Adidess - (Adler Aristilde)Member since January 10, 2012
Habs fan since: 1990s
Favorite current player: PK, Pricey, Pleks & the Gals
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- Comment on Subban mum on contract talks during appearance at Canadian Open (2014-07-27 14:18:09)
I don't know why this is so sad, really. It's called professional sports for a reason. It's really no different than you in your own profession and place of work. Have you considered telling your boss to pay you less than your market value so that he/she can spread the money more evenly around to your colleagues? Consider professional sports careers are very short compared to everybody else, and these guys often don't have the skills to succeed in other fields after their hockey careers end in their 30s, sometimes earlier, maybe even abruptly, way before they're psychologically ready to accept it. Only a handful of them get jobs in media, front office or scouting. We get too worked up over players' salaries, I find, and lose perspective on why these guys put themselves to this physical grind that is called professional sports. They're not doing it primarily for our pleasure, our pleasure is merely a by-product of their career choice. Conversely, we wouldn't care about them if they had outstanding skills in something like building roads and bridges.
- Comment on Subban mum on contract talks during appearance at Canadian Open (2014-07-27 13:59:20)
You say emotional arguments aside, but your own passion and emotions seem to shine through big time. I don't have to agree with all of it (strong counter-arguments and notes of caution have been offered), but I really enjoyed reading it.
- Comment on Subban mum on contract talks during appearance at Canadian Open (2014-07-27 11:01:44)
Chris, the more you talk about articulate, the more it seems like you're talking about something else, i.e. 'being knowledgeable about issues inside and outside the game', 'being socially engaged or aware', 'standing up for something', 'espousing worthy causes', etc. These are not one and the same. In fact, I know you know that, but it's strange how you're using articulate to mean something beyond ability to express one's thoughts and ideas clearly and coherently, a trait I believe most people think PK possesses. Now is Subban articulate when it comes to political and social issues? I don't know that. This was not the initial topic of discussion, in any case.
- Comment on Subban mum on contract talks during appearance at Canadian Open (2014-07-26 23:42:39)
"Pretty typical athlete"?, I disagree. Windsor's compliment is certainly an exaggeration, but you may be trying too hard to counterbalance what he said. I am a huge Federer fan. He's definitely a very cerebral player and he's FLUENT in pretty much all the top languages, except Mandarin. But unless you're talking about his combined proficiency in all the languages that he speaks, I don't think he comes across as way more articulate or intelligent than Subban. Fed is more wordly, more experienced and almost a decade older. Subban is 25, growing and learning, so of course they're not at the same level. But Subban definitely does not come across as a typical athlete. I am familiar with the 'typical athlete' profile and persona, I give Subban credit for not being in that mold.
- Comment on Subban mum on contract talks during appearance at Canadian Open (2014-07-26 22:35:48)
Thanks Trini. Still giddy about the Eller signing? : )
- Comment on Subban mum on contract talks during appearance at Canadian Open (2014-07-26 22:04:04)
You're just saying this, right? You know there is no way he inks anything under $7.5 mil per, which would still be a better deal for the team than it is for Subban? If not then, you'll be hugely disappointed whenever the contract is announced. Based on the "sanity" principles you just mentioned, you're definitely doing a good job setting yourself up for disappointment.
- Comment on Subban mum on contract talks during appearance at Canadian Open (2014-07-26 20:53:05)
I like your questions, Jols. To me, it would not be a good strategy to announce the captaincy at the same presser, even if management were certain PK would be given the role going forward. 1. They would be stealing their own thunder. Well-managed teams, with experienced PR heads like the Habs, know how to maximize publicity. Announcement of a big money, long-term contract with Subban would give them all the spotlight for a week, no need to add anything else to it. Announcement of Subban as the Captain of the Montreal Canadiens would be major news in itself, considering the tradition of this team and the big names who wore the C before him. Consider Subban, 2nd generation immigrant, Black, not from Quebec, not French speaking, has achieved enough pedigree in the game of hockey at 25 to be receiving the C playing for the Canadiens, the most prestigious franchise in Canada. There is also the fact that Subban, the flamboyant, larger than life, happy-go-lucky figure, apparently not fully trusted by his own coaching staff until the day before yesterday (sort of), would be named Captain to begin the season. A lot to talk about for another week. I'm thinking each event would be followed by lots of excitement and a spike in jersey sales, and the team knows that. 2. Even if giving PK the C was management's decision, they would want to give the appearance that Subban's teammates are on board. They would not be able to pull that off now, as they'd be trolling PK out with the big C on his chest, in the middle of the off-season. Media would have a filled day with the supposed controversy, and one could argue management would have asked for it, by not being strategic and savvy enough with the deployment. That's my view anyway. Maybe management looks at it from the point of view of dominating the conversation in more ways than one, right away, and everybody goes quietly on holidays. I don't know. In any case, I don't think the case for Subban as Captain is as clear-cut at this point. I see him with an A, for now.
- Comment on Subban mum on contract talks during appearance at Canadian Open (2014-07-26 20:06:48)
Hahaha, excellent point. It is not a matter of if, only of when and (maybe) where. Wait, where? Habs001, you just managed to unsettle me again. Thanks : )
- Comment on Subban mum on contract talks during appearance at Canadian Open (2014-07-26 19:56:41)
I'm hoping everybody gets our little joke.
- Comment on Subban mum on contract talks during appearance at Canadian Open (2014-07-26 19:42:29)
Subban: "(I'm) just not thinking about anything". Does that mean he's not worried? Phew. Relax ladies and gents, PK sounds pretty carefree about the whole thing. But again he also said "I'm trying to just enjoy the day". Why does he have to TRY to enjoy the day? TRY? What is it that weighs on his mind? Could it be ... ? Oh wait, he then says "he's a big part of OUR team", in reference to Eller and his contract. OUR team? Do you know something I don't know Subban? Did Meehan just text you pictures of bling and fast cars out of nowhere? If PK had said HIS team or THEIR team, he would have had me worried. "MY team", I would have thought: no regard for the cap, no hometown discount probably, as in 'it's my team, those other guys play on it'. But "OUR team", just perfect. Before you ask, no I'm not serious. I just have some time on my hands tonight. And I want this deal done.