Mike Milbury suggests, not too seriously he says, that if you're taking a penalty, injure someone (h/t @AGretz) pic.twitter.com/JctQ0btjzl— The Cauldron (ICYMI) (@CauldronICYMI) May 18, 2016
This, in anyone's mind, cannot be okay. You just don't say things like that, especially on live television. Children and their families watch these games. Some of these families may have overly worrisome mothers who will jump at any opportunity to pull their children out or outright not allow their children to be a part of "dangerous sports". The NHL and networks should be doing all they can to ease these minds. To show that while hockey is a contact sport, it can and is played safely where rules are enforced for the safety of all players, coaches and officials. Yet here we have Mr. Milbury basically advocating head hunting during a time in sports history where concussions are being looked at very seriously. Not the best move on his part.
If you didn't think that was bad enough, allow me to throw this log on the fire. Right before the Penguins and Lightening squared off for Game 3, the broadcasters were discussing what the Lightening's "keys to beating the Penguins" were. Enter Pierre McGuire. His statement was that the Lightening needed to get back to the physical style of play they used in Game 1. He then went on to show some clips from that game. Clips of plays that resulted in penalties (one of which should have lead to a suspension). Here is that clip:
Pierre McGuire basically saying the key to Tampa Bay winning this series is to just literally kill the opponents pic.twitter.com/OX1ujRb4Wn— Jordie (@BarstoolJordie) May 19, 2016
The examples shown are of a "winning formula" in Pierre's mind: the Callahan 5-minute major for boarding and the Palat minor...also for boarding. If these are examples of fair play and "winning formula's" then what are his examples of losing formulas?
This type of behaviour has to be dealt with in my eyes. These men are doing nothing to help the game, the league or themselves. All these regulations cannot be put in place and then have people talk about "concussion protocol" then say those types of comments LIVE and not face any kind of backlash or consequence. People have lost their jobs for less.
Will NBC do anything? The NHL? HIGHLY doubtful. Why? It's ratings. People are talking but it's not about anything good. It's about how the league and it's major national networks have turned into jokes. How the NHL is now showing that they are incapable of upholding their own rules when it comes to players safety on a consistent basis. Ratings mean nothing you are losing fans and when no one respects the views of your "experts" any longer. ratings mean nothing when no one respects your league any longer.
I hope after this week, both Mr. Milbury and Mr. McGuire will learn a thing or two about what the words "going to far" mean and remember that they are responsible for their comments. It doesn't matter how they feel about one team or another, they are there to give facts, opinions based around those facts instead of biased viewpoints, take interviews and give colour commentary without making a fool of yourself too much. Well congratulations you two! No matter how this series turns out, due to your lack of a brain-to-mouth filter, you will both share the Jingley-Bell Jester Hat for my next Crowns and Clowns segment (be on the look out for that in the coming week or so at series end).