Convergence Case-study: Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Team

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This will be a long, self-indulgent post about a trivial subject, but I think both hockey fans and people familiar with SJW convergence (the process coined and chronicled by Vox Day) might enjoy it.

I was a sportsball fan (and, as I've written in another thread, a compulsive gambler) until 2011, when I firmly swore off all sports besides fighting. (This was back when the UFC only had about two events per month and five weight classes, and I also took BJJ, so that was why I made that exception.) But slowly, starting around 2017, I began watching championships and dabbling on the edges, and eventually got all the way back into hockey. (I play pond hockey with my cousins so, again, I had the weak rationalization that watching hockey wasn't purely passive.)

Let me start off with this: Obviously, the NHL itself is as pozzed as any institution, so it's not just the Toronto Maple Leafs. There is no institution of more than 100 people in the USA which is not completely beholden to liberalism, be it a corporation, college, church, or NGO. This isn't news here at GU. To make it even worse, the NHL commissioner is an anti-white Jew (most sports commissioners and owners are Jews nowadays, though even just 25 years ago this was far from the case), and the heads of youth hockey in North America are vile, corrupt, weaklings who push every liberal program (negrophilia, trannyism, womynism) so everybody involved at hockey from the lowliest player to the richest owner know they'll be severely punished if they don't fully submit to liberal doctrine.

But even still, competitive sports is inherently right wing, as black columnist Jason Whitlock has correctly written. No matter how many faggot announcers the Yankees hire or submissive athletes kneel for BLM, it's a thin, cynical artifice and everybody knows it: the goal of all sports is to definitively conquer an opponent, so as to tell the world, THERE IS A HIERARCHY IN THE WORLD, AND I AM SUPERIOR TO HIM IN THAT HIERARCHY. I AM SUPERIOR. This is the opposite of egalitarianism, and innately attracts the right wing spirit, and culls the left wing spirit. I'd bet that 90% of white athletes would identify as vaguely right wing, and the non-white athletes are only "liberal" in the sense that they're tribally loyal to the black race, not because the black athletes actually believe faggotry is good or that their Cadillac SUVs are causing global warming or that women are equal to men.

But over the course of 2018 and 2019, I started just vaguely picking up on some bad vibes coming from the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey organization. There were some specific things which caught my attention, but it was mostly just a vibe you get over the course of listening to hours of things on the radio and watching the games. For the critical job of General Manager (GM), the Leafs had fired a successful and beloved elder statesman of the sport (Lou Lamoriello) and replaced him with a shitlib-looking 30-something - an uptalking, problem-glasses wearing Rachel Maddow clone - who'd never played hockey. The team spoke constantly of "analytics" (analytics are just what we used to call "statistics") and their fans and announcers proclaimed their edgy new GM was some sort of math prodigy who had a revolutionary new way to use statistics to triumph over those stodgy-old white men who ran the other teams.

I found this incredibly disrespectful to hockey itself. If the Leafs new GM and their fans have such contempt for the people who run hockey....then why are they in the business to begin with? It's not dissimilar to the unspoken contradiction as the Jews conquered the USA: "We love America....which is why we're going to change everything about it. Including the people."


Why would a fucking Toronto newspaper be celebrating the destruction of "hockey traditions"?
Because SCIENCE!


Moreover, hockey analytics seemed phony. I was neck-deep in the baseball sabermetrics community from 2000 to 2010, including having several prominent sabermetric articles published, and one in particular which went viral which I'm obviously proud of to this day. I knew the advantages and limitations of baseball statistics....and I knew that all of the limitations of baseball statistics were present in the entire game of hockey. Baseball has many easily-quantified, episodic events (pitches, at-bats, hits and their value, strikeouts, etc., etc.), and it has so many thousands of games each year it's a perfect system for quantification. However, those aspects of baseball which are not so cleanly quantified, such as fielding and baserunning, were horribly undervalued and misunderstood by the sabermetric boom. The entire game of hockey is like the fielding and baserunning in baseball and can only be quantified in the most extreme events (goals), and everything else is undeniably subjective (hits, assists, even some things like face-offs and time-on-ice aren't so clear-cut as they might seem. So how could the Leafs possibly use statistics to revolutionize hockey, when the sport is fundamentally statistically squishy?

