I’ve tried to calm down before I started typing up a post. And I have calmed down quite a bit about the Stars. But I get pretty riled up again when I read the comments on the DMN Stars blog. There are about five regulars there whose only point is that Tippett and Army should be fired.
People seem to think that the team will suddenly start winning if we got rid of the GM, all the coaches, and any player over the age of 30. I mean, look at Chicago! They’ve got Toews and Kane! Look at Pittsburgh! They got Malkin and freaking Crosby! Their GMs know how to draft! We are not going to get a top-five draft pick until we are last in the league. And if you want more than one, like Chicago and Pittsburgh, you have to be down in the bottom 10 for more than one year. If that’s what they want, and they think the losing is all Tippett’s fault, shouldn’t they be pulling for him NOT to get fired?
Firing the coach means that we’ve given up on the season. After 17 games. Personally, I haven’t given up. I still think they can straighten themselves out. They gave up a lead and lost the game, but they were also on 34-game streak of not losing if they led by 2 or more goals at any time during the game. Nobody else has gone that long. I’m just saying, it’s not the end of the world.
All the whiners about our scoring aren’t whining about scoring now. They’re whining about defense. We didn’t sign a huge deal with an over-hyped forward and look, we’re scoring anyway! Isn’t that what they wanted? But it doesn’t really do you much good to get 5 goals, if you give up 6. It’s still my opinion that if you can only do one of those well, pick defense. It’d be nice to do both well, but I don’t think that’s one of our choices.
I think what I need to do is not read comments and message boards. I don’t actually read message boards, so that might be why I’m so easily upset by all the vitriol in the comments on the Morning News blog. For all I know, that’s pretty tame. And I wouldn’t worry about it influencing the Stars’ management, except for the pleading letter to fans we got from Jim Lites during the summer. I would feel much better if I knew Army didn’t read the message boards either.
I’m sure I’ll catch hell if any P1s read this blog (which I doubt), but I’m proud to say that I’m almost completely weaned off The Ticket. I had already stopped listening to the Hardline months ago, but I finally stopped listening to BaD Radio. I haven’t listened to Bob and Dan for almost three weeks now, except for when they harangue poor Brenden Morrow each Thursday afternoon, and I’m fine with it. I don’t even miss them. I finally realized that I don’t care what they think about the Stars, and I already knew I don’t care what ANYBODY thinks about the Cowboys, so what was left? Their “comedy”? I’ll give them that, they’re pretty funny. But it hasn’t been new for a while. If I can guess what they’re about to say, it’s not as funny. It’s such a relief to not have to argue with Bob in my mind for an hour after he calls for something like getting Brett Hull to coach, or something silly like that. And the few times I actually argued with him through e-mail, his point could usually be boiled down to: “I didn’t say that.” or “You don’t know what you’re talking about.” They certainly don’t need me to listen (as I’m sure they’d point out) since I’m not in their demographic, and I don’t need to listen to them, so everybody wins. I still listen to the Musers in the morning, but only because I haven’t found something else to listen to. Any suggestions? Maybe I’ll try the NHL Network for my morning background noise.