Tuesday, March 25, 2008


Those of you who didn't catch Earl McRae's appearance on the FAN 590 this morning, consider yourselves unlucky. He was that priceless. I'll try to get a link or a transcript; it was that good.

Another sports radio note: James Mirtle, of Mirtle fame, is on 940 AM Montreal at this moment to talk about the Jonathan Roy incident. James has raised an excellent point; that the YouTube factor has amplified the attention given to hockey violence; what happened in Chicoutimi was not exactly new. The images just travelled much faster. Of course, you know what they saw about sunshine being the best disinfectant.

Could you imagine if YouTube had been around back in 1978 when Kenny Linseman kicked that guy in the head with his skate?

(UPDATE: Patrick Roy got a five-game suspension.)

1 comment:

Andrew Bucholtz said...

That's a great point. There would be plenty of other cases as well: Gordie Howe might not be so highly esteemed if everyone today saw his famous elbows in action, to say nothing of the Broad Street Bullies in general or characters like "Tiger" Williams or Dave "The Hammer" Schultz (who both played in last year's Limestone Classic, by the way). Violence and hockey have always gone together: I was reading a book on Cyclone Taylor a little while ago, who was a huge star in the early 1900s, and the game back then sounded rougher than today's.