The Jersey Junta: judging some terrible sweater mistakes in October

christian tiberi
November 02 2016 02:00PM

The hockey jersey is an odd thing. When you wear one, you are donning a gigantic corporate logo and declaring it to be a core part of your identity. However, it's also an expression of who you are as a sports fan. It can show which team you support, which player is your favourite, which design is your favourite, etc. It is the ultimate form of expression guided by corporate guidelines, and we all have one.

In recent years, that customization has taken a whole new level. You can now find websites that, for an added price, will do whatever you want for your jersey. It used to be third party sellers, but now the NHL will do it. 

I'm not one to believe in the religious value attached to hockey jerseys. I don't care if you spill beer all over them or throw them on the ice or what have you. It's your $200 dollars. Treat your expensive fabric however you want.

However, there are some base rules we can all agree upon for jerseys. Simply put, do not commit a jersey foul. The jersey foul is one part bad money decisions, one part bad aesthetic sense, and one part disrespect for the jersey. We will be curating some of the worst jersey fouls seen at Calgary Flames games every month this year. Welcome to the Jersey Junta.

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Who's better at making defensive pairings: Glen Gulutzan, or dice?

christian tiberi
November 01 2016 02:00PM

Here's a fun story from Baseball Between the Numbers:

On Sunday morning, August 13, 1972, the Detroit Tigers had dropped into second place, a game behind the Baltimore Orioles in the AL East. After holding off the Orioles for months, the Tigers were in a free fall with just 3 wins in their last 13 games. Only the Orioles' mediocre 7-7 record over the previous two weeks was keeping the Tigers from falling further behind.

Billy Martin, in his second year at the helm of the Tigers, decided desperate times called for desperate measures. Instead of the customary impassioned speech to the team or deftly organized "players-only" meeting, Martin decided to shake things up on the field. He wrote down the names of his starters on slips of paper, put them into a hat, and filled out his lineup card by pulling out the names at random. Whether because of the lineup changes or something else, the Tigers won the first game of their doubleheader with the Indians, 3-2. Then, using their traditional lineup for the nightcap, they got crushed, 9-2.

Choosing the lineup is one of the most underappreciated tasks of a sports coach. There's plenty to consider, and a minor mistake may cost you the game. It's not as simple as sorting your players from best to worst. Coaches consider things like chemistry, playing style, opposition weakness, fatigue, righty-lefty, etc. It's not as easy as it sounds.

Billy Martin had his way of doing it, and it worked pretty well for him. Glen Gulutzan prefers his way, and it's absolutely baffling. For a progressive coach, Gulutzan's defensive pairings have been a pain for almost every Flames fan. Instead of going with the proven (two-ish years of evidence!) pairings, he likes switching it up. That idea in itself isn't bad, but he seems committed to his bad pairings regardless of the results. There are much better ways of doing this, but he doesn't seem to notice them.

Glen has eight choices for six spots, and he seems to pick wrong even with those great odds. It's gone on too far, Glen. We're taking away your power to make defensive pairings. In your place, we offer dice.

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Flames Weekly Prospect Update: Klimchuk comes alive

christian tiberi
November 01 2016 08:00AM

We're back again with another prospect update for you guys, the final one for the month of October. It's been a pretty eventful week (and month) for some Flames prospects, as you'll find out after the jump.

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Flames Weekly Prospect Update: Some more good news

christian tiberi
October 25 2016 10:00AM

Welcome back to our Weekly Prospect Update on FlamesNation. This article will be awkwardly sandwiched between Embers and the FGD. Unfortunate, because it's probably the best Flames news you'll read today. (I wrote this before last night's game, so I guess this is actually the cherry on top. Pessimism is not a good life choice sometimes.)

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Flames Weekly Prospect Updates: Off we go!

christian tiberi
October 18 2016 08:00AM

Hello, and welcome to FlamesNation's weekly prospect updates. Now that all Flames prospects (except Adam Fox) have started their seasons, it is fitting that we keep you in the loop. Without much further ado, let's dive right in.

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