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  1. ...when you are so pissed off swear words alone just can't do it 😂
  2. If you can clear your mind and zero out your emotions that would probably end up working very well for you.
  3. Agree with Coop’s comments. Planned obsolescence was a term certainly borne from the auto industry, but I don’t necessarily think they planned for vehicles to fail at a specific time, I think the term is really a slang reference to the fact you can take something like a bearing and statistically determine for a given load how many cycles (revolutions) it could take before failure. There was no need for them to put a 50 year bearing (at the associated cost) in a car they assumed would only last 20 years under normal wear and tear. The planned obsolescence in the auto actually occurs when they stop producing parts for a specific vehicle after a specific amount of time (just like where Windows no longer supports my Win NT OS – bastards!) It would be pretty difficult to design a pad to fail after a certain amount of shots as shot intensity alone is difficult to predict (don’t forget there is a certain percentage of people out there using pro-level material where junior equipment would be plenty tough for the shots faced). Where issues come up though is if the manufacturer cheaps out on certain materials such as straps or thread type – inexpensive components that are so integrally important to the gear, which when they fail make you question how the manufacturer could be so stupid (and start to accuse them of doing this for a higher purpose).
  4. You're taking the sip after goals against, goals for, good saves, grandma's birthday, basically everything - that takes your thoughts and emotions away from one specific form and just flatlines them. Note that this will not be a short term solution - your first 5 sips may all be after bad goals against, but after 100 or so sips (which sounds like a lot but think of how often you take sips in a regular game it's not really) it will start kicking in. I did the sip thing for a couple of games before I found it made a difference. Note as the saying goes, YMMY with this method. @BadAngle41 has mentioned a number of options. The trick is probably more in finding what works for you than getting it to work. It's really training your brain whatever way you can. As an example, I've realized that you play well when you are enjoying yourself and the inverse is also true but how do you enjoy yourself when it all goes pear-shaped? One game I tried an experiment after becoming frustrated on how it was going: I decided to force my self to laugh about it and joke a bit with my team about the bad stuff - the result - my game really came up. I actually made my play better by making myself enjoy the experience, It makes absolutely no sense, but it worked. As other said, I think we all tend to overthink things at some time...
  5. No, they are not competing with each other. By taking a drink from the water bottle during both highs (good saves) and lows (bad or any goal against) or any other time what you are doing is training your brain to reset as @Chenner29 said. It's Pavlovian (look up "Pavlov's Dogs") - it eventually teaches your brain to come to a neutral point after a swig. I do this whenever I make a good save (so two swigs in the last 6 years) whenever I let in any goal and whenever my team scores. It really helps bring me to a neutral state, which for me is what I need. As you said, the joking around gets you loose which helps you not overthink, which augments what the water bottle is doing.
  6. Don't know if you would have found them at Home Depot: seems to me a lot of auto bolts (especially Japanese) are a non-standard thread - most probably so they can keep a monopoly on them as well. Auto part shops are usually a pretty good source...
  7. For those of you removed from the pacific northwest, a long time ago (early '80s?) Seattle dubbed itself "The Emerald City". So "Wizards" or "Flying Monkeys" - take your pick....
  8. Well if you're looking to start dating again, you're out of luck as she died 15 years ago...
  9. Good comeback Coop - I suggest now throwing in something bad about his mother...possibly including army boots - oooh snap!
  10. Bought a set of buttons from a local fabric shop (FabricLand) and installed them with a mallet per @bunnyman666 comment. These were stainless, so not too worried about rusting. Since I installed the suspender loops after adding the buttons I have not removed them (the loops) at any time to avoid rusting. That was probably two seasons ago or more and no issues to date.
