Friday, March 03, 2006

Quote of the week....

Philadelphia Flyers tough guy Donald Brashear following last night's game with the New York Rangers, in describing the "new" NHL...

"This game is gay now," he observed. "You can't even do anything anymore. ... They changed the game to favor the superstars. You can't do anything anymore to set some respect out there."

THAT is why we love hockey. It was a politically incorrect, insensitive remark that is wrong on a lot of accounts, but he spoke from the heart. That is why hockey players are fantastic. Not "we have to take it a game at a time" or "we can't look ahead." Instead, he is pissed, frustrated, and lets us all know about it. Again, wrong-yes, but at least he was honest. Plus, he was going after a player (Darius Kasparaitis) who injured one of Brashear's teammates during the Olympics. Hockey's eye for an eye code is one of the best things about the sport. It brings accountability and passion to the game, two things missing from a number of other sports.

Have a great weekend.

4 Comments:

At 11:31 AM, Blogger Michael Namba said...

I don't know about Hockey, as I rarely watch except for the occasional Stanley Cup game (which by the way is the coolest trophy in sports), but games always favor the superstars, from phantom calls or no calls in the NBA to wilder strike zones and questionable plate calls. It's just human nature to protect our heroes.

 
At 10:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hockey IS gay!
David T.

 
At 3:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ian,
Generally, your play-by-play skills are decent, with one exception. You SHOUT way too much in situations that don't warrant a "THAT WAS THE BIGGEST PLAY EVER" tone. I noticed this on your HS football broadcasts, and I'm listening to the HS B-Ball playoffs right now. 3 pointers in the 1st quarter aren't situations that warrant shouting. Just some honest feedback, because I think otherwise you do a good job at play-by-play.
David T.
Tigard

 
At 7:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ian,

Okay I listen to the show most days. I look for the blog everyday. Where are you.

 

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