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Words will always hurt him

Posted on: December 2, 2008 9:44 pm
 

So what happened to that old 'sticks and stones' thing?

Sure what Sean Avery said today was tasteless. Sophomoric even. But it was a joke -- a bad one obviously -- and delivered with tongue firmly planted in cheek and hardly suspension worthy. Watch the tape of the incident to see the silly smirk on Avery's face and you'll realize that the irritating Stars forward intended as much to make fools out of those anxiously clinging to every one of his words as anything else.

I suspect that the media minions who surrounded Avery this morning, no doubt hoping that he would say something stupid, had to fight off the urge to chuckle when he did. That is at least until they remembered that outrage was the politically correct response. The "sloppy seconds" comment was clearly intended for Calgary defenseman Dion Phaneuf, who is dating "24" actress and former Avery squeeze Elisha Cuthbert, and was the kind of thing the Dallas player does to get under opponents' skin.

It is arguably his best skill as a hockey player although he can play the game too, and sometimes, well often, Avery takes things too far. But Phaneuf is a big boy and one of the league's hardest hitters to boot, so if he wanted to exact revenge, there would have been ample opportunity in tonight's game between the two teams.

Anyway, that's how things are supposed to be done in the NHL, a league that  encourages players to beat each other up on a regular basis to excite fans and has a code about retribution in these kinds of circumstances. Might have even gotten a few more eyeballs to tune in or to pay attention later on. But why would the NHL do anything to encourage that?

 

Category: NHL
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Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2008 10:43 pm
 

Words will always hurt him

The problem with Avery is that he has been in trouble before.  Repeat offenders need to be dealt with accordingly and a suspension was warrented (should have been longer in my opinion) I just think the NHL needs to get this guy under control before he does something else to hurt the NHL with bad publicity.



Since: Oct 14, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2008 1:03 pm
 

Words will always hurt him

A "guy you love to hate" is much different than a "guy you want to see carted off the ice on a stretcher", which is what Avery has become to all true NHL fans everywhere.  He is a little gutless, spineless prick.....instead of saying it on the ice, directly to Phaneuf, he says it off ice, and no doubt nowehere within sight or hearing range of Phaneuf......IF all he had wanted was to get under his skin, you don't think it would've if it were said man-to-man, on the ice, to him?  Hell yes it would have.....of course, that twosome would have been one man short of a man-to-man encounter.  I hope and pray the suspension is short-lived and he is allowed back on the ice, for someone because I suspect he has played his last game as a Star, and then the REAL retribution begins.  Every two-bit punk who fashions himself a brawler will drop the gloves as soon as they are the ice with him, every game, and we can only hope severe a$$-kickings and injuries are the outcome.

Perhaps Avery can't keep these women because he is hiding out in the closet, and they figured him for the light little boy that he is; after all, he IS an intern in the FASHION industry......can't even say he is getting paid for it, which would bring at least some understanding to that type of job for a guy.  Noooooo, he does it for free........

 




Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2008 11:43 am
 

Words will always hurt him

Sean Avery did it for an On Ice Reaction from Dion Phaneuf and the Calgary Flames. He probably did it so that Phaneuf would run him and then go after him. Avery always makes bone headed comments but I just think that is the kind of Player he is. Kind of like Joey Porter in the NFL, its number 1 trash talker. I think a Fine was in order not a suspension. He probably thought it would help his team by having Calgary take penalties against him. Everybody expects this from Avery but he is interesting to watch and he is the guy you love to hate. I am not saying it was a smart move by him but I think that is why he probably did it.




Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2008 11:33 am
 

Words will always hurt him

The point is that the comment was preplanned, misogynistic and classless. The term "sloppy seconds " is degrading to all women not just Ms. Cuthbert, and the league had to take a stand. You only had to listen to the comments of Mike Modano and Marty Turco to know how his teammates felt about this latest incident. Avery has been getting away with this crap for years and it finally has come home to roost. He deserved what he got and I applaud the League for the action taken and the Stars for their support of the leagues stance.




Since: Nov 29, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2008 11:04 am
 

The Real Issue

The real issue here is that NHL Commish Gary Bettman is trying to hard to model the NHL after the NFL.



Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2008 10:15 am
 

Wes, no need to spend any words on Baby Avery

He is not worth our time.  The media should just leave the baby alone. 

But saying that, I did not think his words were worth a suspension.  This is a league where cheap shots without suspension are more the norm than the exception.  So how can you justify an indefinite suspension when no one got hurt?

He is talking himself out of a career.  What team will want to have him on a roster?  If I was his teammate I think I'd want to knock his lights out.  I hope he has invested his money wisely because I do not think an intern role at Vogue magazine pays very well. 

This is when you would the NHL to revert back to its violent past, for just one time.  While I would not want anything serious to happen, I would not mind him getting embarrassed and skating woozy around the rink with no one helping him. 
Now would be the time for Elisha Cuthbert to make a choice comment on Avery.  That would settle this for sure.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2008 9:14 am
 

Words will always hurt him

The NHL can't seem to do anything right.  I would have watched the game last night, as would have many others, if Avery played but he didn't and I didn't.  As much as I don't care for Avery to suspend him for his comment was just downright silly.  Illegal hits are getting only 2 and 3 game suspensions.  If Avery isn't reinstated for Dallas' next game then the NHL is a joke.



Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2008 6:59 am
 

Words will always hurt him

I would have a problem with what Sean Avery said if it weren't true. But it is, so now he gets an indefinite suspension because he said something that might have offended someone? Give me a break. Steve Downie only gets 20 games for attempting to end Dean McAmmond's career in a preseason game, but Avery is suspended indefinitely because he referred to someone he used to sleep with "sloppy seconds." One word - Ridiculous.



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2008 1:20 am
 

Words will always hurt him

He Wes, in case you didn't know it, and apparently you don't because your not much of a hockey reporter,  the National Hockey League has a code of conduct that it's players are expected to follow.  What Avery said is perfectly acceptable behind closed doors or out on the ice.  However, with cameras rolling and in front of the national media, it is a no no.   Unlike the freaks in the NBA, and the prima donnas in the NFL, the NHL enforces it's code of conduct in these sorts of situations.    As for getting "more eyeballs to tune in" if this is what it takes to gain an American audience, then this league has failed greatly in showcasing what a fantastic sport it is and those of you in the U.S. including hack website hockey writers are poorer for it. 



Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2008 12:41 am
 

Words will always hurt him

You are a huge idiot Wes.  Your articles suck.  If you don't like hockey then don't write about it.  I don't like to knit so I neither read about it nor do I write about it.  Write about something you know about.  Might I suggest pacifiers, lollipops, or maybe straws. 



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