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20/20 Hindsight Overreactions, Etc. – 11/1/2021

Let’s all rejoice over a Carolina Panthers win while lamenting over a “bad beat” from my football picks. I also have thoughts on the undefeated jerks and more.

Welcome back, rascals.

I hope you had a great weekend, both sports-wise and otherwise.

I’m starting to get hang of this blogging software. So much so that I figured out how to incorporate page breaks into this entry.

Whoa — fancy, huh?

Undefeated Jerks

I was captivated by something Carolina Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon said 3 years ago.

He elected not to renew the contract of longtime radio announcer (and fan-favorite!) Chuck Kaiton, and fans were understandably upset.

Change sucks, yanno?

Still, Dundon basically said that if the Hurricanes can spend that money on scouting/personnel development, the team will be better for it.

A notoriously cheap guy, myself, I agree(d) with the argument.

As much as we loved Kaiton’s calls, his presence on air would have no effect on the Hurricanes win-loss stats.

Scouting and player/personnel development would have an effect on W/Ls.

A similar scenario would repeat itself a year later when long time TV play-by-play guy, John Forsland would be asked to take a “pandemic-related” pay cut.

You know, because it made complete business sense.

Forsland didn’t want to take a pay cut, so Dundon let Forsland walk.

Fans were all up in arms about it. Hell, we have a local sports radio host still in his feelings over it.

Yet, here we are, and…

The Carolina Hurricanes are 8-0-0

Folks were up in arms over the DeAngelo signing. Upset that we let “Ned” walk. In our feelings because we let Dougie Hamilton move on.

8-0-0

The current broadcasting duo is competent and good.

The new goalie has a GAA just over 1, and peeking over at Detroit, “Ned”s GAA is over 3.

Can’t get to 82-0-0 without starting 8-0-0“, the aforementioned sports radio host likely stated on today’s show.

8-0-0

I hope we can all appreciate what Tom Dundon and GM Don Waddell are doing in Raleigh to keep the Hurricanes competitive in a small market.

What’s even crazier is, Yours Truly is talking about professional hockey like he would college and pro football.

Speaking of that…

Full size logo - Apex Preds

Fantasy Hockey Update

My fantasy team, The Apex Predators, is 20-11-5 (45 pts) after three weeks of head-to-head match-ups in Yahoo Fantasy Hockey.

Yeah, right? How is this happening? Especially for a guy who’s last foray into anything “fantasy sports” was well over a decade ago.

Each week, we have a head-to-head match-up where we earn wins/losses/ties in the following stats:

G (Goals)
A (Assists)
+/- (Plus/Minus)
PIM (Penalty Minutes)
PPP (Power Play Points)
SOG (Shots on Goal)
FW (Faceoffs Won)
BLK (Blocks)
W (Goalie Wins)
GA (Goalie Goals Allowed -- less is better)
SV (Goalie Saves)
SHO (Shutouts)

I never imagined I’d take to Fantasy Hockey, but boy is it fun trying to manage a club and sweat each week hoping my goalies hold up.