Additionally, hockey itself becomes a wildly different game in the playoffs than in the regular season, so what use would regular season stats even be in the playoffs? Players skate and defend far more aggressively, back-up goalies are almost never used, and smaller players who easily grab loose pucks in the regular season are simply shoved aside and wholly neutralized in the playoffs.

So the claims of the Leafs GM just all felt like bullshit to me, but there was a new wave of hip, young hockey fans, and they loved believing and bragging that they were going to use SCIENCE! to out-smart old fuddy-duddies. They loved using supposedly revolutionary stats like "CORSI" to supposedly dazzle the rubes and to make you, the older white man look stupid (regardless of your age or sex, you were always an "old white male" if you disagreed with the new people taking over the Maple Leafs).



I'd seen this psychology at work elsewhere. If only I could think of some other place where people had been told to sit-down and shut-up while the hip, smart, self-proclaimed brainiacs revolutionize the world around us. And if you don't sit down and submit to their genius, if you're a skeptic....then they might just have to drop some knowledge-bombs on you and make you look stupid!

I'd seen this entire social dynamic lay its destructive path in the world of SCIENCE!

We've seen nearly every human duped into believing the global warming hoax (so successfully that, by 2021, you had right wingers attacking liberals for being insufficiently devoted to the cause) with this constant threat: We're SCIENCE! so we're smarter than you, and if you oppose Climate Change Cause X we're going to make you look stupid by dropping some graphs and charts and everybody's going to laugh at you.

We've seen this with diet, where veganism is clearly becoming the official state diet, red meat is the Satan of this diet, and anybody who questions this orthodoxy is accused of being both anti-SCIENCE! and, of course, an old, fat fuddy duddy.

I saw this with (((vaccines))) for years, wherein I'd spent my whole life believing the narrative, only to finally actually look into the matter for myself and find that the entire program was a malicious, wanton lie (I believe a deliberate attack). But again, there was always the threat: If you oppose vaccination, we're going to drop our M.D. credential factoids on you and make you look stupid.

And now, obviously, we've seen this with the COVID hoax, wherein SCIENCE! is the state religion, able to imprison the entire population and given birth to saints like DOCTOR FAUCI.

Here's the thing about SCIENCE!: I called their bluff years ago. I saw their "climate change" graphs. I had the M.D.'s screaming their credentials at me. I compared vegans to people eating healthy carnivorous diets. And always, when the rubber met the road, SCIENCE! was full of shit. Sure, in many cases, there was at least a kernel of truth mixed somewhere in the bullshit, but it was so grossly exaggerated and then the solution for that exaggerated problem was so destructive, that it was clear these people in SCIENCE! were malicious actors.



First, the SCIENCE! tookover the Maple Leafs. And these hipsters, of course, brought with them their liberalism.

The new Leafs GM boldly announced that the Leafs were the first NHL team that would hire women scouts.
The Leafs began Tweeting out photos of their hapless players being subjected to pro-LGBTQ seminars.
The Leafs hired a Chief Diversity Officer (or some-such, I can't remember the official title), a black woman who would presumably tell the GM how many non-whites he needs to hire (and indeed there are a large number of non-whites in hockey).

By 2020, the Toronto Maple Leafs was as proudly and openly an anti-white, anti-Christian, anti-right wing institution as existed in the world. Think Google, Apple, Nike, Disney....that's the level of subversive liberalism you got from the Maple Leafs.

I really grew to hate the Leafs. They hate me (a white, heterosexual Christian man who feels no supplication to other races and an innate revulsion to LGBTQism and feminism)....so why shouldn't I hate them right back?

Additionally, their hipster GM did all sorts of faggoty things, aimed at sticking it to the old, white, male fuddy-duddies. He removed all grooming and dress code restrictions the Leafs had (whereas Lou Lamoriello had been legendary for making all his players shave every day). He talked constantly about "empowering the individual player". He put up really bizarre motivational signs around the Leafs buildings. They weren't your standard sports motivational fare ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing", etc.) but were instead things like, "Creativity is Our Answer". What sort of retard actually would believe that such meaningless babble would be of any use to a professional athlete?

So, starting around 2018, I sat back and watched. Was Vox Day correct? This was a real case-study.

(All of this assumes, of course, that there is no rigging of the sport. I believe that that assumption is very safe (although one must always be vigilant for fraud). I believe that hockey and baseball are both the sports with the least amount of fixing in their cultures, as well as the sports most difficult to rig. So I really don't consider fraud an issue in this test.)

