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Postby mikey » Thu Nov 07, 2019 3:28 pm

Are we calling the lines "workflow" now? Is that a thing?
Yeah, I have not understood that. I know I never call it that...

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Postby willeyeam » Thu Nov 07, 2019 4:57 pm

Also, the stupid Isles have won ten straight.
the full flower of lou hockey has been resurrected and though you didnt think it possible it is even worse than nj at their worst.
the hockey hate i have for the fishsticks equals and perhaps even surpasses the flyer hate of 2012.
this will be a tough watch; one to mute perhaps because though you love goring, that he constantly fellates their 4th line is just too much to bear alongside the grinding boredom of trotz's mutilation of the game.
of course mears-zee and bibs -the nhl's wors broadcastt combo - will prattle on about potash in a wig or what bibs had for breakfast or where mears-zee was the last time he was constipated. how they managed to hire a guy who would suck at calling the demolition derby at a county fair in southern west virginia still boggles the mind
if the pens don't get frustrated or fall asleep from boredom they might win
and if they manage that i'm going to be pleasantly surprised
This was a good rant

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Postby Gaucho » Thu Nov 07, 2019 5:40 pm

always

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Postby Rx6687 » Thu Nov 07, 2019 6:03 pm

Would rather have Lafferty than ZAR no?
Right now, that would be my preference. ZAR has had some sloppy, lazy play recently, and Lafferty is all go all the time.
Absolutely. ZAR has to show something. He needs to work his tail off every shift and not do stupid things. So far, he has been frequently lazy and stupid. Lafferty deserves the jersey IMO.

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Postby NTP66 » Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:39 am

Our division is a blood bath again. Isles with points in 11 straight, and the Caps are something like 9-0-1 in their last 10.

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Postby Morkle » Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:57 am

ZAR had his soul snatched by Wilson on that hit. He hasn't been the same type of player since then, really. Flashes at times, but few and far between.

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Postby Gaucho » Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:10 am

ZAR is part of a 4th line that has been working well together. That said, free Lafferty.

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Postby Dickie Dunn » Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:02 am

Lafferty > ZAR and I've also had enough of Galchenyuk.

Also,
A lawsuit filed this week against the City of Pittsburgh alleges that professional athletes who play in the city — but live elsewhere — are illegally taxed at a higher rate than athletes who live in Pittsburgh.

Among the plaintiffs are the players associations of the National Hockey League, Major League Baseball and the National Football League. Three individual athletes are also plaintiffs. They include Scott Wilson, who played for the Penguins from 2014 through 2017 and lived then in Wexford but now plays for the Buffalo Sabres and lives in New York.

A spokesman for the city said Thursday that he could not comment on pending litigation.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court, alleges that what the city calls a “license fee” on professional athletes playing in Pittsburgh is actually a tax, and that it is unconstitutional because it is is not uniformly assessed since those who live inside the city limits pay less than those who live elsewhere.

“Pittsburgh imposes a 3% general revenue income tax on professional athletes residing out of state, while Pittsburgh resident athletes pay only 1%,” the complaint said.

The city’s Non-Resident Sports Facility Usage Fee was imposed in 2005.

"Though Pittsburgh officially calls its tax on professional athletes a 'license fee,' it bears all the hallmarks of a tax,” the complaint said. “It is a percentage, rather than a flat amount. It is assessed on 'earned income,' just as an earned income tax is, and thus varies dramatically in amount depending upon the income level of the professional athlete."

"As a matter of state constitutional law, Pittsburgh cannot tax nonresidents at a higher rate than residents,” the complaint said. “Nor can the city single out a class of employees, like professional athletes, for a higher rate of taxation. Yet this is precisely what Pittsburgh has chosen to do."

Under Pittsburgh's ordinance, the fees are calculated for hockey and baseball players based on the total number of games played within the city limits; whereas for football players, the rate is calculated by "total duty days" within the city, which include games, practices and training, the complaint said.

The inconsistency among sports and how the fees are calculated, the lawsuit said, further demonstrates the "arbitrary nature of the tax."

The fees are collected by the teams that employ the athletes and then are remitted to the city quarterly, the complaint said.

The two other individual athlete plaintiffs are baseball player Jeffrey B. Francoeur, who played for the Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins but lives in Louisiana; and Kyle Palmieri, who played hockey for the New Jersey Devils and lives in Montvale, N.J.

According to the complaint, Mr. Francoeur, who played three games with the Phillies at PNC Park in 2015, paid $510 to the city in taxes; and he paid $758 for three games when he was with the Marlins in 2016.

According to the complaint, Mr. Palmieri paid the city $1,902 in 2016 and $4,705 in 2018.

Mr. Wilson, who played 33 games at PPG Paints Arena in 2016, paid $5,970 in taxes that year.

The plaintiffs seek a declaration that the ordinance that imposes the tax is unconstitutional, as well as an injunction that prohibits the ordinance from being enforced.

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Postby Kane » Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:03 am

Heard that on NPR this morning. Giggled at Scott Wilson.

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Postby robbiestoupe » Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:16 am

Had no idea visiting team players paid a tax to play in Pittsburgh. TIL

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Postby Dickie Dunn » Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:59 am

Had no idea visiting team players paid a tax to play in Pittsburgh. TIL
Payroll for professional athletes is a nightmare because you're taxed based on where you perform your services. Every away game is different taxes for a single day. Back in 2015 McCutchen left his paystub laying around somewhere and someone took a picture. The check was for mid-May and at that point he had paid taxes to Illinois, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Arizona, plus city taxes to Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Cincinnati, plus whatever was continued onto the second page.

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Postby Gaucho » Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:02 pm

Theft.

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Postby shafnutz05 » Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:52 pm

Every away game is different taxes for a single day.
WTF

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Postby shafnutz05 » Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:52 pm

Also, this team is so much more fun to watch since they jettisoned the anchor skates.

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Postby MR25 » Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:54 pm

False. Jack Johnson is still on the team.

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Postby NTP66 » Fri Nov 08, 2019 1:01 pm

Johnson hasn’t really been that bad.

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Postby MR25 » Fri Nov 08, 2019 1:05 pm

Disagree. He's still a black hole for anyone unfortunate enough to get saddled on his pairing.

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Postby Jim » Fri Nov 08, 2019 1:10 pm

Disagree. He's still a black hole for anyone unfortunate enough to get saddled on his pairing.
Technically, with the "stats" that you are using for that... won't someone always have bad numbers? No matter what, someone will always pull down the numbers.

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Postby MR25 » Fri Nov 08, 2019 1:18 pm

When those people are away from Johnson, their stats go up.

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Postby Gaucho » Fri Nov 08, 2019 1:27 pm

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Postby NTP66 » Fri Nov 08, 2019 2:13 pm

Le Sigh

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Postby Jim » Fri Nov 08, 2019 2:23 pm

When those people are away from Johnson, their stats go up.
You're missing my point.

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Postby Dickie Dunn » Fri Nov 08, 2019 3:06 pm

With Letang injured HCMS is down to 3 defensemen he trusts to kill penalties and one of those 3 is JMFJ, so don't expect him to be leaving the lineup anytime soon.

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