J.J.'s season-long look at correcting the stats for context is adapted with an in depth analysis of Graham Hathway's Wednesday morning article- Dan Dekeyser: Make It So Kenny. There's a lot in the comments that deserves to make it in here that there just isn't room for, check the original threads here, and here.
After a nice 3 game winning streak on their west coast road trip, the Red Wings fandom found themselves staring at an awfully long break before the ungodly late puck drop for the Thursday night game against the San Jose Sharks. With nothing to look forward to but the NHL trade deadline, and an unsigned NCAA free agent, it had all the makings of a very slow day for WIM.
It was not to be so, Graham's post on Dan Dekeyser, the 6'3" 200 lb defenseman from Western Michigan was described as an ideal target for the Red Wings. As an ideal target due to his ties to the Red Wings organization, and the lack of financial or draft based restrictions in signing him, led Graham to believe that his signing could be reasonably considered a large issue for the Red wings organization. Commenter GallopingGreg took poorly to this insinuation, and the resulting game of words unified the Red Wings fanbase in a way the team never could.
The WIM Staff was out in force in this one. J.J. and Graham LastNameMayVary did a great job keeping control of the flow of the thread. At every crucial moment they were able to counter GallopingGreg and prevent the name calling from devolving too far. A truly humorous example was made out of the entire sequence, and I don't believe it's unreasonable to award the Entire WIM staff a +2 rating, as well as a clear +1 in the head-to-head.
First Period- 54th Comment- Troll flaming by GallopingGreg (Unassisted)
After a sequence of perfectly reasonable discussion of Dekeyser's merits as a future wing, and some debate over the usage of young players in the Detroit system under Babcock and Holland, Greg picked up his keyboard along the halfboards of his own insanity and carried it deep into the WTF zone, firing a shot intentionally wide, and scoring some serious confusion.
If this site is to be taken seriously, then it is going to have to do much, much better than Graham Hathaway’s sophomoric analysis of the Dan Dekeyser situation.
To insinuate the signing of Dekeyser is a critical point in the team’s continued success is downright silly. And I’m being kind.
This is a strong opening salvo, and is actually closer to reason than he spends during much of the thread, as such I'll wipe half his minus, on its own, it's easy to view this comment as a mistake. Graham will also be awarded a bonus plus for thinking quickly on his feet, and responding strongly to his misspelled name, as well as a clear and well reasoned response.
First Period- 68th Comment- Troll flaming by GallopingGreg (Unassisted)
SNIP. But he is — BY ALL ACCOUNTS — one or two years away from playing regularly for a good team. That is fact, and that can be found in analysis by almost every scout/expert tied to the NHL in some legitimate form. SNIP
That is a fact readers. I'm going to award Greg a Bonus Minus for failing to cite anyone out of all his accounts. Graham will once again recieve a bonus plus for a strong reply, centered around the food network or something.
First Period- 114th Comment- Logic and Reason by Slapshot Goal. Assisted by EVERYONE
Slapshot wins the early draw after an extended series of call and response between Greg and WIM's top line of Graham, J.J., Josh. He tears into Greg's poor presentation, while acknowledging there may be some strong points to his argument.
If you wrote an “article” in the same way you’ve posted comments here, you’d be laughed out of any respectable establishment, who had any shred of credibility, standards or common sense.
This one a good attempt to bridge the gap back to reason, and it's not his fault that the trolls refuse to listen to reason. This comment has so far garnered 8 recs, and Slapshot Goal will receive a bonus plus.
First Period- Screw it- Birth of a meme by AppState, assisted by GallopingGreg.
Greg finds himself deep in his own zone with most of WIM bearing down on him, so he puts his head down and heads hard for the blue line using a new form of logic
Mr. Hathway said not signing Dekeyser would be devastating. Not true.
Mr. Hathway said the Wings lack defensive depth. Not true.
Mr. Hathway said Ian White could be moved for something of value (something the Wings need). Not true.
AppState pounces on the ad hominem cesspool, and starts a revolution at WIM.
The real Greg is going to be mad when he comes in here and realizes he's not the worst Greg around here anymore
J.J. manages to have a little fun here, and gets in a pretty decent burn. I'll award him half of a self assist.
Second Period- The thread itself- Creating a 2nd period thread, J.J. from Kansas (assisted by everyone)
In a WIM first, J.J. from Kansas creates a Second Period Thread purely to make fun of a troll. It was a resounding success, and as such J.J. will receive a bonus plus, and a self assist.
Second Period- 27th Comment- AppState pulls out an Epic Rap Battle Meme (assisted by slapshotgoal)