Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Lindros gets rejected and MLB heads towards more suspensions

From where I sit it looks like the list of Hockey Hall of Fame inductees is again cause for debate.

Not at all for who's on the list, all worthy choices. It's those deemed 'snubbed' by some reporters/pundits/experts. No matter who gets in there will always be questions raised about names left off the list. Tops this year seems to be Eric Lindros. Sadly, his above average numbers and intimidation factor don't override what happened off the ice. Sure, there are hall of famers with lesser numbers, but how many had his parents? Or his petulant attitude. From the start Lindros came across as a spoiled brat who pouted when things didn't go his way. Or, worse yet, got his parents to call and act on his behalf. Sadly, this is a product of the Canadian hockey ideal. It's the expectation that hockey players will set themselves to a higher standard. Unlike in some sports where the star will sulk if he/she doesn't get called on in tight games. Lindros and his family rarely measured up to public expectation. Whether, justified or not that will always be held against him...and his mom will call and complain about that too.

Speaking of whiny, rich jerks...big name Major Leaguers are in trouble.

Once again, big name players are facing sanctions over the use of PEDs. Once again, they refuse to answer questions. I guess there can be some honour among thieves. Nobody wants to tell the truth, or turn in their friends. All this is doing is making the players look worse. They are placing themselves in line with so many others who deny their culpability, even in the face of overwhelming evidence. Fans know they cheated. Clearly, MLB has evidence they cheated. But they sit there denying it all, like a 4-year-old caught with a hand in the cookie jar. And, what do they gain through mindless denial? Certainly not respect from the fans. Don't piss in my ear and tell me it's raining. We know you are cheats and the sooner you tell the truth, the sooner we can all move on.

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

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