Did Gary Carter Invent the F-​​Bomb?

It’s fit­ting, I sup­pose that a player who had stopped curs­ing would intro­duce f-​​bomb into com­mon par­lance. Some­one who gen­er­ally refrains from pro­fan­ity is prob­a­bly more likely to use such a profanity-​​avoiding phrase. And a con­verted non-​​swearer is also, per­haps, more likely to rec­og­nize the awe­some power of that par­tic­u­lar four-​​letter word, and thus to ver­bally grant it metaphor­i­cally explo­sive powers.

My favourite catcher grow­ing up and the best player to ever wear a Expos uniform.

Via Next Draft

NY Times Article on Fighting Featuring Saskatoon

An arti­cle today in The New York Times fea­tures Saska­toon as the focus in a dis­cus­sion on fight­ing in hockey, par­tic­u­larly junior/​midget hockey.

I like hockey. I love the sport, the inten­sity, the speed, the tal­ent it takes to play it, the head games that go on with coaches and teams, the tra­di­tion. Watch­ing Sat­ur­day night games with my dad — ini­tially being more inter­ested in watch­ing the com­mer­cials than the actual game. Now watch­ing games with my sons while we play mini-​​sticks, argu­ing about whether we should be watch­ing the com­mer­cials or the actual game.

I hate the idea that fight­ing is nec­es­sary in the game.

I’ve gone on record before as say­ing I think it’s absolutely ridicu­lous that hockey still has fight­ing in it. The fact that, in 2012, “men” who play hockey are some­how so unable to con­trol their emo­tions that they just have to punch each other, bare-​​knuckled, until some­one falls down is such an archaic thought at best. At worst, it’s among the dumb­est things to try and argue for today in sport.

Foot­ball has way more con­tact in close quar­ters and some­how the men man­age to avoid hav­ing to fight on a reg­u­lar basis. In bas­ket­ball play­ers are often nearly elbow­ing and punch­ing each other, and yet aside from the occa­sional fight, also man­age to con­trol their emo­tions and play the game they’re sup­posed to instead of pre­tend­ing to be boxers.

Speak­ing of box­ing. As much as I’m not a fan of the sport, at least they are required to wear head­gear and gloves to avoid doing as seri­ous dam­age to the other com­bat­ant. In hockey you’re hit­ting with bare fists on someone’s bare head/​face.

Any­way, back to the arti­cle. There’s so many great quotes to pull out, I’d rec­om­mend read­ing the whole thing your­self:

“The year before, if some­one called you some­thing, you’d punch him in the face. I believe there was a lot more respect in the game back then than there is today.”

“Put the half-​​visor on,” he said. “Now all of a sud­den you’re not as brave, and there’s a lot more respect in the game.”

Right. Respect mean­ing you won’t say bad words about me because I’ll hit you. That sounds like a great way to explain respect to your kid.

Across the street from the Palace is the city’s old arena, where Boogaard, at age 15 and play­ing for another Melfort team, became enraged and went into the oppos­ing team’s bench, throw­ing punches. The out­burst impressed scouts from the W.H.L.’s Regina Pats, who moved to add Boogaard to their roster.

Empha­sis mine.

Impressed.

Impressed?

The fact that a young man was so angry that he couldn’t con­trol his emo­tions and went into the oppos­ing team’s bench to fight impressed scouts.

Right there is what’s wrong with hockey.

Despite his no-​​fighting rule, Sea­man said that for older age groups, fight­ing is needed to gov­ern hockey. “If you take it right out, it’ll change the game,” he said.

This idea that the game of hockey is this thing that’s out of anyone’s con­trol and if we do X, Y or Z that it will become chaos because of a lack of respect for other play­ers is ridiculous.

If coaches would teach real respect to their play­ers, start­ing at a young age, then you would get laughed out of hockey if you started throw­ing around racial epi­thets and did the kind of things that today sup­pos­edly war­rant fight­ing some­one. You just wouldn’t last if you didn’t respect your fel­low player or opponent.

