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Yesterday, Mike Wazowski James Wisniewski got suspended for eight games. I guess we all really worked Colin Campbell to a climax on that one, huh?
Whatever – if you saw the Wisniewski interview, he looked like he felt really, really bad…. that he got suspended. I’m not saying the guy’ll play like an angel the rest of his career, but forfeiting the price of a nice house in Phoenix might give him pause for a few seconds, I would think.
I messed up by not running the hit yesterday, and by only commenting on it in the comment section. Here’s me making up for it, if you haven’t already seen it…. which you have, so umm… move on.
While we’re discussing Colin Campbell, as we often to seem to be….
My Dad and ol’ Coley couldn’t exactly be described by the phrase “BFF’s” back when they played. ….Oh look, two clips – and by the way, they’re awesome – the commentators crack me up.
Ahh, that felt good and it wasn’t even me. I love the casual nature of the color guy in this one, doing the math on PIMS. Just another whistle between plays…
Apparently they also score fight wins by take-downs, as Campbell was the “clear winner” against Sutter. PS, that first left from my Dad was a bomb, thank god it didn’t land, for everyone’s sake.
Okay, on to Matt Cooke vs. the Boston Bruins:
What did people think was going to happen?
The circus demonstrated how badly some people are out of touch with the realities of professional hockey. This was the type of thing that emphasizes to the guys in the room how much certain fans and media outside that room don’t get their job.
Every night some guy has a target on his chest, which is of secondary importance to the win. Every night. It’s a long season, and you play the same teams plenty of times over the year, hell, over a career. And, it’s not a cliche - their jobs ACTUALLY depend on winning. And people flew in to catch this game expecting to see fireworks while the biggest fight is their battle for eighth?
Granted, this one happened to be an extreme case (due to it’s blatant nature, followed by no suspension), and the guys are well aware of that. But the night unfolded the way it did to appease those that went out of their way to be a part of the “event”. Cooke had to fight if he didn’t want to be crucified in the (for once) vendetta-aware media, and the Bruins were no different. In no way am I saying they wouldn’t have fought if not for the media, I’m just saying it wouldn’t have gone down like a bout at Caesars Palace 1:58 in.
The fact is, these are professional athletes, and though they often act spontaneously, you don’t get to that level without some measure of discipline. Many-a-nights you leave (frustrated) after taking a number and just playing the game. Just because the media sniffed out the obvious “hey, their gonna be mad at that guy, right?”, this all seemed a little…. forced. It doesn’t usually happen the quarter-second after a guy’s skates hit the ice, but eventually, guys get found.
And it’s not always a fight – a late hit, an extra shot, whatever you can get in there and not hurt your teams chances. As soon as a guy puts his vendetta ahead of the team goal, he sits. He may get healthy scratched the next day (and the coach will tell the media its because a guy wasn’t “effective” to avoid the circus. Read: Avery), and if it happens enough, he may get dealt.
For those who thought they’d fight Cooke everytime he stepped on the ice, chase him around and make highlight-worthy plays on him…. with Colin Campbell and every east coast media guy there? To quote NFL Countdown, C’mon, man. In the end, they may not be done with him, but they aren’t idiots. They put on the show people came to see, right away. But they’ll find him again when it’s not mid-playoff push. They’re disciplined. They’re pros.