Get a load of what Steve Simmons wrote today

Cam Charron
July 27 2014 09:02AM

So I was going through my usual routine Sunday morning, and saw this silly column from Steve Simmons pop up in my news reader. I mean, can you believe what he said? Let's look.

A stitch in time saves nine. Paddle your own canoe. Slow and steady wins the race. He tasted his own medicine. It's always best to let sleeping dogs lie. Not even for all the tea in China. The more the merrier. There's more than meets the eye. Live and let live. Just a cotton pickin' minute, here! In the hot seat. That was a shot below the belt. His bark is worse than his bite. Don't bite the hand that feeds you. Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent inspiration. Math is hard. Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. The sun never sets on the British empire. Don't count your chickens before they hatch. You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink. Put that on a postage stamp. Keep your eye on the ball. Life is like a box of chocolates—you don't know what you'll get next. Lightning doesn't strike the same place twice. Never hurts to try. Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today. Time and tide wait for no man.

I'd break this apart line by line, but I think all of the inconsistencies and un-researched points are fairly self-evident. If I didn't know any better, it would look like this is just a big reprinting of English clichés! I can't believe the Toronto Sun's editors would let one of its writers do this. Pretty low, if you ask me.

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#1 WesternDP
July 27 2014, 10:02AM
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"a big reprinting of English clichés"

I am guessing that you don't like Bon Jovi songs?

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#3 Kanuunankuula
July 27 2014, 11:18AM
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Dammit, now you made me interested on what he wrote, read it, now my brain hurts.

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#4 Wetcoaster
July 27 2014, 12:23PM
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Cam, you assume any print newspaper still has money left to pay for actual editors...

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#5 CMpuck
July 27 2014, 12:44PM
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Maybe if you can write something of interest without condescending/patting yourself on the back over a bunch of fringe internet stats anyone with a seventh grade education can figure out you could get a job in hockey writing but that would require be consistently professional and not whining over someone's ability to land a career.

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#6 Gumby
July 27 2014, 03:49PM
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CMpuck wrote:

Maybe if you can write something of interest without condescending/patting yourself on the back over a bunch of fringe internet stats anyone with a seventh grade education can figure out you could get a job in hockey writing but that would require be consistently professional and not whining over someone's ability to land a career.

Exactly.

Jealousy is horrible trait Cam, you ever think that people call you an idiot because you are one ?

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#7 CMpuck
July 27 2014, 05:01PM
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Gumby wrote:

Exactly.

Jealousy is horrible trait Cam, you ever think that people call you an idiot because you are one ?

Not calling Cam an idiot but this stuff is just petty, Simmonds exists, he'll continue to exist, get over it. Not a big deal.

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#8 Slippy
July 27 2014, 05:18PM
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CMpuck wrote:

Maybe if you can write something of interest without condescending/patting yourself on the back over a bunch of fringe internet stats anyone with a seventh grade education can figure out you could get a job in hockey writing but that would require be consistently professional and not whining over someone's ability to land a career.

Steve, is that you?

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#10 leaferfan
July 27 2014, 06:31PM
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@CMpuck

The real question I have is just why would anyone read Simmons?

That said, Simmons does have a point. The devils are possession masters but they struggled to make the playoffs. They do need Schneider and the rest of the team to play MVP. A winning team ideally needs both quality players and puck possession. People trying to point to advanced stats being the panacena need to look no further then the Devils.

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#11 Goon
July 27 2014, 06:42PM
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leaferfan wrote:

The real question I have is just why would anyone read Simmons?

That said, Simmons does have a point. The devils are possession masters but they struggled to make the playoffs. They do need Schneider and the rest of the team to play MVP. A winning team ideally needs both quality players and puck possession. People trying to point to advanced stats being the panacena need to look no further then the Devils.

New Jersey was the only team with a CF% above 53% (elite possession) that missed the playoffs. The six other teams with CF% above 53% all made the playoffs - you can't use an exception to prove a rule.

There were 13 teams in the league last year with CF% above 50. 10 made the playoffs.

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#13 Mass
July 28 2014, 06:22AM
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Remember when there were some insightful articles around here, and not just petty little barbs thrown at another writer?

(Admittedly a very poor writer, but my point remains)

Comes off petty and small. Just move on Cam.

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#14 posthack
July 28 2014, 07:22AM
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Goon makes a good point. Simmons is cherry picking as he always does to prop up his weak arguments. NJD was a possession monster. Why didn't they make the playoffs? 1. Utter futily in shootouts. (50% would have given them a spot). http://scoringconcepts.blogspot.ca/2014/04/reflections-on-new-jersey-devils-2013.html

2. Devotion to Martin Brodeur. He was allowed to play 39 games for some reason ending with a .901 save percentage over Schnieder and his .921.

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#15 MZ
July 28 2014, 10:03AM
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Sorry, guys - there's actually no divide between "stats" and "great players". Great players HAVE great stats - they wouldn't be great if they didn't. What makes players great? They drive play, they put up points, they prevent the other team from putting up points, they make their teammates better. Right?

And guess what stats measure, dumdum!

This is what makes Simmons super-dumb: He's basically saying "I don't want a guy who's six-foot-eight. I want a TALL guy! Get out of here with your tape measures, warlock!"

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