So Todd Bertuzzi is suspended for the rest of the season, the playoffs and probably soon time next season.
What a fucking joke.
I lost so much respect for the NHL this morning it's not even funny, and the media too. Right from the start, the media over-hyped this thing to be the worst thing that's ever happened to the sport - the type of play that makes you sick to your stomach to watch (It doesn't - it's just a punch) They immediately said "Bertuzzi should be gone for a the rest of the year" or "for next year too" and the league said "oh, we better listen to what they say or we'll get a bad reputation when CNN talks about us."
Rather than look at it objectively the NHL caved under the pressure because everyone said they should. The TV media also are sickening to watch. It was sickening to watch every "analyst" try to one-up the one before it with a 'better suspension.
I actually heard this last night.
Sports guy #1: I think Bertuzzi should get the rest of the season and probably the first round of the playoffs.
Sports guy #2: I can go you one better - I think he should be gone for one year and possibly for life!
I can go you one better? When did this turn into a game of poker where both sides are tring to up the ante? It was like a contest to see who could come up with the longest, most outrageous suspension, and whoever ends up being right gets 50 bucks and a certificate for being so smart.
I know Bertuzzi deserved a lengthy suspension, but it should've been decided by a National Hockey League that had some balls and ability for independent thought, not a league that does what Winnipeg Free Press windbag Scott Taylor tells them to do.
Steve Moore may have a broken neck, but its the NHL that has no backbone at all.
UPDATE: Canucks GM Brian Burke apparently agrees with me, that the media are partly to blame. Burke gives 'em hell, as he should. Just another reason why I think Brian Burke is great, and believe me, there are many other reasons.