I'm making Cheap Seats history today, and writing the first article ever devoted to hockey. Don't get used to it.
For some reason, the only time I find the NHL significant when something bad happens. And this time, I am outraged. According to ESPN, the NHL has suspended Dallas Stars forward Sean Avery indefinitely for off the ice comments. Avery is no stranger to controversy, and when I heard about this incident, I expected something incredibly vulgar and offensive. But I was shocked when I found out what Avery actually said.
"I'm really happy to be back in Calgary; I love Canada. I just want to comment on how it's become like a common thing in the NHL for guys to fall in love with my sloppy seconds. I don't know what that's about, but enjoy the game tonight."
Now I understand why NHL commissioner Gary Bettman found these comments offensive, but to suspend him indefinitely is a crime. How could you possibly suspend a player for making a comment directed at somebody who is not even in the NHL? Plus, is the term "sloppy seconds" really that offensive to anybody? Come on now.
In a sport which promotes fighting and aggressive play, you have to expect guys like Avery to be rough around the edges. But to me, this is a non-issue. To be honest, after watching the interview I feel like Avery was joking, and for what its worth I actually found the comment funny. Players like Todd Bertuzzi (who struck a player with his stick from behind) deserve to be suspended indefinitely. Not Avery. The NHL continues to puzzle me, and this is yet another reason I don't watch hockey.