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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Donald
« on: Today at 03:06:57 AM »
I never really doubted that Doug Jones had a chance at usurping Moore.  If anything would sway it in Jones' favour, it would have had to be the African-American votes.

Certainly there are many who are still in a somewhat state of disbelief at the results, that that was even possible after 25 years of Republicans representing the state.  Jones and the Democrats should be proud that they pulled off a miracle.

By Moore being defeated, it sends a strong message that Moore types and any others tagged with sexual allegations will soon be an 'endangered species', and won't be (politically) tolerated in an election. At least, hopefully, this is a start.

2 Events / Re: 2017-2018 Pick'em Standings Thread
« on: Today at 01:56:27 AM »
Leaderboard tallies including Round 10:

WAYNEINIONA         128
hockeyfan1                125
Leafaholic99              113
BarMutt                        83

Results for Round 10:

WAYNEINIONA       17    Winner
BarMutt                    15
hockeyfan1              14

Congrats to WAYNEINIONA on winning for the second week in-a-row!

Standings page:

All Sports But Hockey / Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
« on: Yesterday at 04:41:42 PM »
Large turnout for the TFC celebration parade yesterday (Monday).  It was a day to not just celebrate their MLS Cup victory & their historic season, but also with a nod to their fans & all:

The importance of the fans is best illustrated by this statement:

...while many will point to TFCs $20-million roster, the highest in MLS, as a driving factor behind the clubs success, it has been the constant fan support continually compelled MLSE to invest millions of dollars in the clubs salary while other MLS clubs spend a fraction of what the Reds do.

"...It show dedication of both the team and the fans....Once Bradley and Vanney came, thats when it started to turn around. They were trying before that, but they didnt have the right pieces of the puzzle, and now they do.

None more than by Bradley himself:

To be able to lift that trophy, said Bradley of MLS Cup, in this city, in front of our fans, to be able to give everybody a day like this, this is why every single one of us is here. This is the bets sports city city in the world. This is the best city in the world. And we love you guys so much. We cant tell you enough. Your support and the way that you drive us on, what a difference that makes for us.

Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: Jays Roster Discussion
« on: December 11, 2017, 05:42:52 PM »
Things are up in the air right now with the Jays.  They can go one of two ways, and both choices have serious consequences for the long term future of the team.  They can go for it now by adding a couple of pieces, maybe Arrieta and a good outfielder.  Or, as you say, they can trade Donaldson and rebuild.  If they go for it and fail that could be devastating for the team.  Actually even if they load up I don't think they can beat the Yankees.  So the rebuild option looks safer, particularly if Rogers wants to sell the team.  The real wild card in all this is the fans.  If they rebuild they may lose a lot of fan support, and that has its on repercussions.  I know I wouldn't want to be Atkins or Shapiro right now.  They are in an extremely difficult situation.  I hope they are able to do a decent job.  This could be a very interesting off season.

That's the crux of the situation, really. At this point, you have to look at what the most realistic scenario is for the next 3-5 years. Do they have a realistic shot at a title? I'd say no. I think that window closed after the 2016 season, and their current core players are already mostly into their 30s. The immediate future does not look particularly bright, and they're not a particularly appealing destination for free agents right now (especially starting pitchers - a lot of guys wouldn't want to face that Yankees' lineup multiple times a season right now, and I can't blame them). 3-5 years from now? The Yankees will be in the position the Jays are now, and, if the rebuild starts in earnest now, the Jays should should have some quality pieces hitting the MLB roster. Maybe a full-on scorched earth tear down is not the right play (as guys like Stroman, Sanchez, etc., could still be solid contributors in 3 years), but moving out some of the older, more expensive pieces - especially high value guys like Donaldson - is the smarter move right now.

I agree here.  Doing things in half-measures isn't going to get the Jays very far, either in the near nor long-term.  Success requires careful planning, vision, and foresight, something this team needs to begin gaining some ground on if it even hopes to be a contender once again in the near future.

