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Monthly Archives: October 2005
Now, in the wake of an ugly incident between the Edmonton Oilers’ Georges Laraque and Los Angeles Kings’ Sean Avery, the Bertuzzi incident is being brought up as something that deterred possible on-ice violence.
Laraque said he considered going after Avery on the ice after the alleged slur but, in the wake of the Todd Bertuzzi situation with Steve Moore, decided to let the NHL deal with it. Laraque talked to Oilers GM Kevin Lowe and NHL chief of operations Colin Campbell about the incident.
good, if true. The tendency of players to “take things into their own hands” (i.e., vigilante ‘justice’ usually based on some unwritten ‘code’ that varies based on who’s pissed off about what and how much they’re paid) is one of the key things limit the NHL from being more interesting to a mainstream sports audience.
It’s actually tied up into so many things — the league tolerance of fighting, but also, the league’s willingness to “let the boys play” and “not deciding the game” (code for: you can win the game not by being better, but by being willing to play dirtier), by the third period whistle-swallow, by not calling penalties during power plays — the list goes on.
If the referees called the rules, and if there were strong penalties for transgressing those rules, and those rules were reliably enforced and consistently applied, the role of “policeman” goes away. Scott Parker is a Shark not because Brad Stuart got mugged and seriously injured — but because the league didn’t deal with the mugging in any serious way.
I’m not anti-fighting, but I recognize that fighting gives the mass media easy video clips for the 11PM news, and a legitimate reason to not take hockey seriously — fights break out in football and basketball, and sissyfights in baseball — but only in hockey are they accepted as part of the game, and fighters given hero status well beyond their skill level (don’t believe me? sit in san jose arena any time Scott Parker has his jersey off — the crowd appreciates that on more than one level)
But fighting also is an indicator of worse problems — the biggest being hat the league has bought into the idea that the referee isn’t actually in charge of the game. He was supposed to “let the boys play” and “not decide the game” (HUH?), which really means don’t call penalties that actually happen. Um, think about that for a minute. To borrow from a famous philosopher, “no action is still an action”. Choosing to NOT call a penalty still is deciding the game, you simply change the bias towards the person who gets away with the infraction — and if you want to know how the NHL into the sad state of hockey it had before the lockout, that’s how: by buying into stupid idea that swallowing the whistle somehow made the game better. In fact, it encouraged dirty play, waterskiing defensemen, thugging in the slot and the whole grab/pin/hogtie routine — because if you know you can break the rules and get away with it, you will, because it gives you an advantage.
So now, the league’s reset the rules back to where they want to pretend they always were — and they need to have the backbone to do so — and if they do, then yes, as James says, it’s a new NHL, and policemen and fighting will fade away. But if the refs start swallowing the whistle again when the whiners start whining (Hello, chris chelios to the white discourtesy phone, please) about penalties at key moments, then you’ll see a return to ugly hockey and fighting.
If the league does ITS job, teams have no need for enforcers. I wish I really believed the league understood this. So far, I’m encouraged — but only time will tell. But I’ve seen a good number of penalty shots and 5on3 sitautions already this season, and that, to me, indicates they really have told the refs to stop calling games sitautionally. Here’s hoping it continues.
although I’m not sure how we got here so fast.
yes, blogging’s been a bit light again. No, it has nothing to do with, um, That Thing Next Week.
How do I explain this?
Have you ever sneezed? Sneezed Really hard?
Okay, now sneeze really hard while bent over a bit and twisted slightly. Sneeze hard enough that your vertebra do the slinky thing and separate, just slightly. Then pop back together, but since you’re bent over and twisted, two of them right between the shoulder blades, don’t quite mesh right.
Achoo! followed by any number of words that we don’t use in polite company. Hell, words most sailors probably would blush at, as two streams of molten laval travelled down my back and into the legs. In football parlance, it’s called a “stinger” — which is appropriate, if what stuck you did so with a stinger shaped like an ice pick and caught you in the spine.
Nothing serious — seriously — just a bit painful. It quickly settled down again, as long as I didn’t bend over, twist, try to pick up anything, or, well, sneeze. Did I mention that this is the worst damn fall for allergies I’ve had in years? And for the first three days, every time I turned over in bed, it woke me up. Rinse and repeat for about ten days (since I tweaked it twice, since I’m sometimes a slow learner)
But it’s fine now, but when I’m tired, I tend to not feel like writing as much. which is probably a good thing for the net anyway.
(I hate when that happens)
That — and I’m working on something here at home that isn’t quite ready to announce, but it’ll make Flip happy.
Tomorrow is opening night for the NHL — and I’m thrilled to see it back and in operation. I have great hope for the changes they’ve made.
It’s really hard to handicap this season, given the changes, how teams will react, and how the time off will affect players (some will get better from the time off; others just older).
But right now, I really like the Sharks and Senators. I’ll make those my choices for the Stanley Cup.
Game on! drop the damn puck already.