Archive for September, 2009

‘Family’ travel?

Posted in The Society Page with tags , , , on September 24, 2009 by tangentman

Take a picture of this – – in your car on the highway; silver SUV from a distant State next to you, two small kids in the back, each with their eyes glued to their own mini TV screen in front of them, parents up front enjoying blissful silence.

Everyday scene, right?  Now ask yourself how far they’ve traveled with the kids watching movies or playing video games, not paying attention to the world passing them by; not seeing the sights or asking, “What’s that big building over there, Dad?”.  How long have they been basically ignoring the natural and man-made scenery all around them?

Back in the ’70s when I went on trips with my parents, they didn’t have the luxury of keeping me sidetracked with games or DVDs.  We had the radio (I’ll talk about that another time).  And we talked.  We talked about the Statue of Liberty each time we saw it in the distance.  I was once told of Boston’s place in the time of the American Revolution as we passed through that fine city.  The discussion of Washington, DC while making our way to Virginia’s Luray Caverns spawned a future trip to the Smithsonian, the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.  The list goes on…

Maybe I’m just getting older and being nostalgic.  I’m just happy I didn’t have a DVD player in the backseat.


Will the Canucks do right by Schneider?

Posted in NHL with tags , , on September 20, 2009 by tangentman

So goalie Roberto Luongo got a new 12-year deal from the Vancouver Canucks this off season.  That’s great for Louie, but where does that leave potential stud Cory Schneider, the 26th overall pick in the 2004 NHL draft?  He’s currently 3rd on the Canucks’ depth chart, sitting behind backup goalie Andrew Raycroft.  Will it be another year or so in the AHL and then the next decade working the door on the Vancouver bench while Luongo earns his paycheck getting 65+ starts per season?  Not if the ‘Nucks organization does the right thing.

That means trading Schneider to a team where he can be ‘the man’ in net, and to one that can address Vancouver’s need for prospects on defense.  One such team they could contact is the Philadelphia Flyers, who have an abundance of youth on the blueline in the minors, and haven’t had a franchise goalie in over 20 years (remember Ron Hextall from way back when…?).

The Flyers took a chance this season by signing Ray Emery to a one-year, $1.5 million deal (giving him a shot at redemption after his year of exile in Russia’s KHL) and bringing back Brian Boucher as backup, letting both Martin Biron and Antero Niittymaki walk as free agents.  The depth in goal in the Flyers’ system isn’t that great.

Schneider might be just what the doctor ordered in Philly, and a couple of the kids on D going back to Vancouver (Michael Ratchuk, Marc-Andre Bourdon, Oskars Bartulis, Kevin Marshall, Danny Syvret and Denis Bodrov are a few of the names) in a package might get it done.


Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , on September 20, 2009 by tangentman

For some unknown reason, you have stumbled across my little spot in the blogosphere.  I have no idea what will appear here (or when), but what the hell, right?

I may talk about my favorite music, hockey – actual teams or the goings-on with my fantasy squads, or anything that pops into my head that needs letting out, such as the strange things I see at work on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.  So stop back when you have some time and see what the latest topic is.

With any luck at all, you might just be entertained.