Nathan Horton, Lightning Fans, Are IdiotsShareThis
New Puck Daddy: The Bruins need to stop chewing valium before games (they’ve given up a goal in the first 70 seconds three times in the past five games)
New Hockey Primetime: My running diary of last night’s Bruins/Bolts game. Sometimes I think I’m funny.
I feel like I shouldn’t even be writing about what I’m about to write, because it’ll only make it a bigger deal, but….
Nathan Horton sprayed a fan with a waterbottle after last night’s loss to Tampa, then threw it at him. That link there will take you to the Puck Daddy post on it.
The problem here is two-fold: one, is that there’s a precedent for this kind of stuff. You just can’t do it anymore. Players and coaches have started getting suspended for it, and the NHL even added a rule to make that stuff an extra no-no this year.
Two, is that I don’t blame Horton one bit, I only wish it had hit that stupid fan in the forehead and split him for stitches.
Really, we’re throwing plastic drum thingy’s at players, some of whom don’t wear visors? Real fucking bright.
Someone, by the grace of Satan, just happened to be filming the Bruins coming off the ice, and now we’ve got a real pickle on our hands. This was something that should’ve just happened in the aftermath of a tough, passionate playoff loss, never been seen, and ended there. But now it can’t. And now by writing this, I’m only further making a deal out of it, so the rumblings start, and eventually the fan-clamouring makes it so the NHL has to act (unless they use common sense).
And then we end up with a tainted game seven, because the Bruins are without their biggest off-season free agent acquisition in the biggest game of the year because of something that happened OFF the ice.
I would like to take a second to note that Nathan Horton just can’t stoop to that level there (especially given the potential consequences), but you go through the most disappointing day at work ever (literally ever – this is his first kick at playoffs), and have someone throw stuff at you. I always expected the taunts; that’s part of being an athlete. But most athletes are aggressive people by nature, and when something you don’t expect like this happens, it’s tough to stay composed. He’s a fiery guy.
So now the ball’s in the League’s court. Let me ask you this, Tampa fans: Do you REALLY want to see one of the other team’s best players get suspended for game seven for something completely unrelated to the anything that happened in a game?
My guess is you don’t. I want to see the two most evenly matched teams I think I’ve ever seen play a playoff series (both teams have exact records of 46-25-11 in the regular season, and 11-6 in the playoffs) both skate into their one hundredth game of the season (yes, the records just so happen to be dead even after 99 games – thanks to Katie Baker for tweeting that today) at full strength.
It’s too great a game seven scenario to mess up.
If he did get sat down, it doesn’t mean Boston won’t win, it doesn’t mean Tampa’s a lock, it just means we don’t get to see the two teams play with the best rosters they can field. And we, as fans, deserve that.
Man I hope he doesn’t get suspended.
Thanks to those of you who joined in on the live chat last night! Was a lot of fun.
If you’re intersted, here’s a horrifically curse-filled rant on why Drew Magary is allowed to wear shorts if he goddamn wants to.