Month: March 2015

Can the Sharks Make the Playoffs?

Most rational people look at the Sharks record and go schedule their tee times — in fact, I called it for the fat lady a while ago. And yet, Laurie and I were talking about the schedules the other night, and it was clear that Dallas’s schedule is an absolute disaster for them, and Winnipeg Jet’s aren’t sending chocolates to the schedule makers right now, either. And the Sharks have been playing just well enough that  had to wonder — do they have a chance? Well, mathematically, yes. Maybe. Barely. Here’s the math, for your amusement and bar bets. My view is there are five teams chasing two playoff spots: the third seed in the Pacific and the second wildcard spot. The first wildcard spot is out of reach. The five teams chasing those two spots are: San Jose (83 points, 6 to play) Dallas (84 points, 5 to play) Los Angeles (88 points, six to play) Winnipeg (90 points, five to play) Calgary (91 points, five to play) To factor in the overtime points, I use Points-per-game instead of wins and losses because it simplifies the math a lot. So what I did was look at each of these team’s remaining schedule, what’s at home, what’s away, which games are back to back (and on the road requiring travel?) and how many games are against other teams in...

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The future of blogging is… blogging.

About a month ago (that’s forever in internet years) Marco posted the note Google and blogs: “Shit.” where the general thought was that his blog traffic was flat and starting to decline over the last year or so. There are a lot of reasons for this and Marco does a good job starting to explain it, but you can also point to the death of Google Reader as a big factor. At the time this got posted I got into a conversation with Glenn Fleishman about all of this and noted that while my readership levels have to a good degree stagnated, I’ve also seen a significant improvement in engaged readership and more importantly (well, to me), a huge improvement in incoming revenue. Glenn encouraged me to write about what I’ve been doing which, of course, I never found time to do (sorry!). Now Glenn’s posted a bit of a follow-on to all of this over on Six Colors (my favorite of the “post Macworld era” sites that sprung up after that Diaspora, although iMore comes close) talking about the Post Blog Era and how newsletters and podcasts are going to take over the blog space. I think Glenn is partially correct, but partially mixing up a few things, so I think now is a good time to explain my view and hopefully clarify and not muddle the situation. I don’t think...

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Dear Doug Wilson: WTF?

If you check down in the quicklinks area you’ll find the links to the current brouhaha, but in quick summary, in the last ten days or so, Doug Wilson went in front of the season ticket holders like he does every year, and this year, for reasons that nobody can explain rationally, he decided to throw Joe Thornton under a very big bus driving by at full speed. Wilson explained that the reason Thornton had the ‘C’ removed was that at times he cared too much and not everyone in the locker room appreciated his commentary. Okay, I can see that. Thornton’s sense of humor is pretty legendary (and R rated) and if it’s aimed at you, it can be tough. This actually sounds like a good, rational explanation, especially if Wilson and Thornton had sat down and hashed everything out and both sides were cool about it being talked about. Unfortunately, Wilson was. Thornton wasn’t, and his response was to tell his GM in no uncertain terms to shut up. Oops. Double oops: Wilson’s initial response was to say — through the press — that Thornton knew where to find him if he wanted to talk, and basically to put his big boy pants on and live with it. And this threatened to spin seriously out of control, but saner (or at least quieter) views prevailed, and Hasso...

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Put a fork in it (and other topics)

So the Sharks came off the loss at the outdoor game with a few days off to rest and regroup, looking like a team that desperately needed both. The team gave the players a couple of days off, then went back into practice with what Coach McClellan called a “mini training camp” to reintroduce and reinforce some of the fundamental details of the way the coaches want the team to play and to get everyone’s head reset back into playing Sharks hockey. The early results against the Red Wings were impressive and encouraging. Unfortunately, hockey is still a 60 minute game, and the Sharks still seem unable to keep their heads straight for a full 60 minutes. After almost blowing the Wings out of the building early, Detroit kept grinding away, tied up the game, and the Sharks panicked and started losing their fundamentals and almost made it easy for Detroit to take the lead and put them away. Then Ottawa came in two nights later and we saw the same thing happen. End result, two losses. Most estimates show the Sharks need to win about 2/3 of their games to have a hope of making the playoffs, and honestly, it just isn’t going to happen. Today (Sunday) the players asked for practice to be cancelled so they could go off somewhere privately and hash this out. My take:...

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