He then went on to answer a select number of questions from fans and clear the air on how Commodore received the photo of Babcock packing.”Commie didn’t take that picture,” Fraser said. “Babs coaches in Toronto. #Leafs fans are everywhere. That was someone else’s picture.”So who are we to believe? Well, perhaps Fraser said it best: “If only the outsiders in the hockey world knew the truth.” “Anyone who thinks @commie22 (Commodore) needs to lay off Babs (Babcock) just doesn’t understand how much hate players have for him,” Fraser said in a tweet Saturday. “It’s beyond him scratching @commie22 or saying he was out of shape. #NHL players are a very very small population of athletes and people. We share stories throughout the years with each other and for those outside the locker rooms, you will never truly understand some of the terrible undeserving things Babs has done to some of his players.”MORE: How Twitter reacted to Mike Babcock’s releaseFor those of you who might be lost, in 2002, Commodore was cut by Babcock for being overweight while the two were in Anaheim, so when Babcock was released by the Leafs on Wednesday, the former NHLer took some jabs at his former coach.GOOD AFTERNOOON FOLKS!!!— Mike Commodore (@commie22) November 20, 2019Folks….I have been dreaming about this moment for years……— Mike Commodore (@commie22) November 20, 2019Hey Mike Babcock….The entire Maple Leaf organization has had it with you….The Players & the entire Front office are sick and tired of your arrogance…#PackYourShit and beat it you piece of shit.— Mike Commodore (@commie22) November 20, 2019He had more to say, but the most recent post included a picture of Babcock packing his truck in Toronto, which seemingly prompted Fraser to come to the defense of Commodore.Good afternoon Folks!!!Mike Babcock has #PackedHisShit pic.twitter.com/J5mndJUewk— Mike Commodore (@commie22) November 22, 2019In a thread of tweets, Fraser mentioned how 95 percent of the players he has heard from regarding Babcock “can’t say a good thing about (him).” He also noted that Commodore was speaking for the masses in reference to the fraternity of current and former NHL players. MORE: Mike Babcock could have several coaching options It seems to be one of those stories that keeps evolving, and the bigger it gets, the more people are willing to speak up.Former Maple Leafs defenseman Mark Fraser is the latest individual to share a few thoughts on the Mike Babcock-Mike Commodore feud. Fraser, who spent two out of his seven seasons in the NHL with Toronto, backed Commodore’s aggressive analysis of Babcock and offered some intriguing insight into how NHL players may view Babcock.
The Steelers defeated the ex-Steelers, oops, I mean the Steelers defeated the Arizona Cardinals 32-20 and now must prepare for the toughest three game stretch of the season. After appearing in the 2009 Super Bowl, the Cardinals have fallen on hard times. The Sunday loss was their fifth straight.Despite a penalty filled game, 12 total, the Steelers offense and defense looked almost impressive, but this was the same team that was blown out by the lowly Minnesota Vikings. ALL-PROS BATTLE IT OUT—Pittsburgh Steelers’ All-Pro cornerback Ike Taylor defends against Arizona Cardinals All-Pro wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald Oct. 23, in Glendale, Ariz. Fitzgerald, the best receiver in football, had 78 yards on just 4 catches as Taylor was in his jersey all game long. (AP Photo/Paul Connors) Ben Roethlisberger and Mike Wallace hooked up for the longest pass play in franchise history, a beautiful 95-yard connection that started the Steelers on their way to what was a fairly easy victory. Roethlisberger, who went 25-of-38 passing for 340 yards and 3 touchdowns, also had TD tosses of 12 yards to Heath Miller and 4 yards to Emmanuel Sanders in the first game between the teams since Pittsburgh’s 27-23 thriller over Arizona in Super Bowl XLIII.Kevin Kolb threw two touchdown passes, his first in three games, for Arizona (1-5), but he missed several open receivers and, with a blitzing LaMarr Woodley in his face, drew an intentional grounding call in the Cardinals’ end zone for a Pittsburgh safety. He also set up the Steelers first score with an interception on the first play of the game.The Cardinals held the Steelers running game in check. Rashard Mendenhall had only 32 yards on 13 carries and Isaac Redman 29 on 6 carries. Antonio Brown is getting better with each game as he and Wallace both had more than 100 yards receiving. He had 7 catches for 102 yards and Wallace 3 for 118.Larry Fitzgerald, the best receiver in football, had 78 yards on just 4 catches as Ike Taylor was in his jersey all game long.Coach Mike Tomlin on the game after the game: “It’s great to put together a winning performance