Friday, May 30, 2003

Check out this article by Al Strachan. It's about all the B.S. Gary Bettman spews about the league's condition today. Like this quote: "The fact that 73% of the time, our games are played within one goal or tied, tells you there is a level of excitement and commitment." Uh, yeah, Mr. Bettman. Very exciting. I love watching games that take place in the neutral zone and where the only goal that happened the puck was cleared by a defenseman, took a wacky bounce off a divider in the glass, right to his partner's skate, between the unsuspecting goalie's legs and into the net. Total fluke goals are so exciting, especially when they happen once or twice a game and are the only goals scored. I have to wait on the edge of my seat for the next freak accident or defensive brain fart so that I can see a goal that boggles the mind in it's apparent impossibility. Another quote from Bettman: "Scoring by defencemen increased by nearly 100 points from a year ago" YES! Defenseman scoring is UP! WOO HOO! That means they're scoring more with deflections off all the other 9 skaters' rear ends/skates/sticks/faces. It sure is exciting to see the puck bouncing around that crowd in front of the net. The look on the goalie's face as the puck he never saw comes back out of the net is great. Really hilarious. Yet another quote: "I think it's clear there is more room in the neutral zone. If you watch the team with the puck speeding through the neutral zone, the players for the most part are getting in to forecheck, getting in to make plays." I think Al Strachan has the best comeback for this one: "If Bettman sees 'the team with the puck speeding through the neutral zone,' he should check his television. Someone switched the channel to ESPN Classic when he wasn't looking. These days, the only time the puck goes speeding through the neutral zone is when the linesman carries it back for another faceoff after an icing." Very, very true, Mr. Strachan. It is obvious to me, as it has been for a few years now, that Gary Bettman is totally incompetant and very much oblivious to the real needs of the league he is in charge of. I think it's a shame the NHL is run by such a moron and I really hate to see it sink further and further. Hopefully, Scotty Bowman will soon become comissioner because Bettman is ruining the league. Obviously, I know Bowman most likely will not become comissioner but I can hope, can't I? Maybe Brett Hull....


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