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Vulgar Opinions: The NHL Is Stupid Re: Lucic-Miller (Horribly NSFW)

11/14/11
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Because I can’t use the title…

The old dinosaurs that are involved in the NHL in every facet need to fuck off and die, from discipline to player safety to the shithead media members that give this kind of behavior a pass.  And that includes some younger guys who are usually pretty good in their coverage but are approaching this issue with the intelligence of a toddler with a paper clip staring at an electrical socket.  (And by all means guys, shove it in.  Bash your heads against the wall until the part of your brain that doesn’t give a shit about player safety is good and dead and never coming back.)  For as much of a shitshow as it is, this is something the NFL gets right.  Hmm quarterbacks getting concussions?  Don’t hit them in the head any more.  Quarterbacks getting leg injuries?  Don’t hit them in the legs any more.  Wide receivers getting concussions?  Don’t blindside them any more.  The NFL understands that their league popularity depends on Tom Brady and Peyton Manning and the other talented players playing as many games as possible.  No one is showing up to see Curtis Painter and Matt Cassell…or Drew McIntyre for that matter.

How the HELL many dead players brains exploding with CTE is it going to take before the NHL steps up and says, gee maybe we should start penalizing for actions and nothing but actions to mete out reckless play instead of talking to these players and trying to figure out their intent?  And seriously how did that conversation with Lucic go?

Brendan LooksLikeHeDiedTenYearsAgo – So you hit Miller…

Gutless Lucic – I didn’t mean to.

Brendan LooksLikeHeDiedTenYearsAgo – Oh okay, lol!

Seriously how does it make any fucking sense in a logical world?  Oh, I didn’t mean to run over that pedestrian, so it’s okay that I blew through that red light.  Reckless play is reckless play period, and it needs to go whether the end result is nothing, or it’s a player in a wheelchair (which is probably what it’s going to take before the NHL takes any real action and the media jumps off of their dumbass throne and starts crying foul).  Intent shouldn’t matter.  Todd Bertuzzi didn’t mean to horribly injure Steve Moore, but what he did was still reckless and should have been punished.  All it takes is one bizarre set of circumstances and a guy is never walking again because of a reckless play that the NHL could have dealt with and didn’t.  And the media are enablers.

And while I’m rolling, whose fucking idea was it to make Shanahan minister of discipline or whatever the hell his fucking title is?  Gee we care about player safety so we’re going to bring on someone who, judging by his history, is probably going to side with the dirty fuckwads.  Herpaderpderp.  What a bunch of fucking idiots.  Are they dead yet?  Jesus fucking Christ.  You know who would make a great Tsar of discipline?  Eric Lindros, or Sidney Crosby, or Pat LaFontaine…former players who know what it’s like to be put on the sideline because of reckless play where the intent was benign.  I guess that’s too good of an idea.

Protect the players!  How is this so fucking hard?  Especially since we’re six months removed from everyone shitting their pants over the Aaron Rome hit?  Suspend these guys!  Slashing a player’s injury (Giroux), sit in the fucking pressbox.  Running a goalie (Lucic), sit in the fucking pressbox.  Headbutting (Kaleta) sit in the fucking pressbox.  (And seriously dude, you’re one of the best clean hitters in the game, hows about you do that instead of engaging in that headbutting bullshit.  I know it’s the Flyers, but come the hell on.  That’s for minor leaguers that don’t have anything else to their game.)  And there’s no reason it can’t go both ways.  Turn into a check at the last second so someone boards you, sit in the pressbox, you’re endangering a player.  It might be yourself, but apparently you’re too fucking stupid to not do that.

And spare me the argument that you can’t protect the players AND play physical.  It is not that god damned hard to execute a clean fucking body check.  There are hundreds of NHL players that do it all the time and have never been suspended (Robyn Regehr for example).  For every dirty hit there’s a hundred clean ones, and you’re telling me that protecting the players more is going to take away physical play?  Get on the short bus with the rest of the NHL media you fucking moron.

Protect the fucking players.  It all goes back to that.  The NFL gets this, the NHL doesn’t.  The NFL is a money machine on three network stations and ESPN.  The NHL is on a hunting channel that half of the country can’t even find.  It’s not difficult to see why.

One Comment leave one →
  1. 11/17/11 3:13 PM

    Dear Alex,

    I love you.

    Yours Truly,

    The Scizz

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