A Fugitive from Bureaucracy, and from the Blog
Absent Without Leave, or Maybe With It
I was scrolling through my NESN e-mails last night and noticed a handful over the last few months I hadn't responded to. And I'm not talking about general hockey e-mails from the blog and such, which I've also neglected at times, but actual requests and questions from individuals known and unknown. Sorry about that, it's been one hairy winter. The schedule has been tighter than a drum and my mediocre time-management skills have been put to the ultimate test. There's an old saying, don't ruin an apology with an excuse, but I'm going to apologize anyway. Sorry to those known and unknown, I haven't gotten back to in awhile. Lack of blog another by-product.
International Intrique!! I Wish ...
So I get the call from our associate Ryan at the Bruins last week that the immigration supervisor at the airstrip we fly into in Montreal isn't going to let me in the country. Hmmm, interesting. I can go in anywhere else apparently, just not there. My name or social security number had been flagged for some reason. The mind starts grinding: any legal or criminal issues outstanding or espionage on my record? Nah, don't have any of that. Taxes!? I have generated quite a bit of revenue via books and TV North-of-the-border recently. Nah, tax time is still not upon us and accountant guy is still working. Work permit? My agent up here is working to get me a permit to allow me to do a number of projects justifiably, as I have a number of interests here (in Canada). Nah. That shouldn't put my name on a list, should it? Could it be mis-identification? Similar name, wrong number? So it's a mystery. I'm a Yank' who visits Canada thirty or forty times a year for business or pleasure, entering via charter, commercial, and in car. Hmmm. The plot thickens.
(It seems about every five or six years something odd comes up like this. Bound to happen when one travels so much and enters a country so often, I reckon.)
I book a commercial flight. On my flight is Herald writer Steve Conroy whose heading up to cover the same Habs/Bruins game. I explain to him the situation. We agree to share a cab to the hotel, if I'm not detained for any length of time. I say, "give me ten minutes, if I'm not there to meet you by the exit, go ahead without me."
It takes three minutes. I go through to the extra stop at the window. The gal hits a few buttons, reviews my 'case', checks my documents and says 'see yah - have a nice day'. Free to enter.
"Before I go, I'd like to be able to tell my superiors (with the Bruins) something ... am I here simply because there's no computer at the other place?" Pretty much. Turns out also, since I was given three days notice not to go to the first place, that they would have detained or deported me for trying to get in there. Technicality I guess, cuz they don't have a computer.
Meanwhile, since none of those superiors have bothered to have a five minute conversation with me about what happened, I'm still getting looks like I'm a convicted killer, just came down with inoperable cancer, have leprocy, or shot someone's dog.
Well, there's your answer folks. Inter-personal, business, or bureaucratic: C-O-M-M-U-N-I-C-A-T-E. I'm as guilty as any of us for not doing that. Other than that, I'm probably the happiest most harmless guy in all of Canada.
Off-season plan: procure and per-fect the personal permits, procedures, and protocol to protect productivity.
I Grew up playing street hockey. Wouldn't it be nice to do a Biscuit.
Sure would. Duly noted. I'd love to incorporate it someday, it some way, shape, or form. Rick "Nifty" Middleton says his hand skill developed as much from his time playing with a ball on the street as a kid, as it did from playing on the ice.
With the bruins struggling to score.why not bring someone up from the minors? Try and mix things up. it can't hurt. slowly watching the playoffs slip away. agree or disagree and why?
An idea that a few of the writers and others have suggested. We hear some usual suspects like Pelletier and some not so usual like T.J. Trevelyan. (lit up ECHL but only 33 pts in 64 gp this season in Providence). I think it comes down to systems, familiarity, and chemistry. They're going with whom they feel gives them the best chance to win.
While I understand your, Jack and "Brick" are paid to hype up the team spirit, It would be refreshing to hear some reality as well. This is NOT a good team, it is, at best, a young, sometimes agressive, spirited group who, with a bit of luck and good goal tending may see the 8th and final spot come playoff time. After that it's lights out. I would like to hear more about what is wrong with this team, what needs to be done to make it a true contendor and for Jack to stop sensationizing every save and check as if the stanley cup were on the line. Watching this team struggle night after night to get anywhere near the opposing goalie, let alone a rebound, is equal to a visit to the dentist. Tell it like it is Rob, real hockey fans appreciate candor, not hype.
