Friday, July 03, 2009

It's a Beautiful Day

Nothing quite like a stretch of great weather in Anchorage. Those of you who live here know that. I don't crank up my iTunes as often as I probably ought to but a day like this needs music. It's a doubly-beautiful day. Sunny in the mid-70's and Sarah quits. And luckily for you readers this will probably be the last time I ever rant about the shrill freak here.

Don't bother reading any other analysis about why she is a quitter. I've got the skinny here of course.

Sarah started out as a typical young married housewife. Her husband worked hard on the slope and fishing; and he pulled in some pretty typically decent cash for that sort of thing. Enough to partner up with some buddy and open a snowmachine shop. It was a classic American story; he was gone a lot and she got bored and lonely. So naturally what happens?

She sleeps with his business partner. No doubt when she explained and apologized to Todd that he told her to do something with her life. So she got on the school board or whatever and eventually got to be mayor of Methsilla. I'm sure that impressed her boob of a hubby but it didn't make him stay home any more than he had. So she gets lucky in a divisive three-way governor race and later McCain knew everyone would like her ass as much as he did so he trotted her out and the "celebrity-politician" was born.

See what fucking around on your spouse creates? That's some seriously unintended consequences. The core of her current character (the parts that aren't the invented "pose queen") has been defined by that affair. She is who she is because of it.

I don't really know or care if this twit is done with national politics or not. She's done in Alaska politics. She's deluded if she thinks she can convince anyone other than the people that already are fascinated with her to vote for her for anything. What a nutbag.

In her announcement, she reminded us that Independence Day was a day to reflect on the service that so many in the military have given on behalf of their country. Funny, I thought Veterans Day and Memorial Day were for that and Independence Day was for celebrating the formation of this fine country.

Best Independence Day EvAH for me!! First Billy Mays takes the dirt nap and now she quits? Maybe there is an omnipotent being above. Hallelujah! Testify!

And by the way, that millions of dollars that she's talking about would be 450,000 less if she'd just provide the emails they're looking for. That's how much they've spent trying to recover them because SHE won't provide them. It'll be sweet if we find out real soon that there is some dirty laundry behind all this. Who knows? I'll be smiling all weekend.

McCain called her nutty. OMG. Too funny.

Hockey coverage is next. Not until August but it is next.

84 comments:

Anonymous said...

i love your post!! Couldn't have said it better myself.

SeawolvesFan said...

Agree, what's the story on Wes holding back a year?

SeawolvesFan said...

Never mind, I figured what was said in your last post.

SeawolvesFan said...

Yep,

http://www.collegehockeynews.com/news/2009/06/26_donedeal.php

SeawolvesFan said...

Looks like in 2 years, UAF will be even weaker

SeawolvesFan said...

Us in the CCHA, can you imagine?

SeawolvesFan said...

Am I just paranoid, or did we lose a recruit in the last 2 weeks?

spoon said...

Who did we lose?

Donald Dunlop said...

There's no "lost" recruit. It seems Wes McLeod is coming next year instead of this year. It makes sense with his age and the number of other defensemen that will be on the roster. Scouting reports on him are that he is a bit raw but lotsa upside. Another year in the B won't hurt him at all.

Anonymous said...

Donald,you've posted this info in the past, however it doesn't appear anywhere else that I've seen.
Where did you get the down and dirty on Sarah's infidelity?

Donald Dunlop said...

I don't have the link anymore. But in addition to reading about it I've heard/had a number of conversations from the usual "friend of a friend" kind of thing.

The first time I heard about it was within a day or so of McCain picking her. I'm sure some googling would reveal where it was first published.

Anonymous said...

I saw that last week in Anchorage, a John 'Brian' Herring was arrested for an alleged rape charge. Is it the same Bryan Herring that played for the Seawolves back in the early 90's? I remember him as a talented skater for Diamond high school back in the late 1980's, very Greztkyesque..


http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/crime/story/850161.html

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=17323

Anonymous said...

So it's true if a friend of a friend says it. Donald you seem to have Palin derangement syndrome.

Donald Dunlop said...

Anon from treas.gov @5:48AM:

Samuel Johnson once said,

"Every man has a right to utter what he thinks is truth, and every other man has a right to knock him down for it."

I repeated the Sarah Palin affair story not because I have proof but because I understand human nature.

On your blog you can praise her as much as you please.

SeawolvesFan said...

