Saturday, April 21, 2012


Well, even though there are only two Canadian teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs, interest is way up here in Canada and I notice ratings are up in the USA as well. Why? Some people are speculating it is due to the goon show we are seeing on the ice.

Last week, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh engaged in a big brawl in game 3 involving multiple players on the ice. That got a lot of press. Then we had that vicious late hit by Phoenix's Raffi Torres to the head of Chicago's Marian Hossa. Today the NHL lowered the boom, hitting Torres with a 25-game suspension that puts him out of action for the rest of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Some people are actually finding these playoffs to be more entertaining than usual due to the brawls and hard-hitting play, not to mention the close games. But I notice a lot of whining and complaining from a lot of folks up here in Canada. Most of the whining seems to be originating from the network TV news reporters in Canada who are treating all these hockey fights as if they are important news, which they are not.

These hard-news outlets have been doing their usual depressing stories on how terrible all this is. They're treating this like some national crisis, when in fact it's not our crisis at all because the teams involved are all American. Philly, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Chicago -- yep, last I checked, Canada still has not taken the USA over.

But never mind that. Here's what I have to say to all these folks in Canada who are mad about the state of hockey and all the violence in it: quit following the sport, then! It's not as if someone is pointing a gun at your head, forcing you to watch this goonery. If you don't like what you're seeing, then don't watch it!

Heck, baseball season is on. It's not like there isn't a choice.

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