Another writer and I were talking today about the things Sean Avery says to so easily irritate opponents.
I have a pretty good idea, at least based on common sense. You know, things about family members. Things about girlfriends. Anatomically impossible things these players may want to do in their free time.
Let’s put it this way: I doubt, “Oh my gosh, where did you get that helmet?” is part of his repertoire.
Either way, it’s all part of the charade according to Avery, and it’s obviously succeeding in knocking players off of their games. The question is if he goes too far, and “if you listen to the conversation that’s still ongoing in Toronto”:http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL/Toronto/2007/11/12/4650016-sun.html, it’s not even a question.
My opinion? It makes for good theater, and for Rangers fans, it’s hard to disagree with if it’s making your team better. But my guess is if you want to keep rooting for the guy, you’re better off not knowing the specifics.