Tuesday, May 7, 2013

A deadly soccer attack, the Canucks can't score and a moron in Toronto

From where I sit it looks like another example of an over-reaction to a game.

Ricardo Portillo's family has been left in ruins thanks to some punk kid. Sadly, this is impacting much more than the Portillo family. The alleged attacker's life will never be the same, along with his family. Both players and fans continue to lose perspective on the importance of sports. This wasn't the World Cup. This wasn't the Premier League. This wasn't even MLS. This was a rec league in Taylorsville, Utah. More importantly violence doesn't belong at any level. It's a game.

For the second year in a row the Vancouver Canucks are facing a 3-0 series deficit. And once again the focus is on the goaltending...for no real reason.

Unless the Canucks are planning to use either Luongo or Schneider at centre there's not much the goalies can do. Sure, Schneider has a meltdown in the third period of game 3. But, they aren't getting any help, 5 goals in three games (1,2,2). In fact, since a 5-2 win over Nashville on April 15th Vancouver has scored 3 or more goals only once. Counting playoffs it's a pathetic 14 goals in 10 games. Only 2 wins, and one of those was a shootout (2-1 vs St Louis). It's a tired point to make, but the Canucks are still missing it...you can't win if you don't score.

Speaking of the playoffs, I need to give a quick take on this jackass...

I can't begin to guess what would make someone want to make such a classless gesture. This isn't the Bruins post-season slogan...this is a symbol of recovery following a horrible act of terrorism. This is the grieving process for three families. This is a city trying to recover. Not a call to arms over a hockey game. Grow up.

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

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