On Quintin Laing, Flightless Birds and Sportsmanship
January 25, 2008 | Filed in: philly flyers, pittsburgh penguins

On Frozen Blog interviews Quintin Laing.

Love that guy. Love. Adore. Idolize. And miss here in Hershey to no small end. Even the derby bruise on my right shoulder likes him. And that’s saying a lot, because my bruises are usually pretty picky about who they throw in with.

In Pennsylvaniagate, I really don’t have anything new to say. I still hate hate HATE the Flyers, and Danielle Briere, and Cote, and Downie, and all them there orange bastards. Downie’s obviously joined the Sean Avery Dive Club for Men, and as much as I hate the fact that nobody cheered when Talbot got up after going down, I have to say that I’m not surprised, as I’ve started seeing that here in Hershey as well. It pisses me off, but as one person I don’t know what I can do about it as one singular fan.

Here’s my problem. Curry, the WBS Pens’ goalie is hurt. Obviously hurt. Hurt on the Bears powerplay, so they’re down in the WBS end. Curry goes to his knees, and doesn’t get up. Can’t get up. Tries to get up, and goes back down, and basically is forced to finish the penalty kill on his knees in the crease. The refs don’t call a thing, even though the coaches are screaming at him. FINALLY, the penalty kill ends, and he makes it pretty obvious that he’s in pain. The trainers come out and work him over, and he takes a few laps back and forth and decides that he can stay in for the rest of the game.

Cue booing Bears fans.

Honestly, I don’t care which team you cheer for, when you have a hurt player who decides he can gut it up and stay in, you applaud. When you have a hurt player who can finally get up and leave the ice under his own power, you applaud. If you have to have a player stretchered off, you applaud. If they’re there putting their motherloving lives on the line to entertain you, (because that’s what pro sports come down to) the least you can do is show that you appreciate the fact that they’re playing hard and getting hurt FOR YOU.

The showing of booing Talbot at the Wachovia center was just disrespectful. I don’t care if you’re a Flyers fan or a Penguins fan or what, if someone’s hurt, you give them some respect, you don’t say “Well, he deserved that” even if he did. These are humans we’re talking about. Big hefty humans who know what they’re getting into when they start playing the sport, but humans none the less, and to treat them like their lives and bodies don’t matter because they’re on a sportsteam is nothing short of disrespectful, and when you think about it, really kind of horrifying. You don’t look at policemen who put their lives on the line for the safety of the community and say that they don’t matter, so why should a sports figure be that different? They’re contributing to the community in their own way.

Just, really, people. Think about what you’re doing before you follow the lead of a few idiotic and disrespectful fan sheep. I’d love to believe that people are mostly good, but you’re making it hard right now.

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