That’s how it goes some times…


Official Rules – Rule 63: Delaying the Game – – Rules:

63.6 Awarded Goal – In the event that the goal post is displaced, either deliberately or accidentally, by a defending player, prior to the puck crossing the goal line between the normal position of the goalposts, the Referee may award a goal. In order to award a goal in this situation, the goal post must have been displaced by the actions a defending player or goalkeeper, the puck must have been shot (or the player must be in the act of shooting) at the goal prior to the goal post being displaced, and it must be determined that the puck would have entered the net between the normal position of the goal posts. When the goal post has been displaced deliberately by the defending team when their goalkeeper has been removed for an extra attacker thereby preventing an impending goal by the attacking team, the Referee shall award a goal to the attacking team. The goal frame is considered to be displaced if either or both goal pegs are no longer in their respective holes in the ice, or the net has come completely off one or both pegs, prior to or as the puck enters the goal.

So right now, twitter and the sharks broadcast are harping on the official call leading to the third goal. Here’s my take. Okay, two takes.

If you read the rule, the intent of what Boyle did means nothing. He knocked the goal off, whether he intended to is irrelevant. If the referee feels the puck would go in the net, then he was correct to call the awarded goal.

That was the incorrect interpretation, but if it took us three looks in slow-mo on replay, I’m going to cut the refs some slack on the call. It was fast, close, and a lot of moving parts. The puck missed by maybe an inch. Catching that at full speed in real time is tough at best.

There was a somewhat extended discussion with the situation room in Toronto, but the decision that matters (“the goal was going in, so the goal is awarded”) isn’t reviewable. Even if toronto tells the refs what happened, unless the refs on the ice can change that call, it won’t be changed. it looked to me like all four zebras huddled to see if someone had an angle on the call — and ultimately, the original call stood.

And so the goal did, too. That’s how it goes some times. The referees made the appropriate call on the ice. It wasn’t the right call, but it was a situation where the right call was almost impossible to make, and it was a call that Toronto’s situation room couldn’t correct on review. (whether we want even more interminable delays in the game for reviews is another argument. I lean towards coaches having one call a game in some situations, but honestly, I don’t want more time spent standing around wondering what Toronto is going to decide slowing down the game)

And frankly, this all misses the point completely.

it matters not at all whether the Sharks lose this game 2-1 or 3-1.

the Sharks still lost. And now are holding onto the playoffs with two fingernails and a prayer. They didn’t play badly, they didn’t play great. They needed great. And the Ducks are the difference this year between the sharks winning the division and maybe missing the playoffs. A team the sharks simply don’t match up well against, and it showed again tonight. Close, no cigar.

And the OTHER team the Sharks really don’t match up well against is — the Blues. And who are the sharks likely to see in the first round? And if not the first round, sometime in the playoffs? yup.

So to me, this non-controversy is even more non-controversial, because I still don’t see the Sharks going far if they do make the playoffs.

That’s how it goes sometimes….


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Right now, I’d say the Sharks will miss the playoffs.

‘There’s way more value in rest right now than grinding it out in practice. They need energy for the games’ | Working the Corners:

No, things aren’t going well for the Sharks.


But they’re also on a stretch that has them playing nine games in 15 nights so Todd McLellan decided that his players needed time away from the rink more than they needed another practice.

Yes, I know, some of you would have bag-skated them after going 0-for-California at a time that’s crucial to their (fading?) playoff hopes.

It almost pains me to say it, but right now, the Sharks look to me to be missing the playoffs.

It’s hard to put a finger on what’s wrong. I don’t think the coaches know. I don’t think the players know. I sure don’t. But from watching them, it’s not that they’ve given up or stopped caring. They haven’t tuned out the coach. I like their work ethic. their conditioning seems fine. They’re trying hard. But at key moments, they don’t seem to try smart, and mistakes bury them.

And  now they’re second guessing themselves. something goes wrong, and they falter. the textbook definition of “fragile”.

