Before you begin to compose your hate-mail, please keep in mind that this is an opinion-based hit piece. Once in a while it is nice to just purge all of the annoying things in one’s mind. Thus “The Rant.”
5. Rene Rancourt
On this one, let us just cut to the chase… Rene YOU SUCK! Please, for God’s sake, retire and head off to a raisin ranch, where you belong! And, what is with the fist-pump while you are singing…??? Do you think you are Elvis…??? Does is make you feel like a tough-guy…??? Hang it up! With few exceptions, your rendition of the National Anthem is the worst I have ever had the displeasure of enduring. I do not care that you have been doing it since the early 1800’s… YOU SUCK! TAKE A HIKE!
Ovie, Ovie, Ovie… For the love of God, you are a multimillionaire, do something about the nasty under-bite! Take some of your vast fortune and get your grill fixed, it is offensive! There is an off-season for a reason… So guys like you can take care of crap like that! Now GO DO IT!
3. Matt Cooke
Has there ever been a dirtier player in the history of the NHL…??? I’m not sure. In my opinion, Matt Cooke makes old-time goons like Marty McSorley look like a sugarplum fairy… I realize the Pens are doing their very best to BUY a Stanley Cup Championship (See this season’s acquisitions – Morrow, Iggy, etc.), but why would you want a cheap-shot artist like Cooke on your team? BTW, how is that whole trying to buy a cup thing working out for you, Bylsma…??? That’s what I thought…
2. Allowing icing during a power play
Hey’ NHL rules committee, here’s an idea for you… If you really want to make the game more exciting, increase scoring, decrease penalties, and make the Power Play a TRUE Power Play, then do away with allowing the short-handed team to ice the puck! That’s right, MAKE THEM PLAY HOCKEY! Give the Power Play some teeth! Make it a TRUE disadvantage for the short-handed team! Then, teams will be forced to become more disciplined and commit fewer penalties. However, when they do have to send a player to the sin bin, their team will be forced to play without the luxury of icing the puck. Hockey is supposed to be tough! I realize that there are those who like a weak sport with weak rules, but they are called baseball fans, NOT hockey fans!
1. Fans that do not remove their hats for the National Anthem
As someone who spent 20+ years in the United States Air Force, this one really torques my jaws! I’ll make this one short… Have some respect for the flag and your country, and TAKE YOUR HATS OFF! You’re not at home in the trailer park! Get with the program! Even someone from Iowa knows better than to leave their hat on during the National Anthem! C’mon people…