Thursday Thoughts: Crappy streams, and streams of crap

It’s once again time for another Thursday Thoughts, and while I’d love for this to be an entirely positive post a couple things have irked me a bit this week, and because both are somewhat related to the sports world and since I have a blog dedicated to sports, I have a spot to vent my frustrations.

A couple of years ago I got fed up with Spectrum charging me an arm and a leg for what was essentially 15 channels that I was watching. There were no a la carte options, I had to pay for each tier of service and with it over a hundred channels I never watch. So after a small amount of research, which essentially consisted of locating a streaming service that offered NESN and the ability to DVR programs, we switched to YouTube-TV.

And I’m going to tell you, I really liked what they offered, even when they significantly raised their prices just a few months into our using it.

My first annoyance with them was when they dropping NESN. I sort of expected that to happen when they dropped many of the other regional sports networks, but it was still an annoyance. If you follow me on Twitter you know that whenever the opportunity arises I’ve pretty much given NESN a load of crap about not being on YouTube-TV nor having a streaming service that we could pay for just to get their programming.

You would also know that I’ve made no secret that I was using pirating sites to watch NESN programming. I’d rather write them a check every month, but since they don’t seem interested in taking my money, I feel no guilt in watching my Bruins and Red Sox for free. But now YouTube-TV has gone too far.

I have older TVs, and as such, they don’t connect to the internet on their own. I use a Roku device, and they work great. (As a side note, there’s a ton of great free programming available through Roku, so after the one-time purchase of the device you get a lot of stuff for essentially nothing). But now it appears that YouTube-TV is about to make it so you can’t access their service through Roku.

So, sorry guys, your ass is out.

In a short while, basically once we watch all the stuff we have DVR’d, we’ll be heading to Fubo. It’s far from the perfect solution, but now a better option than YouTube-TV. It does have NESN, which is a plus, but it doesn’t have WCVB, which is a huge minus. It also doesn’t have any of the Turner networks, you know, the network that just bought a part of the NHL’s television package. But, those Turner games will be streaming on HBO-Max, a service I already use.

As I type this all out, maybe this isn’t such a bad thing after all…

Local Collegiate Results
In Men’s soccer on Friday, sophomore Chris Antonelli sent the Becker Hawks home with one final win by scoring in double overtime as the Hawks defeated the Nichols Bison 1-0 at Vendetti Field on the Nichols campus. Antonelli ‘s header came in the 108th minute off a cross by Ryan Baghdassarian. Freshman Luke Speers finished with six saves on the night for Becker, improving to 3-2-1. Maxwell Azmat (Wachusett Regional) made four saves in his first career start for the Bison.

Also on Friday, in Women’s lacrosse Assumption University triumphed over the Saint Anselm Hawks. The teams were tied 7-7 at the half, and Assumption edged the hosts 6-3 in the final 30 minutes to claim the 13-10 final. Olivia Catanzarite and Jill Good led Assumption on offense, each putting up three goals and one assist in the victory. Junior Allie Collins made an impressive 11 saves in net for Assumption and improves to 5-2 on the season. Sheila Gadbois (Worcester Academy) had a goal on three shots for Saint Anselm. In more Women’s lacrosse action Friday, Worcester State held off a vicious late rally to defeat Framingham State 10-9 in MSCAC action at Maple Street Field in Framingham. Lily Gendron led the Lancers with three goals and an assist, while Kylie Hill, Shea Jarvis (Auburn High), and Emily Pavoni all added two goals each. Chloe O’Brien (Tantasqua Regional) had nine saves to improve to 5-2 on the season. With the win, Worcester State earns a share of the MASCAC Regular Season Championship, which the team will split with Framingham State and Westfield State.

Saturday in baseball action, Anna Maria swept GNAC opponent Albertus Magnus in a pair of conference matchups. Game one saw a score of 18-10, while game two finished with a 14-8 score. Game one top performers for the AMCATS were Adam Twitchell (Shrewsbury, MA), Kosta Drosidis (St. Peter Marian), and Noah Holland (Sandwich, MA). Twitchell finished with 2 hits and 3 RBI, Drosidis was 1-for-4 with the home run and 3 runs batted in, and Holland was a solid 3-for-4 with 2 RBI. Twitchell was also awarded the win after completing 5 innings on the mound. He allowed just three hits and had 4 strikeouts. St. Peter Marian alumni Ryan Adams went 2-2 with a run scored. Game two top performers were Twitchell, James Powers, and Joseph Yannelli. Twitchell was 3-for-5 with 5 RBI, Powers finished with 3 hits and 2 RBI, and Yannelli was 2-for-4 with 2 runs batted in. Liam Cunningham (Northbridge High) got the win for game two after pitching 4 innings, 2 hits, and four strikeouts.

