I *try* not to curse on this blog, but I really cant help it in this instance. Bob Clarke is a fucking goon moron. Worse, he is actually so stupid that he doesnt realize how much he is hurting the NHL when he makes these stupid comments. I couldnt decide if I wanted to post on this or not, simply because I didnt want to give this dipshit the time of day. But I'm pissed enough that I need to rant. So here are his incoherent mumblings from taking too many hits to the head:
"When he (Steve Downie) went after [Jason] Blake, I loved it," Clarke told The Sports Network of Canada.I'm gonna assume that everyone is up to date on the Downie -Blake encounter (if not, read this). Clarke doesnt shut his trap there:
"Blake was a guy who had no problem going out and saying [Downie] should be suspended for life or suspended for the year," Clarke said. "When you say something that stupid, why shouldn't this kid go after him for it?
"The kid did what every hockey player should do. If a player like Blake who's been around as long as he has wants to criticize a player, then he has to go on the ice with him and suffer the consequences."
I am going to assume again that if you are reading Cap Addiction, you are familiar with the Downie - McAmmond incident (if not, read this).
Not to mention, that the entire argument for keeping fighting in the NHL is that it has to do with self policing/respect, not personal revenge. Bob Clarke just publicly screwed over that argument -- and this from a man who hedged his entire career on fighting in the NHL.
Even better, lets teach young players (and tell young people in general) that the way to deal with something is to go hurt people on the ice. I am so happy that Steve Downie is receiving that message. I am sure that is going to make him a better hockey player and a better person.
Congratulations Bob Clarke, you idiot - you win our "Dude, shut up" award for the week. Hell, we'll give you whole month.