Jan 102012
 

Hey Boston? What’s the name of the longest river in the world?

(If you’re not that smart, the joke is usually “da Nile”).

Seriously, has your city lost its mind? Because it sure as hell has lost a lot of its credibility across the NHL after the Marchand-Salo affair.

For Boston players, coaches, GMs, media and fans to almost unanimously agree that there was nothing wrong with Marchand’s hit on Salo makes the city look completely ridiculous, immature and unprofessional.

I understand this maybe from the fans and even the players at times, because they’re passionate about the game, but to come from the mouths and writing of the media (who are supposed to try to be objective on such matters) is absolutely disgusting.

What happened to professionalism and integrity in journalism?

The denial and outcry regarding the dirtiness of Marchand’s hit and subsequent discipline from the NHL is nothing short of absurd, to the point where the Bruins, its media and many of its fans are, for the moment, the laughingstock of the NHL.

Even PJ Stock, who used to play for the Bruins, was showing his black and gold colours on Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday. He was the only panellist stating it was a clean hit, while the others were doing what they could to stop him from speaking any longer.

It’s become rather comical.

You’d think following his suspension that Marchand would keep things to himself and stay out of the spotlight for a bit, but no, he had to go and write his ESPN blog on the subject and say this:

OK, the play with Sami Salo. It technically wasn’t a clip. Clipping is when you hit someone at the knees and I did not hit him at the knees. Anyone that has seen the video will see that I hit him in the upper thigh under the buttocks. They can call it a clipping, but they obviously don’t know the rules of hockey. I felt like I was trying to protect myself and get low and he went over me.

So what are you saying, Brad? That Shanahan and every other hockey expert are wrong, and you’re right?  Isn’t that completely disrespecting Shanahan’s credibility and capability to do his job? If I were him, I’d slap an extra fine on you, just for that.

After all, if Tortorella can be fined for publicly denouncing the NHL’s officiating, you should sure as hell be fined for denouncing the NHL’s ability to make disciplinary decisions, with, “They obviously don’t know the rules of hockey.”

That’s one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard from a player. Not to mention, cocky as hell.

Bruins head coach Claude Julien and Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli also stand by their belief that Marchand was simply “protecting himself” from that big brute Salo, who suddenly has grown three or four inches and likes to eat small children for breakfast.

Not only that, but suddenly Boston’s feeling bad about itself being “targeted” and made an example of. Julien told the media, “I guess we’re stupid,” and “Somehow the Bruins happen to be the team that people prefer picking on and think we’re the bruisers and the example of the league.”

First of all, you ARE the bruisers of the league, and second, it’s about time you got called on it.

Also, wasn’t it only last year that you guys were shredding the Canucks for having this “we’re the most hated team/woe is me” mentality, and telling them to stop whining and suck it up?

Now the tables turn on Boston and you’re the victims… Right…

The hypocrisy going on is mind-blowing.

And the Boston media? Probably the absolute worst in terms of bias and plain-old ridiculous garbage they’ve been producing during the Marchand incident, even better than some of their gems from the Finals last spring. I was linking to ugly articles faster than I could type for the past two days!

Fans and sportswriters from around North America were tweeting their amused disbelief at the Boston media’s lack of professionalism following Saturday’s game. Really, it did get to the point that it was quite laughable.

The complete and utter denial of Marchand’s “predatory” behaviour (Thank you, Mr. Shanahan) is so unbelievable that I don’t know how that city isn’t embarrassed by it.

I guess poor little Marchand should be handled with kid gloves and moved around in bubble wrap at this rate, or something. He must be protected!

Seriously, Boston?

Give it a rest! Marchand clipped Salo to the T. If you don’t see it in the video replay, you should probably remove your gold-and-black tinted glasses and try again. Marchand’s a repeat offender, and there was no way in HELL that he was protecting himself. Why is this so hard to admit and move on?

Boston’s acting like the spoiled child whose parents finally decided to start disciplining it, and are having a bit of a tantrum because it’s not getting its way for once. Yeah, that sounds about right.