McLellan is right that bag skates is the wrong thing, especialy this time of year. Especially since it’s not lack of effort. That’s not sending a message or fixing the problem, that’s just revenge thinking. wrong idea.

Fact is, this team just isn’t clicking. In the West, there’s no margin of error, and this team is error prone. If I were to point at a single failure point, it’s the number of and timing of injuries — this team simply never got a roster set and in a rhythm. I think. Maybe.

right now, I think it’s too late. I suppose they can wake up and go on a run, but I don’t think they will. I’m not sure they should. Why cost ticket holders one round of playoff tickets? (that sound you just heard was Sharks ownership wincing). But unless this team really changes overnight (and it won’t), even if they squeak in, they aren’t going far.

I’m guessing they have company. Detroit and detroit’s goaltending looks to be joining the “what happened here?” club. I’m not seeing them go far, either.

God help whoever runs into St. Louis in the first round. they’ll need it.

I could, I guess, get up some righteous anger at the Sharks, but you know? Some years, it just never happens to plan. I think we’re seeing a glimpse of what might have happened if Havlat had stayed healthy.

I know there’s been some rumblings about the Minnesota trades during the offseason, but to be honest? I think the Sharks won those trades. Heatley/Setoguchi are at 77 points for the season, but Burns and Havlat are at 56; not that far behind, and Havlat only played 30 games. If he played 70 at close to that rate, this pair well outscored the former sharks. And heatley and seto are a combined -19 vs +14. And look at where the Sharks are in the standings vs. the wild. I’ll take what we have vs. what we gave up.

So for me, it’s about playing out the string and seeing how this team fights through the rest of the season. I don’t think sharks fans need to panic. I do think they need to realize that sometimes, an engine throws a rod, and by the time you fix it, the race is over. That’s the Sharks this year. But I’m unconvinced you need to throw out the engine or the drive for next year’s race. (but replace a few parts? definitely. But that’s for later… there’s still hockey to complain about…)



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Reinventing mistakes…

Pinterest allows impersonators free rein—but for how long?:

Each new social media service that crosses the threshold of public awareness sees two things: brands and celebrities rushing in to find out if they can use the service to their advantage and, right before that, squatters and jokers who got to the brand name first. The latest to experience this Wild West phenomenon is the visual bulletin board service, Pinterest, which recently announced a brief policy statement on usernames that hardly clears things up for companies, celebrities, and satirists alike.


We have something like 35 years of history and experience here on the internet now. Along the way, we’ve made pretty much every mistake we can make, usually multiple times.

But I really don’t know why startups ignore this history and keep getting hit from behind by things they should know are coming.

A basic reality: when you’re small and nobody knows about you, “be nice and act like mature adults” works. As soon as you get some visibility and growth, every service should know that there are common problems that are going to show up that need to be dealt with:

  • Porn
  • Spam
  • trolls and griefers, abusive jerks in general
  • Name grabbers and impersonators

The list goes on. The reality is, every site that succeeds at some level has to deal with them. And most of them, it seems, waits until they actually show up and create problems to sit down and go “we need to do something. What?”

I don’t understand why, either. They’re coming — unless you fail up front. So why not plan for these up front in your policies and your systems and controls? Maybe you won’t get it right the first time, but you’ll have a leg up over “now what?”

Pinterest seems to have missed the implications of copyright issues on their site. They’ve had their first wave of porn and spam, the impersonators are moving in. They seem to be reacting well, but some of these things (like the impersonators) they shouldn’t have to adapt their T&Cs to; it should have been there at launch.

Even worse is google; I swear 40-50% or more of the people circling me these days aren’t really people, they’re empty spam hubs waiting to activate. And a good 20% of the names are clearly failures of the real name policies they claim are so important. Taht’s the problem with making a priority of policies that don’t scale in enforcement, I guess.

To sites looking to launch into these social worlds: study what’s happened to sites that came before, and learn from them. It’s a lot less painful than learning on the fly.

Or ask advice of someone who’s been through the wars; at least they can tell you where the troll lairs are likely to be found…


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