Thursday, April 27, 2006

More Don Cherry idiocy on display last night

I really should know better than to watch Coach's Corner these days. With the Leafs out of it, the CBC are quite butthurt, and are taking it out on the rest of us. The most sad is, of course, Mr. Tronna himself Don Cherry.

Now, asserting that the CBC and specifically Cherry are Leaf homers is nothing new. It's been known by anyone who's caught even an episode of HNIC at any time over the last 10 years. I'm over complaining about how unfair it is for a broacaster subsidized by our taxes dollars to be so regionalized because no amount of bitching about it will change anything. HNIC is about making money, and their best way to do that is to attach themselves in every way possibles to the Buds.

But now that Toronto is out of it, they don't know what to do. The talking heads routinely find ways to bring up the Leafs somehow to keep Leaf Nation interested, but I'm sure they wish it was Mats Sundin on the ice instead of Daniel Alfredsson or Saku Koivu.

Last night, on CC, Cherry took Chris Neil to task for his turtling. No surprise there. He said Neil "sold his soul for a win". Predictable response. No use in pointing out that Cherry's pal Tie Domi turtled as well back when Jim McKenzie of the Devils tried to fight Domi in the first game of the regular season after the infamous Scott Niedermayer incident that brouht out Tie's crocodile tears.

What did irk me, and again, I realize I brought it on myself by even indulging in Cherry at time when he's so irritable, was his attack on Zdeno Chara. After Cherry praised Vincent Lecavalier and called him the best player in the world (that seems like a stretch but there's no disputing he's quite good and I think we'd all like him on our team), he basically accused Chara of being a goon.

First, he said Chara was at fault for the fight. As I remember it, Chara pulled Lecavalier from the scrum and was simply containing him when Vinny threw a misguided punch. Up to that point, it didn't seem as if Chara had any interested in fighting, nor should he in the wake of that serious hand injury that took far too long to heal.

Cherry rationalized that even though Chara didn't throw the first blow, he initiated it by looking at Lecavalier. Yes, that's right, looking at him. Once he did that, Lecavalier had to defend himself! He was being looked at!

Then Cherry said Chara was being a show off by holding his fist over a prone and, frankly, lucky Lecavalier. What bullshit. Even the Tampa fans I've seen said that they respected Chara for showing great restraint. If he wanted to hurt Lecavalier he could have, easily. He didn't. And what does that get him? A public ripping at the hands of a guy who is, unfortunately, one of the more respected media people in the country.

The further the Sens go into these playoffs, the more it'll bug Cherry I'm sure. He'll find ways to say this player is dirty and that one is soft. He'll call our captain Daniel Anderson, because apparently Canada's supposed number one authority on the game can't even remember the name of one of the best players in the league and the captain of the top team in the nation.

I envy you Calgary and Edmonton fans who don't have to put up with this retard. As goofy as he might be sometimes, I'd take Kelly Hrudey over this borderline racist, downright idiotic hockey icon any day of the week.

Don't worry Don, I'm sure the Leafs will be back in sometime soon. Until then, take a Midol and leave the broadcasting to someone who has something of significance to say.

12 Comments:

At 1:40 PM, Blogger Jeff J said...

Interesting that Cherry didn't mention that Lecavalier waited until the ref stepped in before taking a swing. If it had been the other way around, you know he would have pointed it out.

 
At 1:43 PM, Anonymous pete said...

If you want to call Domi a goon who has turtled numerous times, you'll get no argument from me.

But do two wrongs make a right? Is your defense of what Neil did that "a Leaf goon and many others have done it too"? Surely, what's bad for the goose is bad for the gander. Despite your histrionics for all things Leaf related, sometimes you need to call a spade a spade. Whether it's the Heatley/Masterton brouhaha or whatever, be willing to take off the Senators-tinted glasses once in a while or face the consequences: namely, that some people are going to think you're a biased homer.

I'll credit Neil for being smart and strategic because his (in)actions certainly changed the tide of the game and helped his team win. But that doesn't mean that on at least one level it was a pussy move. Even if he was talking to Burke, and not Dingman - that's somehow classier? Trash-talking and threatening a backup goalie?

Believe me, I know Cherry's an idiot. But even a stopped clock can be right twice a day.

 
At 1:48 PM, Blogger CMcMurtry said...

But do two wrongs make a right? Is your defense of what Neil did that "a Leaf goon and many others have done it too"? Surely, what's bad for the goose is bad for the gander.

I see a difference in that Neil did it in a key moment of a playoff game where as Domi did it in a regular season game. Circumstances a little different.

But I don't have a real big problem with Domi doing it, I was merely pointing out Cherry's hypocracy. I'm sure back then he said Tie did the right thing.

be willing to take off the Senators-tinted glasses once in a while or face the consequences: namely, that some people are going to think you're a biased homer.

Call me a homer if you want. I'm not going to be offended. I'm not a journalist or a broadcaster, nor do I portray myself as such. I'm a fan who writes a blog. I have pretty open allegiances.

You can't see how it's different for me to be a homer versus Cherry?

Even if he was talking to Burke, and not Dingman - that's somehow classier? Trash-talking and threatening a backup goalie?

Again, I took it as him telling Burke he was gonna run him, seeing as how the scrum that had just happened was the result of Fedotenko getting in Emery's face.

But even a stopped clock can be right twice a day.

My issue wasn't even with what Cherry said about Neil, because it was exactly what I expected. It was more about his attack on Chara.

 
At 10:35 AM, Anonymous Paul said...

I for one actually really like Kelly Hrudey. I always find his analysis insightful and interesting, while still decisive.

Paul

 
At 10:39 AM, Anonymous Dennis Prouse said...

Chara = "bad European"

Lecavalier = "good, non-visor wearing Canadian kid"

Cherry is nothing if not predictable. This is his schtick, after all, and like a WWE match people watch because they know what they are going to get. Surely to God no one is watching to get actual insight into the game. Taat would be like watching Looney Tunes and expected that one of these days, the Coyote might finally wise up.

Not to worry, though -- once the Sens are the only Canadian team left, Cherry will jump on the bandwagon with both feet. Aren't we lucky?

 
At 6:56 PM, Anonymous DazzlinDino said...

Shouldn't that read....

with the Leafs out of it yet again....

Just a thought...

 
At 12:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The further the Sens go into these playoffs, the more it'll bug Cherry I'm sure."

Uhhh...Cherry predicted at the beginning of the season that Ottawa would win the Cup this year. Why would it bug him if they succeed? Wouldn't it just make him look good?

 
At 11:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

#1 Cherry best thing Canada has to offer Don't shoot the golden goose..#2 Love Kelly Hrudey one of the best.#3Chara is just a punk no more no less...............

 
At 11:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you stupid bitch don cherry is the best

 
At 1:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don Cherry is senile at best!!!

 
At 1:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bobby Orr. Don mentions him as the greatest hockey player of all time every show. Soon it will be Jordan Staal.

 
At 12:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don Cherry is god. May you rot in hell you sad sack of shit. Blog off to you

 

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