It all makes sense now. Philadelphia Flyers meathead Steve Downie is doing shtick in order to prove a higher point about society's hypocrisies. He's a latter-day Lenny Bruce, only with cheap shots instead of cuss words and high hits instead of talking about Eleanor Roosevelt's tits. There's no other explanation for Downie's latest dick move, this time perpetrated on the Leafs' Jason Blake. (Remember, when a Leaf gets bruised, we all get bruised.)
OK, so there is one logical explanation: Downie has got away with unchecked aggression from the beginning. On some level, he is also bright enough to appreciate that the people who package hockey believe they need his ilk to fill some void in the vicarious existence of puckheads.
Thing is, Jason Blake has a right to play the game too without being victim of this garbage. Incidentally, Blake did come right out and say after the Dean McAmmond incident that Downie should be banned from the league, although it's far-fetched to believe that led to last night.
Meantime, the Vancouver Province has a good look at how the league seems to create its own problems by insisting on being the prosecutor, judge and jury.
League must let go of suspension power; appoint independent committee (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province)