Re: My problem with Shawn Thornton
posted at 1/14/2014 10:19 AM EST
In response to Not-A-Shot's comment:
In response to stevegm's comment:
Pretty much the entire hockey universe has no problem with Shawn Thornton being a member of the Boston Bruins. Coaches, GM's, Writers, Analysts the list goes on. Most fans understand the fact that maybe all of these people maybe know something we don't.
For some reason though, 3 or 4 folks here, seem to feel it necessary to create a new thread on this subject every week or so, and it's always the same ones that are leading the charge.
The "writing clown" that starts the next one should get a virtual boarding, charging, double minor for roughing, fighting, targeting the head, match, deliberate attempt to injure and a 30 day suspension. Followed directly by a "public nuisance" charge.
It's not what they understand that we don't, it's what they accept that we don't: Skating Clowns.
They are starting to come around, however. I've been writing about the stupidity of staged fights here for four years. When I started it, many here thought I was nuts and that my attack on fighting made me some sort of pansy hockey hater.
As the years go on, the media is growing more and more tired of the "Hi how are you? How did Mary do on her nursing test? Oh, good, good. Yeah, Sunday works. Good. Drop 'em in the second? Ok pal" bulldingo that has become "fighting".
Coaches and GMs and players accept it because they all work in the same field: entertainment. If people don't come, none of them work. Staged fighting puts the pink hats into a tizzy. Good for business.
That's a whole different topic nas. I'm in full agreement with you regarding "staged fights". Getting rid of that aspect of the game, comes before continuous rants against Sean Thornton though.
Also, those people you refer to, as "coming around"...I disagree with your interpretation. Although you're correct in the assumption that fighting is becoming less and less acceptable, the mainstream media, and society in general don't know enough about the game to even comprehend the 'staged" fight.
That growing discontent you're speaking of, is against "fighting". It's against what's perceived as excessive, gratuitous violence. The fact that 'staged fights" fall into that category is almost coincidence.