MotM:  McElhinney
Hm:    Hyman

Mentions to posts, posts, posts (& crossbars).

Kudos to McElhinney for excellent netminding.  Being the backup goaltender and it's not like he gets to play often neither, he kept the Oilers from cashing in, so to speak. (With the help of the posts, crossbars & co.).

A bit of a bizarre game especially when Edmonton held a 89-37 shot attemps advantage (61-39 at even strenghth in favour of the Oilers).

At least we got the win.

MotM:   Bozak
Hm:     Marner

Mentions to JVR, Brown, Reilly, Hainsey, Polak, Gardiner, Andersen.

All Sports But Hockey / Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
« on: December 09, 2017, 08:16:02 PM »

All Sports But Hockey / Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
« on: December 09, 2017, 08:11:05 PM »
The Toronto FC becomes the 7th team in MLS playoff history to win both the Supporters Shield and the MLS Cup.

By winning the MLS Cup Championship, the TFC made history as quite possibly the greatest and best team in Major League soccer.  Having gone from being the "laughingstock" of a soccer team of years past to winning it all and setting records along the way this year, it has been quite a tumultuous ride for this Toronto soccer franchise over the years.

Jozey Altidore, named MVP and Player of the Game, scored the only goal the TFC needed to defeat the Seattle Sounders, in this rematch of the MLS Cup.  This time, Altidore & co., were determined to get past Sounders' 'keeper Stefan Frei, unlike last year's Cup game in which Frei starred.

Giovinco, Altidore, & Vasquez all contributed in the team scoring, with Vasquez heading the ball into the open net with just mere minutes in extra time, on a brilliant pass from Giovinco to Altidore who's shot hit the post for Vasquez's redirection.

Giovinco was also instrumental in having set up Altidore for the first marker.

It was a total team effort and no one wanted this win more than the Toronto FC.

Wow, what a game that the TFC thoroughly dominated, though Frei was excellent in net for Seattle, stopping dangerous shots aplenty.

Congratulations TFC!!!   You make us all proud!!!!    Whoaaaaaaa!!!!

All Sports But Hockey / Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
« on: December 09, 2017, 08:00:24 PM »
Oh. what a feeling it is!!!!!!!

All Sports But Hockey / Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
« on: December 09, 2017, 07:58:17 PM »

All Sports But Hockey / Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
« on: December 09, 2017, 07:53:44 PM »

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Official Weather Thread
« on: December 09, 2017, 04:53:16 PM »
How climate change is affecting the survival of Canada's Arctic creatures, as this documentary illustrates sadly.  A polar bear, who uses wind direction to lead it to it's prey (seals), but in this case, the wind is moving faster affectng it's sense of smell to lead it to it's food source.

When this happens, as well as the warming of the sea ice where most of the seals are, it leads to starvation.  A starving polar bear is a stark reminder of how clinate change ails Canada's Arctic and a vivid call to action.

All Sports But Hockey / Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
« on: December 09, 2017, 04:16:39 PM »
Ever wonder how the natural grass surface at BMO Field stays constant even in under freezing temperatures and all?   A very sophisticated heating system underneath the ground that does much more than just upkeep the surface:

Constructed similar to any other subfloor radiant heating systemjust at a much grander scalea hot glycol-water mix pumps through pipes under the ground at BMO Field, warming the roots. The air system works in conjunction with the piping by pushing the warmed air toward the roots for increased efficiency. The air system can also work as a vacuum and suck water away from the field for quicker drying, or help exchange oxygen in the growing medium for healthier soil.

Using embedded sensors, Heggie sets the system to keep his soil balanced somewhere between 15 and 18 degrees Celsius (59 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit). I tell the system what my ideal soil temperature is and it cranks all the valves for me, he tells FourFourTwo. It is basically always on, but during the summer it shuts itself The system will keep the pitch from ever freezing, allowing for a more natural feel for the players. And by forcing the root temperature above 48 degrees Fahrenheit at all times, the grasses keep growing, allowing for quick repair and healthy turf...


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