For those who have not read B.D. Gallof's
insightful, well written and absolutely dead on blog - do yourself a favor and read it. It might be the best piece you read all year.
Here is a link to B.D.'s blog
The Emperor has no clothes...
B.D.'s writing inspired me to follow up on something that is particularly special about HockeyBuzz, and Ek in specific.
There is a story that you have all heard of called The Emperor's New Clothes
by Danish writer Hans Christian Anderson. The story revolves around a king who loved clothes so much that when he heard of two tailors - actually con-men - who "supposedly" made the finest clothes in the land. The story they laid out was that these two could weave the finest clothes out of a thread that is invisible to all who were either too stupid or not of the right "position" to see it. The king sent two of his best men to ensure that they could see the clothes so that the king could be assured that HE could be able to see them too - he was a bit nervous. Neither wanted to appear stupid or not of the right position, so they bought into it and went along for the ride. So did all the people in his court - they did not want to appear stupid. The townspeople "saw" it because they didn't want to appear stupid. In fact the only one to really see it - besides the two con-men who laughed all the way to the bank - was a little child. The King, himself, did not want to admit it for fear of appearing stupid. So he walked around with his new invisible RBK jersey thinking everything was all right with the world.
Except for that child, who had the audacity to say, "But he has nothing on!"
Nothing on indeed.
It seems to me that Eric McErlain and Greg Wyshynski are the ones with nothing on. They - and anyone like them - would have the people believe that only THEY can tell us what to read. Only THEY have the savvy to understand the immense and vast mysteries of hockey and be able to divine and decipher them to us huddling masses. What a crock...
The thing that HB, in general, and Ek, in specific, do so well and what makes this place utterly unique in the blogosphere is simply this...everyone can join in...there is room for all and everyone's opinion matters. This place is all about the hockey fan
...not about anything else.
Anyone who wants to come here and discuss, debate, argue their views on their team and the game - go ahead...knock yourself out. What Ek does that is so amazing is that he always deals in the positive aspects of the game that we love. He always talks about the possibilities, the wonder of what might happen, the good that the game of hockey has in it and all that it can
be. What he does not do is pretend that he wears invisible clothes due to all that he knows and hears - though he does have a heck of a shadow. He has intimate knowledge of many things that could possibly ruin players, coaches and GM's careers. But he does not laud that knowledge over anyone - he simply keeps it to himself and reports the things that have made him successful and respected. Ek has real power and real insight into the game that makes others extremely jealous - therefore he is a threat that must be slandered, debunked, discredited and removed at all costs. There are some people out there with invisible clothes on who are scared to death
that hockey fans might listen and realize that they "have nothing on."
Despite what Eric McErlain and Greg Wyshynski think, Ek is doing the hockey world a service by trying to keep fans at the focus of everything
he does. Not his own ego
, not the glory of the site
- which is kicking a$$ right now and will only be better - not for anything but the average hockey fan
. Ek is saying
to the hatemongers, the entrenched "media" and all those who would rather throw stones to protect their own, supposed, turf - "The Emperor has no clothes." And they are scared.
! It's about time.
Watch out boys...HockeyBuzz is for real, B.D. is for real, the bloggers are for real, Ek is for real and here to stay and you had better put some clothes on because you are making an a$$ out of yourselves.
Lighten up indeed...
Thanks for reading...