I'm just copying my comment in the main thread, but I wanted to make sure the writers saw it, since I feel like they deserve a more positive, and hopefully more thoughtful comment than the one I offered the other night:
First off…the "balls" comment was meant in pure jest. It was simply a play on Gully’s statement, which was a bit silly, but nice to see.
The second thing I’d like to do is apologize. For example, I write for Bloody Elbow. I enjoy more than sports, as you can see from not just the odd interview, and previews of the main card, but from my writing on subjects as obscure as the science of smell and whether athletes might benefit from training their olfactory senses.
So as a "fellow" SB Nation writer, I know what it’s like to receive ‘criticism in vacuum’, and it usually sucks. I know what it’s like to spend time and effort into a piece only to have it thoughtlessly torn down with little sympathy for the author. I think my comment struck that same chord, and for that I apologize. I know very little about hockey these days, and it’s not like the people who write for DBD are not knowledgeable.
However, if I could defend the spirit of my comment, what I’ll say is this: blogging has, I think, moved passed its negative connotation over the years. And the point of blogging is to make information more personal…to make information as much about the classification of facts as it is about the classification of emotion. That freedom is what makes sites like Vice (for example), and yes…SB Nation unique, and often welcome. The point being that it’s ok to write a piece that comes across as slightly vindictive, yet understanding of the context.
This is what I was haphazardly asking for.
I know part of the job is in the mundane details, and summarizing the events, but don’t be afraid to get out more op-eds going, which is what much of the community comes here for. There are obvious things that are wrong with the team. Open the floor for that discussion. After reading your comment, I understand your position, but there are some things that don’t need context right now. We’re behind Columbus in the standings with a questionable home record, and a penchant for blowing two goal leads running into the same very specific problems on defense. That’s a discussion that can be had without an author coming across as a glorified drunkard in a Modano jersey.
You guys are educated. Tell us what you think.
Again, no disrespect intended with the original post. It was just a flippant comment hiding behind a desire to see as much opinions as analysis.