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.