It's official. What started out as just another black eye for the league has turned into The Dumbest Thing In the World. The final straw for me was the Canucks players (and their media) asserting that it was an eye-gouge from Wild rogue Brad "Starburst" Staubitz that lasted - get this - 10 SECONDS that put Rypien on a collision course with A&B on a fan.
The moron player who said that? Pathetic loser.
The imbecile who "reported" it? Disgraceful.
Oh, and I wasn't reaching over the hand rail when I called you two a pathetic loser and disgraceful, respectively. But I was clapping. So if you don't like it, fuck you, you pathetic, disgraceful losers.
Even without this latest twist, I was already pretty much over this thing, apart from being nominally interested in how many games Bettman and Campbell give Rypien. The house divided created by the victim's pronouncement that he would be seeking legal counsel had already soaked up the majority of the rest of my care on this topic. My compete level was running dangerously low. I was the Wild going into the dressing room after a good first period. But this eye-gouge bullshit drained the last of it.
This is just dumb at this point. It's been over-baked to the point where a once decent little meat loaf has turned into a blackened, charred, hard-as-hell chunk of irrelevance.
I am literally embarrassed for some of my fellow bloggers. Look, if you want to treat this like it's your big TMZ break, that's your business. But you make it pretty hard to fight the battle against the "Main Stream Media" behemoths when you prance around like a rabid gazelle over so garish a topic. Gaining acceptance with the MSM has never been a flag I've flown. But, it has been for some of you - some of whom have been on a circle jerk bender over this topic since it broke. If you treat your platform like the National Enquirer, expect to be treated like you're one of the hacks that works for....the National Enquirer.
Can we just get back to hockey, please?