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Hot goalies and tough love

Couple of things up today:

1. This was fun, I tried to look a little bit at the mystery of the hot goalie through the the hottest goalie going these days, the Rangers Henrik Lundqvist. Tango added a couple of interesting thoughts about separating goalie performance from defensive performance, Sounds like we need a DIG (Defense Independent Goaltending) stat from our guy Tango.

2. I always find it amusing how fans of different teams will say that they have it worst in sports. It’s silly of course … because everyone knows that the toughest team to love in sports is the Kansas City Royals.

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6 Responses to Hot goalies and tough love

  1. Blake says:

    Joe: Curiously, some of the best baseball writers are Royals fans. And continue to be Royals fans.

    I submit that there must be some reason they are easier for a baseball writer to love than, say, the Brewers or Orioles or Rockies. And I’ll bet you’re just the man to look inward and find it.

  2. Spencer says:


    I don’t think it has anything to do with them being easier to love. The great writers that are royals fans are fans because they grew up that way.

    The real question then is “what is it about being a royals fan that makes one more likely to become a great baseball writer?” Or “what is it about growing up in that area that makes one more likely to become a great baseball writer?”

  3. Spencer says:

    I should make the caveat that Joe is a fan because he was employed there…

    • Jake Bucsko says:

      Not just that, though, he has legitimate affinity for the Royals team and the Chiefs to a lesser extent, I think. Between being raised as a Cleveland fan and spending a good amount of time pulling for the Royals, there might be something to the theory of great sportswriters pulling for horrific teams.

      On the other end of the spectrum, one expects that Rick Reilly grew up rooting for the Yankees, Lakers, Cowboys, and Canadiens.

  4. LuisLozada says:

    Kenrik has been everything but never the “Hot Goalie.” This reminds me of Seinfield’s “Little Kicks” episode:

    George: I’m the bad boy. I’ve never been the bad boy.
    Jerry: You’ve been the bad employee, the bad son, the bad friend…The bad fiancé, the bad dinner guest, the bad credit risk…
    George: Okay, the point is made.
    Jerry: The bad date, the bad sport, the bad citizen… The bad tipper!

  5. Mark says:

    Let this Brewers fan respectfully disagree. At least the Royals HAVE a World Series, to go along with two AL Pennants and 6 division titles. The smallest market in baseball? 3 postseason appearances (including a 4 game wildcard loss to eventual champion Philadelphia). 26 years without a playoff appearance. 1982? Probably would have won if not for the Rollie Fingers injury. Who did we lose to? The Cardinals. Fast forward to 2011, the year we went all in. It was Prince’s walk year, and if you believe in baseball destiny that was the year (Prince secured NL home field advantage in that year’s ASG). The Cardinals snuck into the playoffs on the back of one of the greatest collapses of all time, beat one of the greatest pitching rotations of all time, and knocked Milwaukee out in 6, only to go on and win in the most improbable of fashions. To top it off, we even have nationally known Royals fans telling us how forgettable Milwaukee is (wink). Both teams employed Yuniesky Betancourt on more than one occasion. BUD SELIG used to own the team.

    At least Attanasio is one of the best owners in the game…you guys are stuck with David Glass and Dayton Moore. And Ned Yost. (At least Milwaukee had the sense to get rid of him). Ok, nevermind – you win.

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