  11. Agreed – never too late: I’ll be 61 in ~ 5 weeks. I started back in my 2nd life as a goalie at 54. With reference to @Peter36 comment, I should stretch every day, but always seem to get sidetracked - I'm sure it would help my game and how I feel the morning after 😩. Agree with everything others have said, especially with reference to Maria’s site. The important thing is to get yourself to a point where you won’t strain something while contorting for a save. In response to another comment, if I may ask, where would you put your skating ability? This is probably as important as your flexibility as, while you do a lot to avoid injury by dropping, pushing, sliding the correct way, you can only execute these moves with a good level of skating ability. Keep us in the loop and good luck
  12. Hi All: Just to put in a few of my own cents (note, not “sense”) in: @bunnyman666 and @kyledjean you guys are spot on IMO about the use of the stick. It seems with being able to build a wall with your pads in the b-fly, the proper use of the stick is a lost art (I specifically used the word art here – more to come). I read a lot here about people who get the thinnest, lightest pads possible and then complain because either their pads don’t seal completely along the upper edges when in the b-fly or the puck has managed to force its way through the ½” of padding thickness they have in that area. I also see guys dropping into the b-fly and flipping their stick up and out of the way as if the pads and not the stick should be your first line of defense. First, if you have flexi pads or they don’t seal and the top or along the ice, that’s where the stick comes in!!! Not only does it block the puck, you can steer it away as well. And for anyone who says you don’t need it with modern pads, consider that when you flip your stick off the ice you are also pulling you blocker out of position, especially with regard to sealing up close to the body. Along the same lines, I play against a goalie who is a master artist at proactive stick-work. Half the scoring chances that might have been generated by back-doors or cross-crease passes at his net are nullified before they start because of his incredible ability to block them (and yes, I am really jealous of this skill). As far as hot rebounds are concerned, I suspect for people like @Fullright and I (and I suspect @Wonder35 - congrats at still being in the net BTW!), who remember when dirt was new, we were always taught kicking the puck away was bad goaltending form as with horsehide pads, it put rebounds right in harm’s way. With the new pads, this is an option, but having said that, I always go back to my first instincts which is to direct the rebound to a corner as opposed to putting it out where the forwards can drop on it like a shark in a feeding frenzy. Same thing with corralling a short rebound – it allows me to control the play, freezing it if need be or swiping it aside to a D who is hopefully paying attention (unfortunately this is not the case that often). My experience has become a blend of these styles and truly a hybrid. I started off as standup in the mid-70s and upon my return ~ 7 years ago I have been gradually trying to integrate a lot of the b-fly stuff. I try to have a broad repertoire as I need all the help I can get. And yes, at my age it can be pretty tough on the hips. One thing I being mentioned here that I am a bit confused about it is there seems to be the idea that you need to use “old –school” equipment to play stand-up style. I actually came from Cooper horse-hide pads in the ‘70s to Vaughn V2s in 2012 to Brian’s Sub-zeros in the last year. I still have stand-up in my repertoire – the pads don’t really make too much of a difference in that matter (although if you are going to start making skate saves, I suggest you see Fullright about the leather shelled Tacks he showed in a different thread). Finally I want to clarify that, despite what people think when they see me in net, standup for me is a style, not a form of comedy, although I believe there are many who would argue they are one and the same. TL;DR? Do what you want, have fun and since you paid good money for it, don’t forget to use your stick
  13. Actually, it was an American ( @bunnyman666 )who used it in the form "cheque". I think most people (be it north or south of the border) use "check" for both terms, although I agree that a "cheque" is used to pay a bill. Of course there was the old joke (during the 72 Canada Cup series) that if Hlinka ever got laid out you could yell out "cancelled Czech"! Now, toque that's a different matter!
  14. Man, that is all sorts of pain just looking at it. All kidding aside, I'm really sorry about the injury. As you said, at least the season is clear for a while, so thank goodness for the small graces. Here hoping for as quick a recovery as possible.
  15. Holy crap - no wonder I couldn't find any drywall screws at Home Depot last time I went! What happened there? Quick kick after the wife/girlfriend spotted you looking the wrong way?
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