> penalties. Because of his complaining last time, the league instituted rules
> that were supposed to limit clutching and grabbing. However, after three
due to lesser talented teams employing a 'neutral zone trap' and not some
cow-towing to one player.
> Mario be suspended. This is so disheartening to Mario that he is talking
> about retirement. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Go. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.
> way shape or form.
I wish people would understand that. He may have impressive statistics
and be an excellent player but you cannot market statistics. He is
uncharismatic and unco-operative and fundamentally uncomfortable with
being marketed. He dislikes the public persona. You will fail trying to
market someone like this because it takes too much effort. It's like
trying to get *** out of a stone.
> People like Mario and Gretzky are the reason fans come to the games. They
> don't come to see average players, they come to see the stars.
retire and have Mario skate around in front of 19,000 people alone. Let's
see how many people come out to watch that. People don't come out to
"watch the stars". They come to watch hockey. "Average players" make up
the game of hockey. Mario Lemieux is used, the way Wayne Gretzky is, to
introduce and get people _initially_ interested in the game. The 'average'
players are what keep people there. Without them, who would Mario pass
to? Who would pass to him? Who would try and stop the shots? Would a
string of empty netters be really _that_ exciting?
> time the league does something to protect their stars.
donna attitude that sickens me and it's that cow-towing to it that keeps
players like Tom Barrasso from getting due credit on nights he's played
brilliantly. (And playoff series, she wrote thinking of a Conn Smythe
trophy that sould have been awarded to Barrasso a few years ago.)
> quarterbacks, and the NBA used to protect Jordan, so why doesn't the NHL
> learn from this?
let's shave the cat