Thursday, October 21, 2010

Rick Dees

Obviously everyone knows about Rick Rypien's lunacy the other night in Minnesota. Basically a fan chirped him after he got kicked out of the game, and in his professional opinion the best way to asses the situation was to reach up into the stands and make contact with the fan. When I first watched the video, I actually thought the fan was a woman and he was grabbing her chest. I think we're all relieved that wasn't the case.

There is no way that guy could have said anything insulting enough to warrant Rypien reaching up into the stands with malicious intent. It reminds me of another over-reaction, in my opinion one of the greatest of all time:

Seriously, the guys in the back of that show were just heckling Michael Richards. They did absolutely nothing to deserve the way he reacted. My guess is its probably the same with the Minnesota fan.

Craig Conroy shared his opinion with the Herald's Vicki Hall:
You just can't touch a fan,” Conroy said. “It looked like he was clapping, and he probably said something. But you just can't touch anyone. They pay their money. I don't know what the fan could have said, but you just can't do that.

He spoke further about the lack of a tarp covering the player's entrance from the dressing room to the bench:
I think the league is going to have to look at that,” Conroy said. “If there's a fight, they need to put that in there so you come off the ice under the cover. That's what those things are there for. I know they have them in Minnesota. So I don't know what happened. 

Goalie Coach Jamie McLennan once had an altercation with a friend of mine during a home game against the Anaheim Ducks a couple years ago. The score was something like 3-1 Calgary after two periods. Going onto the ice to start the third, my buddy walked over to where the players exit the dressing room before they go onto the bench and then the ice. Kiprusoff walked out, with both his arms over his head, making an "X" over himself. My friend reached down to touch Kipper and say something like "keep it close Kipper! Great game!". Keep in mind, this is a kid in Grade 10 or 11. He's not some shitfaced guy in his late 20's or 30's actually looking to cause harm. McLennan immediately throws his stick up against the wall, hits the kid's hands out of the way, and says, "take your fucking hands off him!".

Possibly a better segment than the reaction to the Eberle goal

But, as shown above, Jamie has always had the boys' backs. So maybe its a different story. Ryan Lambert AKA "The Two Line Pass" had my favorite comment on the situation:
The Flames play tonight in Detroit and will try to make up for their last game by not scoring any goals.

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