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#1 KitKatTGM

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Posted 10 February 2004 - 09:06 PM

A Fair-at-All-Costs Coach? That Would Be a Miracle
T.J. Simers

February 10, 2004

It's a hockey movie, which ordinarily would make it the worst kind, but knowing ahead of time it didn't end in a tie suggested "Miracle" was going to deliver a satisfying payoff.

In fact, the Disney account of the U.S. hockey team's gold-medal victory in the 1980 Olympics was not only uplifting, as you might expect, but entertaining and loaded with the kind of first-rate hockey action you'd expect to see
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#2 LizDevil30

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Posted 10 February 2004 - 09:09 PM

It's a hockey movie, which ordinarily would make it the worst kind

I stopped reading after that line. :angry:
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Posted 10 February 2004 - 09:15 PM

this writer is one of those guys that was picked last for kick-ball. on that level, the point isn't to have fun. it's to win.

jackass.
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Posted 10 February 2004 - 09:20 PM

Yes, it's way too cynical. For every Knight that goes too far there's a Parcells who doesn't and wins.

The irony is Brooks was not the bad cop by nature (at least he wasn't when he dealt with professionals later on), but he knew with college kids he had to put his foot down more, especially when he was dealing with kids from different parts of the country and various rivalries (Boston-Minnesota).
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Posted 10 February 2004 - 09:40 PM

this writer is one of those guys that was picked last for kick-ball. on that level, the point isn't to have fun. it's to win.

jackass.

Knew that after the first line. :lol:
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"Why is a puck called a puck? Because dirty little bastard was taken."-New Jersey Devils Goaltender Martin Brodeur, of whom I am happy co-keeper with poohbear.
His lean, limber muscles tensed under the skin are ready to contort his body into unnatural goal stopping positions. Tara Sullivan, Bergen Record.
A person's a person, no matter how small. Horton the Elephant, "Horton Hears a Who"
NEW JERSEY home of the Devils, Giants, Jets, Red Bull, Nets and the Statue of Liberty--standing on our front porch waving to the neighbors.

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Posted 11 February 2004 - 12:09 AM

You should have known that it was a $hitty article in the thread title. The writer is from LA nuff said. Hes just a hollywood beat writer who knows jack about sports. I hate people like this guy who have to make a stance just to be different and want attention and the same hate goes for hollywood too.
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Posted 11 February 2004 - 11:10 AM

I've heard Brooks admit that he was deliberately cruel to unite the players against him. Anything to unite them. Does that make him a bad human being? No. Those players, while young men, were not children. I wouldn't advise trying it with children. And if you have a coach who did try it with kids I wouldn't want that person coaching kids.

But you notice that none of his players really had a bad word to say about him afterwards...unlike the Soviet players who said plenty about Tikhanov once they were allowed to say it.
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Posted 11 February 2004 - 12:29 PM

[quote]. . . but entertaining and loaded with the kind of first-rate hockey action you'd expect to see
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Posted 11 February 2004 - 08:51 PM

The perfect person to write about hockey.


T.J. Simers is the most hockey-phobic writer on the Times, and I normally don't like him, but I still think he made an important point this time.

And I don't really dislike Brooks, though I wish he'd chosen Derian Hatcher to be on the 2002 Olympic Team.
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Posted 12 February 2004 - 07:55 PM

I finally figured out what T.J. stands for in his name... Total Jacka--.

Don't read anything Simers says -- I cancelled my subscription because of him, and I view the L.A. Times as two steps below the National Enquirer for allowing him to write there.

Read the New York Post if you want to read a real newspaper... yes, even they are more reilable than the Times, in my opinion!
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Posted 12 February 2004 - 11:38 PM

It reminds me of the movie *61 when one of the sportswriters asked the other if he ever played baseball. And the little weasel said no.

I never played organized hockey before, so I can't comment on what these guys go through playing. (I have played baseball, football and basketball). I can love the game and understand it, but I was 10 years old when this thing happened and wasn't out in Minny for practice.

Point being. I think old TJ falls into the same category.
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