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Wednesday, 10 April 2019 15:45

Chucks Blog Vol XIV: From great to good

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Chuck checking in is deliverd to you by Chuck Tankman, Denver Demons insider. The 63 year old Denver native is writing this column for a single purpose: telling the truth about the Demons and consequently chasing GM Klaus von Meyerinck out of office.


Credit where credit is due: Demons' GM von Meyerinck is giving us every reason to hate him, and he is doing so day after day after day after... you get the picture.

With almost two thirds of the season in the books clarity is hitting our eyes in OBWL.

We have: three power houses leading their divisions in the Tampa Bay Tritons, the London Knights and the Kansas City Pioneers. And it wouldn't come as a surprise if this years champion is to be found among that trio of excellence.

We have: great teams in the St. Louis Sunkings and the Toronto Huskies who may just learn the hard lesson that they are excellent, but still not stromg enough to deal with the big three super franchises. Which must be a tough pill to swallow first and foremost for the defending champions from St. Louis who have done nothing wrong after winning the title. It's more like other teams made huge strides this year.

We have: the usual bootom feeder in the New Jersey Evolution who just can't seem to find a way to stop their ever revolving door of failing players and concepts.

We have: more bottom feeders who are a disgrace to their markets. Los Angeles Chaos, Chicago Blaze and former champion Seattle Seadogs come to mind. One year of burning it down may be acceptable in two of the leagues biggest markets. But it would be a shame if those financial giants do not start right away to act like the big players they are supposed to be.

We have: a team from Anaheim which threw in the towel and went into rebuild after winning. Others however should watch how fast things will turn around at the west coast. Bet ya.

And we have the Demons.

Where to put them?

The uggly thing is, they did belong into the first group last year and they do not anymore this year.

The even ugglyer thing is this: They did not take a step back on purpose like Anaheim, LA or Chicago in order to rebuild or change their philosophy. They just fell out of the top rankings due to an incompetent GM.

In other words: they switched places with Tampa.

A lot has been said about the latest deal of the Demons and their last deal for this year. They sent away C Charles Ottinger to the Honolulu Inferno and what they got in return was basically financial breathing space with the 14 million contract of veteran Darrell Edwards that Denver declined for next year.

On court they got back nothing.

It was a trade as uggly as hell.

But it has been their second worst only.

The biggest blunder was committed after a 7 games loss in the finals to St. Louis. Denver traded away Center Darin Deans and got Ottinger. It exploded in their face like a bag full of horse shit. Ottinger did never fit, he did not take the Demons that small step ahead that they lacked last year, he took them back a big step. And vice versa in Tampa, where the success of the Tritons is in no small part the success of Deans.

The rest is history, Denver made a trade, any trade, to just erase Ottinger and now you have to live with the mess their stupid GM created.

Yep, we fans may come across as whiners here. But nothing could be further away from the truth.

We went to the finals.

We had one hand at the cup.

That's how we need to be measured as long as Greg Fore, Charles Cazares and Daniel Goodrum play together for our Demons.

We had a great team. Then the GM pulled the trigger. And all we have left now is a good team that may or may not win the division. But does it count? Does it mean anything? Do we care? The truth is: We went from great to good. We will get our asses handed in the playoffs rather sooner than later. But we will.

In other words: Our GM screwed us over. Again.

How much longer, Mr. Anderson?




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