Jump to content


Member Since 13 May 2005
Offline Last Active Today, 07:33 AM

#3766267 Us Politics For Betting (Not Talking About Politics)

Posted MapleLeafpoker on Yesterday, 11:06 AM

View Postserge, on 22 February 2018 - 10:58 AM, said:

Drugs are killing more of our innocent youth, alcohol which is legal kills too many people every year...And the one that no one talks about is obesity and the countries obsession with fast food...

I used to think it was a stupid argument..Ban guns, its easy ..Stop the killings...No its not that easy..

I think quite a few people talk about obesity and the culture that encourages it, but still a fraction of the population does nothing about it.
IMO, it has a lot to do with poverty and class structure. McDonalds rolled out some kind of $1 menu recently, and sales (and profits) skyrocketed.

As for "no its not that easy". I think the guys would argue its not about solving the whole problem, its about reducing it right away a little, and more+more over time. Nothing will solve the problem right away, and there is no magic pill for this. Issues go way way deeper.

And, I dont agree with you at all that there is a sense of Republican means racist. Not to most people, just to some of the vocal minorities on both sides. And I really dont agree with you in terms of Conservatives in Canada, I dont think the majority or even 95% of Canadians think that way. At least, I dont THINK they do. I could be wrong.

#3766152 Recreation Hockey League

Posted serge on 20 February 2018 - 09:01 AM

This post is mostly for myself as I look back on this thread and see the progression of my kids hockey careers..

We just got back from a tournament in Los Angeles..This has been a pretty epic year for Adrian's team. There is one more regular season game left and the team is undefeated and have clinched first place in their division. Also this was the third tournament we have gone to and we have managed to win all 3 tournaments.

This tourney was fun.. They did some cool things like player interviews, on ice champagne(apple cider) celebrations..Game and Tourney MVPs...So it was a blast for the kids..While our team is the best in Northern California, the teams from Southern California typically tend to be tougher...They usually have more ice, they are backed by the two NHL teams in the area and tend to have more kids to draw from.

We cruised through the preliminary and semi final rounds with 4 wins and Adrian getting 3 shutouts. The one game being an epic 1-0 battle where he really stood on his head. The finals didnt start off well, as we ran into a tough team. We were down half way through the game at 2-1, but then the boys turned it on and we won 5-3. They gave the tournament MVP to Adrian and it was a great weekend overall.

So there are two more goals left for the team...To win the NorCal(Northern California) Championship and then the State Championship..Currently we would be favored on paper to win Norcal and compete in State, but there is a lot of work to do...This will be probably one of those years in Adrian's minor hockey career that he will look back on and it will be the most successful and fun year he has had...Next year he moves up to Bantam and he has to make the decision how serious he wants to continue his hockey career. He can either stay in Fresno and play at this level, or he moves to a much higher league in San Jose or Southern California. His coaches have said he has the potential to go pretty far and maybe play some good level of College hockey, however he has to put the work in. He has to work hard, and study the game more..Not sure if he is ready for that, or if he wants to do that yet...He is having fun now with his team and what hockey brings him.

His coach played pretty high level hockey as a goalie. He played in the WHL, played for the Canadian National team at U18 and U19 and was the goalie for Canada in the Spengler Cup. He says while he has the talent, he isnt working hard as he needs to , to get to the higher level...Thats what separates the top goalies from the mediocre ones..While I have no visions of Adrian playing pro hockey, and not even Division 1 hockey...If he can play Division 3 and get some sort of a scholarship..It would be a great thing..

#3766077 Official Toronto Maple Leafs Thread

Posted MapleLeafs on 15 February 2018 - 06:56 PM

I didn't toss it at all. Thought about it, but I like my hat.

#3765499 Official Toronto Maple Leafs Thread

Posted Zach6668 on 01 February 2018 - 09:16 PM

Maybe they're overthinking everything.

#3765473 Random Hockey Observations

Posted MapleLeafpoker on 01 February 2018 - 08:32 PM

Posted Image

#3765452 Random Hockey Observations

Posted MapleLeafpoker on 01 February 2018 - 12:43 PM

  • In support of the NHL's commitment to diversity and inclusion in hockey, @mattmurray_30 has elected to be the #Pens ambassador for Hockey Is For Everyone. Full list of ambassadors: http://pens.pe/2DVP8vX

    Posted Image

Posted ImagePittsburgh PenguinsVerified account @penguins

Replying to @bigstewo7 @mattmurray_30

Go ahead. If you don't support inclusion in hockey, there is not much reason to follow us anyway.

