Interesting thread over at HF about blogs and specifically Oiler Blogs. I find it interesting that people would be puzzled about reasons why someone would spend time blogging.
It seems to me that ego, search for knowledge, exchange of ideas, some form of kinship and creative outlet would all be in there somewhere and there’s probably a few I haven’t thought of or pursued (money, apparently one can make money from this) or dared delve into (avoiding chores, relatives, etc) for fear of some kind of major personal revelation.
For the record, I blog for the reasons explained above. It’s a release for me, like fishing and playing solitaire was for my Dad. The main reason for my entering the internet and searching for like minded Oiler fans (like Kim Gernack, may he rest in peace) was exactly because of the isolation felt I’m sure by so many of us who enjoyed hockey and baseball as children, discovered women and demon alcohol, did things we hope are long forgotten on that front and then eventually returned to a life that wouldn’t kill us or having us living in a cardboard box on the outskirts of town (I have friends who are there now who wish they had gotten their debauchery out of the way before walking down the aisle).
I do find it curious that people feel a need to make suggestions about changing my blog, though. It reminds me of a guy I knew years ago who would constantly say “you know what you should do?” and then give me marital advice (although he himself was unmarried) or suggest some good investments (despite not having a pot to piss in).
For the record, I blog about hockey with baseball references because I see the game the way my father taught me. My father taught me about hockey through baseball, and he taught me a lot of other things about life through baseball too. So, when you say “I wish you’d stop with the baseball references” it makes no sense to me since I see so many similarities. Doesn’t anyone ever equate up the middle defense (C, P, 2B, SS, CF) in baseball with up the middle defense in hockey (G, LD, RD, C)? Doesn’t anyone ever look at a team goals against average and think ERA?
There are huge differences in the game, but there are also similarities in the game. And baseball is wise for hockey fans because it is so much farther ahead in terms of math and math my friends is your friend when it comes to figuring things out. We don’t have the Bill James equations all sussed out for hockey yet, but with the efforts of Tyler Dellow, Vic Ferrari, Gabriel Desjardins and others we’re starting to chip away at it. I’ve often said that there is a Jesus Alou out there stealing ice time from someone who deserves it, someone who is the Darrell Evans of hockey.
If you don’t understand those references, look it up. Or, hang around long enough and someone will explain it to you better than I can. Or, ask. But don’t ask me to change my blog because honestly it’s pretty much exactly what I’d like it to be right now.
A forum that tries to ask questions with the bias removed. A blog that doesn’t take itself so seriously you need to be packing a slide rule and a bunsen burner to enter. A smart man I know once said there are no stupid questions only stupid answers.
I sincerely hope you enjoy my blog. It pleases me to see people stop in and honestly I’ve learned so much from the posters who’ve dropped in over the life of this blog. If you don’t like it, that’s fine too. However, I hope this explains why I refer to baseball and why those references are staying.
My Dad would understand, and after that I really don’t care.