PHILADELPHIA ON NOTICE GIVE ME A BREAK
The other day when the NHL put Philly on notice, it really made me laugh. I mean, who are they kidding? Come on, they love every minute of this! They love publicity, whether it is bad or good. Is the NHL really upset with Philadelphia? Or are they rubbing their hands with glee?
Seriously, you really think the league is not licking their chops with all this publicity? I will answer my own question: Of course they are. Why, because everyone is talking about it? There are a lot of people talking about hockey, discussing whether the Flyers are continuing to push the buttons. Now the Flyers are sticking up their noses at the League by bringing up Downey. Downey is not known for his gentle play. So what do you think is going to happen now? Don not make me laugh! Of course they are going to get more viewers just to see if Downey is going to go berserk again. It is all about the numbers, the ratings, and trying to bring in the fans - or more importantly - the young fans. So this is why I think putting Philly under notice is hypocritical. Because in reality, what is the League going to do? The League loves the publicity. It is going to put the NHL on the map more.
WHAT THE LEAGUE SHOULD DO TO CLEAN UP THEIR ACT
This league has to be more consistent. I have seen more penalties where suspensions are warranted and yet were not issued. On the other end of the spectrum, I have seen them give the player almost a death penalty. I mean, it is so frustrating watching one player get so many games, and then another player getting no games or not enough. How are the players suppose to respect the process? I have also seen the League suspend more because the offense was against a superstar. Why should the player on the end of the hit have anything to do with the suspension? Then I have seen the suspension being delayed to see how badly the victim is injured. Why does it matter if the player gets injured? We are penalizing the offense, not the result. I would like to see the League give a black and white answer on this, no more grey area.
PLAYERS NEED TO TAKE SOME RESPONSIBILITY
The players need to start respecting each other more. They have to start thinking about what there doing. In my opinion, there are way too many hits to the head and attempts to injure. I just think that the players have to think about what they are doing. They must be held accountable.
SOCIETY IN GENERAL
This is where I am going to get slammed, and I know it, but I really think as a society we glorify the violence in hockey. We have a tendency to talk about the fight incidents. We seem to remember all the violence in the league. I just think maybe we need to remember that in most areas of life, fighting is not acceptable. Sometimes we end up encouraging these incidents by covering them more than needed.
Just a few observations that I have noticed in life. We have to remember this is a game. Let us try to savour the good things in life. We have to remember the good things: a goal, a save, or a pass. I sit and watch my son while he is looking at the game, seeing him smile to see a goal. Does it get better than that? It is really too bad the players lose sight of that once in a while.
Do not forget the important things in life.
Good work FLAMESTR. I like what I hear from the new NHLPA union boss Paul Kelly being concerned about suspensions and taking this issue to the ones in the center of all of this - the players themselves and the way they treat one another. I also like hearing that the abolishing of the instigator seems to be gaining momentum.
Good Stuff Flamestr, even if you can't spell DOWNIE right...LOL. It was nice to see Todd Fedoruk run Joffrey Lupul last night and get a whole two minutes for it.
Its ok we stuck it to the nhl last night not only did we get so many bogus calls against us...BUT LUPUL GOT STEAMROLLED AND NOTHING HAPPENED! Yet we prevailed, the icing on the cake would have been if Dowie scored
You are 100% correct, the Flyers love the situation they are in. They have been the hated team in the NHL since the expansion draft, and they thrive on it. They love being the hated team and shoving it in everyones faces. You are absolutely correct, putting us on watch means nothing. Oh and how about them crediting us for 1 hit but 8 penalty's last night... Smith got credited for a hit when Downie's first shift he came out and hit a guy up against the boards and the whole team swarmed him. Its hilarious. This was definately a display of Campbell's displeasure of Downie being brought up the minute the Cote suspension was handed down. Thats 100% clear. Great blog though!
Great job Flame! I guess that statistician last night wanted to prove we changed our ways. We were credited with one hit all game. Ha!
I love to see the glow on my son's face after a good fight or a crushing hit. He's just as excited by that as a goal. We need to embrace the violence in order to tame it. Accept that we are violent by nature and realize the repression of the natural order results in an even more violent release. When we talk about football it's the violent hits we celebrate, players cutting off finger to get back in playoff games, playing on broken ankles, watching a crushing blow break a leg. They don't replay these things over and over because we DON'T want to see them. When the morally self-righteous rise up and smack us down we need to stand firm in our convictions that as much as we pretend not to be we are all just animals. The NHL threatening the Flyers is just more media fodder. Every time the Flyers come to town there's an article: "Oh no, here come those thugs from philly!" You don't see a lot of day of game articles written when other teams come to town unless they have a flightless bird on their chest. I don't want to see anyone seriously hurt but if they could writhe on the ice for me a little bit I'd appreciate it.
whatever the NHL is trying to prove, let the record show that the flyers recorded ONE hit last night and still got the 3-1 W over over a GOOD Minnesota team. Publicity stunt or not, Flyers may be "goons," but they are highly talented "goons" that will kick arse and THEN win the game.
I say they put The Flyers on Double Secret Probation!
Hey, didn't you used to be Scott Gallof?
DOWNIE...Great to have ya back!!! Great Blog Flames!
OH NO, YET ANOTHER BLOG ABOUT THE BIG BAD FLYERS
Great blog, I completely agree that players respect for one another has a lot to do with the problems throughout the league.
The Flyers suck
Is that a pledge pin on your uniform?????????
Jsaquella... what kinda comment is that lol
Nicely done Flamestr! Are you saying you don't approve of the NHL random suspension generating 8 ball???
Great job buddy! One of your best blogs!
Great blog, Flame. I agree on most points, but fighting IS a good part of the game. Sure it's violent, but the game is incredibly fast paced and is run of emotions. The reason I think fighting is so important is because without it we'd see increases in head shots and dirty hits. I'm sure of it.
(I'm finally catching up on missed MHB blogs.) Nice job Flamestr. Especially on your heartfelt conclusion.
Good Job Flamestr I agree.