earthquake?
« on: Yesterday at 11:31:01 PM »
-Italian quake devastates town; leaves many questions unanswered in Italy's seismic region...

As many already know, Italy was rocked by yet another earthquake, just six years after the one in Aquila that left extensive damage, and that area is still continuing to recover (repairing & rebuilding) to this day.

Over 250 people feared dead and many hundreds injured, whole towns and communities wiped out in Central Italy, particularly the town of Amatrice.  The quake was felt as far away as in the city of Rome (which is three hours east of there). 

Many of these historic & medieval towns do not conform to new building codes as compared to city buildings and condos being built.  Many of these communities are by mountainous areas and are located in one of the most intense seismic region in the world.

Premier Renzi authorized a preliminary 50 million euros in emergency funding and the government cancelled taxes for residents, pro-forma measures that are just the start of what will be a long and costly rebuilding campaign. He announced a new initiative, "Italian Homes," to answer years of criticism over shoddy construction across the country, which has the highest seismic hazard in Western Europe.

But he also said that it was "absurd" to think that Italy could build completely quake-proof buildings.

"It's illusory to think you can control everything," he told a news conference. "It's difficult to imagine it could have been avoided simply using different building technology. We're talking about medieval-era towns."

Those old towns do not have to conform to the country's anti-seismic building codes. Making matters worse, those codes often aren't applied even when new buildings are built.


General NHL News & Views / Re: World Cup rosters being announced
« on: Yesterday at 11:12:56 PM »
Is it okay to talk about the jerseys here? Because this is the first Team Canada jersey that I've been even remotely tempted to buy.

The website suggests they can't seem to decide on a red though.

Sweden has unfortunate Kronor placement. Team North America should've just gone with the logo we're all familiar with.

I like the red one.   The white one does have a bit of the bland look   Overall though, they're well-designed and pleasing.

Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: Jays Roster Discussion
« on: Yesterday at 11:07:22 PM »
Jays just traded for Dioner Navarro! Welcome back!
Indicates Thole and Dickey not likely to be part of the post-season roster.
White Sox get minor league LHP Colton Turner in return.

Glad Navarro's back!

Useless signing.  Don't know what Dubas sees in this guy.  Guess they do need an enforcer.  Bah!

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: The Defensive Logjam
« on: August 25, 2016, 11:50:42 AM »
In ascending order of how mad I would be if these things happened:
;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D: Polak and Hunwick traded for Ristolainen/Lindholm
;D: Polak or Hunwick traded for late picks
8): Polak or Hunwick sent to minors
:o: Zaitsev is a bust and sent to minors
:(: Corrado lost on waivers
>:(: Marincin lost on waivers
>:( >:( >:( >:( >:( :'(: Carrick lost on waivers
So Furious: Gardiner or Rielly lost on waivers

That's something I don't see happening.  :D

A good summation of all things bad that was the Rio Olympics...

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Enroth Signed [1 Year, 750k]
« on: August 23, 2016, 11:15:15 PM »
Oh my god, this is becoming unbearable. This team has three or four great pieces for the future, and there are still people that want them to suck again this season. Obviously management is going to try to improve the te|am at this point. That's a good thing. Jesus Christ.

Well, at least the goalie department has been solved somewhat, at least for the time being.  The prospect pool looks promising, and the team has drafted wisely.  Of course, tanking eventually propelled them to secure Matthews.  So far, so good.  Everything requires patience, and if it means the Leafs finishing again in the bottom five, then so be it.  At some point, the Leafs will make the playoffs, it's just that no one's expecting it to happen fast.  Not even to necessarily tank again, but bottom something yes.

Leafs Media Rumours / Re: Jimmy Vesey
« on: August 23, 2016, 02:05:30 PM »
Harrington reminds me of a combination of Howard Berger and Damian Cox, but the worst qualities of both. All things being equal, it would be awfully tempting to live in NY over any other franchise city, never mind Buffalo. This guy is just a big baby.

Depending on your personality/preferences, yeah. NYC and LA are probably the two most appealing cities in the league for a lot of young players from a place to live perspective. Honestly, once choosing where he plays was only a couple months away, Buffalo really had no chance, and shouldn't have made the deal. They should have know he would have been offered better situations and/or more appealing cities to live in.

Toronto isn't?  Or, too expensive for young guys to even consider?

Nothing will change until someone begins to initiate it, and it has to start at the top (of the power ladder) on down.  Other than that, keep enjoying. ( *sic*)

Expecting change to just sprout up from "someone" with absolutely no incentive to do so is the height of either laziness or naivete. Change like this isn't going to magically happen without financial incentive. The public is the only group capable of providing that financial incentive. Sitting around and hoping for the IOC to do so out of some sort of sense of moral responsibility they've clearly shown they don't have over decades is exactly the sort of selfish buck-passing that ensures that the IOC won't change.

Nothing comes from nothing.  Something always comes from something.  Until the public starts showing a disincentive or disinterest in the games where it would have a financial impact, only then can change truly happen.  That is understood.

But even for that to have an impact, change needs to be initiated from within the ranks of the IOC, or perhaps from an outside perspective, in order to facilitate that change into something concrete.

