There’s never enough #HockeyTalk coming out of this office so Pat, Gorms, and I decided to do something about it out. We’re going at it, debating the trending topics on and off the ice in a new weekly segment dedicated to finding the best, raw, unfiltered, takes from around the NHL.
Fox2Detroit – Two undercover officers from Detroit’s 12 precinct, posing as drug dealers, were approached by two undercover officers from the 11th precinct, posing as drug buyers, and the fight was on.
This happened last year but I received several requests to cover this in a blog so HERE WE GO!
Evidently, the 12th precinct squad had a “jump out” or arrest team hidden in the house that their undercover drug dealers were standing in front of. The purpose of the “jump out” team is to literally jump out of the house and arrest individuals that are dumb enough to buy drugs from the undercover officers. Obviously, the 11th precinct squad had a mobile “jump out” team that would jump out of cars to cuff up the drug dealers that sell drugs to their undercover officers and then secure and search the house they’re working from.
So, in this instance, one jump out team ran into the other jump out team and that’s not good for anyone. Except the neighbors. They got a hell of a show. In police circles, we call this a “Blue on Blue Incident”. That’s when cops unknowingly face other cops, and each side thinks the other are the bad guys. It’s a nightmare situation because everyone has a gun out and it’s pointed at someone. And that someone is a friendly. Even worse. That someone is a brother.
So, how does shit like this happen? Its pretty simple really. You have multiple units within the same agency, doing basically the same job and they’re not sharing information with one another or reporting what they’re doing to a central repository that checks for things like this. This is called deconfliction. Larger agencies have a system for this in-house.
Before you perform an operation like this, you’re supposed to prepare an Operations Plan that outlines what you are doing, who is participating and where it is happening. This Ops Plan gets approved by a commander and then gets forwarded to an Intelligence Center that checks against other Ops Plans submitted by other units. If two Ops Plans are occurring at the same location, or even near each other, and on the same date/time…the commander is immediately notified so he can contact each unit’s supervisor of the conflict. Crisis averted.
Smaller agencies submit these Ops Plans to Federally-supported Deconfliction Centers. The same course of action is taken. Bottom line is you don’t jump until your Ops Plan is 100% cleared. I don’t know where the ball was dropped here. Was it at the command level or unit level? My guess is the unit level, just based on my 21 years in the game.
Cops don’t like to share information. They’re very territorial and untrusting. Sometimes for good reason. There are some dirty cops out there, but usually leaks come from cops that talk too much. They tell everyone at work and home and all those people tell everyone they know and before you know it, someone that knows the bad guys catches wind of it. But when it comes to operations where you know guns are going to be drawn, you have to take every precaution to ensure it goes down as safely as possible.
I’ve never been party to this exact situation but I did participate in a raid where, unbeknownst to us, another agency showed up at the same time to raid the same house. We were assisting the ATF with an arrest warrant for an individual that was inside the house and the other agency was a drug unit there to serve a search warrant on the house.
As we dumped out of our vehicles and approached the house on foot, we were met by a bunch of other cops in raid vests that had just dumped out of their cars to do the same thing. While each side went through the “What the fuck are your guys doing here?” routine, the guy we were looking for ran out the back door and hauled ass through the alley. A 12 block foot pursuit ensued with like a hundred cops trying to catch, what seemed to be, the fastest human being on the planet. It ended well enough, meaning he was eventually captured thanks to a canine unit, and no one on our side was injured. Sure we looked like a bunch of dumbasses, but as long as no one gets hurt and the bad guy goes to jail…it’s a win. #BehindTheBadge
Out of nowhere today the Original 6 NHL teams just stunned everyone by debuting brand new sweaters! WHAT!? ARE THEY GOOD!? ARE THEY SHIT!? EVERYONE FREAK OUT!? CHANGE IS WEIRD! … relax, the jerseys are only for EA Sports NHL 19. That’s right the real teams will not be actually wearing these jerseys on the ice… yet.
The collaboration of Adidas, EA Sports and the Original Six teams are being labeled The Digital Six. The 6 jerseys will be first available in Hockey Ultimate Team mode on Nov. 5 and additional game modes on Nov. 19.
The thing with hockey and it’s fan is they love tradition, they love old school, they don’t handle change well. They take a longgggg time to adjust to anything new. This is especially true in the sense of the storied Original 6 teams that started the league. Of course they’ve all tried different looks with little tweaks and some aggressive third jersey choices throughout the years with varying degrees of hits (the Rangers Lady Liberty sweaters) and misses (the Bruins mustard bear).
Here we have a similar approach with these new digital jerseys (Sorrey… Sweaters) , some are traditional approach and some are… well… awful.
Detroit – The Red Wings jerseys here are almost perfect. The candy stripe socks and single red accent line on the sweater itself make ’em pop. It’s an homage to the Wings sweaters of old with the striping. Straight, simple, sexy.
Montreal – Les Habitants de Montreal took a safe route here. Even if you’re the embodiment of Canada you put Red, White, and Blue (bleu, blanc et rouge… Sorrey) and it’s going to look smooth. They ditch the logo on the chest for the MTL abbrev and it’s got a beautiful old school feel.
New York – Like I said you take the Red, White, and Blue and throw it on anything and it will…. Welp I was wrong. These look like some K-Mart clearance specials. These shouldn’t even be practice jerseys, these are dish rags. The only saving grace here are white gloves. White gloves fuck.
Chicago – The Blackhawks have iconic (potentially racist depending on how you feel about ’em) jerseys. When they rock the all red and all blacks they are tops in the league. They know this and so they really only made a small tweak. They added a couple stripes and made some of them a prominent green. Boy oh boy does it look like shit. I assume the green is because of the green feather in the hawk logo and I assume it has some type of significance I’m blissfully unaware of but this looks like when all the white guys in the 90’s tried to be Rastafarian and listened to reggae all the time. Get some albino dreads out of the back of the helmet and smoke em if ya got em. Maybe…. MAYBE, this works on a white sweater but on the black it looks like junk.
Toronto – What? No seriously this is it? This looks like they tried to play off the 72 Summit Series sweaters and ended up with what you would expect in a game that couldn’t get the actual team licensing and property. Can’t wait to play with the Toronto Blue Leaves! John Tavares didn’t sign for this…
Boston – From the look of it the Bruins just said fuck it do whatever you want Adidas. Murder out the logo and throw some stripes on it! 3 Stripes?? NO MORE! MORE STRIPES! YESSS! Never go half stripe, either stripe the whole thing or keep the stripe guy in check.
Ultimately does any of this matter? No. These are made up jerseys for a video game. 97.9% chance these are just for the game itself and will never be worn on the ice. HOWEVA, if I was making moves in Detroit I would highly consider mass producing those bad boys and getting them on the ice and scrape up every penny you can.
What do you think? Like em? Love em? Hate em? Who cares? Leave some comments and let me know.