Re: JACK EDWARDS + PETER GAMMONS in a HOCKEY cage match, who you got?
posted at 1/27/2014 2:34 PM EST
Not sure exactly what you're saying, Commy, but I hate to see hockey dummed down or propped up in order to find more fans. Oh wait. Hockey needs more fans so the sport can get more viewers so the owners and TV execs can make more money, so ... let's take fighting out of the game.
If Gammons really said those things then he's more ignorant that I thought. I love watching good hockey, whether it's pro, AHL, juniors, college or even high school. I'm not a big fan of fighting, frankly. When a fight startts, sometimes I'll walk away to use the toilet or get a coffee. But I think fighting has a place in the game.
What Gammons apparently misses is that hockey is a subtle game, and that intimidation, momentum, confidence play huge roles.
For example, ever notice how a sharp, tape-to-tape pass coming out from a defenseman to a wing can trigger other sharp, tape-tape passes as a reasult, and often lead to a scoring chance?
But a sloppy pass to start a play becomes contagious, creating more sloppiness.
Also, (I'm talking to Gammon's now) how a player can give something up, like some space on the ice, to lure the puck carrier in, then take it away at the key moment?
Tribal? That's the stuff you write for Sports Illustrated or GQ -- you know, the high-level analytical piece. Put it there Gammons, and stay out of the rink.