Lou Lamoriello, the now-fired and mocked former GM, left the Leafs with an embarassment of riches. They were coming off an excellent 105-point season, led by their rising superstar Auston Matthews (from Arizona!) who, at times, was as dominant a player as probably there was in all of sports. They had other young stars Mitch Marner, Morgan Reilly, a solid goaltender....an altogether very bright future.

Kyle Dubas, the shitlib new GM, was being handed not just the keys to the kingdom, but keys to a kingdom that seemed perfectly set up by Lou Lamoriello to rise into an empire.

What has instead happened has been a collapse that has been hilariously, wonderously, deliciously, spectacular.

The Leafs began their collapse when Dubas immediately recruited still another superstar, John Tavares, to join the roster. He paid Tavares handsomely. The only problem is....the NHL has a hard salary cap. If you paid him that much, then you had that much less to pay others. So, he then had to radically overpay all his younger stars (Auston Matthews, William Nylander, and Mitch Marner), which meant that the team had 50% of its salary cap locked into four players....on a roster of 24! (Critically, this was also the opposite of the salary distribution promised via baseball statistical gurus, who promised to spend less money and get more bang for the buck.)

They were still good enough to make the playoffs - though not by that much - but not good enough to do anything. Early on, there were some really bad omens. When John Tavares returned to play the New York Islanders, his teammates simply did not compete, and the famously-vulgar Islander fans relentlessly cursed-at and mocked the "traitor" who left them. This embarassment received international news, as the fans themselves put on a hilarious show. Two months later, they lost in the first round to the Boston Bruins.

So 2019, the Leafs' first season under Dubas, had started with a bang, been interrupted with a bad omen, and ended with a limp thud.

In 2020, after a bad start, they fired their head coach, the highly successful coaching veteran Mike Babcock, who was another holder from Lou Lamoriello. Now, the shitlib, uptalking GM could hire his coach. The Leafs ended the 2020 regular season with what would have been a razor-thin entry into the playoffs, as the 8th seed in their conference. But because of the Coronavirus shutdown, they instead played in a "qualifying round", and lost immediately to the lowly-paid and star-less Columbus Blue Jackets, and their foul-mouthed, anachronistic coach John Tortoriella who calls his own players "pussies" and "ladies" when he thinks they're insufficiently tough.

The shitlib didn't just get his ass kicked, he got his ass kicked by his girlfriend's old boyfriend and then she ran off and sucked his dick.

So Kyle Dubas's first two seasons saw reducing returns in the regular season, and total failure in the playoffs. Additionally, their problem-glass wearing GM had been trading away all of their draft picks to try and keep the ship afloat, so they had zero young studs ready to come in and contribute on the cheap. (In both the NHL and MLB, having a robust minor league system is absolutely indispensible, and is only sacrificed if one is certain that the sacrifice will yield great returns. The Leafs had none.) On NHL draft nights, while other fan bases were Tweeting out pictures of themselves fist-pumping as "The Boston Bruins select....Sven Holgerssen from the Swedish Hockey League!!!", the massive Leafs fan base in Ontario was silenced.


Ontario men might love prostrating themselves to black men....but they fucking love SCIENCE!

Finally, there were some voices getting critical of the whole I FUCKING LOVE SCIENCE! song-and-dance of the Leafs GM.

But the COVID hoax brought hope to the shitlibs. Because Canada's plainly sociopathic Prime Minister Justin Trudeau closed the borders, the seven Canadian NHL teams could only play each other. So, because all of their new opponents ranked from mediocre-to-horrible, the Leafs were all-but-guaranteed a cushy seeding for the playoffs.

2021 was, finally Their Year. Amazon even sent a production crew to chronicle the Rise of the Shitlibs for a mini-series.

The Leafs did manage to easily secure the top seed in their small, shitty, all-Canadian division. This meant that they started the playoffs against the absolute worst team in the playoffs, the last seed in the worst division, the Montreal Candiens. The Leafs took a 3-1 series lead. But the younger Canadiens' offensive players suddenly began scoring, and their stalwart defensive group began camping themselves in front of their goalie. The Leafs' high-paid stars simply couldn't score. The Canadiens' didn't even have to try to get the puck, they could simply wait for it to take a bad bounce, get possession, and dump it into the Leafs' corner, where it would be have to fought over. The Leafs had neither the energy nor the will power to fight for those pucks, and so the Canadiens could then have easy possession and scoring chances. For three straight games, this formula (defend well, dump pucks for easy retrievals against exhausted skaters) worked, and the Toronto Maple Leafs were again ousted in the first round.

