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AEWHistory last won the day on November 13 2014

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    History, home theater, hockey (Devils), football (Jets), and many more interests...... I need more time and fewer hobbies!

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  1. hey guys, thanks for the info. I’ve been pulling for the mythical scenario of getting a top pick next year from Vancouver, but I think I get it now. Better to have the bird in hand, in a deep draft year, than one in the proverbial bush in a year that maybe isn’t so deep. I have to admit that I am worried about this draft more than I have ever worried about a draft with the Devils. So much is at stake. We will not get another chance like this for decades. With Hughes, Hischier, and the new players and picks we’ve gotten in trades this will either make or break the franchise for years. If we draft a bunch of busts then we’ll have traded away solid assets for squadoosh. If the FO hits a few homeruns we could return to our rightful place as a league powerhouse, lording over the Ragdolls. I would so love that.... So if anyone in the Devil’s FO is reading this: You just have our hearts in your hand and failure will mean seeing something we love turned into drek. So no pressure or anything....
  2. Is that really still the best scenario? Wouldn’t it be better for Vancouver to get a protected pick this year and then bomb next year? Or am I missing something? I guess there are too many variables to hope for that, but I’m an eternal optimist... except when we’re fvcked. Before I forget, what does next year’s draft look like, potential wise, compared to this year? It sounds like this is a deep draft so maybe getting the pick this year is better. Still, I have this fantasy of the Canucks keeping their pick this year only to win the lottery next year. Yes, I’m greedy....
  3. I know this is an old thread but I never saw it until today, so here goes nothing: Academics like the ones those hoaxers have targeted, and their journals, have destroyed academia. I am thrilled at what they’ve done but I admit I couldn’t have done this. Just expressing the “wrong” opinions back when I started my PhD landed me in hot water numerous times.... and nothing I said was anything out of the ordinary except to these intellectual autocrats. However, I would like to share with you guys an example of something that was told to me by a fellow academic: The person in question is a historian of psychology, which is a new field (not surprising as psychology itself is little more than a century and a quarter old). When giving a paper he made the apparently awful mistake of calling the history of psychology a “virgin” field. He was taken to task later and told that using that term was denigrating to women and he ought not do it again. Understand that he made no mention of women at all, he was talking about psychology and it’s history. When I began my PhD I thought that academics would be open minded and capable of dealing with all sorts of ideas. Instead I found mostly small-minded ideologues, and not a few outright racists. I was so young and stupid....
  4. Are you guys familiar with the skit from the very first seasons of SNL about Gen. Franco? He died after ruling Spain for about 40 years so, but it was like he was going to live forever the old fascist coot. Anyway, so on the SNL news segment they had a bit for awhile with the update, something like: “And updating the situation in Spain: Gen. Franco...... still dead after two weeks. We will update again on this new story.” So I check this forum once a week or so now and every time I see this one thread at or near the top: “NHL pauses season, not cancelled”. And the next week, and next week, and next week..... and coming today I thought about that skit about Franco. He was dead and that was it, but it made for a great joke that there would be an “update” on his dead status. So why do I feel like I am living that joke!? I have seen articles that keep insisting the season is merely paused.... like Franco I guess. My guess is that it will be 2024 and we will still be seeing the same thing about the ‘19-20 hockey season: paused, not cancelled. Ah, before I forget my update: Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead after only four and a half decades! Remember to keep following this decomposing news story.....
  5. I wouldn’t want this either but would it really be any different then the NHL playoff format from 35 years ago when 16 of 21 teams made it each year?
  6. All I know is that if that were to happen to me it better not be followed with: “and we only have one rectal thermometer people, so let’s drop trou, bendover, and get this over with.”
  7. I had a show at ThePru and no one bothered to tell me!? That would’ve been so embarassing.
  8. I couldn’t just give you a reaction, I had to say this: I damn near woke up my kids just now laughing so hard at this pic. Damn you! Edit: wait, are the oranges and berry crunch included? I may make an offer.
  9. Fair enough, I didn’t say nobody was panicking.... there will always be some mouth breathers who think that they’ve got the last loaf of bread humanity will ever make. For those folks, yea you got no argument from me. Frankly, those folks irritate the hell outta me because they’re the ones who also turn every flake of snow into the end times as well. But that’s another subject, eh?
  10. This is a case where the only way to know if these measures will have been necessary will be to not take them, see if things turn into a wild pandemic like what happened during the Spanish flu of 1918-1920/21 and then we can look back and say what we should have done. Or we can take those precautions with the knowledge that it might be an over-reaction but it might also save lives, perhaps millions. As for me, I look at this as an historian first and foremost. History is littered with examples of times when precautions would have saved lives, stemmed the advance of diseases, and change the path of history itself. But you cannot know that until later. Some people are arguing that all of this isn’t necessary because Coronavirus isn’t as deadly as the flu.... but which flu is that exactly? The Spanish flu pandemic ended up infecting 1/4 of entire planet’s population! Of those perhaps as many as 1 in 5 died, perhaps fewer. Or maybe it is more similar to a more mild strain of flu. Either way, you’re playing with fire and simply saying things like “it is less deadly than the flu” is showing a degree of dangerous ignorance. As for the idea that this is a mass panic, I don’t feel like most people are panicking. The surest way to stop transmittable diseases from spreading is to stop the thing that carries it: people. Stop people from moving around and you isolate the disease. There are thousands of examples where this would have worked in history. For the first time in history we are doing this and people are calling it a bad idea. Why? Because you will lose some money or some hockey games? In the end it may be that we are doing more than is necessary, but I don’t think I will be betting my life, or yours, on that. If sacrificing things like the rest of the NHL season is the price to pay then okeedokee, let’s pay it. And no, I don’t think we are going to starve folks. It is possible to keep society functioning with its essentials and cull non essentials.... although this might not be the right place to argue that hockey is a non essential. I’ll step off my soapbox now....
  11. Dang it..... wait, can we get him a fake ID?
  12. I am asking because I am ignorant as to the reasons, but why not bring up Smith now? It seemed like nerves were a major issue for him in camp, right? So let him have the remainder of the season to get up to speed in the NHL and work thru his nerves. What’s he gonna do, cost us a game? Great! Anything that gives him time in the show AND pushes the Devils toward a higher draft pick sounds like a win/win to me. If we were on the bubble of a playoff spot I would get leaving him, but the only thing this team is competing for is draft ranking. So what am I missing?
  13. In retrospect a LOT of Shero’s deals have turned out to be bad. Much of it was bad luck, but in professional sports that’s just the way it is. At the end of the day you either perform or you don’t and looking back at Shero’s time here it is already apparent that he failed. I think this is why he was fired.... ownership just lost confidence in his vision.
  14. Seems a bit high..... they’re probably just giving the Devils a Subway coupon for 15% off..... in 2045.
  15. Since the Devils are at the cap floor now apparently and have plenty to spend next year it would be lovely if ownership was willing to use some of this loot to trade for more assets. The season is lost, so why not help out some other teams in return for some picks or young players? I would wager that next season will be poor as well since all these picks won’t be NHL ready for at least a few years. So amass a war chest of assets and out the franchise in a place where they can wheel and deal for what they want long-term.
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