I am just paranoid

Anonymous said...

saw that last week in Anchorage, a John 'Brian' Herring was arrested for an alleged rape charge. Is it the same Bryan Herring that played for the Seawolves back in the early 90's? I remember him as a talented skater for Diamond high school back in the late 1980's, very Greztkyesque..


http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/crime/story/850161.html

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=17323


Looks like one and the same. How pathetic

Anonymous said...

Bailey has been cut by tri city.

Donald Dunlop said...

That's meaningless. USHL teams are allowed only 2 non-american players. They're filling those spots next year with the russian kid Radoslav and AJHL transfer Jaden Schwarz ... both "highly touted".

I'd be highly surprised if he'd actually wanted to go back to that mess of a team. They ALMOST bumped him off the roster mid-season to add the Russian. At the time, I suggested that he leave that team.

I've projected him to UAA this coming season. Yes. I know that Heisenberg has him listed for next year.

I could be wrong. We'll see when school starts. If I am wrong, there are lots of good teams in lots of good leagues where Matt can continue his development.

Anonymous said...

No worries about Bailey, he will do just fine on another team. We still have the Swede coming in next year along with a pure sniper in Spencer which should add skill and scoring to the lineup. 2010 class will be the best in a decade. 2009 will be all about the seniors. Gut check time for the goalies.

Spoon said...

Anyone know if any of our current seawolves are in any nhl development camps? i know Lunden, & Clark were part of them last year.

Donald Dunlop said...

I've looked around and haven't seen any but then I haven't looked at every NHL team (some of them haven't seemed to announce anything?).

Anonymous said...

Backstrom will be at the Capitals prospect camp.

Anonymous said...

Announced on western college hockey Spencer Bennett has signed with Portland and will NOT be comung to UAA. Huge loss for UAA not being able to keep this kid committed

Donald Dunlop said...

He was drafted by the Flames. Not only does their GM (Brent Sutter) own a WHL team he has the memory of Chris Chucko who was more highly touted than Bennett and after a less than distinguished career at UofM has been pretty much a bust in Calgary's system. Sutter is notoriously anti-NCAA.

Plenty will argue that its a good move for Spencer ... I'd say it's a good move by Sutter. He gets to keep a closer eye on his property. I'll hope he gets to the show .... that will make up for the loss of 4 years playing with a great staff at a great school and which might have been some of the best years of his life.

Anonymous said...

Backstrom thought he was a draft choice of detriot red wings.
Spencer, will continue to loose players unless we having a winning team this year. Plus we must promote players like, lunden, clark and grant. It is the responsibility of the coaching staff to work with these seniors, to further there hockey opportunities so we can attract top end talent to uaa. With two more teams in the wcha after this year there will be more opportunites for young players.

Fan

Suze said...

Crap. I am officially bummed. :(

Anonymous said...

Backstrom was a RedWings draft pick but not anymore, he's a free agent now.

SeawolvesFan said...

Lawson vs. Tavares

http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?post_id=22097

Maybe Jordan Schorader should quit and coach after the Wild traded to pick down, and take Nick Leddy instead of Jordan-ouch

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/hockey/news?slug=uwire-gopherslookclosetohomefora&prov=uwire&type=lgns

Also, DD do you think Bailey is better off waiting a year to further develop, or come here and learn from point mosters Lunden and Clark before they leave? Granted he can learn from Grant, and Parks, but what do you think?

Bennett was a D, so McLeod has a better chance of sticking in the lineup-just saying, wait was Bennett 09-10? or 10-11?

SeawolvesFan said...

New url for Justin Bourne:

http://www.jtbourne.com/

Donald Dunlop said...

I think lots of players who are ready for D1 get pushed back a year more often than it should happen. Bailey is a solid prospect, he was on the Canada U-17 West team, put up good numbers in his provincial junior league and had decent numbers in his USHL campaign on a really shitty team.

Yes. I think he's ready for 09-10. That's why I listed him there contrary to Heisenberg's list and with no confirmation from anyone else.

I think another year of juniors wouldn't be a big challenge for Bailey. I tend to believe that when a player is challenged to step up that they play better as a result and develop quicker. Another year of juniors and Bailey will be that much more ready ... BUT he'll still take as much as a half a year to come up to speed with D1 hockey. Bring him in now and he'll still take 6 months to come up to speed. But he'll be up to speed a year earlier.

There's also the rumored Swedish players ... they'd both have to be 09-10 players IIRC since they're both 20 now. Will they turn up?

