Ron MacLean tries to compare hockey players to 9/11 first responders

Ron MacLean said some pretty dumb things on Wednesday night during the opening of CBC's Game 6 broadcast of the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers series.

For reasons that can't really be explained at this point, MacLean decided to use his introduction to talk about the 9/11 terrorist attacks and compare members of the Rangers and Capitals to police officers and firefighters.

For real.

Here is the transcript in all of its absurdity:
From the capital of the US of A it's New York and Washington: the economic and political engines of America. United in the birth of the Country, they're also linked in tragedy. They were the twin targets of the coordinated attacks of 9/11. It's crazy to compare what the emergency responders did during that time, but a spirit has to start somewhere.

And as you enjoy this series between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals -- Game 6 coming up, 3-2 New York -- you can't help but be struck by the players and the way they play these games.

They are like police officers. They are like firefighters. You can't fight fire with ego. The pain these men have faced, the price they keep on paying, the hearts they keep on lifting. It's been through and through, five games in.
There's really nothing else to add except ... wow.

(H/T Deadspin)

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