Before Entropy Sets In, What will the Eventual NHL work stopage do to HTR?

As the season winds down (much too quickly for some of us – thanks, Minnesota), I’m curious about some things, such as what happens on this site in the “off-season”. I also have some genral questions about people’s attitudes regarding some of the stuff that occurs here on a fairly regular basis.

So – please take a moment and answer the following questions as honestly as you can. As always, there will be extra points for creativity and / or obscure pop culture references (do you hear me, big brother booty?)

1.) What DO you propose we talk about to keep this site viable in the “off-season”? Draft picks, free agent signings, trades, and speculation will only get you so far. Should we sit around and randomly insult each other (like we do now, only without hockey to distract us), or would you be amenable to going a little more “off-topic” (i.e. favorite sports movies, music, things of that nature)?

2.) Referencing the way comments here can sometimes turn to a personal nature – on a scale of 1 to 10, how much does this bother you? Do you think the occasional personal frictions on here add “spice” to the site, or do you think they detract from “talking hockey”? Do the obscenities, misogyny, and cultural insults offend you, or do you think they are basically good-natured and “all in fun”?

3.) Here’s the one I’m really curious about, and the one I’m hoping for the greatest response from – according to the figures, there are over 5,000 members on this site. Yet there are less than thirty people who submit articles on a fairly regular basis, and less than sixty who post comments on a semi-regular basis. With that in mind:

a.) Those of you who do submit and / or comment regularly – why do you do it? What keeps you coming back?

b.) The part I am most interested in – those 5,550 or so of you who DON’T submit or comment – why not? Are you nervous? Shy? Afraid of how you’ll sound? Leery of getting ripped by a$%holes like me?

Don’t be. I was a complete novice to this sort of thing when I stumbled on this site four months ago. With very few exceptions, I have found the people on here to be absolutely great. I can think of no better example of cool this community is than the fact that I am a diehard Avalanche fan, and I have a good relationship with more than a few Red Wings fans on here. Given that fact, perhaps world peace IS possible…..

It’s new blood and fresh comments that keep this site going, and make it the best hockey site I’ve ever found. Jump in and make yourself heard. And for God’s sake, write a submission, even if it’s something as inane as this one. Those of us who do comment frequently get bored, and that’s when we have evil thoughts.

We’re very gentle with “first-timers” (or “virgins” as we used to call them in RHPS). We won’t rip on you until you’ve been here awhile – and then, remember, we only do it because we love you.

So it’s time for the “silent majority” to come on down and let your voice be heard…..

4.) Anyone besides a card-carrying, dues-paying member of CTP – What is CTP? What were its origins? What is its purpose? And what was the genesis and rationale of its evil twin, FSTA?

5.) What is entropy?

What will the Eventual NHL work stopage do to HTR?

titans writes “With it looking more and more likely that an NHL work stopage is unavoidable, I’m posing this question to both HTR and Wowhockey members. It’s real simple. What will happen to these sites when theres no more hockey?

How do you think the impending NHL work stopage will affect HTR and Wow? Do you think these sites will lose tremendous amounts of viewers? Will they be able to financially survive? Will you the reader keep coming back? What will we argue about?

I’m also curious what the site administrators and owner Trademan think about the subject. Are you worried? Are you making plans for the eventuality?


70 Responses to Before Entropy Sets In, What will the Eventual NHL work stopage do to HTR?

  1. OilersRush says:

    They Questioned him, and released him. It looks like a OD or somthing, but the whole situation is sad.

  2. defenestrate says:

    The other famous valet of that era, Tammy Lynn Sytch (“Sunny”), was / is an addict as well. I wonder if it’s an occupational hazard.

  3. OilersRush says:

    Guess you can say its part of the buisness.Only a matter of time before somthing like this happens again.

  4. OilersRush says:

    And Lex was arrested for drug charges due to her death after all.

  5. titans says:

    Drug use in pro wrestling??? Nooo! Say it ain’t so!!

  6. defenestrate says:

    I knew you’d show up here sooner or later – isn’t Kurt “You Suck” Angle from your neck of the woods?

  7. NYIchooch75 says:

    I think in the off-season we DEFINITELY should not have to answer any more essay questions like this. I already had to tell my “feelings” this week to my girl just so I can get laid.

