May 08 2014 08:40PM
by firing the coach, you let players off hook. leafs have to own shortcomings, face up to them, overcome them. keeping carlyle is right move— dave bidini (@hockeyesque) May 8, 2014
Despite having lived in Vancouver nearly all my life, I don't actually own a waterproof jacket that's suitable for spring weather. I mostly wear out my cotton hoodies quickly, and avoid walking outside in a downpour.
My girlfriend, knowing it rains a lot here, has left an extra cheap umbrella at my apartment, and urges me to use it for those days where it's too warm for my bulky, winter waterproof coat. Today was one such day. Upon leaving my place to go cross-town, she reminded me the forecast called for rain and I may as well grab the umbrella. I looked out the window. "Why?" I asked. "I can see the sun peeking out of the clouds. There are no dark rain clouds."
For a while I looked smart. I didn't have a bulky umbrella to carry, and was able to check my phone to see the news and reaction to Randy Carlyle's two-year extension this afternoon unimpeded. We arrived at our destination without a drop of rain. How smart did I look at that point, and how silly was my girlfriend, who had lugged around her umbrella for nothing.
Upon leaving, I felt a rain drop. Then another. Then another. Then it began pouring. My walking companion not only had her umbrella, but a light jacket with a hood as well. Being a generous sort, she let me huddle under her umbrella. I was able to stay mostly dry until we got back to my apartment, but really, how could I have been so stupid and not taken a light piece of fabric to keep me dry throughout the day? The forecast did call for rain and I blithely ignored the forecast because I could see sun poking out. One would think the lesson I would learn from this is that conditions worsen, and ultimately, those with the most control are the most responsible for the situation. He who ignores the weather forecast is the most likely to get caught out in the rain. And he will be rained on, and he will get wet, and he will feel silly for this having happened.
But the real moral of the story is that my cotton clothes should have been more accountable. They did a terrible job keeping me dry.
I think the excuses people are drawing out for the Leafs holding on to Carlyle are ridiculous, and I hope those people get rained on. You can find our reaction from Dangle, Steven, and Bobby Cappuccino. I wrote 'Randy and Jake' yesterday, on the fallacy of Carlyle's preference for safe defencemen. I expect to be able to run Part 2 of that post Saturday.