Thankfully, there have been glimmers of reason among the Bruins’ media and fan base, like bright stars in a dark sky, but unfortunately these few are being drowned out by the obnoxious, hopeless dribble escaping their less-intelligent brethren. Nevertheless, it’s nice to see there’s some hope for Boston out there. A couple good examples:

Boston Globe columnist Fluto Shinzawa tweeted:

No prob w/Thornton pig pile. If reversed, #Bruins would be like wolves on steak. Like BUF should have done w/Lucic.

(I’d like to point out that last year the Canucks were “pussies” for not sticking up for each other; and now that they defend Burrows, they’re a bunch of goons. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t, right?)

Bruins fan Dan (@danwelch73):

Sorry, don’t understand the ill-logic of fellow #Bruins fans (some, not all) saying Marchand’s hit on Salo wasn’t dirty. Susp is deserving.

I tried to find more examples from Boston fans/media, but sadly couldn’t. But, I did find this:

Pittsburgh resident @emptynetters:

The next time Bruins fans want to rip any team for having someone like Matt Cooke, make you question why Peter Chiarelli has Brad Marchand.

Good point.

  • Lizz

    Good read Katie. I never understood how in a Canucks Bruins matchup Vancouver was somehow the goons and the cowards.

  • Fiannmarsden

    attagirl. I WOULD LIKE to point out their g.m.’s statement about marchand trying to clarify what was legal in the off season: ”
     Brad sought the counsel of the Department this past Fall for an explanation and clarification regarding this type of scenario…” (from peter schiarelli)
     Marchand had previously researched JUST HOW MUCH HE COULD GET AWAY WITH!  I Guess even after trying to find the edge, he couldnt help himself in going over it.

  • Fiannmarsden

    attagirl. I WOULD LIKE to point out their g.m.’s statement about marchand trying to clarify what was legal in the off season: ”
     Brad sought the counsel of the Department this past Fall for an explanation and clarification regarding this type of scenario…” (from peter schiarelli)
     Marchand had previously researched JUST HOW MUCH HE COULD GET AWAY WITH!  I Guess even after trying to find the edge, he couldnt help himself in going over it.

  • Janetw707

    Well said. Bravo! The bruins are an embarrassment to the NHL.

  • Ace Dj

    Spoken like a true Nucks fans.  Canucks are a bunch of divers who should think about taking up soccer somewhere in Europe.  If a guy like Burrows had done this to Chara you guys wouldl be screaming “Clean hit, clean hit”.  It’s no wonder the whole league and their fans regard the Canucks as the most hated team in the league.  

  • http://twitter.com/KMaximick Katie Maximick

    Actually at Chara’s height he could be seriously injured if taken out at the knees, and the Canucks fans I know wouldn’t be condoning a hit like THAT on him, nor denying that it would be dirty and deserving of a suspension. 

    Also, I think the Bruins have just won the honour of most-hated team in the NHL after this embarrassing fiasco. Congrats, you guys! 

  • http://twitter.com/PabloP74 Paul Erwin

    Gawd, Katie, Stop whining! Seriously though, I love reading your stuff. Keep up the great work!

  • http://twitter.com/PabloP74 Paul Erwin

    Gawd, Katie, Stop whining! Seriously though, I love reading your stuff. Keep up the great work!

  • http://twitter.com/PabloP74 Paul Erwin

    I’m not sure if you where watching the same game but I noticed a whole lot of embellishments going both ways. Pay particular attention to the last 3 minutes of the game when a Canuck player would go near a Bruin player and the Bruin player would mysteriously fall over. I may be a homer but I know my hockey. I’m no casual fan! If you want to see a true giant on a garden gnome, take a look at the Seidenberg hit on Ebbett, clean hit but you get my point!

  • http://twitter.com/PabloP74 Paul Erwin

    I’m not sure if you where watching the same game but I noticed a whole lot of embellishments going both ways. Pay particular attention to the last 3 minutes of the game when a Canuck player would go near a Bruin player and the Bruin player would mysteriously fall over. I may be a homer but I know my hockey. I’m no casual fan! If you want to see a true giant on a garden gnome, take a look at the Seidenberg hit on Ebbett, clean hit but you get my point!

