I'm not ignorant enough to think that racism and/or preferential treatment doesn't exist in the clubhouse and in society as a whole, but it's hard to take anything seriously from this horse's ass. This is the same guy who purposely booted balls in the field to force a trade out of Milwaukee, has whined about money his whole career, has demanded more money and/or a contract extension in virtually every trade that he was involved in, and is an admitted steroids user, "unknowingly" or not. He just needs to go away...muzzled.
posted by 742Mouth at 11:57 PM on July 15
Very good subject, I absolutely feel that ESPN has been very influential in positioning the NHL (and hockey in general) as if it doesn't even exist anymore. Their on-air personalities bash the sport anytime the word hockey gets mentioned, acting as if hockey is a guilty pleasure only for the socially unaccepted. I'm a huge hockey fan in the states, and for years I had been bothered that hockey doesn't get the time of day in the media or seem to have the mass appeal that I always figured that it should have. But I'm not bothered by it anymore, as long as the NHL is making money then it should be around to entertain me for the rest of my lifetime. Attendance is excellent in most NHL cities, so there is a fan base albeit a small, passionate one. I think that Frank DeFord summed it up best several years ago, and I am on board with his line of thought. His article on hockey is a little outdated, but you'll get the point. I've listed the link below. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/inside_game/deford/news/2000/06/07/deford/
posted by 742Mouth at 02:29 PM on July 08
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