Re: Did Anyone Catch the Byron Bitz Hilites?
posted at 2/10/2012 11:43 PM EST
In Response to Re: Did Anyone Catch the Byron Bitz Hilites?
[QUOTE]I get your point 49, and I agree with you pretty much. But I get why they have the nickname and it's not based on mysogny, as much it is based on misguided attempt to lable their lack of toughness. I get the point and understand it, even if I disagree with the word choice. That said I've played with and against women that show ten times the grit that the Sedins do. Hell, I'm married to one. Last year the wife went down to block a shot from Wickenheiser, who has a cannon of a shot that everyone of us on this board would be envious of and can likely unload it faster than anyone in the women's game. She took the hit for her team to prevent an easy open-netter from the best damn player in the world, and had a bruise the size of a dinner plate on her stomach afterwards. And she was laughing about it. That's a degree of toughness and grit we'll never see from the Sedin's. So yeah, I think maybe it's slightly disparaging, but only because most of the hockey players I know who play the game at a high level are tougher than the Sedin's.
Posted by red75[/QUOTE]
It's true that the Sedins don't play with grit. It's a complete misnomer to say that they aren't tough. Perhaps we have different definitions of toughness, but to me, playing first line minutes, seeing the shut-down defensive pair and the best defensive forwards on each team, game after game of being cross-checked, slashed, boarded, high-sticked, and being able to start 553 straight games, AND laying down a high standard of play that NHL historians will be writing about for years to come -- that, my friend, is toughness.
Is it tougher to take the slash or the cross-check, and retaliate, creating a 4-on-4 situation, or is it tougher to take it, grit your teeth and skate away, knowing that by not retaliating, you're putting your team on the powerplay improving the chances of winning the game? Sometimes, it's tougher to be the guy who takes the abuse, and skates away.
Sometimes, discipline is toughness.