  • http://twitter.com/PabloP74 Paul Erwin

    I’m not sure if you where watching the same game but I noticed a whole lot of embellishments going both ways. Pay particular attention to the last 3 minutes of the game when a Canuck player would go near a Bruin player and the Bruin player would mysteriously fall over. I may be a homer but I know my hockey. I’m no casual fan! If you want to see a true giant on a garden gnome, take a look at the Seidenberg hit on Ebbett, clean hit but you get my point!

  • 2GirlsNoCup

    You forgot the quote from Julien about how Boston won the Stanley Cup last year and Vancouver didn’t. What happened to professionalism and integrity in blogging, eh?

  • http://twitter.com/KMaximick Katie Maximick

    I didn’t forget it, but it certainly didn’t fit in with the “denial” theme of the article, did it? Also, who has ever claimed there was integrity in blogging? Hellooooo! We’re basement dwellers.

  • Cef

    There’s a sickness in Boston. It starts at the top and is perpetuated by a monumental sense of  entitlement by the whole franchise.  It wasn’t created in a vacumn and the NHL has to take some of the blame for allowing this team to think it was untouchable.  Boston’s reaction to the suspension fully illustrates that it has deep problems.

  • JustAHockeyFan

    First of all, the Bruins, their fanbase and local media and beat reporters need to come to terms that they have their very own rat (yes, Brian Burke, a rat) on their team. Move on. You got caught, now serve the time. Its hard to grasp, especially in light of how they hate Matt Cooke for what he did to Savard. The truth hurts.
     
    Canucks, fans et al. Its time to move on. Stop your whining about this. If the longest river is the Da Nile, the next longest is Cry Me A. You got your suspension. You villified Marchand in the media & more importantly, you got two points out of the game. Stop it now. No more rants. Grow some thicker skin. Who cares what other people say. You have some rats, some divers, some embellishers too. You know who they are. Stop making the Canucks and their fanbase, the most hated. Your own denial (or da nile) is also your downfall.

  • http://www.windaturd.com/ Victoria

    Well said Katie!

  • Tif

    Something I find even more amusing is the fact that some of my friends who are die-hard Bruins fans fall back on the topic of our “Dirty”, “rude”, “arrogant” city that riots like sore-losers. *scoffing noises* Sure, that is a permanent scar that we won’t forget anytime soon, but what on earth does that have to do with how our hockey team plays? Honestly. :(

  • Tif

    Something I find even more amusing is the fact that some of my friends who are die-hard Bruins fans fall back on the topic of our “Dirty”, “rude”, “arrogant” city that riots like sore-losers. *scoffing noises* Sure, that is a permanent scar that we won’t forget anytime soon, but what on earth does that have to do with how our hockey team plays? Honestly. :(

  • http://twitter.com/abmoha Ab Morrison-Hayward

    Calling it clipping means you don’t know the rules? That was cocky, in fact I’d say it was the most arrogant comment I’ve heard in 22 years.

  • A Spade is A spade

    That’s funny considering how many Canucks jerseys are seen in the rinks of every single city the Canucks visit. Hating the best team in the league is an age old tradition I guess. Keep on whining and we’ll keep winning.

  • VL

    Boston mentality; Everything the B’s do is okay, alright, awesome, good hit, good call

    Yet when another team even looks at them the wrong way they cry foul – they’re the devils, evil cheapshot dirty hitters.

    Anyways very good read

  • ry17

    the sucknucks would have reacted the same way so get off your high horse and be realistic.  of course a team is going to defend its player no matter what happens.  if any team didn’t then they would have deep problems..

  • ry17

    your a complete idiot same thing can be said about any team anywhere in the world. 

  • ry17

    sure canucks fans wouldn’t be condoning something like like just like they wouldn’t condoning someone biting someone else!!!! i don’t think you have to worry about the most hated team in nhl you still got that one covered

  • Ronnyjoejimbob

    It’s a two way street. If Marchand can get away with it, so can anyone else do the reverse and take Marchands knees out as well. And may as well throw in an elbow to the head from behind at high speed. A few sucker punchs at the end of the game as well to avoid a penalty.

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