Hey everybody, I’m back with a quick look at Nylander’s current RFA contract situation. I know, I know, this has been beaten to death like beating a dead horse but I was thinking about it from another angle. Also, I informed the good guys at Morning Skate that I wouldn’t be writing many blogs this season (which they were cool with cos they’re cool about everything) , but I couldn’t resist this topic. This piece is in three parts.
1. About the actual Nylander/Reinhart deals/situation.
2. About Leafs Twitter in general
3. About me. 🙂 (yeah I know, big snooze :-))
After reading that Reinhart had signed for 3.65 million a year for two years, it gave me a better measuring stick instead of the same old 6.25 mil number we keeps seeing over and over again.
Now I know this is probably not how it’s done, and unlike a lot of people on Twitter, I don’t pretend to know how many of these deals actually work themselves out. I thought of using some basic algebra.
Do I think that’s a bit low? Maybe, maybe not. Like I said, I’m no GM. Dubas is a supposed genius according to many, so maybe he does get him for that cheap. I just don’t think it’s out of the question, even if Gerry would give it a small percentage. (@overdrive1050 reference)
But in the title I said he could make less. Well, that would only be if he were to hold out for the remainder of the season, or if he signs less and they don’t prorate. But as far as I know, they usually do prorate these contracts, which gives less of incentive for the player to sign earlier rather than later. So my short answer is no if that was unclear. He’ll make more than Reinhart.
Personally, I feel like he’ll sign by November 1st at the latest, if not by the start of the season. However I would not be surprised if he starts out lower in the lineup for the first couple of games because of this whole situation. Babcock just being Bacock and doing Babcock t’ings.
Another reason for the title is (and I don’t know this for sure) you’re probably going to see a lot of overreaction for absolutely no reason. People just flying off the handle without reading the blog. Seriously, who cares if he makes less than Reinhart? It’s actually better for the Leafs. People are more worried about what an athlete earns (he’s going to be millionaire one way or another) than more important issues in life.
A funny thing happened this week. I tweeted something, more in jest than anything else, but so many people were ‘offended’ for God knows what reason. My understanding is a hot take is a ‘piece of commentary, typically produced quickly in response to a recent event, whose primary purpose is to attract attention’. Anyway, I don’t think a lot of people understand that so I thought I would post it here. You know, just in case any of those knuckleheads actually read this instead of just screaming like a bunch of 2-year- olds.
A few examples of the hate (and you can find many more if you look).
Well, yes I’m older than the average person on Twitter but that doesn’t make my opinion worth any less than anyone else’s. You know what they say about opinions. Now if we’re going to make jokes, maybe lay off of serious illnesses that may be impacting other people’s families. What’s next, cancer jokes? I may or may not be an idiot, between the both of us, I’m definitely not the only one. I dunno, just guessing of course.
As for this one, yes all the people that interact with Mike, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE ignore me. It will make my Twitter experience that much better. As for the people that pull the ‘if you follow X, the unfollow me’ crap. Grow up. I’ve taught 10 year olds more mature than you.
Recently I’ve unfollowed a couple of people on Twitter, who I’ve followed for a long time. It has nothing to do with them in particular or their different views, it had more to do with their constant tweets about politics. I respect them too much to just mute them. But that’s just me and how I see things. If you don’t agree with something, nobody forces you to read anything, you can chose what you want to read.
Many people think there’s a problem with Twitter. I don’t really see it like that. It’s not Twitter the medium itself, it’s the people on Twitter. And it’s a small sample of a larger problem we have in our society. It’s the mentality of , ‘if you don’t agree with me, then you are my enemy’. I can’t speak for my friends to the south, but in Canada we were always taught to tolerate those who are different than you. Nobody is better than you. I’m seeing more and more that that lesson was only received when it came to race or religion but not to independent thought.
It’s kind of like when I would rant about Marincin. It’s not Marincin’s fault he screws up when he does, I’m sure he’s trying his best. He’s just not a good NHL player. It’s more Babcock’s fault for using him too much? Could be the GM’s fault for not having him in the minors taking that option away from MB? Or maybe getting better D for Babcock to deploy?
3. Since you are taking the time to read my pieces, or maybe just this one, I will tell you little bit about myself and how it relates to Twitter. Maybe that will give people a better perspective of who I am. Obviously, I don’t need to do this by any means or explain myself, but I thought I would do it anyway. It actually doesn’t bother me to talk/write about this. Of course, some people will ridicule what I’m about to write, but I really couldn’t care less. I would like to preface that I’m not writing this for any kind of sympathy or playing any kind of conceivable victim card, just want you to know where I’m coming from.
As you know, I joke a lot on Twitter, as I do in my everyday life. Sometimes I like to stir shit up just for shits and giggles. I’m no different in person that I am on here. One thing I would never do is intentionally hurt someone. that would actually bother me. If someone gets offended by something trivial,(like this Nylander BS) then I don’t care about that. That’s on you. Now if it was something deeper, I would never intentionally do that to someone else.
In my life, I’ve grown up in an abusive alcoholic home, had a brutal divorce, both of my parents died relatively young from cancer and I got so sick that I had to spend more than 6 months in a psychiatric hospital so they could fix me. (Sort of, I’m probably just less broken than fixed. 🙂 )
Anyway, long story short, I’ve come out of it with the attitude that life is too short to be bothered with bullshit, especially on Twitter or Facebook, among a lot of other things in life. If people think that a little bit of hate on social media is going to bother me, they have no idea. In the long run, it doesn’t matter. Twitter doesn’t matter. It’s just a means of communication, nothing else. Anyway, I could go on and on here but I think all of you get the picture. Basically, the haters can suck it.
I would like to end on a positive note. I gave some time to some knuckleheads in this blog but I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the fact that there are so many of you that are, or at least seem on Twitter, amazing/awesome people. You are the people that make staying a part of Twitter worth it. You have a sense of humour and in this crazy world we live in, it makes living here that much more tolerable.
Have a good one and Go Leafs Go! #Haterscansuckit