The 10-11 class is going to be an important one for forwards. Gellert showed good production and Cameron should be pretty much a stud. I'll watch their next junior season's closely. Scott Allen is a bit of a guess for me. Bengtson will be a question mark until he gets here and proves himself. Deferring Bailey until 10-11 might prove to be a strategically wise move by Shyiak.

So who knows really. I'm guessing ... ya know?

Anonymous said...

Gellert is coming in 09-10 and bailey is staying back til 10-11

Donald Dunlop said...

A fine example of exactly how little I actually know about what goes on behind the scenes.

Anonymous said...

Players and coaches have their own plans when they return in the fall.
Let's hope we can build a successful team right from the start.

Fan

SeawolvesFan said...

Was Victor Hedman, a recruit? I keep thinking he was, can't find any evidence, anyways he's at Tampa Bay Lighting's Prospect Camp.

Been debating whether to link this up but, during last season we had an article on NHL.com

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=397245&cmpid=rss

SeawolvesFan said...

Anon:
Backstrom will be at the Capitals prospect camp.

July 10, 2009 6:23 PM

Cuz, I looked no Nils there listed:

http://capitals.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=436606

You mistaken Nicklas Backstrom, for our Nils.

Red Wings still own Nils signing rights until 2010. Still up in the air, if he will sign, but the Red Wings D is getting older. There much more likely to sign NHLers, instead of polishing off another prospect.

http://www.redwingscentral.com/prospects/backstrom.php

Anonymous said...

I need my hockey fix!

Anonymous said...

Go to the SEHL games!

Anonymous said...

I need my fix too....I'm going through withdrawals. But if I went to SEHL games, I would look like a hockey groupie. So instead I'm gonna put myself in rehab and wait until October. Cant wait for the season to start! GO SEAWOLVES!!!!

Anonymous said...

SEHL isn't close to what it used to be. When they started letting high school kids play, it started going to hell.
Todd's inflated entry fee has also kept some from playing.
Glorified shinny is what's left of the SEHL.
It misses the caring touch of Dean Larson badly.

Anonymous said...

Backstrom is in fact at Capitals Prospect camp, talked to him yesterday. The roster they put up are draft picks and other signees, there is always a few free agents they invite to camp.

sitkafan said...

http://www.puckheadsthoughts.com/
Look at 7/14, they talk about his rights with Red Wings

http://blog.mlive.com/snapshots/2009/07/red_wingsrelated_odds_and_ends_7.html
same here

http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t=659087&page=3

http://www.flickr.com/photos/khedrick301/3725807384/
Kinda looks like him

amazing what a google search can do

Sitkafan said...

He also has his own Wikipedia page
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nils_Backstrom

So does Future Seawolf, Gustav Bengston
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustav_bengtson

And former Seawolves:
Jay Beagle http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay_Beagle

Erik Walsky http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Walsky

Gregg Naumenko http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregg_Naumenko

Mike Peluso http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_David_Peluso

Rob Conn http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Conn

Mike Scott http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Scott_(ice_hockey)

SeawolvesFan said...

Anon:
"Backstrom is in fact at Capitals Prospect camp"

Ah, okay

Anonymous said...

Tyler Currier (Alaska Avs)to UAA! He'll be red shirting his first year. Good move on the coaching staff. Tyler has the talent, work ethic and attitude it take. After a year he will be ready to start scoring points for the Seawolves. I feel so much better with Currier in the line up than with Friese. I still don't get what the coaches were thinking with that.

Anonymous said...

The SEHL Continues to be a great place to watch Alaskas best players train and play with the majority of the games being high scoring and very fast....There are 3 Alaskans who play regularly that played last year in the NHL along with many other Top Minor Pro and College players..Almost all of the top young talent that is up in coming has skated this year....The SEHL Allstar Game is Tuesday night at the Subway Centre...Always alot of fun and a good social Event..Many former Seawolves will be playing in the game on Tuesday... The SEHL provides a valuable Commmunity Service to the Elite players and Familys who participate..For most of the Elite younger players it is a dream come true to hang out in a locker room and play with and against players like Brandon Dubinski, Joey Crabb,Tim Wallace,Jason Ryzar and the other pros and current Seawolves.. So many things are passed to these young players through just listening, watching and learning that the league has truly become a special summertime program for all....I hope to see all the Seawolve Fans out on Tuesday as before you know it the WCHA Season will be upon us.. The Goalies will be Jordan Pearce out of Notre Dame who just signed with the Redwings and Brad Macinnis out of UConn who we played last year.. Unfortunately Bryce is in Wisconsin Training for 2 weeks and had to sacrifice missing the Game..I do look forward to seeing everybody at the Games and like everybody else is wondering who has the hardest shot and is the fastest skater in Alaska... The skills competetion is alot of fun to watch and always provides a few highlights... I hope to see all the Seawolve fans at the Rink and I call the fastest skater this year will be Joey Crabb........T.C.

sitkafan said...

