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Where The Women Play Part II: Arenas

01/14/15

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A Guide To Watching Women’s College Hockey

01/12/15

UPDATES IN BOLD

Today I decided to go through the sites of all NCAA Division I Women’s hockey teams to see what they had available for video content.  Generally the home team is the sole video broadcaster so if your team is on the road against someone who doesn’t offer video, you’re out of luck.

Author’s Note: This is going to be a bit of a work in progress as several teams do not post links until game day and some teams don’t play at home again for a month.

The Unknowns:

  • Syracuse
  • Northeastern
  • Maine

Syracuse should in theory use Eversport (like the rest of the CHA, more on that later), but I couldn’t find any video links.  Northeastern, Maine, and Minnesota State also use streaming providers, but again, no purchase links, so I’m not really sure.

Free Home Games:

  • Quinnipiac
  • St. Lawrence
  • Clarkson
  • Rensselaer
  • Minnesota State
  • Colgate
  • Boston College
  • Boston University

I’ve watched everyone except for St. Lawrence on this list.  Quinnipiac probably has the best feed, but Boston College has free replays of most games.

The Rest of the Field:

Womens Hockey TV

I’m not sure how the Big Ten Network applies to hockey, but $14 to at least be able to watch Wisconsin and Minnesota is a good deal.  Minnesota allows a free feed with a login with a cable provider.

Ivy League TV

Screw the Ivy League.  All the Ivy League schools are rolling in money and they can’t provide free streaming for a less watched sport like Women’s hockey?  Maybe if they handed out fewer athletic erm academic scholarships to their athletes.  Worth noting too that Ivy League Network’s 4 month pass will not cover a full hockey season.  I hope Harvard makes the NCAA championship just so they can get run over by Minnesota or Boston College.

Eversport and the CHA

MEGA SCREW the CHA.  The CHA is a total dumpster of a conference, most of its schools probably wouldn’t win D-III championships, and they have the worst streaming deal?  $10 a game?  $30 a month?  I hope they get their auto-bid taken away.

Vulgar Statistics: Women’s Hockey Rankings 1-12

01/12/15
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As the NCAA season progresses, I’m going to publish weekly rankings in conjunction with the USCHO poll.  These rankings will be entirely statistics based with the explanation as to how those stats are developed here.  As I prefer to do when compiling rankings, a team’s final ranking will be determined by a summation of their rankings in various statistical categories:

  • Overall winning percentage (pct)
  • Percentage of shots taken (S%) – (Editor’s Note – This is essentially the best imitator of Corsi %.  I’m told that shot attempts (Shots on goal plus missed shots plus shots taken that get blocked) are recorded but that data is not available anywhere.) 
  • Percentage of shots taken relative to Opponents’ S% (Rel S%)
  • S% versus teams with an S% of 50% or more
  • Rel S% versus teams with an S% of 50 or more
  • Shooting Percentage (Sht%)
  • Save Percentage (Sv%)

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Sabres Compete Level – Midway Point / Who Are These People?

01/12/15

Compete Level

The table is, like the Sabres’ play, pretty self-explanatory.  My second favorite thing this season is how the Sabres are so awful they skew every chart that any analytics person tries to make.  My favorite of course is the non-stop whining by national media about the number of nationally televised Sabres games.  These are, in large part, the same people that think SU is the only university in the history of the world.  Bite me.

More to the title?  Who are these people?

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Toronto: The Greatest Hockey City In The World (NSFW)

01/06/15

Everything coming out of Toronto is fucking hilarious.  Where do you even begin?  We’ll go bottom to top I guess.  The fans are dumb enough to continually fill the building of absurdly expensive tickets when the team hasn’t won anything meaningful (mostly by default because, six teams) since the puck was a rock and sticks were ripped from the limbs of trees mid game.  The team itself is terrible, mostly because the management has long been a bunch of climate-denying anti-vaccer analytics-hating good ol’ boys whose singular goal seems to be to unwittingly identify and part with the largest contributors to success.

And the cherry on top of the shit sundae is the media that, instead of taking ownership or management to task, supports their moronic and dated view of evaluating talent and instead heaps criticism on the players.  They, apparently, see no problem with the strategy of “give Kessel a bunch of crap to play with and hope it pans out.”

