Just as I suspected, our airwaves and headlines today were dominated by reaction to Chris Simon’s bludgeoning of Ryan Hollweg last night at the Coliseum: The back page of tabloids. The opening segments on sports radio. All year long we’ve lamented how hockey has been relegated to a niche sport in this country. Today it took center stage — and for all the wrong reasons.
In case you missed it, both my colleagues “Andrew Gross”:http://jets.lohudblogs.com/ and “Rick Carpiniello”:http://carp.lohudblogs.com/ chimed in with their takes on the issue, as did both my dad and my brother-in-law tonight over pizza and beer. Almost everyone I’ve spoken to is like me in that they want to see Simon suspended for a dramatic period of time — less out of a need to punish a single player (although he certainly deserves it), but more to make clear that what happened last night is not what hockey is all about.
Anyway, some other loose ends before the weekend.
“I don’t know what kind of person would do that,” Hollweg said. “I mean, I play the game tough but I can’t see myself taking anyone’s head off with a stick. There are boundaries and there are lines and he definitely crossed the line.”
OK, that’s all for now. More tomorrow….