Burrowing With An Auger. Plus Ovy and Conan.ShareThis
As we discussed in the comments section of yesterday’s blog, Alex Burrows had a chat with referee Stephane Auger before their game vs. Nashville on Monday night. Supposedly, that chat involved Auger telling Burrows that he intended to even the score with Burrows who had embellished a hit in an earlier Auger-reffed contest. You all know the story by now.
Refs and players talk with regularity. It’s probably the least-seen relationship that affects the outcome of games. There’s only so many refs, and over the course of 82 games and multiple years, you talk with, yell at, and generally get to know each ref and their tendency’s.
Some let you play, some call it tight, but in general, you know which is which in advance. At the very least, someone will, and they’ll tell the rest of the team.
I frequently talked with refs because I was a perennial Lady Byng style player, and thus, had a good relationship with them (one college year I had SIX PIMS). I have a hunch Burrows chats with refs are, in general, less genial.
For an abrasive player, you have to think it’s only a matter of time until you run into an abrasive ref. And in turn, only a matter of time before you get red flagged, targeted, and penalized more. Thats human nature.
We don’t know what happened – it wouldn’t shock me to hear that Burrows pulled it completely out of nowhere because he hates the ref. He might be like Milhouse when he wants Bart to go home, so he yells “MOOOMMMM, BART’S SMOKING!”. Whatever – it’s possible, but who knows what the real story is.
All I know is, I’m okay with the human element side of this story (wanting to stick it to someone who stuck it to you). I’m okay with the way Burrows plays, but because of that, it’s only natural that a ref would be quick to give him an extra look. What I’m not okay with, is calling something that isn’t there for revenge. Plus, telling him in advance reminds me of a Bond villain explaining his plan to a captured Bond, when I’m screaming at the screen JUST SHOOT HIM. IF YOU JUST FUCKING SHOOT HIM HE’LL DIE!
But there’s my point. By playing the role of human sandpaper, you’re going to attract the refs attention more than anyone else. Your penalties will increase exponentially. That’s organic. The moment any ref consciously acknowledges their need for a vendetta, the game’s aren’t being decided organically. Auger is clearly at fault here, and needs to be penalized for even getting caught up in crap like this. A ref is supposed to be above it all, supposed to govern fairly. He didn’t.
Talk amongst yourselves.
Yesterday, Alex Ovechkin agreed to fight Steve Downie, but Matt Bradley swoops in. It was the best thing I’ve seen in the NHL this year:
So many bad things can happen in a fight – if it goes well, you can break your hand, if it goes poorly, you can break you face. You can land melon-first on the ice and get concussed. There’s very few positive end results.
By Ovechkin squaring up to fight, it legitimizes his status as a guy not just running around and blowing guys up, but as someone who’ll actually answer the bell.
Better still, is that Bradley knows the last thing their team wants is for him to be legitimate in any category other than scoring goals. And really, better Bradley be suspended than Ovechkin be hurt. Ooooo, so old-school.
I love Conan O’Brien. Admittedly, I’ve gotten away from watching his show since I’ve moved to Phoenix, because I go to bed before the sun sets half the time, but I still love when I can catch it.
It really does seem like Conan didn’t get a fair shake (seven months?) – if you didn’t hear, NBC is putting Leno back at 11:30 and wants to bump Conan to a later time again. Conan isn’t having it, and has handled the situation like a pro. I’m on Team Conan – check out his statement, and I’m sure you’ll join too.
What’s your drug of choice? I hope it’s not acid, cause the following LT video would EFF. YOU. UP.
After watching the Islanders/Red Wings game last night, I think I might have taken my first step onto the Josh Bailey bandwagon. I was impressed.
Lane Kiffin left Tennessee for USC, and UT fans reacted with class. Sorry, did I say class? I meant they rioted.
Also, *yelling* “What was I supposed to say honey?” —- I’m overjoyed with the return of my lovely fiance.