Tondar's Daily Rant

Prepare yourself for the writings of Tondar the Destroyer, Baron of Atlanta, Rightful Heir to the Throne of Spain, from whom all babies come. As his will be blogged, so let it be done.

Saturday, March 25, 2006


Without the fun of google, Seth has a challenge for y'all...

"Several U.S. states have made English their official language (mostly as a basis for requiring English to be taught in their public schools). One, Louisiana, has French officially codified as a secondary language. But one state actually has an official language on the books that ISN'T English. Can you name it?"

I'll post the answer in a few days. Stay tuned...

From Joel...

"Why would the greatest show in history have to pull a gimmick like this? Whats next - are they going to have an American Idol winner on there... oh yeah, they did that last year. I heard that they are drawing an episode where homer has to jump a shark on a surfboard...."

Well Tondar was amused by it. I didn't think they looked much like the Simpsons, but I appreciate the effort.

Thursday, March 23, 2006


Hey now, hey now. The dream is over :( Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, March 22, 2006


Looks like we have a couple of new refugees coming to the Republic. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, March 21, 2006


Where is my Marlboro man
Where is his shiny gun
Where is my lonely ranger
Where have all the cowboys gone
Where have all the cowboys gone
Where have all the cowboys gone
Yippee yo, yippee yeah Posted by Picasa

First Carlos Boozer screwed over an old blind man. Now he is filing suit against Prince. I think the suit is justified considering all the purple renovations. However, I am most intrigued by the fact that Carlos incorporated himself; "The C Booz Multifamily I LLC." I don't know if the Persians have beaten me to it, but I should ensure that I control the rights to Tondar, Inc.

Monday, March 20, 2006


You must have heard about The Curse Of Millhaven
How last Christmas Bill Blake's little boy didn't come home
They found him next week in One Mile Creek
His head bashed in and his pockets full of stones
Well, just imagine all the wailing and moaning
La la la la La la la lie
Even little Billy Blake's boy, he had to die  Posted by Picasa

From Seth...

"Well, we're not as good as the super-offense 1994-1999 squad. And no team will ever compare to the past-their-prime Hall-of-Famer roster of 2001-02. That team was a once-in-a-lifetime collection.

The disappointments since then weren't as much about the teams as the rules. Anaheim and Calgary were perfect examples of clutch-and-grab playoff hockey and mega goalie pads.

I would have to say, though, that we're probably the front-runners for the Western Conference championship, with Ottawa and Carolina in the cut-above list in the East. Manny Legace should be in the running for the Vezina this year, and Nick Lidstrom is running away with the Norris Trophy. Zetterberg and Datsyuk have blossomed into the next young Yzerman and Fedorov. The thing is, neither of those guys has performed well in the playoffs yet. On the other hand, they haven't seen a playoffs without psychotic levels of obstruction yet.

It's one of three things: Zetterberg and Datsyuk had bad playoffs in those years because they were a.) still developing and weren't considered the stars who had to carry the team yet, b.) clutch-and-grab hockey just kills highly skilled players, or c.) they're both naturally bad playoff performers. If it's a.) or b.) we're fine, because clutch-and-grab is passe, and there's no doubt who our offensive leaders are now.

Detroit is really good on the road, and really good in January, two strong indicators of playoff success. What we really have to worry about is age on the blue line. Schneider and Chelios have been fantastic defensemen, but they're not young, and a long playoffs could prove too much. Osgood needs to get more starts down the stretch while Legace rests up.

We used to be the monster (or one of a few monsters) among a bunch of upstarts, a Goliath in a system that favored David. Now, we're the best in a league with much more parity. We're wealthy in offense and offensive defenseman, with three bona fide stars in their prime (Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Lidstrom). Draper and Cleary are fantastic defensive forwards with great speed, especially Draper. So what it will come down to is if the older fellas -- the Schneider, Yzerman, Shanahan, Lang, Chelios powerplay unit to be exact -- can hold up and lead and perform, and get the same amount of 5-4 and 5-3 opportunities they've enjoyed during the season.

Dallas (93 points) is the biggest obstacle in the West. They're stocked, and playing well together, and Mary Turco has seen deep playoffs and performed well in them (plus he's a Michigan guy). Modano is their Zetterberg, Zubov is their Lidstrom. But what really scares me about them is how much they score 5-on-5, whereas we kill opponents with an unstoppable power play. If they don't call as many penalties in the playoffs, Dallas' grinders can beat ours.

In the rest of the West, well, myopic Nashville (88 points) is a 7-game series waiting to happen (let's hope they happen to the Stars), and Vokoun is one of the premier goalies in the league, but most everyone else is in that 7-team mess between San Jose (76 points) and Calgary (84 points) -- particularly the FIVE teams (Colorado, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Anaheim and Vancouver) with 78 to 80 points. It's pick-your-poison with any of those squads, but it should be noted that such a heated race for slots 4 through 8 plays well for a 1st seed, who gets to face whichever team lost the most down the stretch."

Sunday, March 19, 2006


I don't think Tres is really sleeping Posted by Picasa