NHL Brutality, the Romans would have loved it! But do we?
Perhaps only Maximus is now capable of bringing the Emperor down?
There is a sick feeling in the back of my neck that tells me, that is exactly what is going to happen.
Or at least is what will be required to happen before the NHL steers itself in the right direction.
The big unknown. Who will be that martyr?
That it will happen is becoming less and less uncertain with every disgusting decapitation attempt.
Some players, and the numbers are growing as the Marshall seems to have no door on the cells, are on the ice looking to take players out of competition.
It does not seem to matter for how long, almost like taking someone out for 5 or more games will simply save the effort of trying to decapitate them later.
A good first start may be renaming the equipment players wear. Pads? Nope they havent been for years now, more like elbow bats and shoulder clubs.
And players have no trouble using these weapons to inflict the maximum amount of damage. Sadly.
There was a time when you would not see possible career ending hits very often, now it is almost a daily occurance.
The train has left the station and the destination is "Player Killed During Game-ville", and it is packed full, with millions more on the platform watching for the arrival.
How long before one of these nasty head shots actually breaks someone neck? The only surrprise is, that it has not happened already.
As was seen last night, by a nototious repeat offender, a player leaving his feet to complete a shoulder to head hit on a player, without the puck, who made the mistake
of changing direction.
Sadly his punishment for the direction change will be far more severe than the one fetted out by Marshmallow Shanny on behalf of the league.
The NHL it seems follows the old publicity adage "no such thing as bad publicity", and appears to be feeding on the attention this exeptionally nasty playoff season is bringing.
It is effective, to a degree certainly, as the UFC has used the controversy over its early sheer brutality to garner more attention to itself, and establishing itself in the process.
Though it is fair to to note, the UFC now is not near as brutal as it's early years.
The NHL has gone the other direction.
The most confusing thing for myself, and who knows how many others.
Does the league truly think so little of it's biggest asset?
It is the great players that make hockey exciting, make things happen, draw fans, that little kids playing for the Stanley Cup in thier driveways idolize and want to be like.
I am quite certain no part of those kids play fantasies include a career ending head injury.
And none of them want to see thier hero's being taken off the ice on a stretcher in thier last NHL game.
It is as children we become fans, it is now as adults, in the current NHL at least, we become disheartened.
The big names have always drawn the big crowds, away games for Edmonton and Pittsburg would sell out regardless how bad the home team was.
People would pay just to see Gretzky or the great Mario in action.
In todays NHL thier careers would be a short footnote in the "what could have been" sections of our imaginations.
They would be headhunted today mercilessly.
The travesty in all this?
It will not end until they cart a paralized, or worse dead, player off the ice.
What will be left of the game then is anyones guess.
Because by that time a good number of real hockey fans will have turned away from the NHL.
Who will be left are the same "fans" who would have dreamed for front row seats in the Coliseum.
Then once the NHL wakes up and brings honor back to the sport at its highest level, it will lose them too.
Unless drastic changes come soon, the NHL's darkest days lay ahead.
An iceburg Captain Bettman seems intent on ramming at full speed.