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“History Will Be Made” is Becoming a Joke

Shortly before the playoffs began, the NHL debuted its new playoff slogan: “History Will be Made.”  In addition, they created these nice, heartfelt commercials featuring the likes of Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, and Ray Bourque.  Here’s the Ray Bourque ad:

That’s one of the most touching moments in sports, not just hockey.

Another unforgettable moment the NHL used was Bobby Orr:

Then there’s the indelible parodies, such as this lovely short made by the great Bloge Salming,  featuring Brett Hull:

All of these featured moments they’re still talking about to this day.  What a great idea, eh?

And then, the NHL made their big mistake.

They just couldn’t stop making these “History Will Be Made” commercials.  Here’s one about Jaroslav Halak upsetting the Caps in Round 1:

He was great and all, but will that become one of the defining moments in our sport?  Well if the Habs win the Stanley Cup it might.  But they’re currently deadlocked in a 2-2 semifinal with the Pens and it’s somewhat inevitable that they’re not going to win since the Pens ALWAYS win.  It’s not exactly history-making until the Habs get past the Pens.  If that happens. 

Moving on to Lil’ Joe Pavelski’s ad:

It looks like the Sharks will win this series, but you never know if they’ll choke or not.  If they choke, people won’t remember Pavelski’s big postseason run.  They’ll remember the Sharks’ big choke.

In addition to those, there’s also a Kris Versteeg one out there.  That’s not to mention the fact that you can count on a new commercial after every playoff game.   That’s kind of how the NHL is working things these days.

So, NHL, I beg of you this: please stop making all of these ads until you’re sure that the moment will be a defining one on hockey and not just a random story from these playoffs.  It’s great to honor these players, but you have to draw the line somewhere.

You’re making this into a joke.

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What A Joke

Why does the NHL have to epically fail every time they must take disciplinary action on someone? 

Cases in point:

Alex Ovechkin- I’m a huge fan of Ovie and I’ll try to be as impartial as I can, but there’s no guarantees here.  The league suspended Ovie for two games for breaking Brian Campbell.  I personally don’t believe that he was trying to injure Campbell, but it happened and Ovie’s paying the price for it.

To me, it wasn’t dirty.  Ovechkin is a reckless rebel.  He sometimes gets carried away and too forcefully passionate.  While watching the game, I saw the hit and just had a horrible feeling that Ovie would get suspended.

Verdict: reckless and dangerous and definitely not dirty, but the league made the right call.

Steve Downie- To put it bluntly, I hate Sidney Crosby.  However, this was a dirty, dirty hit.  Downie is a repeat offender and a dirtbag.  Guess what his punishment was?  A fine.  What bemuses me about this one is that this was Bettman’s boy who was the victim…I’m just surprised Downie didn’t get, like, a lifetime ban.  Seriously, though, I didn’t like the way Crosby fell.  He’s lucky he’s alright.

Verdict:  dirty all the way…Sid didn’t even have to dive on that one, it was so dirty.  The NHL got this one wrong

Matt Cooke- This is the one that really makes me angry.  Cooke is a repeat offender who deliberately tried to injure Boston’s star player.  It was obviously dirty and yet the league didn’t suspend him.  Oh sure, it’s not technically illegal, but that shouldn’t matter when the intent to injure was there.

Verdict: dirty, dirty, dirty, dirty, DIRTY.  Completely wrong call by the league.

My New Word: “Pittsburgh-ed”

Last night’s unfair end made me think of one thing: the Pittsburgh Penguins.  You know why?

Because the Pens don’t get called for even half of the penalties they take, and they’re constantly awarded free power plays and breaks.  Remember during the Stanley Cup finals when the Pens had SEVEN guys on the ice for 25 seconds, and then the refs yelled at them to get some guys off?

Pittsburgh is Gary Bettman’s favorite, all because of his boy, Sid.  Canada is the same way, but not as extreme as Pittsburgh.

“Pittsburgh-ed”- When a team is cheated or wrongly called on a play, seemingly because the refs want the opposing team to win, a team has been Pittsburgh-ed.

ex. Pittsburgh, Canada, and that’s really all there is…

Game review up later.