Getting a little stupid?

NBC, aside from being a joke in just about everywhere other then the states, has just royally pissed me off. Alright, so a poll, maybe not a bad idea. But asking some pretty ridiculous questions... maybe this is because i'm a Leafs fan, maybe not, i'm not too sure. But the fact that the question of who the coach is that players would least like to play for was asked, and the answer is Ron Wilson? That takes it a bit far.

I didn't really buy into all this "oh the Leafs players have to much pressure on their backs, the organisation is under too much spotlight" garbage when I was a little younger, but I am a firm believer now! It's honestly ridiculous. Nothing else to say about it...

I have two main problems with this; Phil Kessel, and most recently Ron Wilson.

Phil Kessel has received nothing but negative attention from the time he arrived in Toronto. Who am I to say he's been playing outstanding? I'm no one in that case. But can I say he has a lot more potential? Can I say he hasn't yet had his real chance? Yes, I can, as a hockey fan and not a Leafs fan. Kessel's career year ended with 60 points; 36 goals and 24 assists, and only playing 70 games. Should he have played the full 82, he presumably would have ended the season with 70 points, based on a PPG statistic. That year, he played alongside Mark Savard, a proven #1 centerman with an obvious nack for passing the puck. Last year, he played with Tyler Bozak, a young guy, still trying to find his role on the team, only recording 5 less points in the same amount of games. That's saying something to me. I think we need to back off how "bad" the trade was, and let Kessel be, he's young, and needs to be left alone and get his game back.

As for Ron Wilson... not many coaches can say "600 career wins" can they? I think it is extremely unfair the negative attention he receives as "the least favored coach". I've watched 6 interviews of Leafs' players now, and all have denied the comments and said he's great to play for.

I'm just really sick and tired of how much of a media attraction rather than a sport, that hockey is now. It's getting pathetic, and ruining it for a lot of people other than me I assume. I'm only 16... not that old. But when I was back, 8 and 9. I would love hearing the Hockey Night in Canada theme come on, and know my favorite team was going on the ice, win or lose, I was watching my favorite team. On the intermissions, i'd go out on the front porch and shoot with my Dad's stick that was the wrong way. Now, I hear this lame knew theme, and my Dad asks me if i'm coming to watch... my response "no, i'll watch the highlights later." The media has ruined Saturday night games in Toronto for me.

Sure, I love the business end of the game, I find it very very interesting. But it frustrates me when it interferes with the reason people really fell in love with the game of hockey.

Daniel Woolridge.

8 Comments

George Prax's picture

I thought the NHLPA made this, not NBC...

I don't really understand the problem here. The players (not the media) said that they didn't want to play in Toronto and didn't want to play for Ron Wilson. And frankly 600 career wins means nothing to me unless you've won a cup, and to my knowledge Wilson's never won a cup as a coach... so get back to me on that when he actually wins something. Also, winning 600 games is fun when you've lost 700. That's like saying, I passed 600 classes in school so I must be awesome, even though I've failed 700.

And Kessel was picked last and was the least performing player in the All-Star game pretty much, even though getting picked last was pretty much a joke. If it ended up being Backes or Stastny or who ever the fucking GM wouldn't come out and whine about how he was picked last, they would take it for exactly as the Leafs should have - in stride. But instead they made a bigger deal about it than it was.

Maybe the leafs and their fans should be spending less time crying about what the media and other people think of them, and more time winning games?

Patrick Storto's picture

It was actually the NHLPA in conjunction with CBC's HNIC that did the poll, so I don't know where NBC plays into this. In fact the All-Star game didn't even air on NBC, it was on Versus, CBC and RDS.

As for Ron Wilson, like Prax said, he has a whole lot of losses to go with those wins. He's not the right coach for the Leafs. No one should be surprised that he isn't well liked around the league since it was pretty much well known that he clashed with players in San Jose.

Daniel_W's picture

NBC released it.

And you're proving my point. Maybe I mislead you. It's getting annoying, everytime I talk hockey with friends, it's always Kessel sucks, Burke sucks, Wilson sucks... it's just pathetic. I'm not only meaning it from a Toronto standpoint, just using that as my example.

George Prax's picture
Daniel_W wrote:

NBC released it.

And you're proving my point. Maybe I mislead you. It's getting annoying, everytime I talk hockey with friends, it's always Kessel sucks, Burke sucks, Wilson sucks... it's just pathetic. I'm not only meaning it from a Toronto standpoint, just using that as my example.

But they do suck, so I don't understand the problem.

Daniel_W's picture

I read that NBC released to poll. Just what I read, and heard from numerous other people.

George Prax's picture
Daniel_W wrote:

I read that NBC released to poll. Just what I read, and heard from numerous other people.

http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=351867

"A day after a CBC/NHLPA player poll indicated that Ron Wilson was the coach that NHL players would least like to play for..."

It's in the first 5 words bro.

Patrick Storto's picture

I'm telling you, for a fact, it was the NHLPA in conjunction with CBC that did the poll. NBC had absolutely nothing to do with it. I'm not basing it on what a friend told me, this is fact.

Link me to something that says NBC released the poll.

And Wilson does suck, there's no simpler or nicer way to put it.

Daniel_W's picture

Alright. I guess i'm wrong lol