    With that in mind, let’s talk hockey, rip the shit out of each other, throw a bash in Toronto or New York so we can all meet, hang out, get drunk, maybe get into a few fights and of course…talk hockey!

  8. titans says:

    I believe he’s from Pittsburgh…other side of the state. But I did meet Stephane McMahon a few years ago in Toronto. Sat down and had a real long conversation with her…back when she was hot, before she became a man.

  9. bender says:

    1) I love the off season as much as the regular season, so much more tinkering and waggling going on, sports in the one thing that is actually fun waiting for in anticipation to start. I think we should even chat about some of our other sports interests, of course girls, booze and and porn our always fun topics to chat about. You guys are my friends…..my ONLY friends….I will kill everyone of you if you leav……..uhhh….hang on…..gotta grab my pills. (sarcasm folks)

    2)I say a 3. I love the good natured ribbing, but people get a little carried away when you try to give them the gears with some good valid hockey points and you get the old “your an idiot” and not much else to back up there point. At least give me a reason why I am an idiot. If you need some examples of how to rib someone good naturedly, see some of my past replies with mikster. LMAO.

    3) a)I am trying to write a book and all my mental power and creativity goes to that, one day I’ll get around to it. I comment more than regularity to make up for my lack of Posting.

    b) yes, I am shy and very sensitive, and would make a great son-in-law (wink wink D man).

    4)CTP!!! CTP!!!! Keggers and mud wrestling next friday.

    5) I believe in a certain theory about entropy that very well could prove the existance of a higher power. For more details please PM me. LMAO.

    Nothing should stop this site, we can make up our own online league if we have too, what do you say guys, you in?!?

    I think the site is great, It was nice to see many Leafs and Flyers fans bury the hatchet after the series it gave me a renewed respect for my fellow HTR’ers

  10. calflyers says:

    If you keep posting “LEAF_EXPERTS” Ramblings,

    I hope HTR goes under!

  11. defenestrate says:

    I say we remake “Slapshot” with CTP as the Chiefs and FSTA as the Bulldogs. You, TC, and Hammer14 as the Hansons; Momo as “Killer” Carlson; due to my advanced age, I’ll be Reg (I’ve always wanted to skate down the ice yelling “She’s a lesbian! A lesbian!”. If mikster is good, we’ll let him play Ned Braden – otherwise, we’ll give it to Titans.

  12. bender says:

    “As long as I don’t have to drink any of that stinkin’ ROOTBEER!!!!!!”

  13. bender says:

    Pssssstttt……………the doors of appleton will shimmer to beavers walking naked in pink thongs, with Christmas hot dogs we shall deficate the urinal morality.

  14. bender says:

    that one……..and every other fricken comercial they repeat over and over again.

    CBC BLOWS…they must give hand jobs to big companies just to get these lame comercials on!!!

    The Iced Cap air conditioner is driving me bonkers…

    Even the Don Cherry Bubba one is starting to make me turn to channel during break time, and I love that one……..

  15. Aetherial says:

    When the work stopage hits I will still check here every now and then. Not as often as during the season :)

    I like cutting pinheads to shreds around here although some of you make it too easy. Titans and BigBooty are fun to debate with.

    If we could just spend a lot of time talking about big breasts that would be cool too.

  16. defenestrate says:

    under the “B” – 14; under the “O” -74

    you flatter, me, pilgrim…

  17. Freezer says:

    > Can you pass the 8th grade final exam from 1895?

    >

    > Now this was when education was a real education. I wonder where we went

    > wrong.

    >

    > Remember when our grandparents, great-grandparents, and such stated that

    > they only had an 8th grade education? Well, check this out. Could any of

    > us have passed the 8th grade in 1895? (LOOK CLOSELY… THAT’S EIGHTEEN

    > NINETY-FIVE).

    >

    > This is the eighth-grade final exam from 1895 in Salina, KS, USA. It was

    > taken from the original document on file at the Smokey Valley Genealogical

    > Society and Library in Salina, KS, and reprinted by the Salina Journal.

    >

    > 8th Grade Final Exam: Salina, KS -1895

    > ********************************

    > Grammar (Time, one hour)

    >

    > 1. Give nine rules for the use of Capital Letters.

