As hockey fans, we hear rumors about many players, and some rumors that appear to be completely false and exaggerated. Rumors about players having sex with reporters, players and illicit drug use, rumors about the trading of players…the rumors go on and on. In the NHL, there are approximately 700 players. Out of those 700 players, it is a given that there are drug users, cheaters and partiers. Just like high school students, you will have rumors about other students and their choice of lifestyle. That is also a given. “Hey, did you hear about Mike Richards?” Athletes are people as well, and we are all prone to mistakes. Is it in poor sportsmanship to use that rumor to taunt an opposing player?
I’ll keep my response succinct and brief. NO! Obviously the guideline and expectation is that one should never cross the racial divide, and that is not up for discussion. In regards to taunting your opponents, it is better to be more creative and exaggerated to make sure your point gets across. What brings this up? We all know that Alex Burrows is not an angel. His past history has shown us that.
We are also aware that Mike Richards isn’t an angel, and rumors surrounding his lifestyle in Philadelphia contributed to that. For those of you that aren’t sure about the rumors concerning Richards and his support of the Philly nightlife, Rick James said it best. For me, Burrows, as much as I dislike him, is very creative in his taunts. In this first clip, you can see Burrows going to his nose at the 25 second mark.
In this second clip, we get some extra footage and Burrows does not let up. By now, he had scooped up some ice chips onto the end of his stick and was offering some to Richards. At the 45 second mark of this clip, we can see Burrows motioning his stick towards Richards before the linesman comes over and knocks the stick down
Me? I love that type of shit. Sure, I still think Burrows is a douche, but I enjoy his creativity and ingenuity. This is the NHL playoffs, and you have to do whatever you can to get into your opponents head. I sincerely hope that LA can knock out the Canucks in the first round. That would be bittersweet for me.
Over the years, there have been countless incidents of trash talk on the ice. Personally, the one that I have used that had the biggest impact was skating by the other teams bench and asking their coach, point blank, which one of his players are sucking the refs cock for the calls. Sure, it got under the coaches skin and the entire teams, but I made myself a target and was okay with that. Luckily for us, some of them have been caught on camera. Kesler and Burrows talk to on of the Blues about their girlfriend Kelly…
Brian Trottier and Kevin Stevens…
I would be remiss if I didn’t include James Wisniewski and Sean Avery…
Once in awhile, we are lucky enough to hear what the players are saying in the scrums…
Not all taunts need to be verbal…
And sometimes the fans get involved…
With Round 1 of the 2011-12 playoffs underway, there are some series that are moving along as expected, and others that may potentially be an upset. As I am working on this Saturday afternoon, there are two teams that are up 2-0; Los Angeles and Philadelphia. I expected Philly to give Pittsburgh some competition, but how far they could take it relied on how well Bryzgalov was playing for them. Going into the opening round of the playoffs, Bryzgalov was playing well for the Flyers, but I didn’t think he would be able to keep up with the offense that Pittsburgh was going to throw at him. Couple that with Philly having a few players that had not been in the NHL playoffs before and Crosby starting to hit his stride, things did not look overly promising. However, I never expected the Flyers to be able to jump out to a 2-0 advantage. This is going to be the best series of the opening round I am thinking. The chances are very slim that Pittsburgh will be swept, but then again I didn’t think that Philly can go into Pittsburgh and steal 2 games either.
And that brings us to the Los Angeles Kings. Going into this series, I thought that the Kings were deeper on defense and had a better goalie than the Canucks. So far, that is what I am seeing. Nothing would make me happier than seeing Vancouver get knocked out in the first round of the playoffs. Anyone who knows me understands that I put ZERO stock into the whole desire for a Canadian based team to win the Cup. I couldn’t give two fucks about that. The majority of the teams are composed of Canadian born players, so I can get my solace in that.
Now…for my little bit of a rant. Bettman is being very patient with the situation in Phoenix…maybe a little too patient. I can remember how quickly Bettman snapped up the Jets and Nordiques to move them the second that there wasn’t an approved buyer that wanted to keep the teams in their cities. Keeping that in mind, why doesn’t Bettman use that same business approach in regards to the Coyotes? There has been interest from markets outside of Phoenix interested in purchasing the team, but Bettman has put all blockers up and remains committed to keeping the team in Phoenix, even if it adds up to the NHL operated team losing money on a yearly basis. Kind of funny…Bettman wasn’t willing to lose 1 fucking dime to keep the teams in Quebec City or in Winnipeg, but why is he willing to do so in Phoenix?
Next Friday, Hotchnuts is going to see The Supersuckers and Nashville Pussy. I think it should be a great show! I’m going to enjoy it, that is for sure.
And now, your Jordan Carver yoga pose of the week.
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