Georges Laraque Wins, Hockey Forums Lose (At Least I Say They Lose)

I was reading a year-old Maclean’s magazine yesterday while waiting for my car, and there was an article about the NHL’s greatest fighters, with matchups of serious bruisers over the years and then the ultimate winner. They had Gordie Howe, Stu Grimson, Bob Probert, Stan Jonathan and about ten others, did an elimination thing, and in the end, Montreal’s Georges Laraque beat Bob Probert to win Best Fighter Ever in the NHL.


Isn’t that good? Bring ’em on, tough guys around the league. Big Georges is gonna kick you to kingdom come. And Saku and Tomas and the rest can now sleep just a little more soundly.


In other news:

I don’t know if you ever read these hockey forums where guys give their two cents worth and most are only worth one cent. It doesn’t matter what team site it is, they’re all the same. One guy on the Habs site, for example, will go on about how Bob Gainey has lost his mind, another will show how smart he is by listing a bunch of minor leaguers Bob should either bring up or deal; another will say he’s heard through a legitimate rumour that Mats Sundin is on his way to Vancouver. Etc, etc.


These guys are the absolute definitive armchair quarterbacks. And they get nasty if someone decides the other is full of it.


I’ve offered my two cents from time to time, but I think I come across as boring because I don’t make the outlandish predictions or use players’ nicknames like I know them personally.


I think I’ll stay away from these forums. They upset me.


Or I could just say that Mats Sundin has bought the Montreal Canadiens and will become player-coach, owner, and announcer, but can’t right now because he’s dating Madonna and it’s complicated because Madonna is a Rangers fan that stems from her old relationship with Mark Messier. (Was there a love-child?) And now A-Rod is on the warpath because he’s lost both his wife and Madonna, is now looking for Mats, and apparently Bob Cole and Britney Spears were seen dancing the tango at Spago’s in Hollywood, and the whole thing’s just a big mess.  




4 thoughts on “Georges Laraque Wins, Hockey Forums Lose (At Least I Say They Lose)”

  1. DK,

    They left out the Rocket and Fergy. Problem with these speculative things, although fun, they cast all the actors as if they were in the same play at the same time. So, sure, Marciano whipped Louis but Louis wasn’t in his prime and sizing them up necessarily entails evaluating their peers which is neither easy nor obvious. Best that can be said, it seems to me, is that players are getting bigger, faster and stronger, even today’s little guys would be big in bygone eras. So, what I’m saying is the same old thing which is that the measure of a fighter is less the `wins’ and more the `timely wins’ meaning the main criteria is how many cups did these guys help their teams win? Fergie & Semenko sound good to me. Here’s hoping Georges can do the same.

    Yeah, those 2 cent doods are a pain. Myself, I like the nickel & dime guys, we only get nasty when we’re right …hehehe.

    I heard Madonna was cozying up to Gainey. Is this a good thing? I mean, is Mats softening Gainey up so he can score big? Or, is he dumping his rejects in our arena? Can Madonna skate?

  2. You’re onto a story there, Kaners.

    “These guys are the absolute definitive armchair quarterbacks. and they get nasty if someone decides the other is full of it.”

    I stay away from our message boards too!

  3. I read the forums simply because I crave Hab news, but sometimes I wonder why.
    While there are some genuine intelligent commentators far too many are the definition of armchair quarterbacks–inclined to wild emotional swings from overly enthusiastic fanboy to disgruntled critics unhappy with everything the team does.
    I suspect there are large numbers of hamburger flippers who feel they know hockey better than Bob Gainey.
    But, for whatever bizarre reason, I keep going back.

  4. DK,

    I like to skim through stuff like that for many reasons: 1) like Tim, it keeps me in touch with Habdom however woolly this aspect may be; 2) it’s fun, the essence of `fanhood’ is irrationality in all it’s diverse and whacky ways, being a fan should be a `liberating’ experience, a chance to let loose some steam on `safe’ targets (the fancy psych term is displacement) in a regular relatively low-key manner rather than waiting for the New Year’s Eve office party blow-out with all the stuff that goes with that; 3) So, yes, to a certain extent I identify with the vociferous intolerant ego-tripping couch generals … hehe, we are all participate in this particular behaviour: it’s fun and liberating and self-realizing to be strident & superior & `nasty’ to other fans, and it really isn’t hurting anybody, in fact, if one steps back and gets a perspective on `fanhood’ they should see the humour of somebody being totally stoooooooooooooooopid, after all, it says something true about us, eh?

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