Re: will ROME be suspended for cheap shot on Horton
posted at 6/7/2011 2:12 AM EDT
In Response to Re: will ROME be suspended for cheap shot on Horton
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: will ROME be suspended for cheap shot on Horton : Obviously, as a Canuck fan, I'm going to see things a bit differently. Here's what I saw: Horton makes a pass, then stares at it -- he doesn't take his eyes off the pass, even though he's crossing the blue line. I think CJ made a remark earlier this season, when he said that players "need to think about protecting themselves", when a Bruin concussed an opposing player (I don't remember the exact incident, but I remember CJ's quote). The only reason the hit is "blind" is because Horton is staring at the pass. If he looks back IN HIS DIRECTION OF TRAVEL, then he sees Rome right there, and either avoids the hit , or braces himself for it. In no way, shape or form, is this a "blindside hit". It comes from directly in front of him. Rome doesn't "take 5 strides"; that's flat out ludicrous. Watch the tape -- he's skating backwards, then actually comes to a stop, and takes ONE STEP towards Horton, and hits him WITH HIS SHOULDER. No "chicken wing". It's clearly his shoulder. For some reason, just before the hit, Horton drops down in his skating stride, bringing his head down. The injury occurs when Horton's head hits the ice. Because he didn't see the hit coming, the impact was severe. I think that the docs, if asked, will say that the concussion came as a result of a blow to the BACK of the head (when he hit the ice) rather than from the front (due to Rome's hit). Rome isn't a dirty player. He has no 'history' with the NHL's supplemental discipline office. If he gets a suspension, which I don't think he should, it will be one game. Obviously, I'm glad that to hear that Horton's OK, and that he'll likely be released from the hospital tomorrow.
Posted by 49-North[/QUOTE]
It was more south east then north south, also he took 2 full strides before lunging into him like a linebacker. Even if you take all that out of the equation, Theres a lot wrong with that hit. Il start with the obvious and say its a blow to the head. Just because its his shoulder doesn't make a difference, intentional blow to the head is a blow to the head. Rome knowingly put his shoulder into the side of Hortons head. Rome also clearly knew Horton couldn't see him, In fact he stepped up and made that hit knowing fully well that he didn't. To me thats the definition of a blindside and you could take intent to injure out of that as well. So we have a charge, a blindside hit or blow to the head, (Id say both) and a late hit with intent to injure....Thats some easy math to me
The other hit your referring to is the Bergeron hit, and that was 100% Bergy's fault. THAT hit came from north south and Bergie SHOULD have seen him.
In a way I fully understand what your going through. Its called denial. When the team we love has players that do certain things we try to justify it. Its what fans do, we support our team. Unfortunately facts are facts and like it or not this is a suspend-able hit, all intent aside. Its just from my point of view he intentionally tried to hurt Horton and I doubt Im in the minority on that one.