If refs actu­ally called the game the way it is sup­posed to be called, then chippy, dirty play wouldn’t last. If you hook a guy, you get a penalty — regard­less of whether it’s the last 2 min­utes of a game or not. If the refs started call­ing the game by the books, the play­ers would adapt. The game would change. But it would be for the bet­ter. Skill play­ers could actu­ally show off their skill instead of the game being dragged down to the low­est com­mon denominator.

It’s time for the old boys club to move on and retire. I find Don Cherry enter­tain­ing as the next Cana­dian who’s chug­ging a beer & eat­ing bacon in their igloo — but it’s 2012. Times change and so should hockey.

The worst thing that hap­pens? Maybe a guy like Derek Boogaard doesn’t make the NHL and is still alive.

Why the NFL Won’t Show You Everything

Jason Kot­tke links to a Wall Street Jour­nal arti­cle that talks about why the NFL won’t allow TV broad­casts of their games to show a tv angle known as the “All 22″ — a view that’s zoomed out and shows all the play­ers on the field so you can see what’s going on and where & why play­ers are where they are on a given play.

By dis­trib­ut­ing this footage only to NFL teams, and rationing it out care­fully to its TV part­ners and on its web site, the NFL has cre­ated a para­dox. The most-​​watched sport in the U.S. is also arguably the least under­stood. “I don’t think you can get a full under­stand­ing with­out watch­ing the entirety of the game,” says for­mer head coach Bill Par­cells. The zoomed-​​in footage on TV broad­casts, he says, only shows a “frag­ment” of what hap­pens on the field.

I assume the CFL does some­thing like this as well — though I’m sure they’re not as mil­i­tant about it as the NFL would be because I can cer­tainly recall more full field views on a CFL game.

I think this is one of the rea­sons why hockey1 appeals to a cer­tain type of per­son. You can see what’s going on in the whole field of play, minus the goalie at the other end of the ice. By being given the oppor­tu­nity to see the whole play, you can appre­ci­ate the aspects of the game that some­one like the NFL doesn’t want to release for fear that some­one might fig­ure out a secret.


  1. And I sup­pose bas­ket­ball and many, many other sports that I don’t care to list here. 

How to Enjoy Hockey

when you really don’t under­stand hockey.

Just like the beloved sport of base­ball, there are beer and hot­dogs and play­ers with giant egos and teams in finan­cial dis­tress. But unlike the beloved sport of base­ball, hockey is a game that needs to be watched. You can read a book while you are watch­ing base­ball. You can vac­uum the liv­ing room, play Angry Birds or enjoy the inti­mate com­pany of a loved one while a base­ball game is on. Chances are, you won’t miss much. You can’t do that with hockey because it moves too fast. And therein lies the enjoyment.

One Reason the Jets are Still Going to Be The Jets

From the best new sports blog in Amer­ica, amer​i​can​m​c​carver​.com:

True North, the cor­po­ra­tion which bought the Thrash­ers, did not buy the name rights so they had to come up with a new name for the team. There was much con­tro­versy and gnash­ing of teeth prior to the offi­cial announce­ment. The peo­ple wanted their beloved Jets back. Which at first I thought was weird. I mean, imag­ine you’re dat­ing this girl named Dar­leen and you really love her and she leaves you. Then years later you meet a girl that’s sim­i­lar to Dar­leen and you fall in love with her and she says she’ll move in with you. You say “OK, but change your name to Darleen.”

That was my first reac­tion, at least. But the more I thought about it the more I real­ized why it was the right thing to do. Remem­ber when you used to scream out Darleen’s name dur­ing sex? How good would it feel to do that again? Even if the sex wasn’t that great some­times? Even if this isn’t Dar­leen but some­one who sort of looks like her?

So I’m happy to see the name Win­nipeg Jets back in action. I’m happy for the city, for the hockey fans and for peo­ple like me who are stuck in the past and wish every­thing old was new again. Now if we could just get the Dev­ils to move back to Col­orado, Dal­las to head back to Min­nesota as the North Stars, give Hart­ford back their Whalers…there are so many cities that would love to call Darleen’s name out again.