Sunday, June 26, 2005

 

JR's Rant

What a beautiful day down the shore yesterday...I actually ran into a hockey player...

Anyway,

I got some great rants yesterday from fans, but it is really hard to ignore Jeremy Roenick's Rant as recorded in the Sportsnet.ca Article Below. I have so respected what JR has tried to do throughout this lockout. He took a lot of heat internally back in February for his views that turned out to be dead on...JR and the players he mentioned, Esche (especially), Iginla, and Pronger, have really worked their tales off to get the game back on the ice...I've heard many stories about what they have done and attempted to do to save the game.... I can not post these stories yet, but someday I likely will.

I have often gotten alot of heat from what i am about to say...Bob Goodenow is not bad for hockey. I talk to alot of people in the industry who will admit that the NHL pre-Goodenow was far worse...he did wonders for the players...absolute wonders..There was a reason the players stuck by him as they did....but the past doesn't give you a pass, and some guys like JR realize that you can question the strategies that have been employed throughout this.....

At the end of this article JR says some things that will rub a lot of fans the wrong way, but what JR is saying is true about JR. He is one of the good guys in sports. If you knew how much heat he got you would know he really does care about the sport...


From sportsnet.ca
http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/article.jsp?content=20050625_213504_5688

Another round of Roenick
Jeremy Roenick's curse-filled diatribe on the lockout, rule changes and what he thinks of fans will undoubtedly be the summer's hottest soundtrack.

Sportsnet.ca -- Just when you thought the NHL labour negotiations could not get more turbulent, Jeremy Roenick decided it was time to speak up.

Roenick, speaking at Mario Lemieux's charity golf tournament in Pittsburgh, PA, redefined the term candid with his curse-filled tirade regarding everything from the lockout to the nature of the game.

The Flyers' forward started the formal press conference by referencing his disappointment in the way things transpired.

"They coulda listened to the players who had an idea of where this was going, myself, Robert Esche, Jarome Iginla and Chris Pronger ... but in February I didn't think the deal stood up."

As the lockout approaches its tenth month, Roenick was clear the deal likely to be signed in the upcoming weeks will be much less than what was offered back in February.

"If we (the NHLPA) woulda signed that deal in February, in terms of what we're getting now, we woulda looked like heroes. Right now we look like a bunch of idiots."

Roenick later added, "The deal in February beats the **** out of the deal we're gonna sign in July."

At least JR is referencing a July deal, but it also opened the verbal floodgates.

"It's unfortunate we had to go through a whole year to realize the bull**** that was going on ... we've hurt our league, we've hurt the reputation of our league and the integrity of our league by sticking up for something that might not have been the right thing to do," said Roenick.

Switching to the diplomat, Roenick furthered his comments by stating it is no longer about who won and lost, but it is now about making the game fan friendly. Roenick described how the NHLPA will ultimately give up more as a union "than any other in national sports" when a deal is reached, and that alone should bring the fans back.

"Now is the time we have to make it fun for the fans, we have deteriorated the game to an unfriendly position," said Roenick, who offered up his own solutions, "We might have won in '94, the owners will win in 2005, now let's make the fans win."

Generally opposed to the shrinking of goaltenders equipment, the Flyers' veteran believes fan-exciting changes must be implemented.

"No more ties, take the red line out ... institute an illegal defence maybe, but the number one change should be penalty shots at the end of the game, with the goals scored not going to stats, but to the win and loss column."

In typical JR fashion, it was his parting words which will act as sound bytes for weeks to come, and possibly be fodder for setting the union back in public opinion.

"If people are going to sit and chastise pro athletes for being cocky, for being suck asses, they need to look at one thing and that's the deal we're going to be signing in about three weeks. Pro athletes are not cocky. Pro athletes care about the game. Everybody out there who calls us spoiled because we play a game ... they can .............."



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