I usually do the random thougts blogs, but today I had a bug up my bum about something else-how lucky we hockey fans are that our sport is played at it's highest levels by men who are good guys, as well as great athletes.
For every NHLer that has off-ice issues-Rick Tocchet, John Kordic, Theo Fleury, Bob Probert-there's probably a hundred or so that are excellent role models for our kids. Even when a NHLer has off-ice problems, they tend to pale in comparison to stars in other pro sports.
Kordic's substance issues are well known and documented, but even though his demons ended his career and life, one could reel off five or six names of baseball stars that ruined their careers or lost their lives over drugs-Kan Caminitti, Steve Howe, Rod Beck all died with drugs around their homes and Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry failed to reach their massive potentials due to their drug usage.
In football, we have a guy like Michael Vick. But there have been others accused of animal cruelty, such as former Eagles RB Thomas Hamner, not to mention the several guys who have responded to the Vick situation as if he failed to pay a parking summons. That tells me there's a culture of these dogfighting kennels and hopefully part of Vick's plea deal involves him testifying against other thugs that do the same heinous things he did.
Even in the NBA, guys like Stephon Marbury defended Vick. Let's not ignore guys like Ron Artest, Stephen Jackson, Allen Iverson and Kobe Bryant. When's the last time a NHLer got accused of rape and settled a civil case over the incident?
The thing that got me started on this was Phillies closer Brett Myers verbal assault on a reporter who had the temerity to ask the bloward about two home runs he allowed while blowing a game last week. Myers called the reporter "retarded" and had to be restrained.
Myers was involved in an incident last year where several witnesses said he struck his wife, Kim, on a Boston street corner. Guess the month of intense therapy Myers had needs a refresher course.
So, let's take a moment and be happy that our heroes of the ice are, by and large, a good bunch of guys.
BRING ON THE SEASON!!!!!!!!