Former Leafs coach Ron Wilson, apparently still bitter about not being able to stupid his way to the top by having the right friends, called Phil Kessel “the problem” and “uncoachable” which makes sense because Kessel led the Leafs in points and goals every year during Wilson’s tenure and the next best players were generally “the dudes who played with Phil Kessel.”  I’m sure Jay Rosehill and Mike Brown were super coachable though.

Toronto Media idiot of the week Dave Feschuk (note: this is the only time it hasn’t been Steve Simmons) asked Phil if he was indeed uncoachable.  Kessel, in top form, said no and called Feschuk an idiot, which is exactly what you should call an idiot.  Media members, of course, think Dave Feschuk was asking the kind of top journalistic question that makes women swoon and old white men mega-swoon.

Matt Galloway

\Robert Benzie

Yes because “are you uncoachable” needed to be asked of the team’s top producer, a player that is notably third all time in consecutive games played for the Maple Leafs.  That question only needed to be asked by Dave Feschuk for the sole purpose of getting Kessel to make a scene, which is the kind of sideshow buffoonery journalists usually claim is beneath them.  Of course guys like Feschuk (and Mike Harrington) know you can make a career of this.

The best part of all this will be when Toronto Media, who’ve spent most of their time excoriating Kessel, complain when the team deals him and gets little or nothing back because his reputation is so shitty or because he chooses to give the team one long last middle finger by walking in free agency.  I for one hope Kessel gets traded to a contender mid-season and wins the cup while the Maple Leafs continue hiding in the stone age, terrified of math.

Vulgar Statistics: NCAA Women’s Hockey Rankings 1-5

01/05/15
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As the NCAA season progresses, I’m going to publish weekly rankings in conjunction with the USCHO poll.  These rankings will be entirely statistics based with the explanation as to how those stats are developed here.  As I prefer to do when compiling rankings, a team’s final ranking will be determined by a summation of their rankings in various statistical categories:

  • Overall winning percentage (pct)
  • Percentage of shots taken (S%) – (Editor’s Note – This is essentially the best imitator of Corsi %.  I’m told that shot attempts (Shots on goal plus missed shots plus shots taken that get blocked) are recorded but that data is not available anywhere.) 
  • Percentage of shots taken relative to Opponents’ S% (Rel S%)
  • S% versus teams with an S% of 50% or more
  • Rel S% versus teams with an S% of 50 or more
  • Shooting Percentage (Sht%)
  • Save Percentage (Sv%)

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Ohio State probably deserved to be here a little sooner.  They’re riding 4 straight wins (all on the road) including two over then-ranked Bemidji State whom they’ve now beaten four times and outscored 10-2 and they’ve played consensus ranked teams Minnesota and Minnesota-Duluth tough.  They’ll probably never break into the top 8 (and don’t deserve to), but top ten for sure.  Cornell’s inclusion is no doubt a delayed reaction to big wins over Clarkson and St. Lawrence on the road on December 5th and 6th.

RPI

Mercyhurst beat Ohio State 3-0 when they met in a weird game that saw shots finish at 16-16 for whatever that’s worth.  The rankings falling as they have is shaping something interesting.  There seems a clearly defined top 8 as listed above, but…the CHA (Mercyhurst, Penn St., Syracuse, Lindenwood, RIT, and Robert Morris) is going to put a team in the NCAA tournament.  So who among the top 8 loses out?  I’m going to assume that Boston College, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Quinnipiac are Locks.  Here are the rest:

Harvard – 1-1-2 versus ranked teams.  Right now they’re close to a lock for me.  Their only losses are to #1 Boston College and relatively solid St. Lawrence in overtime.  But they have at least 5 more ranked teams on the schedule plus tough matchups on the road against Dartmouth and Princeton and a home game against St. Lawrence.

Boston University – 2-1-1 versus ranked teams.  Credit to BU for supplementing a weak Hockey East schedule with out of conference games versus Clarkson (2 wins), Harvard (tie), Cornell, Quinnipiac, and Harvard again.

Minnesota-Duluth – 3-5-0 versus ranked teams.  That mark doesn’t include a sweep of then unranked Ohio State or a sweep of then unranked Cornell.  They’ve basically folded against Minnesota and Wisconsin and done okay against everyone else.  Their remaining schedule features Bemidji State, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Ohio State, all twice.  If they go .500 in those games or worse, I’m leaving them home.