In 2018, a 77 year-old, no-nonsense white man was fired from the Toronto Maple Leafs, but he left them with an embarassment of riches. This prototypical "Old, white, male" was replaced by a 30-something, problem-glass-wearing, Male Feminist shitlib who promptly ran the entire organization into the ground.

Amazingly, Kyle Dubas was not fired as any other GM in his position would have been, but this was only for ass-saving purposes. When Dubas is fired, his boss will then have to be fired, and so his boss has kept him on. 2022 will be even worse, as the Leafs return to a now super-competitive division. (I personally don't think they'll make the playoffs.) Everybody in the Greater Toronto Area has, finally, turned on this faggot. There's a hilarious cottage-industry of Twitter accounts mocking this faggot, as well as mocking the shitlib faggots who tried to use Kyle Dubas's would-be triumphs as a gateway for still more liberalism and faggotry in hockey. (I think "TorontoBagHead" is my favorite of these.) 4Chan's busy sub-forum /hoc/ has endless lulz mocking the "Laffs". One of my greatest pleasures of the past few years has been visiting /hoc/ here and there to just see their endless Leaf Fails WEBMs.



Anyway, sports are silly in many respects, but there are definitely some great things that come from them - even from just consoooming them. And for me, somebody who has been boiling with rage and hatred of both SCIENCE! and liberalism (they're actually the same) for the past twenty years, and most acutely the last two years, hockey was the one arena where I knew SCIENCE! didn't have Jews and sociopaths like Bill Gates rigging the system so SCIENCE! was guaranteed a win. I got to see a fair fight: SCIENCE! vs. "Old, white, males!"

And SCIENCE! got its ass kicked. And it brought me great joy on many winters' nights.

 
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Great article great effort thank you for writing this. You brought together several things in an interesting and entertaining way. Keep up the good work
 

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Great article great effort thank you for writing this. You brought together several things in an interesting and entertaining way. Keep up the good work
Thanks, man.
 

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Thanks for the writeup. I care about as much about SPORTS as a jock cares about JRPGs or whatever but this was informative.

Those pictures you linked of the kneeling faggots confirmed something I suspected: SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS is mostly something that men with dysfunctional testosterone levels get into to make an outward show of being masculine. #NotAllSportsWatchers of course, but a lot of them for sure. I don't even know why people root for local teams. If the Toronto leafs were all (white) guys who were born / grew up there I'd get it, but they ship in players from wherever to represent you. Who cares?
 

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Those pictures you linked of the kneeling faggots confirmed something I suspected: SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS is mostly something that men with dysfunctional testosterone levels get into to make an outward show of being masculine. #NotAllSportsWatchers of course, but a lot of them for sure. I don't even know why people root for local teams. If the Toronto leafs were all (white) guys who were born / grew up there I'd get it, but they ship in players from wherever to represent you. Who cares?
Yes, watching sports doesn't make one manly, that's for certain. But it's an overwhelmingly male space (like vidya), but, as with vidya, there's an overwhelming overrepresentation of Jews and women in the media to tone-police the audience and, of course, viciously attack any hint of white racial identity....while propping up the Black Pride elements of sports. (Actually, even Asian Pride is welcome in sports, as seen in various Asian players from Ichiro Suzuku to Yao Ming.)
 

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I don't really watch sports but I resented the whole sabermetrics bullshit. A worthless libertarian told me about the movie money-ball and it was great because some guy used statistics to create a baseball team. And this worthless libertarian told me his life revolves around statistics. I said it sounds like bullshit. And I looked it up and it was. Statistics were never new. There is no sport with more statistics than baseball. Wtf do you think baseball cards were. Basically the guy emphasized different stats. Big fucking woopy. What a horrible sounding movie. And by the way statistics aren't science they are just one of many branches of math. I hate business grads the most as they took one class on stats and think everything is explained by the narrow knowledge of stats they have.
 

