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08:24 AM ET 10.02 | Even before the curve ball that is the lockout set in, Adam Oates had a tall order. [Oates] began familiarizing himself with the team's NHL roster. He watched hours of tape, made introductory phone calls and took notes on each player's style of game. He didn't necessarily focus on the organization's overall depth, though. So in addition to offering a chance for him to work behind a bench during the lockout, Oates's role as co-coach of the Hershey Bears provides him with a crash course in personnel. "I'm still learning the guys' names, that's the tough part," Oates said [Monday]. ... "You want to explain something and I've got to think for a second, 'Who is it?' That frustrates me because I'm not insulting them."

The Washington Post

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October 2, 2012  09:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

TELL me the other guy's last name is Hall...

No...but he is a Quaker.

October 2, 2012  09:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

No...but he is a Quaker.

That's just how he rolls.

October 2, 2012  09:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

No...but he is a Quaker.

That's just how he rolls.

October 2, 2012  10:03 AM ET

Ah, months of threads about coaches who can't remember their players names. Let the excitement begin.

October 2, 2012  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Co-coach of the Hershey Bears??TELL me the other guy's last name is Hall...

God I hope not. Those guys are from Philly. Probably two off-key Flyers fans.

<tweaks Phantom with third-rate sarcasm>

October 2, 2012  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Co-coach of the Hershey Bears??TELL me the other guy's last name is Hall...

God, I hope not. Those two were from Philly. Probably off-key Flyer fans.

<tweaks Phantom with needless 3rd rate sarcasm>

October 2, 2012  10:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

God, I hope not. Those two were from Philly. Probably off-key Flyer fans.<tweaks Phantom with needless 3rd rate sarcasm>

And twice!!!!!!!! Damn you!!! :)

October 2, 2012  10:24 AM ET

At least he is doing work......give him an E for effort =)

October 2, 2012  10:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

And twice!!!!!!!! Damn you!!! :)

And, I can't even rag on you about the Nationals even after the Phillie shut 'em out. :)

October 2, 2012  10:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

And, I can't even rag on you about the Nationals even after the Phillie shut 'em out. :)

Nast's have been playing just so-so lately but I was still happy to clinch the division. Last time we played in the post-season was 1933! Even I don't remember that. Phillies ended up the year doing well but they waited a bit too long to get started. Next April everyone is 0-0 to start though. :)

October 2, 2012  11:08 AM ET
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Phillies ended up the year doing well but they waited a bit too long to get started.

What? What is in your Geritol these days?? Didnt they get swept by one of the worst teams in baseball down the stretch???

October 2, 2012  11:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

That's just how he rolls.

I've heard that Adam's wife calls him "honey bunches."

October 2, 2012  11:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I've heard that Adam's wife calls him "honey bunches."

She nice to him so he doesn't become a "cereal" killer.

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October 2, 2012  11:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

What? What is in your Geritol these days?? Didnt they get swept by one of the worst teams in baseball down the stretch???

Oh sure. But they did play a great deal better after the All Star game than they did in the first half. They were so far back by that time they didn't have a real shot at winning the division and only a miracle would have gotten them to a wild-card. Don't misunderstand, like you I root against such teams as the Flyers, Phillies, Eagles and 76ers. But you gotta give the devil (not the NJ types) their due. And, what's the best thing to add to Geritol these days? Don't give that stuff about prune juice either! :)

October 2, 2012  11:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

The Nats will be EXPOSed quite quickly in the playoffs...

I'm just going to ignore that. :-(

October 2, 2012  11:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

What? What is in your Geritol these days?? Didnt they get swept by one of the worst teams in baseball down the stretch???

Their second half of the season win % is just as good as it's been the last several years. Losing to the Astros was rough, but that's not what did them in.

October 2, 2012  12:36 PM ET
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She nice to him so he doesn't become a "cereal" killer.

Well, that's enough fiber for me this morning.

 
October 2, 2012  12:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Ah, months of threads about coaches who can't remember their players names. Let the excitement begin.

Nowadays it's pronouncing those names that throw me.

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