I wrote this about a month ago, and now that Calgary is out of the playoffs it seems a little less timely. Still, I felt it worthy of posting. Apologies for the lack of posting here lately, but as you can imagine, with both goddesses mourning (or pouting?) the lack of their teams in the postseason, sour grapes can often distract one.
The poor Steve Moore saga drags on, and the longer it drags on, the more furious it makes me. I’m pretty much a “it’s part of the game” when people unfortunately get injured, but no matter how many times I look at the film, I can’t see any justification for this. And I feel so horribly for the guy, who continued to be directly harassed. Few things in professional sports make me want to cry, but the injustice in this whole scenario I find incredibly depressing. It really gives the league a black eye, more than a few “denigrating” words.
The latest on Steve Moore
The video of the incident (if you haven’t seen it)
And finally, an unsung hero who is someone I have always respected — Andrei Nikolishin, who was keeping an eye on the situation and immediately jumped on Bertuzzi to stop the attack. He was only in Colorado a short time, but was loved by his teammates, and has wherever he has gone and, if you’re interested, is still playing in Russia, captain of Traktor Chelyabinsk in the KHL.
I’m not only saying this because I am a Colorado fan. Anyone who knows me knows I try to be completely objective when it comes to the league. In fact, I tend to be more hard on my team than on other teams. But as I’ve said before, I am more about the individual players than I am a team. And when people’s livelihoods are effected, I can’t help but be saddened.