Anon 7/19/09 10:29AM
Where did you hear that Tyler Currier was going to UAA?

Googled him and he supposably committed to D-III Stout
http://board.uscho.com/showthread.php?p=4331137

F, Tyler Currier, Alaska Avalance (NAHL)
6'0", 185
Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska
08-09 stats: 56gp, (15-23-38), 84pim
07-08 stats: 56gp, (18-22-40), 80pim

sitkafan said...

Nevermind, my bad

http://www.frontiersman.com/articles/2009/07/19/sports/doc4a62bedb92b59198893208.txt

akhockeyfanatic said...

SEHL AllStar game sounds like a great event. What time Tuesday?

Donald Dunlop said...

So in case anyone is wondering about the part in the article that mentioned not having enough spots for him but then a spot opened up ...

Tyler Moir will not be returning to UAA. It was apparently a personal issue and his choice; so I won't be delving into that here.

And for the person comparing Friese and Currier ...

Currier turned 21 on July 5th. Friese turned 17 this past season. Friese was recruited because they think he'll turn into a "stud".

Anonymous said...

There was mention earlier that McCabe might return this season. With the addition of Currier, I take it that Brad won't rejoin the team after all?

Anonymous said...

For every one to find out Moir is not returning now is awful timing. Its just not right to the program and really puts the team in a spot. WOW. I mean the staff could have prepared for this now its an unplaned deal that isnt fair to anyone rooting for UAA including the Coaches and his Teamates..Absolutely Brutal.

Donald Dunlop said...

There are 10 forwards from last seasons team returning (aiken, clark, grant, haddad, lunden, parkinson, portwood, selby tuton and wiles).

There are 2 players listed as F/D (leinweber, gorham).

There is either 2 or 3 forwards coming this season (spencer, crowell and bailey). Bailey may not be an 09-10 player.

Currier is a redshirt.

McCabe is the unlikeliest of the additional three rumored players (Naslund, Bruijsten, McCabe), Don't be surprised though if UAA makes room for Mitch Bruijsten if he wants to come here.

I'd expect with only a few exceptions that there will be lots of competition for playing time amongst forwards. LOTS.

Donald Dunlop said...

They seemed to have responded to the unexpected nature of Moir's departure by replacing him with Currier.

They're both named Tyler.

Seriously though ... What "spot" does it put the program in? None that I can see. As I mentioned above ... there is a PLETHORA of forwards here and plenty coming in.

Anonymous said...

If anything its great that UAA has recruits planned ahead down the road. They can get a call up and be here to play, kinda like Bryce did when he started.

sitkafan said...

Coach is the lowest paid coach in the WCHA, food for thought

http://blogs.denverpost.com/sports/2009/07/17/gwozdecky-is-wchas-highest-paid-coach/

Anonymous said...

What, should he be the highest?
Gwozdecky has won championships.
Shyak has won ninth place.
He'll get his when he wins something.

Anonymous said...

Anon 7/19 10:53 pm

".....its an unplanned deal that isn't fair to anyone."

Yes, It is too bad about Moir not returning. I absolutely have no idea why Tyler isn't returning but have you ever thought that it is something beyond his control and something that is unfair even to Tyler??? We shouldn't be too quick to jump and judge. That is just what happened last season with McCabe's departure. There may reasons that we will never know in both cases.

It IS too bad. It is a big void to fill but we have to respect his decision to leave the program.
With that said, let's not sit and complain about what has happened. Let's look positively to what the new season is going to bring.

GO SEAWOLVES

Anonymous said...

There are many incentives written into Shyiaks salary, based on winning in the WCHA, winning the Gov Cup, etc. He has the opportunity to earn much more than his base salary of $110,000.

sitkafan said...

Anon 7/20 6:11pm
"What, should he be the highest?"

I figured it would make for some discussion, not saying that he should get more or less. All things considered, he gets paid more than you or I.

Anonymous said...

I bet Shyiak is fine with making 110 grand to do what he loves

Anonymous said...

If he really wants to win this year, let's not roll lines in the third period. We have the talent to finish teams off.

Fan

Anonymous said...

