While this Mario suck-attack is on I'll through this out for
debate: Mario says that he will leave NHL advertising to
"marginal" players because of this recent beef of his. By making
this comment he seems to be taking a shot at many of the same players
who have both protected and helped him through his career.
When Wayne Gretzky was on his big anti-fighting kick he seemed to
feel that "it" had no place in the game. The way I look at it, this
was like saying "enforcers" have no place in the game. I thought
that this was in VERY bad taste considering that guys like McSorley
dropped their gloves countless times in his defense, and continue to
do so. If Wayne had his way, guys like McSorley would never be
given a chance to play.
What the commonality is between Mario and Wayne in these matters is
that they have both resorted to putting themselves above other
player with references like "marginal" and "goon."
The problem as I see it is the over-inflation of the ego by the fans
and media who base their judgements solely on one aspect of play:
As team captains, and supposed leaders, I think they should both
come back down to earth, or at least be quiet if they think that
they are so much better than the rest of the hockey players in the
This may have been a bit of a vent but I have never liked players
who put down their team-mates in any way, especially when they are
supposed to be team captain.