I wouldn't naively expect the public to turn itself completely off of the Games nor any other large-scale event such as the FIFA World Cup,  etc., and as long as these events continue in popularity, where then will this change emerge from?

On a side note, one cannot blame people for wanting to enjoy and be proud of their country's athletic achievements.

Sure I can. And do. Because that's what's standing in the way of the IOC actually cleaning up their act.

The best way then to truly clean up would be to rid the Olympics of the grand poobahs who occupy the echelons of power, starting with the IOC.  Perhaps if it would start somewhere, it may eventually transcend to other sports -- FIFA, etc.

Easier said than done?  So far, nothing indicates anything changes.

Do you really expect the public to turn a blind eye and not watch any aspect of the games, be it in person and on television?  For a definitive change, no one should attend any of the future Games, nor turn on the channels.  And maybe, not even cheer or support any of their covntry's athletes, on a severe note.

Nothing will change until someone begins to initiate it, and it has to start at the top (of the power ladder) on down.  Other than that, keep enjoying. ( *sic*)

Yes, the truth of the matter is that the Olympics are a mess that need to be cleaned up.  Corruption is at the top of the list, as well as the fact there is a need toward a certain degree of social responsibility. 

David Goldblatt, author of the book The Games: A Global History of the Olympics, interviewed on CBC News a few nights ago, telling it like it is,  briefly discussing several key points he makes in his book such as why the Olympics continue to appeal, the social and economic impact on cities,  what the Games need to do to change and to survive, the future of the Games, etc., etc.

Goldblatt speaks of the need to give cities a greater adjustment period -- fifteen instead of seven years (from the time a city wins the Games).  He cited Brazil's economic slump during the building of the venues as compared to the better economic times when Brazil first won the right to host).  He cites the rampant corruption that permeates the Olympics from the highest levels as well as the general lack of any foresight or (social responsibility.

On a side note, one cannot blame people for wanting to enjoy and be proud of their country's athletic achievements.  There are those "shiny"  things that many are still interested in seeing or knowing about, scandalous or not, doping or not, what have you, the interest will always be there regardless.

Looks like (hosting) the Pan Am Games served us in good stead:

Beautiful closing ceremonies just like the way Brazilians know how, complete with pomp & pageantry in the Rio Carnival style.  Not to mention those awesomely spectacular fireworks to top it all off. 

Of course, these Games will not be known for the negatives surrounding them, but their legacy will be the many achievements and milestones set forth by a variety of athletes -- USA's Michael Phelps, who became the most decorated Olympian of all-time, having earned a total of 23 Golds in the pool over the course of his many Olympic appearanies;  Jamaica's Usain Bolt, winning his 9th Gold medal in nine consecutive Olympic appearances, having long established himself as the world's best at the track; etc., etc.

And what of Canada's Olympians such as 16 year old Penny Oleksiak, who by winring a Gold, 2 Silvers, and a Bronze, quickly became Canada's heroine in the pool; let's not forget Andre de Grasse, he won a Silver and two Bronzes at the track, and who many are calling him Bolt's heir apparent (and with good reason), and so may other Canadian athletes who achieved personal bests.

Many of the athletes here in Rio had been gushing about the warm welcome and friendly atmosphere they received from the people in general andl the volunteers, etc.  Just about all except for U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte & his cohorts, whose antics and lying upfront threatened to sour the show, so to speak, for the U.S.  Thrashing a gas station and damaging a bathroom, then attempting to buy out security personnel, all the while claiming they were held at gunpoint and robbed, certainly didn't jibe with the video facts,  Many Americans were disgusted with this "ugly American" incident and even more so when Lochte hardly showed any remorse nor a sincere apology. A minor blip to an otherwise illustrious Games (opening & closing oeremonies included).

Canada had, by the way, one of her best showings of the Summer Olympic Games, with our athletes collecting 22 medals.  Congratulations to each and everyone of our athletes, for proudly and enthusiastically representing our nation.  Canada proud!

Adeus Rio e obrigado pelas memórias!   

Tokyo awaits.   Welcoming all  in 2020!

Leafs Media Rumours / Re: Jimmy Vesey
« on: August 21, 2016, 03:24:27 PM »
Why the hate for this guy? He had the opportunity to chose who he wanted to play for and he exercised it... He also said no to a bunch of other teams.

Because he didn't sign with the Leafs.  Had he, this would be a 200 page thread by now.  Can't wait to see Kirby Rychel, our left wing pickup this summer 🙂

By the sound of it, Vesey seemed to want to be his own boss.  If he had chosen the Leafs, many might have labeled the word favoritism on him for the fact that his father and brother have a connection in the Leafs organization.  Guess Vesey, considering the fact that he chose the route he chose, ruffled a few feather along the way, and made himself not quite likeable to some hockey fans (such as here).

He obviously had it in mind all along that he wanted to play closer to home and still be on a team where he could be a potential star (the Rangers).  If it had been the Leafs instead, it may not have been such a surefire thing that he would have been a shoo-in to make the team's roster so soon ot to be on a top line, etc

Jumping for a Bronze!   Canada's Eric Lamaze steered his horse Fine Lady 5 very well, enough to finish third in the Equestrian Indivifual Jumping event.

A Fine Lady ibdeed!

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