    > 2. Name the Parts of Speech and define those that have no Modifications.

    > 3. Define Verse, Stanza and Paragraph.

    > 4. What are the Principal Parts of a verb? Give Principal Parts of lie,

    > play and run.

    > 5. Define Case, Illustrate each Case.

    > 6. What is Punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of Punctuation.

    > 7 – 10. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you

    > understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.

    >

    > *****************************************

    > Arithmetic (Time, 1.25 hours)

    > 1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic.

    > 2. A wagon box is 2 ft. deep, 10 feet long, and 3 ft. wide. How many

    > bushels of wheat will it hold?

    > 3. If a load of wheat weighs 3942 lbs., what is it worth at 50cts/bushel,

    > deducting 1050 lbs. for tare?

    > 4. District No. 33 has a valuation of $35,000. What is the necessary levy

    > to carry on a school seven months at $50 per month, and have $104 for

    > incidentals?

    > 5. Find cost of 6720 lbs. coal at $6.00 per ton.

    > 6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 percent.

    > 7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft. long at $20 per

    > metre?

    > 8. Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10 percent.

    > 9. What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance around

    > which is 640 rods?

    > 10. Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt.

    >

    > ********************************************

    > U.S. History (Time, 45 minutes)

    >

    > 1. Give the epochs into which U.S. History is divided.

    > 2. Give an account of the discovery of America by Columbus.

    > 3. Relate the causes and results of the Revolutionary War.

    > 4. Show the territorial growth of the United States.

    > 5. Tell what you can of the history of Kansas.

    > 6. Describe three of the most prominent battles of the Rebellion.

    > 7. Who were the following: Morse, Whitney, Fulton, Bell, Lincoln, Penn,

    > and Howe?

    > 8. Name events connected with the following dates: 1607, 1620, 1800, 1849,

    > 1865.

    > **********************************************

    > Orthography (Time, one hour) I don’t even know what this is!

    >

    > 1. What is meant by the following: Alphabet, phonetic, orthography,

    > etymology, syllabication?

    > 2. What are elementary sounds? How classified?

    > 3. What are the following, and give examples of each: Trigraph, subvocals,

    > diphthong, cognate letters, linguals?

    > 4. Give four substitutes for caret ‘u.’

    > 5. Give two rules for spelling words with final ‘e.’ Name two exceptions

    > under each rule.

    > 6. Give two uses of silent letters in spelling. Illustrate each.

    > 7. Define the following prefixes and use in connection with a word: bi,

    > dis, mis, pre, semi, post, non, inter, mono, sup.

    > 8. Mark diacritically and divide into syllables the following, and name

    > the sign that indicates the sound: card, ball, mercy, sir, odd, cell,

    > rise, blood, fare, last.

    > 9. Use the following correctly in sentences: cite, site, sight, fane,

    > fain, feign, vane, vain, vein, raze, raise, rays.

    > 10. Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and indicate pronunciation by

    > use of diacritical marks and by syllabication.

    > ********************************************

    > Geography (Time, one hour)

    > 1. What is climate? Upon what does climate depend?

    > 2. How do you account for the extremes of climate in Kansas?

    > 3. Of what use are rivers? Of what use is the ocean?

    > 4. Describe the mountains of North America.

    > 5. Name and describe the following: Monrovia, Odessa, Denver, Manitoba,

    > Hecla, Yukon, St. Helena, Juan Fernandez, Aspinwall and Orinoco.

    > 6. Name and locate the principal trade centers of the U.S.

    > 7. Name all the republics of Europe and give the capital of each.

    > 8. Why is the Atlantic Coast colder than the Pacific in the same latitude?

    > 9. Describe the process by which the water of the ocean returns to the

    > sources of rivers.

    > 10. Describe the movements of the earth. Give the inclination of the

    > earth.

    >

    > **********************************************

    > Also notice that the exam took six hours to complete. Gives the saying”he

    > only had an 8th grade education” a whole new meaning, doesn’t it?

  18. defenestrate says:

    Steph didn’t become a man – she became a pontoon…

  19. defenestrate says:

    Gives a whole new meaning to “the wisdom of your elders”, as well. I think most of those Mensa nimrods would have trouble with that one. What the hell did they teach in 12th grade, quantum physics on an abacus?

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