Deadline Day Favorite Tweets

I wanted to compile a list of some of my favorite trade deadline day tweets, just to share the love as an overview.

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I kind of liked the first one better.

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Hey, welcome to the new media landscape.  Anyone else getting a little tired of this complaint from the MSM?  They do a lot of work, I get that, but if you want to live in a bubble, get off the internet. Then see how things go for your career.

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No kidding. Boring!

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Joffrey Lupul tweeting his own trade? Tweeting his own Trade RUMOR?

(update below)

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Yeah, I said it.


Lots of fake twitter accounts out there.  Even some real MSMers were fooled by fake tweets and fake trades. Not that it matters. People have been paying for fake news and reading fake tweets for a long time (e4).

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BizNasty was going to be the only single guy on the bench. Now he has to learn how to lay out lines of cocaine on the bench.

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Things happen fast. I guess he should have talked to his co-workers?

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I mean, jeez….

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Oh, well. Alright then.  Proving that the one thing twitter has to offer (immediacy) is also it’s greatest folly.

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Because a trade of pizza would be more interesting than most of this trade deadline day.

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Let’s not get crazy, here.

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Still waiting….

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Pretty much. Looking forward to that high draft pic? I am.


Well, I have to publish this thing some time.  I’ll update if there is something else that tickles my fancy.

Update and correction: the Lupul rumor was started by @DownGoesBrown as a prank:

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Which, frankly, makes it a lot less enjoyable.  It’s the conundrum of the web.  If you don’t follow the starting point, you miss part of it. Oh well, it was fun for a moment, now the shine is gone. Thanks to @cfCollision for ruining all the fun. :)

Twitter, Dater, and the Block of Love

So my good buddy and Avs Hockey Podcast partner Jay found a special treat today: he was blocked by Denver Post reporter / blogger Adrian Dater. For Avs fans, Dater is two things, necessary and polarizing.

The necessity of Dater is due mainly to a lack of a second newspaper in Denver (the Rocky Mountain News went out of business a few years back, and nothing has picked up the slack), and the Colorado Avalanche’s lack of a blogger policy, other than ignoring that independent media even exists. For better or for worse, Adrian Dater is the only voice of the Avalanche in the mainstream media. He’s the only one asking questions, and the only one around. You may want to bring up Terry Frei, but Frei isn’t the primary source of news for Avalanche fans. Dater is the guy who is the voice of the MSM Avalanche news.

The polarizing side of Dater comes from his personality, and how it injects itself into his work. Everyone has a bias, and no matter how hard they may try to keep it out of their work. Dater brings a lot of personality to his work, and sometimes that personality is negative and confrontational. His job has changed since he started blogging, and he stopped being a pure beat writer (who are supposed to, by popular opinion, leave their opinions out of their reporting).

So you see the problem when Dater gets his notebook in a bunch and starts blocking people on twitter, a medium he and the Denver Post use to break news on. Blocking people on twitter is essentially denying the news in a medium that the source has chosen to utilize. Or choosing who gets easy access to that news, and who doesn’t.

I have an unrefined block policy. It was based on this article by Derek Powazek. If you use twitter (and who doesn’t) or other social media, it’s a good read, and worth considering. While Derek has a one strike policy, I am much closer to two strikes. If someone is a dink, I will brush it off. If they do it again, I don’t want to waste my time with it, so I block them. I have blocked people I generally like and appreciate due to the interactions we have had on twitter. It’s unfortunate, but twitter doesn’t give me a better tool. If I had my choice, I would be able to remove the ability to receive @ replies from someone, but allow them to read my tweets. If they remove me, that’s up to them. After that, then block would be a secondary choice.

I can understand part of where Dater is coming from. I don’t want to deal with the slew of crap I get at times on twitter, as that isn’t my personality. I don’t lash out the way some people like doing. I have better things to do in my life than deal with that. And so does Dater. He has a job to do, and he needs to do it, not have to defend every single thing he says to each individual that takes exception (even if he baits and deserves some of it). Unfortunately, Dater’s position and the way he uses his twitter account as a news outlet brushes up against the way he also uses that account to interact with his readership. Adrian Dater has a few issues and poor behavior on twitter. When you block someone, calling them names is pointless and rude, for instance. A style guide would be helpful for him, like this one.

But there is a certain contract that is entered into when you sign on with social media. The street is now a two way street, and you are no longer a broadcast outlet, with a readership that no longer has a voice or access. You open yourself up to interaction. If you choose to interact, you can’t expect that everyone will use social media in the same way you do. How does that contract change when the news media signs up for an interactive medium?

Social media and the news is still being sorted out. Twitter is an imperfect medium that has the major benefit of it’s immediacy and it’s interactivity. Most news organizations take a careful look at their social media usage, and generate a policy around it, including an ethics policy. Whether those policies are enforced or not may vary. Hopefully, Dater has considered his twitter policy, and is consistent in the way he uses it. Hopefully you have as well. Think about it.


I wasn’t sure I wanted to write about Craig Anderson tonight.

Then I watched this:

It’s been a weird day after I got a text message from Scotty Hockey asking me about the trade. My head wasn’t completely on work, just wondering what had happened. Why it had come to this.

