Re: Shawn Thornton Appealing 15 game suspension
posted at 12/17/2013 6:33 PM EST
In response to stevegm's comment:
This thing is so laughable. The whole procees up to now is laughable, and it's about to get more so.
Supposedly, they're going after viscious hits that target the head and are causing this spike in serious head injuries.
They're NOT trying to take the fighting, scrum stuff out of the game.
Just think about that for a moment. Then think of the severity of this Thornton-Orpik scuffle..... objectively. Players get slew footed, and slapped up side the head all the time. I've watched kindergarten girls act more viciously during recess. You get head injuries(see concussion) from plays that knock your head around. We have 2 guys injured from head injuries. One from a part of the game the league embraces and argues is necessary, and the other from something that they say they want to eliminate. We know where the suspension went, and to top that all off, it's one of the stiffest in memory.
Anyway, the kicker seems to be that Orpik didn't want to go....answer the bell. Remember, the league fiecerely stands behind the notion that players must be able to fight...blow off a little steam....keep the opposition honest. I digress. Appears the fact that Orpik wanted to be a pansy is what makes this thing so horrendous for Thornton...make Orpik such a defenseless victim.
Now that we know a well placed bitch-slap can potentially put a player in the hospital, and have him leave on a stretcher....where does that leave our game?
What if Orpik had obliged Thorty's invitation and ended up napping from the result of a well positioned right jab?
What in the world do they do then? Based on the severity of the tag on Orpik, it most certainly will happen, and soon.
What's the difference? If there's a 5 minute fighting major assessed, does that give you a pass for giving someone a serious head injury?
Things just keep getting more ridiculous, and that will continue until the league gets serious about what it's going to do. It's not rocket science. The league decided that this whole culture of holding, and impeding had to go(right or wrong doesn't matter). They took the bull by the horns and dealt with it really quickly, and decisively. A little short term pain, but they made the plan clear.
As each day passes, what is clearly understood to be acceptable becomes more and more confusing.
What the league is saying is, it is ok to slew foot, and it is ok to punch another player in the face with your glove on, and get no suspension. But when you do both at the same time and the player is knocked out, then it is worth a 15 game suspension. The league works in mysterious ways.