If there’s one thing I hate more than shitty sports journalism, it’s whiny, shitty sports journalism. May I present to you a perfect example of that from well-traveled sports reporter, David Alter.
I don’t know David outside of what I read in this bitchy post about how dirty Brad Marchand is and how the Bruins are bad for hockey.
Source: The Boston Bruins have advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the third time in a decade. They swept the Carolina Hurricanes with a win Thursday night to earn the opportunity to play for hockey’s greatest prize.
Although the Bruins have an undeniably talented roster of veterans and young standouts, there’s a dark side to their march to the final: star Brad Marchand. His violent and immature antics on the ice — and the free pass they’ve gotten from hockey officialdom — taint the Bruins victory. More importantly, they tarnish the NHL’s effort to stand alongside basketball, football and baseball as the preeminent sports in the American pantheon, ones that elevate skill over goonery. Star Brad Marchand’s violent and immature antics on the ice — and the free pass they’ve gotten from hockey officialdom — taint any Bruins victory.
Holy shit David, smoke a bowl and relax. Brad Marchand is one of the best players in the NHL and easily the most entertaining. Brad Marchand beat the Leafs as did the rest of the Bruins and they are playing for the Stanley Cup. Accept reality. Don’t piss and moan with some useless $50 post about Brad Marchand being too dirty with a splash of jealousy. Jesus dude, you sound like an ex-spouse who can’t get anyone to swipe right.
Marchand entered the off-season with a reputation for being one of the dirtiest playersin the game. That image has only been burnished over the course of the playoffs. During Boston’s second-round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Marchand punched a player in the back of a head after a scrum. In the series against the Hurricanes, he took a swipe at a player’s head with his stick, leading to an altercation that saw only the Hurricanes penalized. In neither case did he receive so much as a penalty — instead, he went on to lead all forwards with more than 19 minutes of ice time in the game against the Jackets. In the game against Carolina, the penalty the Hurricanes took led to a power-play goal for the Bruins.
If you are a fan of the Bruins, you love what Marchand is doing. If you are a fan of any other team, his outbursts are a symptom of a fundamental problem in the NHL: turning a blind eye when the difficult decisions needed to cement hockey’s place in the “Big 4” of American sports have to be made.
What a crock of lazy bullshit. If you’re a fan of the Bruins and Marchand, you’re a fan of a team 4 games away from winning the Cup. If you’re a fan of the Bruins and Marchand, you like the team. You’re not part of any fundamental problem with anything. David Alter just hates you because he’s trying to squeeze some juice out of an imaginary Maple Leaf. There’s looking for an angle then there’s looking for anything to write because you promised NBC a post about hockey by 10 am on a Saturday.
Millard had a great point in the pod last week. The Bruins success is directly linked to Brad Marchand snapping sticks and donkey punches.
It’s OK to be jealous and it’s also ok to write about it, David. Try not to disguise your post as ‘if this is what works, the NHL is in trouble” stuff. It’s fucking weird.