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A Warm and Dry Winter? It’s going to be warmer than average and great this weekend. Get out and enjoy
it. Snow White and I had a nice scull on Friday afternoon and she found new birds to talk to…the Turkeys…whom she gobbled back and forth with. Meanwhile, the headline says that the Climate Prediction Center says that it will be a warmer winter than normal. But, if you look at the temperature map with the colors indicate that there is a 50% chance of it being warmer than normal to our north and a 40% chance of it being warmer than normal around here. Hmmm…seems to me that means there is a 60% chance of it being something else, right? I dunno…I wasn’t all that great with statistics and often statistics can make no sense whatsoever. For instance, if you get 30 people in a room statistically speaking, odds are two of them have the same birthday. Doesn’t make sense to me either but that’s statistics. And Mark Twain said there were three kind of lies: Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics. So, That’s their story. Gotta tell you, if the long wave pattern of the last few weeks holds true, it will be a warmer than average year…but long wave patterns can change and we have a La Nina/El Nino neutral situation that is forecast to stay put. Here’s a portion of the report with a link to the whole thing.
While the model spread continues to include possibilities ranging from El Niño to La Niña, the recent decrease in subsurface and surface temperatures favors a return to La Niña over the development of El Niño. However, based on current atmospheric and oceanic conditions, recent trends, and model forecasts, ENSO-neutral conditions are expected to continue into early 2009. Here’s a Link to the ENSO discussion
On This Date in History: A Man of Courage on Two Counts
On This date in 1959, Montreal Canadiens goalie Jacques Plante first wore a mask in a game. Prior to that, goalies did not wear a mask and routinely they were hit in the face by a puck flying at what, up to 100 mph? Maybe faster. And those pucks are made of hard rubber. I’d say that a flying puck left a mark or two. Somehow I don’t think goalies in the NHL had the hottest girlfriends on the team. But Plante wasn’t the first to try a mask. The first was Clint Benedict of the old Montreal Maroons who wore a partial leather mask in the 1930’s for a brief time but he said it obscured his vision so he stopped using it.
Now, Plante had used a white fiberglass mask in practice all season but his coach wouldn’t let him wear it in a game. But, in a November 1, 1959 game, he got hit in the face as a puck screamed across his nose and mouth. The blood poured. He went to the locker room for stitches and
it took more than 20 minutes, which was a long time for stitches in a hockey game. Seems that Jacques was arguing with the coach about his returning with a cream colored mask.(not sure why it wasn’t the white one) He told the coach either he wore the mask or he didn’t play. Later, Plante explained, “I already had four broken noses, a broken jaw, two broken cheekbones and almost 200 stitches in my head,” he pointed out. “I didn’t care how the mask looked.” See, Plante was so good that he could do just about whatever he wanted. He even knitted his own underwear….hardly a manly, tough goalie sort of thing. But he said it calmed his nerves.
It seems pretty courageous for anyone to go into the goalie box without a mask. And Plante did just that. But, it took perhaps even more courage to enter the box wearing a mask. He was jeered and mocked by other players and the fans for years. I’m sure “sissy” wasn’t the only word that he was called. But, after a few years, other goalies thought it might be a pretty good idea and since one of the best did it, why not? The practice of wearing a mask became the norm across the league and today goaltenders embrace the mask as they put all sorts of wild designs on the apparatus to express their personality or show loyalty to the team.
Jacques Plante: A profile in courage. You don’t suppose that the other goalies decided the mask was a good idea when they saw Plante, after wearing the mask, with the best looking dates in the league?