My wife has often told me that there is no bad publicity; every good or bad act in hockey can be seen in any multimedia device or computer whatever the case may be. I have friends who get texted, or I dare say youtubed. My wife is the one who is explaining these terms to be. (Because I really don't know how to even operate a cell phone, let alone text messaging.)
Then you have various TV stations ready to pounce on every news story. Yes, people are waiting for the NHL to show its ugly head. Am I being facetious? Maybe so, but I can you tell you this - there is not really that much love for the game. So what is my point? Could my point that there is a conspiracy to end the NHL? Or could my point be that life sucks and we should all just grin and bear it? No, not even I could be that cynical or black, it's just that if you look long enough, sooner or later you are going to find someone being a bonehead.
And there are vultures always looking for a story about the bonehead. Sure enough, it's on every news show in North America So as a father, I am sitting down seeing this bonehead lose his cool, and I start telling this guy off on my TV. My son comes in and says "Dad, it's okay, he only made a mistake. In church we get taught not to say those kinds of words."
Ah, out of the mouth of babes. What am I suppose to say to that? Answer - go outside and swear. Problem - he is faster than me. My son taught me a lot that day; simply put, its okay. These players are going to make misstates. The problem is, how many other people are out there waiting to pounce on every mistake, putting it in print or on camera. Really, as my son says: it's okay, they only made a mistake. Now I am not making light of the serious injuries, or acts or random disassembles of body parts due to the maliciousness of a brainless wonder, as when that happen in a hockey game, it needs to be reported. (Yes, I have one of those vocabulary do-hickies teaching me a new word every day.) What I am saying to those people is that there is a lot more to hockey than acts of violence.
Which really leads me to my real reason for writing. (Sorry, sometimes I can get real long winded and confusing and well dimwitted - you getting the picture.) Enough, now back to the blog: come on people, lighten up.
Now acts of violence are not the sole contributions to boneism (you heard it here first - yes it is a new word -don't look it up, just take my word for it.) For example, what is Steve Smith known for? The poor guy won all those cups in Edmonton, yet all people can remember is game 7 in 1986; well, you know, when he became the Mayor of Calgary. The poor guy is totally misunderstood by the hockey fans. It's okay people, he only made a mistake.
Now another poor misunderstood player who has boneism (it's a word, okay?) is Mr. Mcabe. Now Leafs fans, he didn't mean to score for Buffalo (he plays for center of the universe Toronto Maple Leafs. Oh, by the way, not everyone wants to play for them either) to give the Sabers the victory. Maybe no-one told him the rules. Okay, that's a little far-fetched, but it's okay, people he made a mistake. Of course now he plays for the Florida Panthers.
My next example of this awful case of boneism (do I have to put you all in the corner? I told you it's a word already), is a whole team. Now I am commenting on the Calgary Flames' dry years, the 7 year itch of not making the playoffs. Now was it right for the fans to question their heritage? Now those poor players, they were just slow learners; lighten up people, it's okay, they just made a mistake.
As fans we need to realize these players are not robots. They are constantly under the microscope with the media, and yes, our fans. I am not making light of the violence in NHL, but seriously, we need to lighten up. These players are human. Give them some slack, eh? Besides, stress is not good for the heart.