JohnBellyful - (JB)Member since September 25, 2010
Habs fan since: 1960
Favorite current player:
All-time favorite player: Jean Beliveau
-- "A little song, a little dance, A little seltzer down your pants." --
- Comment on HI/O Show: Is Vanek the missing link for Habs? (2014-03-08 19:40:54)
Quick question, Cal: The Season -- it's female, right, and pregnant? Due to give berth to The Post-Season? Muahhahahaheeheehee! (No cheap imitation at all. Are we using the same agent?)
- Comment on Weary Habs get day off after loss in Phoenix (2014-03-08 09:18:11)
Thanks for the kind words, Trini. (Now you got me thinking about having a shakespeare tattooed on a bicep. Or growing a Bard.)
- Comment on Weary Habs get day off after loss in Phoenix (2014-03-08 07:53:20)
Headline tomorrow: Hab road trip fin-ale an overtime win
- Comment on Weary Habs get day off after loss in Phoenix (2014-03-08 07:41:13)
Offline realities have a knack of taking time and imagination away from online make-believe. Cheers, Jim. Let's hope the Sharks tank tonight.
- Comment on Weary Habs get day off after loss in Phoenix (2014-03-08 07:22:25)
Eller promises to be 'a little more than kin, a little less than kind' Bill Shakespeare Montreal – The smile’s still there but it’s lost weight. It’s thinner now, and the glow it casts is woebegone wan. Lars Eller is one melancholy Dane. With good reason. After a terrific start to the season, the 24-year-old Montreal Canadien has struggled for the past three months and has taken up occasional residence in coach Michel Therrien’s doghouse, where he was left to scratch in good health during a recent game against the Anaheim Ducks. He’s also been the target of abuse by passionate fans who once saw great potential in the young centre but have become disenchanted by a string of poor performances. There are times when Eller wants to lash out at his critics who have turned the Bell Centre into a pond of despond, but again he’s paralyzed by the indecision that has characterized his play of late. “Is it nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fans or should I take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing, end them?” he asks, his voice trailing off as he realizes the futility of assaulting each and every one of his detractors, not to mention the legal problems that would likely ensue. In a rare moment of candour, Eller admits there are times he wishes “his too,too solid flesh” – he tips the scales at 215 pounds – “would melt, thaw and resolve itself into a dew” that he might escape a world that’s grown “weary, stale, flat and unprofitable.” That’s a bit rich, the last part. He’s making $1.5 million this year and is likely due a raise when his contract expires this summer, despite uninspired play. He and his supporters are hoping his off season – he has 10 goals in 64 games and is -10 – is a one-off and not the curtain-opener on a career in decline. Eller is reticent at first to talk about his relationship with Therrien but it doesn’t take much prodding to get him to open up and question the leadership of the second-year coach, asking why “the Exasperating had not fixed his canon ‘gainst better linemates.” (“O God! O God! Odin!” he mutters under his breath, and then bursts out: “Fie on’t! Fie! Fie! Effing fie!”) Just as quickly, Eller falls silent and hangs his head, the wrinkles on his brow betraying a mental disquiet brought on by uneasy reflection: Maybe he’s just not that good. That would explain the errant passes, the foolish penalties, the pucks that are mishandled. There is “something rotten in the state of (his) game,” he admits at last, repeating what others have said, and despair clouds his eyes. The player he is now is not the one he had wanted to be, and had raised hopes in others that he might become: Jean Beliveau. “What a piece of work is he!” Eller says in awe. “How noble in reason! How infinite in faculty! In form and moving how express and admirable! In action how like an angel! In apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world! The paragon of centres!” Eller sighs, resumes taping his stick, and thinks some more. He pauses, looks up and says, in earnest, it’s time he took to heart the advice offered by a coach long ago: “to thine own self be true.” For Eller, that translates into following his instincts and not over-thinking what’s happening on the ice, which “makes cowards of us all.” So look for a new, assertive Eller tonight when the Canadiens end their four-game road trip in San Jose. He’ll be the one firing tape-to-tape passes – “the play’s the thing” – and knocking opponents on their butts, making their “little fears grow great.” He might even splash some Shark repellent on his jersey. "There is method in my madness,” he says with a wink. -- "A little song, a little dance, A little Shakespeare to entrance." --
- Comment on No changes expected to Habs lineup against Leafs (2014-02-28 19:11:13)
It worked for Red Kelly, a Hall of Famer, so there has been a precedent, albeit a different era. So I wouldn't call it silliness out of hand. Wikipedia: "Once Kelly arrived in Toronto, Imlach asked him to become a full-time centre, figuring that Kelly could easily match up against the Montreal Canadiens' Jean Béliveau. The switch paid off. Already a great playmaker, Kelly turned Frank Mahovlich into one of the most lethal goal scorers in NHL history. He won his fourth Lady Byng Award in 1961. In his eight seasons with the Leafs, they won the Stanley Cup four times – the same number of times he'd won in Detroit." Hmm, Eller is struggling ... he might make a good blueliner. He is responsible defensively.
- Comment on Price leaves Habs’ morning skate early; will miss at least two games (2014-02-26 16:34:29)
It wasn't that long ago there was a groundswell of support to add Zenon Konopka to the lineup. The Canadiens might want to think about using xenon instead.
- Comment on Budaj gets Wednesday start vs. Red Wings (with video) (2014-02-26 09:55:35)
Burl', you can find bias in every discipline, in every profession, it's not limited to the media. As for justifying their existence, I can think of any number of reasons and cite hundredfold of examples that attest to the valuable service they perform. Sure, there is drivel, as there is dross to be found in countless other occupations. But you will also find at the other end of the spectrum excellence in abundance, and to make a blanket condemnation of the work being done by ink-stained wretches and pixel-ated pundits does a disservice to those who are adept at their craft. If your assertion was meant to be directed at the sports media alone, I think the same argument can be made that your brush strokes were too broad in applying the tar. Imagine a world without media, and people's interpretation and appreciation of events was limited to what an army of bloggers had to say. They have a role to play and a contribution to make, but their credibility would be every bit as suspect as what you say is the case with newspapers, radio stations and television networks, which do have to answer to their readers, listeners and viewers, whose numbers are reflected in sales and ratings. Beyond making a profit, they are obligated to do a job well in order to maintain public trust in what is being reported. To ignore that would be to jeopardize their existence.
- Comment on Habs call up Tinordi from Bulldogs (2014-02-23 22:02:27)
It ... was
- Comment on Habs call up Tinordi from Bulldogs (2014-02-23 21:56:15)
You two guys are gone after midnight, right?