“Getting Out Ahead Of It”ShareThis
Hey folks, just wanted to get in a quick explanation of the steroids piece I wrote for Puck Daddy today.
First (speaking of “getting out ahead of things”) I’m aware I’m going to take some shots for something, and that’s fine. The hockey community is a tight-knit bunch, and a few people may be offended by the accusation that any part of our game is anything less that pure.
Don’t be offended – I’m right there with you, on the defensive side of Hockey (unless you mean the playing part of hockey, in which case you can guarantee I won’t be on the defensive side). The point is, our game is one to be protected, as opposed to what baseball did with the whole “it’s not happening, it’s not happening” thing. It’s like when a friend is killing themselves with drugs and alcohol – a good friend sits them down and intervenes, where the fakes ones just get out of the way of the pending train-wreck. This is me sitting hockey down for a talk.
I thought I had a unique viewpoint on something not a ton of people know about. I always knew I would write this column at some point, and since the start of the season (and the returning-player- flex-a-thon) is underway, it seemed more relevant now than at any other time. I almost just banged it out as a blog 15 months ago for my few hundred readers, but I had enough sense to save it for a better forum. Plus, I wanted to write it soon so that when (maybe that “when” should be an “if”) something does come up, I’m not just adding to the tsk-tsking din.
If anything, I hope it spurs somewhat of an epiphany for people – it’s not a crisis in our sport, but to beat a cliche, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So prevent, damnit, prevent!
Anyway, I’m looking forward to following up on this piece over the next week or so. Thanks for reading, and I’ll be following up in the Bourne’s Blog comment section…. I’m guessing not so much over at PD. And, I’ll have a fresh baked (extra-fluffy) Puck Daddy piece to direct you to tomorrow. Yum.
And hey – ACTUAL hockey is almost here. I think we’re all looking forward to that.
JB TRACKER, all times in EST:
*I’ll be on TEAM1260 in Edmonton at 5:25
*AM640 in Toronto at 8:20
*FAN590 on Friday the 17th at 10:00 a.m.
*Off The Record with Michael Landsberg sometime tomorrow.
Updates as they happen!