I almost stayed away for a full 2 weeks, but in the end I just couldn’t keep my mouth shut.  All the detached rentina’s, sickness, going away party’s (gonna miss Miller), Royal Rumble’s, and anti gay remarks couldn’t get me back at the keyboard.  But last night I finally snapped.  Logan Couture scores to make it 1-0 as San Jose takes on Edmonton….and let the hypocrisy begin.

What Couture did doesn’t bother me at all.  The NHL needs to get some freakin’ personality in the game.  Its the fact that nobody will say a word about it.  Couture is now in his 4th season, so apparently that makes “Kaepernicking” ok.  Couture and the Sharks will also hide behind it being Super Bowl week so that was just a way of saying “go Niners!” (and after writing this I came to find out that is almost exactly what he said)

Again, I got no problem with Couture doing that.  The problem I have is that nobody will say a word.  His “look at me” celebration is apparently ok, yet the Russian kid shows genuine excitement about tieing up a game with 4.7 seconds left against the defending champs and people like…..I won’t name names…..lets call him Donald S. Cherry….damn I messed that up, oh well.  Anyway, Don is literally searching for a reason to come down on the kid, he had damn well say something about Couture.

He tried to tell a story about how he said the same thing about Fleury’s goal in 91, but he didn’t.  Then he tried to claim that HNIC color anaylst Craig Simpson had told him a story about how the Oilers used THAT celebration as motivation for the 7th game of that series which the Oilers won (of course they did hey Flames fans…)  This is also false.  Simpson said in an interview this week that it wasn’t the O.T. goal in game 6 that motivated them, it was Fleury’s “look at me” slide in the Oilers zone and in front of Grant Fuhr after putting the Flames up 3-0 in game 7 that picked the Oilers up in that game.

He might say something about Couture tomorrow, but even if he does I’m guessing he will have all the excuses in the world ready to go for the Canadian kid.  I just don’t understand how people can be so hypocritcal?!  During the 96-97 season, Harry York scored an O.T. goal for the St.Louis Blues.  In celebration of the goal, York threw his gloves off and if I recall correctly jumped.  He was by himself when he did this.  Grapes goes on air and defends him (as he should!)  So I would love to know what the difference was?

Don’t get me wrong here though, I’m a big fan of Grapes and I’m well aware this isn’t the first time he said something extremely hypocritical.  And he wasn’t the only one spouting off about it, just that he was the most vocal about it.

Yakupov wasn’t showing anyone up, it wasn’t a “look at me” moment, he was sky high that he sniped to tie a game for his team.  There was absolutely NOTHING wrong with it.  The dinosaurs in hockey love to humilate themselves when it comes to things like this.  They were petrified when the redline got taken out after the last lockout.  We all had to suffer through years of garbage hockey in the late 90’s and early 2000’s because the standard set in the 40’s was that it wasn’t hooking unless the player being hooked fell to the ice.  Hockey is right on par with baseball with their lack of progression in the sport and trust me that is not something to be proud of.

I can’t wait to see if guys have a big issue with Couture’s celebration.  This is just like the lone goal Team Canada scored against the U.S. in the WJC semi final game.  It SHOULD have been a goal, but it really shouldn’t have been a goal.  Couture shouldn’t get flack for what he did, but he should because of the standard the dinosaurs decided to set after the Yakupov controversy.  Of course even if they do it will be nothing but excuse after excuse for the 4 year Canadian vet I’m sure.  I really hope I’m wrong.


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