Clarkson – 1-4-1 versus ranked teams.  They’ve lost to Quinnipiac twice now, but I’m not convinced they’re not the best team in the ECAC.  It was about this time that Clarkson turned it on last year and they’ve got Cornell, Wisconsin (twice), Quinnipiac, and Harvard to show what they’re made of.  They’ve also got most of the bottom half of the ECAC to pile up wins and confidence.

Prediction: Quinnipiac @ Clarkson (Feb 14) and Clarkson @ Harvard (Feb 21) decide the ECAC.  Minnesota-Duluth wilts down the stretch and stays home.  They’re never relevant again after firing longtime coach Shannon Miller.  Mercyhurst becomes a chic pick to get upset in the CHA tournament and then lays waste to everyone.

Also, Vermont beat Colgate twice which apparently merited the week’s biggest jump.

my rank

St. Lawrence lost 10-0 and got outshot 40-15 to Minnesota, so it’s really not fair that they dropped four spots, although their win over Minnesota St. was not very impressive.  Certainly 7-5 and 14-10 are not the shot totals you want in first and second periods against a team that’s still in the game that you know you should beat.

Other than that I don’t have much to say.  This feels about right, at least until the teams ranked between 5 and maybe 12 play some quality opponents.

My Letter To Deadspin And You Can Play Regarding Partnerships With The Salvation Army

12/18/14

To Whom it May Concern,

This letter is going to detail the experiences that Black and Blue and Gold bloggers Philip Kneitinger and myself have had in talking to the Sabres organization, notably team President Ted Black and Community Relations Directory Rich Jureller.

In April of 2012, I contacted the Sabres, urging the organization to cease its partnership with the Salvation Army, whose discriminatory practices towards LGBT individuals are well recorded.  Both Ted Black and Rich Jureller promised that the Sabres would not partner with discriminatory organizations if the well recorded allegations were proved true.  In 2012, Jureller’s and Black’s fact finding seemed to consist solely of asking the Salvation Army if they discriminated.  It probably will come as no surprise that this is how that went:

“I am writing to inform you that we have met with Major Donald Hostetler and Major Thomas Applin of the Salvation Army to address your concerns regarding their organization’s alleged discrimination.  During our discussion they made it clear that the Salvation Army does not discriminate against any class of individuals and they comply with all laws regarding the provision of benefits to Salvation Army employees.  They also refuted the accuracy of online claims of discrimination.

The attached letter from Major Hostetler summarizes their position on this matter.  He requested that we share the letter with you and encouraged you to speak with him directly should you have any further concerns or questions. 

 We are satisfied with their response to the allegations and will continue to work with the Salvation Army in the future.” – Rich Jureller, April 4th, 2012

 This comes despite the Salvation Army’s well recorded fight in 2004 to not have to abide by New York City’s non-discrimination ordinance so that they could continue to not hire LGBT individuals.

 Recently a letter from the Salvation Army’s Midwest Commissioner, Paul Seiler, has come to light.  Dated February 21, 2014, the letter reads:

 Leadership roles in denominational activities such as teaching or holding local officer roles require certain adherence to consistently held spiritual beliefs. This would apply to any conduct inconsistent with Salvation Army beliefs and would include same-sex sexual relationships.

 Highlighting that the Salvation Army discriminates in how it treats its employees.

For anyone in a Salvation Army ministry position, the theological belief regarding sexuality is that God has ordained marriage to be between one man and one woman and sexual activity is restricted to one’s spouse. Non-married individuals would therefore be celibate in the expression of their sexuality. This is the long-standing expectation of all individuals in ministry roles in The Salvation Army, including lay people.

Several different ways.  The consequence for violating these internal policies?

Officers are ordained and commissioned by The Salvation Army are expected to follow a number of organizational and denominational policies and there are consequences for internal disregard, which may include termination.

I have taken the liberty of attaching photos of the Salvation Army’s internal document along with the reply Jureller forwarded me from the Buffalo chapter of the Salvation Army in 2012.

It is utterly bizarre to me a that the NHL, which has gone to great lengths to mete out homophobia with its partnership with You Can Play, still retains ties to a discriminatory organization like the Salvation Army through individual teams.  It is stranger still that these teams themselves would contribute to You Can Play while at the same time partnering with an organization that does exactly what You Can Play is trying to stop.  (Not to mention the teams that partner with the Boy Scouts of America.)

This is of course not restricted just to the NHL and can probably also be said of numerous NFL, NBA, MLB, and MLS teams, but the question remains…why?

Sincerely,

Alexander S. Bauer

Black and Blue and Gold

 

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