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Inertia April 16, 2010

Posted by calvin in Uncategorized.
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Yes, the topic of this post is inertia. I am, let’s say, not so good at science. I never took physics, but even I understand the basic concept behind inertia. Here’s a definition from physics.about.com:

Inertia is the name for the tendency of an object in motion to remain in motion, or an object at rest to remain at rest, unless acted upon by a force. This concept was quantified in Newton’s First Law of Motion.

What’s Newton’s First Law of Motion? Simple: Every body continues in its state of rest unless it is compelled to change that state by forces impressed upon it. The law has two main points: a body at rest tends to stay at rest, and a body in motion tends to stay in motion.

Now let’s discuss Tyler Myers. Myers is, as everyone knows, 6’8″. He weighs 222 pounds. When he is in motion, he tends to stay in motion. If you’re the unfortunate sucker in his way, you go from a restful state to an in-motion state, whether you want to or not.

It appears from Claude Julien’s press conference last night he does not understand Newton’s First Law of Motion.

The Myers hit was not dirty and it wasn’t done to cause intentional injury. Myers is a big man who hit a smaller man. Since the amount of force Myers had was more powerful than the force at the disposal of the other man, you could say that Myers’ will was greater and therefore was impressed upon the smaller man. (See how I worked Lindy’s theme in there? I’m quite proud of myself. Do I get the jacket?)

I’m sure Julien was just trying to deflect attention away from the fact his team took nearly 40 shots, but couldn’t score; his captain was assessed three minor penalties; and his team lost a game they should have won. That’s fine – it’s expected that the coach will steer the conversation to his liking, and it’s not surprising he wants to put a bug into the NHL’s ear to watch Myers. But please – if you’re going to worry about something, Mr. Julien, Tyler Myers is probably not a good use of your time.

Some advice? Target practice. Lots and lots of target practice, since it’s apparent your team simply cannot score.



1. Steve - April 16, 2010

What did Julien say about it? The only quote I found was this one (from the Boston Herald):

“This is intense playoffs and I’m not here to whine and cry about things. If it is something that (needs) to be looked at, the league will take care of it,” said Julien.

He doesn’t really seem too bothered by it.

manda903 - April 16, 2010

That’s what he said last night. This morning Sabres Edge said they weren’t sure who Claude Julien was referring to when he suggested the league take a look at a hit by one of the Sabres, but the Bruins aren’t happy about the Myers hit.

2. Cynthia - April 16, 2010

F=MA. Force= mass x acceleration. That’s the mathematical expression for Meyers force hitting another player. So if his mass is 222 pounds and he is accelerating at a rate of 20 mph (accelerating not running), he would hit said sucker with a force of over 4000 foot pounds or something or other (the units are insane for this expression)

My advise– get out of the way.

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