I hate when I do this. I start to compare my sports teams. I start to compare seasons, that shouldn’t really have anything to do with one another.
Besides being a team sport, what exactly does hockey have to do with baseball?
They wear uniforms, they wear jerseys with names and numbers on the back, they have a common goal (to win) as a team. Each have a rabid fan base (unless you are in Miami).
When I start to find eerie similarities with a team not only across sports, but historically too, I get a little scared.
The 2013 NYR are to hockey what the 2009 Mets were to baseball: injuries.
— The Coop (@Coopz22) February 24, 2013
I’M HAVING TERRIFYING FLASHBACKS OF THE 2009 METS
— Ellie S. (@LutzGoMets) February 24, 2013
@coopz22 who’s going to be the one to fall over the boards ala Castillo tripping down the stairs?
— Ellie S. (@LutzGoMets) February 24, 2013
What’s more though? You know, than just comparing one shitty ass season (one, by the way, the Mets STILL have not recovered from quite yet) to another in a totally different sport? It’s the expectation level associated with it.
Good news is that I’ve been a #NYR fan for long enough to know that this is normal and last year was the fluke.
— NotGlen Sather (@NotGlenSather) February 24, 2013
NotGlen thinks that last year was the fluke. I disagree. They were built for the future, but when you have to part with guys like Dubi and Prust, the chemistry might be a little off. The scoring was supposed to be strengthened with the addition of Rick Nash (you know, the very thing that killed them in the playoffs last year). Oh but Nash is hurt…an undisclosed injury. Sounds like 2009 for the Mets, right, when Jose Reyes got hurt and was out 15 days to the rest of the season. And don’t get me started on Carlos Beltran that season.
Here’s the other thing that bothers me about this team. Hockey guys are preternaturally tough. Yeah, yeah, haha, they ice skate, how tough can they be? I call them Smurfs on Ice sometimes. But then I have to question their toughness…it wasn’t just me.
Marty Biron, a backup flippin goalie, questioned the team’s toughness when they didn’t avenge what seemed to be a dirty hit by Max Pacioretty on Ryan McDonagh in Saturday night’s game.
Funny. Reminds me of when former Met Alex Cora called out his team in 2009 and 2010…a backup flipping shortstop.
Torts was frustrated with the players at times during the nearly hour-long practice.
— Andrew Gross (@AGrossRecord) February 25, 2013
Toughness. Seems like John Tortorella has a problem with it too. He pulled the plug on their practice the other day, but it could go one of two ways. One is he made them do push ups till their arms fell off. Two is that he might have seen a malaise and pulled a Davey Johnson right before Game Three of the 1986 World Series…saw his guys were fatigued, and gave them the confidence to rest.
Either way, there are several red flags for this team. One is their inability to score on a power play. Even with a ramped up offense, they still can’t friggin score. It’s sick. They should just waive it off. It’s more of an advantage for the other team, clearly.
But there’s also the underlying element of toughness. They have skaters standing around holding their dicks while their own go down. (Where’s Doug Glatt when you need him?) They show no aggressiveness during a Power Play, and make it too fuckin pretty. They almost seem afraid to score.
Oh yeah and the whole idea of them clicking on all cylinders, or rather, lack thereof.
“@thenyrblog: Anyone subscribe to the notion that it’s always darkest before dawn? Anyone?” I do. I’m a Mets fan. That’s my life. — The Coop (@Coopz22) February 24, 2013
So Torts tells us it’s not time to panic. In a shortened season, when every win or every loss is amplified. When losing a three goal lead in the fucking third period along with a shootout win is considered a moral victory, they may need to reevaluate where they stand as a team.
There are no moral victories in a season like this.
So Torts, I won’t panic just yet. But it does give me pause about what, exactly, you are training these guys to think and do.
So Glatt (remember: it’s Hebrew for “Fuck You” according to Goon) to the 2013 Rangers, and the 2009 Mets. I’d like to not watch a game with dread sometime this season, ok? Thanks, bye.