on the road. It’s something we hadn’t done definitively to this point. I like our efforts on all three phases. We made the necessary plays. We had some signature splash plays on defense. We made critical third down conversions on offense in the second half, things we didn’t do a week ago. All positive signs. Largely we are pleased to come into a venue like this and get a ‘W’ and move on. From an injury standpoint we are pretty clean. Hines (Ward) had an ankle and was unable to return. We’ll see as the week goes on. You know Hines always finds a way to defy logic when it comes to injury and so forth. We will definitely leave a seat on the bus for him. We’ll see where next week takes us.”On Roethlisberger’s performance “He was very good. The thing I like he did was, of course he did his usual as far as buying time and creating plays, I like the way he utilized the backs as plays broke down. I thought that was an opportunity for us. I thought they had some critical conversions and nice plays, positive plays, just dumping the ball to 33 (Isaac Redman) or 34 (Rashard Mendenhall) or 21 (Mewelde Moore). I liked that.”On the young receivers. Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown: “Those guys did that last year. We don’t view them as young guys anymore. They have to deliver plays for us. I think they understand that. I think they embrace that.”The Steelers (5-2) won their third in a row and improved to 2-2 on the road. Now they must face their toughest three foes of the season. The first is the New England Patriots (5-1) at Heinz Field this Sunday at 4:15. The Patriots behind Tom Brady are currently the best team in the AFC. But their defense is questionable, so they can be beaten.The Baltimore Ravens (4-1) are probably the second best team in the AFC and played the Jacksonville Jaguars Monday night after Courier deadline. They have the second best defense in the AFC but their offense is still in question. The Steelers face them the following week Nov. 6 at 8:20 p.m. on NBC Sunday Night Football. Then it’s the surprising Cincinnati Bengals (4-2), who they will face on the road.If the Steelers win all three they are in the AFC drivers’ seat at 8-2. However, if they split 2-1, they are still in good shape at 7-3. They really need the victory over the Ravens, because they are in the same division, which would give them a split. However, if they lose, they lose the tie breaker in the playoffs because they would have lost both divisional games. The same is true of the Patriots if they finish with the same record.The Bengals have been a big surprise, and could serve as a spoiler this season, but right now they are as much in the race as the Steelers.If the Ravens beat the Jaguars they will remain on top of the AFC North Division with a 5-1 record, if not they drop to a tie with the Steelers at 5-2. The Bengals are in third and the Cleveland Browns (3-3) remain in the cellar despite a 6-3 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Clarus Optical In January 2014, Clarus Optical in Lacey, Washington was named as the National Transitions EyeCare Practice of the Year for 2013. With over 35,000 qualifying practices throughout North America, Clarus received the top honor at the awards ceremony in Orlando, Florida. “To be recognized nationally is a credit to the quality and dedication of our doctors, our staff and the hard work of our optical team at Clarus”, states Kimberly Manthe, Clarus Optical Administrator. Criteria for judging included community involvement, patient care and education efforts. Our larger Clarus family also extends beyond our practice walls. We demonstrate extra dedication to our patients and their families by having our staff members spend time out in the community at health fairs, golf outings and local charity fundraisers. We like to use these events to bring attention to eye health and let the community know we’re here to help. Clarus also sponsors an annual event called “Cruisin for a Cure” which is a classic car and hot rod show that benefits the American Cancer Society, National Bone Marrow Registry drive and blood drive each August. Clarus supports several military events each year, for example, Military Family Days and multiple Military Pampered Spouse activities.Clarus Optical creates a caring environment for patients because our staff will take the time to listen and ask key questions to help us personalize their eyewear according to their visual needs. At Clarus we are here to improve the quality of life of our patients by providing the finest eye care for people of all ages. “It is an honor to be named as the leader in our industry and we will strive to continue to provide the highest quality of patient care and outstanding customer service as we have for over four decades.”