Anyone wonder why we have the All Star game? Really, do we watch it because of the intensity? Do we watch it for the great defensive play? Do we come to watch the players, the big names? Well, maybe if some show up for the game. Unfortunately, the big names are dropping out of the game left and right. In fact, it begs the question: why the heck are we having this game? Like, if the players do not want to play, why are we making the players play the game?
Well, the NHL management, in its infinite wisdom, has decided to force the players to come to wine and dine events, even if they can't play. Now I guess this rule has been in place for years, but the NHL has decided to enforce this rule. So who do they decided to embarrass, and which organization? Well of course the Stanley Cup Champions, the Detroit Red Wings. If that is not bad enough, the two players are Pavel Datsyuk and Mr. Noris Trophy Nicklas Lidstrom. Let me tell you about Mr. Lindstrom. He has attended ten straight All Star games in a row. Good job, NHL. Oh yeah, there is a troublemaker if you ever saw one. Oh, by the way, when Crosby catches a plane and makes the trip is when he found out about the rule. So we have Crosby hopping around from function to function with a chance of himself hurting his knee even more.
This really begs me to ask: What is the point? Yes, I understand the Wings were aware this was going to happen, and yes, the NHL warned everyone. But this is not new, this rule has been in place for years and never enforced ever before. Yet they decide to enforce this rule and enforce this rule on one of the most classiest players in the League.
This reminds me of one of those memories of my parents dragging me out to one of those family reunions, the ones you hate the most. Then they - the parents - inform you you are going and you are going to be happy about it. You know the ones I mean, the ones you have to have a smile painted on your face throughout the whole day. Then you come home with your face practically broken from that stupid smile on your face.
So why do we have an All Star game? Oh yeah, for the Fans. The ones who like all those touchdowns. Oh, I mean goals. Sorry about that! :-)