#3765436 The Official Lethbridge Golden Seals Thread!

Posted MapleLeafpoker on 01 February 2018 - 09:58 AM

View PostDubey, on 01 February 2018 - 09:54 AM, said:

After you apply the Vegas exchange rate to Perron he's only like 24.

wow, you threw my own life motto right back at my face.
well done.

#3765434 Official Toronto Maple Leafs Thread

Posted MapleLeafpoker on 01 February 2018 - 09:47 AM

I think he's a great coach but its hard not to notice that once they finally made the moves others wanted, and he seemed to be hesitant to do, things worked like a charm last week and especially last night. Dallas and NYI games were two of the best I've seen them play in months.

That said, maybe its the timing of it all, and the way he set it up instead of quickly giving in, is best for the players development. I trust Babcock, maybe a little too blindly, but I think he's as good as there is.
Kadri-Marner is a connection I have been waiting for them to try for months. Seemed like such an obvious line #2 to build for the now and future, if JVR+Bozak are as gone as most think they will be. Put them with Marleau, and now you have a top 6 intact for the next few years.

#3765303 Essay's Top Ten

Posted Essay21 on 27 January 2018 - 02:04 PM

That’s a warning for whatever is happening in that post.

#3765277 Essay's Top Ten

Posted SuitedAces21 on 26 January 2018 - 03:53 PM

View PostDubey, on 26 January 2018 - 01:51 PM, said:

I like it. Thumbs up to the inclusion of West World. Season 1 was one of my favourite seasons of TV ever. I still haven't watched Deadwood, need to get on that.

You should do a top 10 individual television seasons list.

i hate to do it but that's a demerit for not knowing i've already done essay's top ten tv show seasons. westworld season 1 was noted the greatest tv show season of all time.

View PostSuitedAces21, on 08 June 2017 - 08:04 PM, said:

Essay's Top Ten TV Show Seasons

1. Westworld - Season 1
2. True Detective - Season 1
3. The Wire - Season 3
4. Deadwood - Season 1
5. Hannibal - Season 2
6. Fargo - Season 1
7. Mad Men - Season 4
8. The Wire - Season 4
9. The Sopranos - Season 2
10. Justified - Season 2

#3765214 Las Vegas Golden Knights

Posted DanielNegreanu on 24 January 2018 - 04:31 PM

I've watched every minute of every game and have a really good idea as to "how they are doing it."

1. System- this team plays like no other team in the league. Using a basketball analogy they essentially play a full court press all game on defense, and a transition fast break team on offense. If they kept a stat for the quickest team in the league that causes a turnover then moves the puck up ice, no other team would be close. They play an up tempo high variance game and constantly are looking for odd man rushes that lead to lots of high quality chances. Most teams win the puck, possess it, look for what options are available, then decide to make a play. Not this team. It's instantaneous. Blind passes, stretch passes, quick transition and it catches teams on their heels constantly. They are more effective 5 on 5 in transition than they are on the power play in relation to most teams. Power plays don't play to their strengths, but they more than make up for that with their 5 on 5 play.
The other key reason this system can work is that George McPhee drafted SPEED. There isn't just one line to key in on, all four lines play a very similar up tempo style that depends heavily on speed in transition.

2. Rolling 4 lines- That rolls into my next point nicely, the use of all four lines and all three defensive pairings. On most teams you will see all-star minute munchers on the back end playing upwards of 30 minutes a game. On Vegas, their top d-man in terms of average ice time is Nate Schmidt clocking in at just 22 minutes a game. Everyone plays. Most teams use their fourth line sparingly, as little as possible. This team's fourth line is used often and have developed a real chemistry. They possess the puck, and while they don't score a lot of goals, when they are out there, neither does the other team.
When defending this team, you can't just focus on one speedy line and then take a break in between those shifts. They come at you in waves. Consistent in their approach, and while the 4th line plays a bit more of a North-South game, the other three lines played an incredibly similar style of hockey. Teams get no time to catch their breath, it's constant pressure for 60 minutes.

3. Discipline- They don't take penalties! I believe they rank as the second least penalized team in the league. Vegas also ranks in the bottom five in total hits. Outside of Brayden McNabb and William Carrier, this team isn't built to punish opponents physically. They don't take many dumb penalties being overly aggressive. The focus is on winning the puck, and turning it up ice as quickly as possible.

