Thursday Thoughts: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it

As we swing into another Thursday Thoughts, a quick comment on last week’s post. A couple people asked me what the title “Talking heads miss the forest for the trees” had to do with what I wrote because they couldn’t make the connection. Well, that’s because there wasn’t one. It was an editing mistake. I had written something else in that space, but after several attempts decided that I didn’t like the way it was worded. So I took the top section that was about Tom Wilson and made it the main portion of the post. Only I forgot to change the title. I’d love to say that won’t happen again, but we all know better. After a couple weeks of me making sure it’s right, I’ll inevitably slip into old habits and will stop looking. I mean, it’s not like it hasn’t happened before.

Local Collegiate Results
In Women’s hockey Friday night, Becker sophomore Cassidhe Wozniak scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner in overtime as the Hawks came from behind to defeat the Suffolk Rams 3-2 at the Worcester Ice Center. Wozniak scored the game-winning goal just 1:25 into overtime, completing a two-goal comeback on her second goal of the game. Becker sophomore Shelby Reaugh tied the game 2-2 early in the third period on a power-play goal. Amber Lee made 35 saves for the Hawks and picks up the victory to improve to 3-3-0. In Men’s hockey, Becker came from three goals behind, scoring a total of four goals in the final period, as the Hawks and Connecticut College Camels skated to a 4-4 tie. Freshman Tristan Mock had the first goal and last goals for Becker. Sophomores Joshua Sanchez and Colby Audette had the other Hawks goals. First-year goalie Andrew LoRusso made a career-high 46 saves and goes to 1-1-1 with the tie.

Saturday saw the return of college football, and Holy Cross defeated Lehigh 20-3 in the team’s Spring 2021 season opener. Quarterback Connor Degenhardt threw touchdown passes to sophomore wide receiver Ayir Asante and senior wide receiver Dean Nagle, and junior Derek Ng converted on both of his field goal attempts and a pair of extra points to round out the Crusaders’ scoring. St. John’s High alumni Peter Oliver had 18 yards rushing on eight carries. On defense, Junior defensive lineman Dan Kuznetsov had seven tackles, including 1.5 sacks. Senior defensive lineman Jordan Jackson had five tackles, with 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and a forced fumble while junior defensive lineman Jake Reichwein had five tackles and a sack. Sophomore linebacker Jacob Dobbs added in seven tackles and a fumble recovery.

In hockey on Saturday, the Anna Maria Women’s team lost 6-0 to visiting Suffolk University at the New England Sports Center in Northborough. Sophomore goalkeeper Sam Dahill tallied 45 saves in 51 minutes for the AMCATS. In Men’s hockey, three second-period goals and four third-period goals by Connecticut College led them to a 7-1 win over Becker at the Worcester Ice Center. Phillip Garcia had the first-period goal for the Hawks to give Becker the 1-0 lead before the Camels potted seven straight. Zach Skop made 38 saves on the night but falls to 0-4-0 with the loss.

On Tuesday, two goals in 2:20 in the third period for the Becker Hawks Women’s team led them to a 2-1 win over Suffolk at the Worcester Ice Center, their second consecutive comeback victory over the Rams. The game-deciding goal came with 11:36 remaining in the game with junior Clare Conway scoring her sixth goal of the season. Conway received a pass in the left-wing circle from behind the goal line off the stick of sophomore Katie Puumala. The pass was on point as Conway quickly fired a shot past Rams freshman goalie Lily O’Neill to give Becker a 2-1 lead. The Hawks tied the game earlier in the third period with the help of a fortunate bounce into the Rams defensive zone. A bouncing puck found its way on goal, forcing a save by O’Neill, but there for the rebound was Puumala, who went backhand, top shelf to tie the game at 1-1. Kylian Kelly (Shrewsbury High) picked up an assist on the night. Amber Lee was outstanding in goal, making a career-high 52 saves in the win, improving to 4-3-0 for the Hawks in the process.

Boston Teams This Week
Bruins @ Buffalo, 7pm
Red Sox @ Rays, 1pm (ex)
Sacramento @ Celtics, 7:30
Bruins @ Buffalo, 1pm
Red Sox @ Braves, 1pm (ex)
Pittsburgh @ Red Sox, 1pm (ex)
Orlando @ Celtics, 3:30pm
Red Sox @ Rays, 1pm (ex)
Celtics @ Utah, 9pm
Red Sox @ Braves, 1pm (ex)
NY Islanders @ Bruins, 7pm
Orioles @ Red Sox, 6pm (ex)
Celtics @ Milwaukee, 7:30pm

Worcester Hockey Alumni Highlights
Friday Matt Lane two goals (including OT winner)

Friday Tomas Hertl goal

Saturday Matt Lane goal

Sunday Michael Pelech goal

Sunday Spencer Asuchak goal

Sunday Joe Pavelski goal

Wednesday Nick Saracino goal

Wednesday Spencer Asuchak goal

Wednesday Matt Lane OT goal

Wednesday Matt Nieto goal

This section was supposed to be about Marvelous Marvin Hagler
So as I generally do on Wednesday afternoons I poured myself a coffee, my favorite post-work beverage, and sat at my computer to write this end section. This week was no exception, and this was going to be about Marvelous Marvin Hagler until I found myself staring at a WordPress admin screen that wasn’t looking like it was on Tuesday.

Over the last year WordPress changed the back-end of their sites, switching from a very simple to use posting box that you could either use your own HTML and use the editor functions that did all the work for you and replaced all that with “blocks”, which sounds easy but in reality is nothing but a gigantic pain in the ass.

At least the option to use the old post box still existed. It took some doing but you could still access that posting editor, so for the past several months I’ve been doing that. It was annoying, but in the long run an extra couple clicks to post something isn’t that big of a deal. Well, that option went away at some point over the last 24 hours.

To say this move is moronic is an actual disservice to all the other truly moronic things out there.

WordPress took something that worked great for virtually everyone and replaced it with something that doesn’t work well for pretty much anyone. I know a lot of people that use WordPress for their blogs, and not one of them has anything even remotely positive to say about this.

Once I saw I could no longer get to the old post editor I went to a blogger’s Facebook group I belong to looking for a workaround, and there is a thread about this with so many replies it’s virtually impossible to read them all. But not one I see has anything positive to say. So congratulations WordPress, you’ve managed to get people who couldn’t usually agree if the sun was out or not to agree your product is trash.

And trash it is.

Stuff you may have missed from 210Sports this week
Turns out you didn’t miss anything

Not so big finish
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