POS Steve Downie is drinking his career through a straw tonight, after the league- and by that I mean Colin Campbell- handed him what is effectively a ticket to the fourth line of the Philadelphia Phantoms by way of a 20 game suspension. The only way this could be any better for civilization is if the suspension was for 1000 games, and that it had to be carried out on Mimas, one of the moons of Saturn.
That's all fine and good when the guilty player is a fourth line rookie/nobody like Steve Downie. But what about
To get a little extra perspective on this, please send the kids from the room and cast your eyes on this horror show from 6 months ago:
Suspension for that, 3 motherfucking games. Cam Janssen, a guy whose career NHL stats are these:
DEVILS 95 / 1 / 0 / 1 / -5 / 205
I was going to put in a longer version of the hit from the Devils game coverage featuring the usually excellent Doc Emerick and the clearly retarded Chico Resch, but it was getting me too pissed off. Resch is such a typical broadcast homer, and in the clip he tries to say that the reason Kaberle is leaving the ice ON A STRETCHER is because after the hit, his head hit the boards. That's like saying that the reason the person died in the car crash is because they went through the windshield, not because they were hit head on by the drunk driver.
So the wait is on before the next Blow to the Head/Game Brawl/Howls of Outrage/Colin Campbell Press Conference. Let's remember all that's been said in the past few days, and see how it compares then. In other words, see you next week!
SEXY STRETCHER UPDATE:
I had to wait one day. See above.