I'm hearing that Mat Robinson has signed an AHL/echl deal with the Ottawa senators...can anyone confirm?

Anonymous said...

Heard the rumor all the best Mat Robinson. Wait till next year, go seawolves.

FAn

Anonymous said...

This posting originally had a Palin-bashing theme. That's totally fine by me. I always thought that Palin was an idiot, right from the start. However, it appears that OBAMA, "The Savior" is proving himself to be quite the idiot himself. Transparency, nope. Centrist, nope. Fiscal responsibility, nope, just spending us into oblivion. Go ahead and be deceived by his lawyer-speak. Just listen to him talk once. Think for yourself, America.

GO SEAWOLVES!!

Anonymous said...

11:41 p.m. on 7/23: What did you want - old diddy mcLoser and mindless Sarah running things?

Imagine life with Phil aka "Nation of Whiners" Gramm running the Fed.

Give our president a break. It takes more than 6 months to clean up after eight years of total and complete wreckless spending and piss poor management.

You know, it's one thing for the blog owner to discuss our pathetic outgoing Gubner, but why drag national politics into the blog?

What? Limbaugh not on right now? Your Faux News channel down? tsk.

Anonymous said...

This is a pretty good Seawolves HOCKEY blog. There are lots of other blogs out there to discus politics or whatever else is on your mind. Please don't let this blog degenerate into rants on things other than Seawolves HOCKEY.
Thanks
A hockey fan

Anonymous said...

Agreed! Donald may write posts as he pleases but the rest of us need to stick to hockey.

Donald Dunlop said...

And does anyone "really" want to post something that they ought to know will result in a vicious virtual beat-down from my keyboard?

Suze said...

Southern Comfort works wonders for a sore throat!! :)

Donald Dunlop said...

SUZE!!!!

Anonymous said...

This blog is one of the very best in college hockey, and I really did not mean any disrespect. I agree that this blog should be a place only for, and about UAA hockey. I do apologize to UAA fans all over the world.

Donald Dunlop said...

It's all good ... I'd actually never really bash an actual UAA fan that disagreed with my fringe politics.

UAA Howler said...

So I am able to disagree with you Donald? And not be "skewered"? Whew! I don't know about that, I mean I've seen you literally take numerous anonymous people out behind the woodshed and give them a huge beat down. I think I'll wait to start to challenge you on your twisted left wing ideology.

Donald Dunlop said...

What I really think would literally frighten most people.

Just be glad that I'm not King of America.

;-)

akhockeyfanatic said...

Less than 70 days for Seawolves hockey? Is everyone ready????

Woo hoo.......GO SEAWOLVES!!!

SeawolvesFan said...

There's a poll on Facebook, and the last time I looked 72% would not vote her to the White House in 2012 if she ran.

And, I know somebody else had to hear this radio commercial: Alaska Mining and Diving with Kurt Haider, they start by saying that Kurt is there new spokeperson, and one of the guys says Alaska scores.............and Kurt didn't correct him. LOL, is that why I haven't heard it since? Did they finally realize there mistake and pull the ad?

Anonymous said...

Facebook? WOW! You probably look at KTUU's polls as being scientific too. Or the National Enquirer as being a leading news outlet.

SeawolvesFan said...

What no, just saying, and since most of the people on facebook are just being able to vote........

SeawolvesFan said...

Schadenfreude 1:

Flickertails:

http://www.westerncollegehockeyblog.com/2009/7/23/960144/frattin-suspended

Suze said...

It's Kurt that says Alaska Scores! That's the point of the commercial, to promote UAA hockey. It's said numerous times during the commercial. It says Kurt is the new "voice" of AM&D, just like he's the "voice of the Seawolves".

I heard it just yesterday, so it hasn't been pulled. It's nice to have a new sponsor and to get UAA hockey in peoples minds.

SeawolvesFan said...

"It's Kurt that says Alaska Scores!" But, I was thinking he is talking bout UA_, and not UAA.

SeawolvesFan said...

Are you freaking kidding me UA_:

http://nanookhockey.blogspot.com/2009/07/jared-linnell-commitsverbally.html?showComment=1248629303439#c7311757889458613160

Anonymous said...

Nice try taking a jab at UAA with that obsolete UA_ blog! They are just upset because the nanooks have not been able to beat the Seawolves in any of the last ten games between these two teams. Getting SHUT OUT last season really had to hurt. :)

SeawolvesFan said...

Still love the fact that we shut them out for for all of 2009

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