What had happened to the goalie at the beginning of the 2009-10 season that was ecstatic to be here, to play in front of this crowd, to be the go to guy? Who was the Craig Anderson that seemed like he didn’t care one bit about the game in relief of Peter Budaj in the Avalanche’s 9-1 shellacking?

This is what I said on Monday, February 14th:

– Craig Anderson, on the other hand, did not try. He was awful in his first replacement stint. And while he will get a pass from the faithful for being away from the team for a few days to tend to a personal matter, there was something more sinister going on than being out of sync. It was a lack of caring. It’s been a long time since I have seen any goalie resigned to getting scored on. It was hard to watch, and it’s hard to understand.

The Anderson who took a bow, not because he wanted to, but because the crowd would not stop cheering until he did, wasn’t there Monday. He hasn’t been there for much of the season, certainly not since his knee injury. The smile, the guy who had his shot and made the most of it. He seems to have left a while ago.

I’m still chewing this one over. I’ll have more to say on Sunday, when Jay and I record The Avs Hockey Podcast. I know I will have plenty to say, and so will Jay.

I know you aren’t supposed to get too attached to players in today’s NHL. They follow the money, and the money can chase them away. It’s Team NHL, with players moving all over. But I liked Andy. He was easy to like in an Avalanche jersey.

I’ve been saving this picture from training camp. I love this picture.


I’d like to think that there is a picture of an Ice Girl in his glove.

Thanks, Andy.

Post Game Locker Room?

This is what I imagine the Colorado Avalanche locker room looked like after the game, starring Joe Sacco as Coach Dunlop.

Avs Lose 9-1, But At Least It Was Funny (sort of)

There are times when the words just roll off the fingers, straight to the keyboard and on to the blog.  But times like this are when I fire up the old blogging software, blow some dust off the internet, and look straight into the blank wall, wondering what to say, and how to start.

Allow me to present a few tweets from the night.

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and my personal favorite:

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Because that was just awful.  It sounds like the interviews after were just as bad, but at least I didn’t have to be subjected to them. Thank you, GameCenter Live:

The Avs lost their 8th straight game, by a score of 9-1 against the Calgary Flames. For a team that seemingly scored at will, it doesn’t get much lower than that.  But hey, misery loves company, and since I sat through that travesty of a game, a few notes.

– If I were going to name a player of the game for the Avalanche, I’d have to say Peter Budaj. No, really. You can stop laughing now.  Of all the players out there, he looked like he cared the most.  Maybe Matt Duchene (who may be injured).  But while Budaj was flat out beat on his second goal (high glove side, saw it all the way), he tried. And he acted like he cared.  When you get beat 9-1, and are pulled twice, the best you can say is that you tried.

– Craig Anderson, on the other hand, did not try.  He was awful in his first replacement stint.  And while he will get a pass from the faithful for being away from the team for a few days to tend to a personal matter, there was something more sinister going on than being out of sync.  It was a lack of caring.  It’s been a long time since I have seen any goalie resigned to getting scored on.  It was hard to watch, and it’s hard to understand.

– Joe Sacco looks like he’s run out of answers.  It’s the expression on his face, even though I can’t say it looks much different than usual.  Perhaps it’s his demeanor, but everything about him seems to reflect what is happening on the ice.  And while scratching Chris Stewart (who doesn’t even look like the same person as the one before the injury) and benching Liles for the first period of the previous game could have sent a message, there is little accountability that he commands.  When the team loses (again) without the benched or scratched player, it’s hard to say that the move sent a message other than “We need you.”

– The #BlameHunwick campaign keeps building steam, and for good reason.  His decision making process seems to have fizzled, and while fans were previously behind him, they now seem poised to shove him over a cliff.  In the loss to the Flames, he had too many errors to count, a few of which ended up in the back of the Avalanche net.

– David Koci: How many times did he ice the puck? The last of his leading to a goal (7th? 8th? There were so many, I forget).  I assume we will hear about a few call-ups, and he can go back to tussling Marc Moser’s hair in the press box.

– Philippe Dupuis laid a nasty, dirty knee on knee hit to Olli Jokinen in the last seconds of the first period.  (Puck Daddy has the video) Watching the replay, you can see Dupuis make a move as though he is going to (hip?) check Jokinen, but can’t line him up. Instead, he keeps his leg extended, though he could have gotten it out of the way.  It’s an awful play, and one that I can’t defend.  No one wants to miss their check (and Dupuis missed it by a country mile), but there is no excuse for what happened here. Collisions happen in a fast game, and the game is only getting faster. In those split seconds of missing a check, the only choice should be to let the other player go. It has to be automatic.  I don’t believe Dupuis intended to injure Jokinen, but that isn’t any excuse for what happened.

– Speed. Remember when the Avs were quick?  That speed seems to have gone away, but worse yet, the decision making seems to have slowed down as well.  Players get the puck, sit with it for too long, and give the opposition all the time they need to take the puck, deliver a check, or get set up to defend.  Watch a team that’s fast with the puck (rather than relying on long stretch passes), teams that deliver that short fast pass, and you see them open up space, and create opportunities.  There was a time when the Avalanche could do that.  It feels like a distant memory.

So where is this team at?  On the day that Peter Forsberg officially announces his retirement from the NHL, as we close a chapter in the history book of this franchise, where does that leave the Colorado Avalanche?

More soon…