In softball, on Saturday Katie Martin earned two wins and Jocelyn Diaz drove in runs in each game as WPI swept Coast Guard in NEWMAC play at Rooftop Field. With the sweep, the Crimson and Gray clinched a spot next month’s NEWMAC Tournament. Martin went the distance in the opening game, a 3-0 shutout victory, and then tossed the final four frames of the nightcap, which the Engineers won 3-1. In game one Martin threw a complete game shutout with seven strikeouts. In the second frame, Diaz drove in a run on a triple down the right field line and then scored when Brittany Bolster singled to center. In the third the Engineers added to their advantage when Lauren Meinhold singled in Marissa Gonzales. In the second game, WPI came from a 1-0 deficit to earn the game two victory, despite being outhit 13-7 by the Bears. Meinhold allowed just one run over three innings and struck out four batters while also going 2-3 at the plate and scoring a run when Diaz singled her home in the sixth. Martin took over in relief and posted four shutout innings with a pair of strikeouts to improve to 4-1 on the year.

Boston Teams This Week
Buffalo @ BRUINS, 7pm
RED SOX @ Texas, 8pm
San Antonio @ CELTICS, 7:30pm
RED SOX @ Texas, 8pm
Buffalo @ BRUINS, 1pm
RED SOX @ Texas, 7pm
REVOLUTION @ Atlanta United, 7pm
RED SOX @ Texas, 2:30pm
Portland @ CELTICS, 7:30pm
BRUINS @ New Jersey, 7pm
BRUINS @ New Jersey, 7pm
Detroit @ RED SOX, 7pm
CELTICS @ Orlando, 7pm
Detroit @ RED SOX, 7pm

Worcester Hockey Alumni Highlights
Thursday Evan Buitenhuis save

Thursday Matt Tennyson goal

Thursday Joe Pavelski goal

Friday Michael Pelech goal

Friday Brodie Reid two goals

Friday Lane Scheidl two goals

Friday David Queenville goal

Saturday Brodie Reid goal

Saturday Matt Lane goal

Saturday Logan Couture goal

Sunday Nic Pierog goal

Monday Joe Pavelski goal

Monday Logan Couture goal

Monday Ben Thomson

Tuesday Spencer Asuchak goal

Tuesday Yanni Gourde goal

Wednesday Chris Tierney goal

Finally decided to leave the cesspool
Many of the things we do in life are done strictly out of habit. The stuff we buy, the places we hang out, and even the people we associate with all become part of our daily routines. And it’s often hard to get yourself out of the habit of doing something, especially if that habit has been going on for a very long time.

I first posted on the Hockey’s Future forums over 18 years ago, on March 5, 2003. Now it’s not like it was such a monumental occasion that I remember the exact date, I know what it was because my profile on the site tells me. I started on the St Louis Blues forum, who were the parent team of the Worcester IceCats. It didn’t take me long to begin covering the IceCats for the site.

But as I’ve often run into, their editors didn’t have the same vision for my work that I did, essentially telling me what to write. So I told them where to go. But I stayed on the forums.

When the IceCats left and San Jose Sharks moved their AHL franchise here I moved on over to the Sharks forum, which directly led to me writing for Sharkspage. Jon Swenson was a great editor, allowing me to do whatever I wanted. Then he disappeared, and then there was no one to stop me even if Jon didn’t like it. But I digress.

Over the years I’ve continued to post on the forums, until just recently posting exclusively in the AHL and ECHL sections. And the reason I kept doing it was mostly out of habit, but also because there were a ton of great posters with a huge amount of insight. Unfortunately, in every large group, there’s always one bad apple. I won’t name who that bad apple is, but if you’ve ever posted on the now named HFBoards, you know who he is.

You probably also know who he is if you posted on any minor league hockey forums, or in any of the numerous Facebook groups dedicated to the subject. Or, perhaps more correctly, you’d know who he is if you joined before he was banned. Because he’s been banned from every single forum and group he’s ever posted in except one. You guessed it, HF Boards.

Now I have no idea why they keep him around as he is virtually always incorrect, brings up things totally unrelated to make his points, and then attacks you when you show proof that he’s wrong. No matter how hard you try to ignore him, it’s totally impossible because he inserts himself into every single conversation going on.

On top of all that, he’s chased away pretty much every poster that knew what they were talking about.

It makes no sense to me why the people who run HF Boards would continually allow his antics, considering that all his incorrect posts show up in Google searches with their names attached to them. They are allowing their name to be associated with crap, and that’s one of the reasons their forum, which used to be “the place” to go to in the hockey world, has turned into a cesspool. As of this past weekend, I’ve flushed them away. You can add my name to the list of people he’s driven away.

And like my eventual switch to Fubo, as I type this all out it suddenly seems like really a good thing for me.

Stuff you may have missed from 210Sports this week
Former Worcester hockey pros: where are they playing now? 2020-21 final edition (210)
FCBL announces Worcester Bravehearts 2021 schedule (210)
The Shenanigans of wanting players you hate and how important is the manager in baseball (podcast)

Not so big finish
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