Chris Stevenson brings word that Sens goalie Ray Emery had back problems after, get this, throwing the baseball around on Sunday afternoon.
Naturally, some Senators fans will not take the Rayzer at his word. Never mind that any weekend warrior can relate to playing a sport outside its normal season, overdoing it and regretting it the next day. (Of course, we're not getting paid to play goal for the Ottawa Senators.)
There's just too much history piling up around Emery in Hockey Country. As previously noted, it will make many Sens fans treat this like something you might step on the shoulder of the road after pulling over to check the damage and exchange insurance information following a fender-bender. (Sorry, bad analogy, Ray.)
"Emery can flat-out play goal and it seems like the Sens have realized to live and let live. The point is that he's a marked man in the Ottawa region, playing for a small-market team and his tastes and how he lives will always be brought into the story quicker" — by fans first, than the media second — "than with anyone else, especially if his game slips. It begs a question: Why would he (Emery) want to keep being an African-Canadian in a white team sport in a very white-bread city?
Effin' A, Ray... Effin' A (Sept. 6, 2007)