by professor ggrib
Where the rubber meets the road is the most important point for something, the moment of truth. An athlete can train all day, but the race is where the rubber meets the road and they’ll know how good they really are. http://www.usingenglish.com/reference/idioms/where+the+rubber+meets+the+road.html
It’s exciting that so many players are on the ice so early. The predictors are using this as part of their predictions. As we learned, the hard way, last year, it’s ALL about when the blade hits the ice. Last year the mood was high, things seemed to hum along and then….the bad news started. Injury after injury and suddenly we were starting the year using back up players. AND, the snowball kept rolling bigger and bigger until the spring thaw. Soooo, hopefully the players on the ice signify that the bodies are ready.
I admire the players and their off season training. These days, most players have directions from their team strength coaches and also have personal trainers who work for them and are familiar with hockey. Still the Blue Jackets have always seemed to have more than their share of injuries, so I am always a bit leery of the off season’s training results. Many years ago, the Boston Red Sox had an All Star catcher by the name of Carlton Fisk. Carlton spent one off season chopping wood. He chopped wood all winter thinking to build up his muscles and have a great year. When he got to training camp, he found he was muscle bound as he had developed muscles,all right, but the wrong muscles, so that the newly built muscles up actually impeded his follow through of his swing. With all eyes on last season’s injury history, we all hope something this stupid didn’t happen.
The on ice activities are the start of the moment of truth. But there is a potential of a lot more, as dreams are realized for some of the younger players, to be on NHL grounds. It can be the start of team building and camaraderie.
Speaking of teamwork and camaraderie, Jeff Little over at the Cannon mad an excellent point that I hope management at least considers. In speaking to the need for a good season start, Jeff pointed out that there will be 60 players in training camp. His recommendation is to make cuts early enough that the final team has time to jell and start the season as a solid unit. http://www.jacketscannon.com/2015/8/31/9208479/gearing-up-installment-i-three-roster-questions There is going to be a lot of talent in Columbus as well as Cleveland, let’s give both teams a chance to start well.