4. Trust- This is where I shower heavy praise on coach Gerard Gallant. The players love him. He was the perfect coach for the job. Unlike a John Tortorella, this is a players coach for a new team of guys who may be coming in with bruised egos after being let go by their previous team. The last thing they needed was a guy barking at them that they suck. Gallant earned their trust and has the players, to a man, believing in the system. Not many teams can say that losing their best player wouldn't have a major impact on their success, but Vegas is unique, in that, no one player is bigger than the system. Somebody goes down, next guy up is plugged into the system and gets the job done.

5. Chemistry- This team had the opportunity to bond early with the tragedy we saw in Las Vegas a week before the home opener. They were out in the community showing their support after the tragedy, and while it's hard to gauge how much closer an event like that can bring people together, I wouldn't underestimate it. These guys seem to really like each other. This high tempo style relies on players knowing where each other is going to be and the chemistry on this team developed rapidly and is undeniable. They all share the bond of being either underestimated, underutilized, or underpaid by their previous team. They play every night with a chip on their shoulder. Every night there is a player on that team with something to prove. Whether it's Marc-Andre Fleury showing the Pens that he still has plenty of gas left in the tank, or William Karlsson putting on a clinic against Columbus letting them know that had he been given a chance, he could have been the all-star for them that he is for this team.

View PostDubey, on 24 January 2018 - 01:30 PM, said:

They might be the best team in the NHL right now.

It's crazy to even type that.

They started the year playing ok, and getting pretty lucky. An impressive display from an expansion team, but I fully expected them to fall back to earth. As the year has gone on, the team ahs been performing better and better, and the results have gotten better and better. If you look at the last 15-20 games, they are the best team in the league by possession numbers, and by results. I don't watch enough of their games (see: none) to have a good understanding of how they are doing it, but it's damn impressive.

I was skeptical after the expansion draft. I thought they made mistakes. I was skeptical after the first 20 games or so. I kept expecting major regression to the mean. Now, I am fully on board. I still expect a small amount of regression, but this team is legitimately good.

#3765187 Las Vegas Golden Knights

Posted bigguyren68 on 23 January 2018 - 08:18 PM

Talk about sportsmanship. Late first period tonight’s game, James Neal flinched from a stick to his face. Referee stopped play to call penalty, Neal went over to referee and said it did not hit him. No penalty called. Don’t see that done very often. Very classy.

#3764886 The Official Lethbridge Golden Seals Thread!

Posted Zach6668 on 10 January 2018 - 01:45 PM

In unrelated news, Dubey’s team broke a near-6 year old record last night for the longest winning streak in FCHL history. 15 straight wins and counting. John and myself will now fade off into oblivion with our measly 14-game win streaks.

#3764695 Whalers

Posted MapleLeafpoker on 02 January 2018 - 02:04 PM

View PostMapleLeafpoker, on 21 April 2017 - 08:26 AM, said:

Lets keep rolling with the Whalers thread being more about me, so someday I can look back and laugh.

Dislocation #5, Thurs April 20,2017 Basketball
Steve, have I tied you yet?

worst part is, I'm in the best shape of maybe my whole life, down to 182, doing a lot of running and had started to work out to strengthen the shoulder. I'm determined to keep this going, and hoping posting this will play a role in motivating me to keep at this weight, and keep working out once the shoulder has healed, and then be ready to play sports in September with a much stronger shoulder.

View PostiBeaver, on 21 April 2017 - 01:04 PM, said:

Pretty sure you've surpassed me. Get the damn surgery!

DONE! everyone said do the surgery, so i did.
had the surgery 5hrs ago. home in time to watch juniors, and fllow big game nghit

typing left hand, heavily drugged. I STILL BETTER WIN TONIGHT!

9 months recovery, ill start prepping for AHL-FCHL drafts starting tomorrow. lol

#3764674 Degenerate Gambling

Posted MapleLeafpoker on 01 January 2018 - 03:15 PM

View PostMapleLeafpoker, on 25 December 2017 - 11:15 AM, said:

I feel like Dubey posting all his DF lineups since September has been like someone telling me to buy bitcoin for 3 months, and sell 10 days ago. Missed opportunities!!!

View PostDubey, on 31 December 2017 - 05:27 PM, said:

Scored 139 to comfortably cash everything.

Thanks Dave, I finally practiced what I was preaching, and did my own double ups with your lineup. (all winners)
Im just glad I didnt jinx your run, looking fwd to playoff lineups! :icon_smile: