Let me make sure I've got this straight:
Adam Proteau accuses Ed Snider and the NHL of exploiting a high-profile event for political platforms and partisan politics...
And then exploits his position as an NHL columnist to excoriate Sarah Palin and the Republican party?
Let me state this again, because I need to see this in front of me, in print, twice, just to make sure I'm not in some alternate journalistic reality.
Ed Snider invited Sarah Palin, hockey enthusiast and vice-presidential candidate, to SILENTLY walk out to centre ice and drop a puck. Without a speech, without a word, without a hint of party platform. She smiled, she waved, she kissed, she shook hands, she dropped a puck, and she left. Several of the players looked absoluely thrilled at the experience.
Adam Proteau then barfs up a blog entitled "Hockey Shouldn't be Used as a Political Backdrop" - sorry, I have to type that again - "Hockey Shouldn't be Used as a Political Backdrop" - and then proceeds to hurl hateful, spiteful, incendiary political invective at Sarah Palin and everything she stands for.
You know what, I'm shaking with rage right now. I'm truly having trouble typing this. Has this election truly turned the sanity of North America inside out, sideways and upside down? This madness should not, must not be allowed to invade an environment that is, for me, a sheltered haven from the increasingly polarizing insanity that has been blazing across America for the past year or so.
I have spent the past six months counting down the days to the return of hockey. And while I do that every year, this year was particularly filled with angst and anticipation because of this bloody presidential election. I'm tired of hearing about it. I'm weary of the hate, the lies, the deceit, the madness, and I'm talking about both parties.
And now we're subjected to this worthless, unwelcome, unwanted tripe? It was so incredibly painfully obvious that Proteau was just waiting for something, anything to justify climbing on top of his wee soap box and blathering out his entire political platform. Readers of the Hockey News are not interested in your political views, Mr. Proteau, and the Hockey News owes an apology to readers both in Canada and the United States.
Again, you used your editorial position to bring partisan politics into the hockey environment by writing a scathing blog insisting that politics have no place in hockey. How hypocritical. How disgusting. You should be ashamed of yourself.
Yes, there is a proper place, a welcome forum for your political viewpoint. Like the rest of us, then, may I suggest you, Mr. Proteau, point your browser to Politico or the Huffington Post where it belongs.