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I don't really watch sports but I resented the whole sabermetrics bullshit. A worthless libertarian told me about the movie money-ball and it was great because some guy used statistics to create a baseball team. And this worthless libertarian told me his life revolves around statistics. I said it sounds like bullshit. And I looked it up and it was. Statistics were never new. There is no sport with more statistics than baseball. Wtf do you think baseball cards were. Basically the guy emphasized different stats. Big fucking woopy. What a horrible sounding movie. And by the way statistics aren't science they are just one of many branches of math. I hate business grads the most as they took one class on stats and think everything is explained by the narrow knowledge of stats they have.
Yes, Moneyball and the ethos it represented was one of the earlier pop media presentations of SCIENCE!

The book was a gross exaggeration of reality. Then, the movie was a gross exaggeration of the book. So, in viewing the movie, most people were about 20 steps removed from the reality of what actually happened. The movie was written by anti-white Jew (creator of shitlib-favorite, 'The West Wing') Aaron Sorkin and really helped establish the template for the SCIENCE! True Believer.

>Present ourselves as cool, hip, curious sophisticates
>Present enemies as old, stodgy, stubborn rubes
>Always have an implied threat to the enemy: If you oppose us, we will make you look stupid by reciting various numbers and studies which you, obviously, will have neither the time and/or ability to refute, and so everybody will laugh at you.

It's a template that shitlibs love, and has been used to unimaginable affect in the COVID hoax.

I also agree with you that the impulse to fall back on statistics is a bad one, particularly in realms where so many statistics are fake (such as medicine, economics, etc.) It's a lazy man's way: Instead of thinking dynamically, just find the favored statistic and fall into it, rather than working.
 

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Worthy of consideration for a front-page guest spot, if that's a thing.

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Yes, Moneyball and the ethos it represented was one of the earlier pop media presentations of SCIENCE!

The book was a gross exaggeration of reality. Then, the movie was a gross exaggeration of the book. So, in viewing the movie, most people were about 20 steps removed from the reality of what actually happened. The movie was written by anti-white Jew (creator of shitlib-favorite, 'The West Wing') Aaron Sorkin and really helped establish the template for the SCIENCE! True Believer.

>Present ourselves as cool, hip, curious sophisticates
>Present enemies as old, stodgy, stubborn rubes
>Always have an implied threat to the enemy: If you oppose us, we will make you look stupid by reciting various numbers and studies which you, obviously, will have neither the time and/or ability to refute, and so everybody will laugh at you.

It's a template that shitlibs love, and has been used to unimaginable affect in the COVID hoax.

I also agree with you that the impulse to fall back on statistics is a bad one, particularly in realms where so many statistics are fake (such as medicine, economics, etc.) It's a lazy man's way: Instead of thinking dynamically, just find the favored statistic and fall into it, rather than working.
Another gross exaggeration was how nate silver got associated with sabremetrics. First time I heard of the kike was this asshole at work who was anti Trump was going on a rant how he couldn't win because some guy silver who had a perfect record baseball something rather now calls elections and he said Trump would lose. The next phase of "science" was creating false priests and prophets who were just lying jews. The way he talked about silver i thought he was the money-back guy. My eyes rolled. Turns out silver had nothing to do with that. And we have seen since nate silver just lied for the establishment. Another swindler to make people feel helpless.
 

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Another gross exaggeration was how nate silver got associated with sabremetrics. First time I heard of the kike was this asshole at work who was anti Trump was going on a rant how he couldn't win because some guy silver who had a perfect record baseball something rather now calls elections and he said Trump would lose. The next phase of "science" was creating false priests and prophets who were just lying jews. The way he talked about silver i thought he was the money-back guy. My eyes rolled. Turns out silver had nothing to do with that. And we have seen since nate silver just lied for the establishment. Another swindler to make people feel helpless.
100% correct.

Nate Silver is exactly the sort of I FUCKING LOVE SCIENCE! poseur who shitlibs follow and obey with a devotion that the Pope in the Middle Ages would envy.
 

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I believe that hockey and baseball are both the sports with the least amount of fixing in their cultures
You might want to check your assumptions here, given that major league baseball just went through a huge cheating scandal that was arguably worse than the Black Sox scandal of 1919. Except that unlike the Black Sox scandal, which led to major changes in the way the sport was run, the Houston Astros cheating scandal was thrown into the memory hole and the league is now behaving as if it never really happened.
 
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