By now you may have heard that the NHL has suspended Chris Simon indefinitely without pay pending a hearing. Maybe they can ask me to sit on THAT jury so I wouldn’t have to miss any more work.
Yes, I’m still fidgeting in my chair in court, and I don’t see a resolution anywhere in sight, meaning there’s a chance the Rangers can make the playoffs, win the Stanley Cup and then completely disband by the time I’m relieved of my civic duty.
OK, so I’m exaggerating. The good news is Andrew Gross is doing an admirable job in my place, and why shouldn’t he? This gig was his up until a few months ago. In fact, maybe this is my Wally Pip moment and I’ll soon be forgotten altogether.
Anyway, Andrew chimes in with his thoughts on the Simon incident “on his own blog”:http://jets.lohudblogs.com/2007/03/09/that-didnt-just-happen/, and his sentiments echo many of my own: that for all the inherent drama and passion of hockey, it’s ugly moments like these that will unfortunately register with the general public.
I wish there was a way around it. Maybe we can all go door-to-door with Sidney Crosby highlight tapes and we can win over converts one at a time.
One last thought: you may recall 15 years earlier when the Rangers’ playoff chances fizzled the moment Adam Graves slashed Mario Lemieux in the Patrick Division finals. They are two vastly different circumstances. But whether it’s for reasons tangible or otherwise, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Simon hit has a similarly adverse effect on the Islanders.
Or at least Rangers fans can hope as much…