Waiting For Jarkko Ruutu’s Smile To Be Erased

Montreal lost 2-0 to Pittsburgh last night. It’s no wonder I drink. 

At least I didn’t have to hear that Olay song being sung.

But anyway:

You know when you’ve been with a couple of your really tough buddies, and some guy, who could normally kick your ass, gives you a hard time and you get really brave because you’re with your buddies. You’ve got this grin on your face that you wouldn’t have if you weren’t with your friends. It’s like you’re saying, “I’d kick your ass so easily, but I’ll let my friends do it this time.”

It’s all bullshit. The guy would kill you. But you’ve got this smug grin anyway because you’re protected. It’s called false bravado.

Certain hockey players are like this too.

Sean Avery is this way. So is Mike Rebeiro. And so is this player-actor Jarkko Ruutu, who plays for Pittsburgh and used to play for Vancouver. I’m not crazy about players of this sort. Shit disturbers. Cry babies. Moderately talented hockey players. Divers. Big smiles on their faces. Tough only because they rarely have to answer the bell.

John Ferguson would have destroyed these fellows.

4 thoughts on “Waiting For Jarkko Ruutu’s Smile To Be Erased”

  1. I REMEMBER JOHN FERGUSON HE WAS A FEIRCE FIGHTER,only once i read some young player by the name of JIM SHCOFEILD (excuse the spelling but thats how its pronounce to me) he got the best of john ferguson in a fight (remember dennis jim play for the buffalo sabreslate 60s early 70s

  2. Jim Schoenfeld was a tough dude but Fergie must have been hungover that night. And also way older than Schoenfeld.
    Schoenfeld was the same guy who yelled at referee Don Koharski to “Have another doughnut, you fat pig,’ when he was coaching.
    Thanks Danny. Salut! Dennis.

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