: Post-Game Talk:
So...you still wanna fire Homer?
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04-23-2010, 09:58 PM
Join Date: Jan 2004
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read the rest of the post. The gamble was not his health. IT was whether:
1 - he could still play (yes)
2 - he'd be a headcase (no)
It was absolutely a gamble on his health.
As I have pointed out numerous times, Emery had played less than 40 games in each of the previous seasons and likely played those games with plenty of breaks and backup starts.
Now people can say that this injury was unpredictable, but at the same time, Emery was a guy who hadn't handled a starter's load in over 2 years and we came out and played him in 16 of our first 17 games. Then he gets the abdominal injury (that he apparently didn't tell the training staff about) and then when he tries to make the comeback, we discover that he has this hip thing.
Look, when you sign a guy that hasn't been an NHL starter in 2 years and played last year in f'ing Russia, there's an inherent amount of risk involved. You can't just say, "oh, well the things I was expecting to go wrong didn't go wrong, so it's an automatic success." In a case like that, a lot of the risk is just totally unpredictable and it's essential to have a good backup plan.
Homer has gotten extremely lucky that Boosh got himself together at the right time.
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