Friday, October 9, 2009

Dirt for dirt?

Just picked up this blog post by Mike Heika, the Dallas Stars beat writer about Iginla's trip on Souray last night that took him out of the game with a mild concussion.

Apparently Oilers coach Patty O'Quinn has on some thick Oilers colored glasses as he felt like the play was dirty by Iginla and basically threw his players under the bus for not immediately defending their fallen teammate.

Here's what I have to say about that:

What goes around comes around. Might take half a season, but you deserved a little "injustice."

Wild fans remember: Souray fought Craig Weller last year and basically beat him senseless with a hard plastic wrist brace, which is obviously not kosher.

The Wild asked the league to look at the video evidence of this, but the whole thing was put to rest with a little wink from both the league and Souray. You're the big star, Sheldon, and that other guy? What his name again? Right.

Even at the All Star Game a few weeks later, a reporter asked Souray about the "punishment" from the league, and the gist of his response was basically a big grin and "yeah, they really gave me a good talking to."

Well, enjoy your headaches, Sheldon. You've earned 'em. Dirt for dirt.


walkinvisible  October 9, 2009 at 2:21 PM  

this fight from a couple of years ago has souray's wristguard splitting mccarty above the eye.... if i remember correctly, #44 got tossed from the game for it.

in other news, mccarty bleeds like a champ.

there is no way in hell that iginla meant to concuss poor sheldon. oilers-coloured glasses indeed....

walkinvisible  October 9, 2009 at 4:15 PM  


you can thank me later.

Ms. Conduct  October 9, 2009 at 4:24 PM  




Even grease fans don't deserve that. Sheldon does though. Enjoy your headaches AND being in the gayest photo in the history of hockey.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

walkinvisible  October 9, 2009 at 5:58 PM  
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walkinvisible  October 9, 2009 at 5:58 PM  

and to think this morning i didn't LIKE the oilers !!!!

walkinvisible  October 10, 2009 at 12:34 AM  

1. i want a prize for most frequent commenter today

2. shoutout on the nytimes slapshot:

Ms. Conduct  October 10, 2009 at 12:36 AM  

You mean the privilege of reading the Ms.Conduct blog isn't prize enough? :)

Yep, saw that from the NYT. Always a win when I get picked up there. I should say something interesting more often so it will happen more. :D

Anonymous  October 11, 2009 at 6:28 AM  

It is ridiculous to blame that beating of Weller on Souray's wrist brace. Souray is a tough fighter with KO power, who has only had to keep the gloves on lately due to his injured wrist/hand. The youngster, Weller, was outclassed in that hockey fight. So stop with this conspiracy theory nonsense between Souray and the NHL. I can't stand bloggers like you who are always trying to stir the pot.

Bottom line: Weller dropped the gloves with a tough, experienced fighter with an injured wrist who promptly taught him a lesson. There was zero intent to "beat him senseless" with a piece of equipment.

Ms. Conduct  October 11, 2009 at 8:50 AM  

Well, I guess we're even because I can't stand commenters who come in frothing at the mouth, making assumptions about what kind of blogger I am, and won't put their name to their words.

Now, as to stirring the pot bloggers, first of all, do you read me regularly? I don't tend to post about issues just to try and get national hits or traffic. I post about them because I feel very sincerely about them. And this case is no different.

I've watched every version of that video I can find and it's ABUNDANTLY clear to me that Souray was whacking Weller in the head with that hard brace on purpose. If I'm Souray's freaking grandmother, I can't even deny what's going on there. It's what he did. It's clear as day.

Now as to the the conspiracy theory with the NHL, okay fine, I don't have any proof, but I still feel my blood boil when I think back to that interview at the ASG. It was the most smug thing... did you see it? And given how many times we've seen the NHL give lesser or no punishment for dirty deeds by the stars of the league, but thrown the book at guys on the bubble, I don't think it's an unreasonable conclusion to draw.

I'm not writing this as a reporter but as a fan. If I thought the NHL would return my calls, I'd find out the real deal and write it as a reporter, but I don't have that access and am forced to draw my own conclusions.

Look, I actually like Souray as a player. I'd love to have the guy on my team, but to me, there's no question here.

And maybe Weller would have lost that fight anyway, but he is a pretty tough mother fucker. I just saw him in person a few days ago and he's not a guy I'd continue walking towards in a dark alley. But he deserved the chance to fight that fight without Souray's fist being enhanced.

Anonymous  October 11, 2009 at 6:56 PM  

Ms. Conduct,

I appreciate the response, and I do agree with your point about superstars getting free passes by the league. Ovechkin leaves his feet for almost every check, but that is just his passion for the game, i guess. Pronger, by far, gets the most free passes by the league as far as star defensemen are concerned.

In this case, Souray is just the better fighter. I know Weller may look scary, but Souray is actually the bigger guy. Souray has around 50 total NHL fights and has traded with the big boys of 10 years ago, when every team used to have a true heavyweight.

Pronger, on the other hand, has always used brutal elbows and high sticks, and only drops the gloves against small guys who are usually in a vulnerable position at the time. It is absolutely never a fair fight when Pronger drops the gloves. Souray has way more honor, and despite his wrist, he still fights almost a half-dozen fights per season. To my knowledge, Souray hasn't lost a fight in at least six seasons.

Finally, I am not scared to post my name, and I certainly stand by my comments. Anonymous seemed like the easiest choice in the eight seconds I took to considerer my options vice signing up for another username/password. I will continue to check your blog, however, and if I am going to call you out again, I will take the time to publish my name.

Ms. Conduct  October 11, 2009 at 7:16 PM  

Excellent. Please do keep reading! I like the occasional person to keep me accountable. ;)

I think we're just gonna have to agree to disagree on our friend Sheldon because I'm still seeing nothing that even budges my thoughts on this.

The argument that he's somehow honorable because he still fights with that bad wrist (and hence, hard wrist brace) and manages to win in spite of this "hindrance" doesn't hold much water with me.

If his wrist is so jacked, he can learn to punch with the other hand, right? And if everybody could fight with a hard wrist brace on, would he really be winning them all?

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