Let’s go to the videotape:
As we see here, Patrick Thoresen took a slapshot to the neuticles and collapsed in obvious pain. The contortion of his face suggests that he was also making unpleasant noises indicative of being in a great deal of pain.
There should have been a whistle, but there wasn’t for reasons that aren’t important right now, and the Capitals scored on the play.
The non-whistle doesn’t bother me so much–it was a discretionary call, and the officials didn’t, from what I see, notice what had happened. What bothers me was the veiled assertion by Bristol North mediot Glen Healy that Thoresen had taken a dive–an assertion that he reiterated after the goal was scored when the poor bastard was being helped to the bench, still doubled over.
Did Healy know at the time that Patrick Thoresen may wind up losing his left nut? No. But not knowing the severity of a guy’s injury does NOT, in my humble opinion, give one a free pass to make a stupid comment like “they better be doing leg surgery on him” and then follow it up with more excoriation while the poor bastard is STILL doubled over and barely able to make it to the locker room without assistance from two teammates and the trainers. You don’t go down like that and STAY DOWN if you are not having a serious issue. Not even a gutless diving puke like Darcy Tucker is stupid enough to pull that stunt.
Of course, this is the same asshat that cried and whined on the air over my boy’s epic shootout goal back in 05-06, so I guess something like this should come as no surprise.
Fuck you, Glen Healy. Fuck you right in your ear.
…Bristol quoted me.
You all know how I loathe Bristol and everything they stand for because of their long-standing feud with my team–but they quoted me in the latest issue of Bristol the Magazine under #26 of the ESPN100 for 2006, right next to Mr. Hockey (which in itself is ironic, because the man finished his career playing for the team whose latter-day incarnation I barrack for).
For those who don’t get the mag, the quote was from this entry from July:
Valo[u]r. I can’t think of this man without that word coming to mind[, not after 2002]. It’s right up there alongside other words used in connection with him: class, dignity, and respect.
The parts they chopped are in brackets. I was going to keep things on the down-low until a few people mentioned it to me either in my commentbox or via IM. So yeah, Bristol quoted me–and they even confirmed with me that I’m a Wings hater even though I said nice things about their now-retired Cap’n.
It’s official: I’m a media whore.