Thanks for the reasonable feedback. And by the way, for those of you who won't see your e-mails here, the ones that were more critical of cohort(s), I only print the ones critical of me. Sticking to that policy, just so you know. You can e-mail others at NESN to voice your opinions (which I do appreciate as candor - just won't rip in print) on such. our public affairs gentleman and contact is (gary) email@example.com He'll pass it on.
How many times are the Bruins going to let the other playoff contenders get points? The B's need to win in regulation and not give the other teams they are competing with points. I hate this stupid rule of giving a team a point for losing. No other league gives teams a point for effort. Is there a way to find out how many points the Bruins could possibly have over the other playoff contenders without the extra points given in overtime losses from the Bruins?
I believe the NHL competition committee will be reviewing this again this summer as it is often a topic of discussion. However, based on the latest GM and/or Governor meetings, I don't believe this was a priority topic for change.
Being a die-hard Bruin fan who lives in another state I catch all of the games on Center-Ice. One theme I have noticed over the last several years is that the calls always seem to go against the Bruins. In tonights game a Bruin is crosschecked right in front of the Toronto goal...there is no call and on the ensuing play toronto scores. Minutes later Chara taps a Leafs player and a crosschecking is called on him. Of course, Toronto scores. I have seen this countless times over the last few years. What can the Bruins management do to remedy this. I for one am getting sick and tired of watching us lose games due to bad calls on the ice...or in this case...no calls. Thank you.
It's been a factor in games for years and always will be. There have also always been conspiracy theories. The fans in Toronto early this decade insisted that the ref's were out to get them, to compensate for the League offices being here, or because the officials didn't like Pat Quinn. Bruins fans this season would argue just the opposite, that the Leafs are getting the calls. To harp on it is ridiculous as it really does usually even out in the end. Case in point: Tom Poti of the Washington Capitals telling the Cap's TV reporter during a walk-off last week that the ref's want the Bruins to win. How's that one!? After not getting many, they have been getting a few lately. You never hear announcers harp on the officials when the calls go in their teams favor. Funny how that works.
By the way, the Leafs complaints still go back to the 1993 Conference Finals, LA and Toronto, when a call really was missed. (some up here have a hard time talking about it). Wayne Gretzky obviously high-sticked Doug Gilmour in the face and drew blood. Kerry Fraser didn't call it. No 4-minute PP for Leafs and Gretzky ended up scoring the game winner. Controversy at times is what makes the game interesting and historic. You just hope they get the calls right.
Just wanted to say I've been to Bugsy's many times and it is well worth the trip. Memorabilia galore and Friday night is college hockey night . What else could ya want!
This is in reference to an earlier blog entry following a visit to DC. "Bugsy" Watson's bar is in old town Alexandria, Virginia near the District. Great pizza, great hockey photos and such, and the NHL package.
That was an awesome story on pond hockey. Wish we had stuff like that around here. Sounds like every middle aged guy like me would love to re-live our youthful days playing hockey again. Sounds like a nice vacation destination too. You have all the fun. Don't forget your trip to Providence this year. P-Bruins still #1!!! Take care.
Our crew did a heck of a job on the Pond Hockey Championships and they had a great time! (they didn't believe me when I told them they would). How could you go wrong. Great people, great place. Hope they buck up and remember to put my name on the Emmy list for that one ... (which I simply bring up because of the next note ...)
I love the Biscuit. Nice job. How can the fans not love it. Why not enter it into something to get an award. Do they have Emmys for stuff like that? Then you can call it the award winning rubber bisciut. keep it up!
Thank you very much, I'll pass it on to the crew. NESN does enter a number of shows/games/specials into the New England Emmy contest. Biscuit didn't get entered this year as a regular show. I thought the Nova Scotia show from last year was a lock, but they only spend so much $$ on the entries and understandably, try to spread the opportunities around. Biscuit wise, they went with the Africa shows as a special or documentary, and entered us into individual categories. The regular episodes didn't get a nod. I think the Buzz got the "magazine show" entry, I don't recall. Good luck to our cohorts.
Rob, I have been a bruins fan for many many years and watch the games on NESN pretty much every night.
It dawned on me this evening as they introduced the refs and linesmen that I do not really know the differences. Oh and which ones wear the armbands? Can you explain?
Simply put, the referees wear the orange arm bands and control the game, call the penalties, etc. The linesmen, without the bands, call the lines, meaning offside, icing, etc. The ref's drop the puck to start games and periods and after goals, the linesmen drop the puck the rest of the time.
That's a wrap for now kids. Take care, and remember your passport. All the best.