I like to write about hockey. It’s something I’ve been doing for a few years now and although I’m not a “journalist” or even a “professional” I do my research and try to think of interesting things to write about. It’s pretty easy to do, really, especially when every night something new and different happens such as Derek Stepan’s hat-trick or Kari Lehtonen’s incredible pad save. See? Now you’re all like “oh daymn, I missed those things and want to see dem!”
The thing is though, when you write about hockey, you actually writing about people. Not fake, SkyNet, terminator automatons, Real F-ing People with parents and children and dogs and other stuff too. Generally, I like to keep my writing to the stuff these people are doing at work. It’s pretty strange when you think about it, but that’s what they’re doing: working, and working really hard. I should mention here that I started out blogging about my day at work but for some reason T-bone and the Supervisor Doggz never really caught on.
What the pro athletes in the NHL do outside of hockey I generally don’t know about. I can guess they work out, watch hockey on television, according to twitter some of them do a lot of hunting during the off-season, Zdeno Chara does stuff like this. But when things get dark sided, as can happen with pro athletes, it sort of becomes a grey area for someone like me. Sure, I’ll joke around about how overweight Dustin Byfuglien has been, or the fact that he got arrested for drunk boating. That kind of stuff is funny, even though he’s a real person and I would never say it to his face because he would literally kick the shit out of me.
Which brings me to my next point. Last as I’m sure you’ve heard, Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov turned himself in on counts of domestic violence and kidnapping. He apparently was drinking heavily, got in an argument with his girlfriend, pushed her over, kicked the shit out of her, and pulled her around the apartment by her hair.
What the fuck man. That’s not cool.
I thought for a while about whether or not I should write about this. I’m no guru, millions of people don’t read what I write, but I still want to make sure I’m not over stepping my boundaries as a severely unprofessional sports blogger. But I decided to anyway because, that shit’s not cool.
Seriously, what the fuck Varlamov? You outweigh that MODEL by like 1,000 lbs. You’re like 10 feet taller than her. Kicking her in the chest!? That’s some deplorable-ass shit. Domestic violence causes not only physical harm but mental as well. Just imagine getting punched by the one you thought you loved. Wouldn’t that confuse the shit out of you? Battered women’s shelters and support groups exist because getting slapped around will fuck up your mind. Domestic violence can lead to substance abuse, depression, and suicide, just listen to 1 episode of Loveline. Varlamov’s girlfriend says this wasn’t the first time he’s beaten her, but at least she was smart enough to go to the police this time. Any man who beats his girlfriend/wife/whatever is a Grade-A shit bag. I hate to say it Semyon, but you now fall into that category.
Now, I don’t want to single out just one goalie because that’s not fair, most notably because a goalie beating his wife isn’t just reserved for drunken Russians. While playing for the Hurricanes in 1997, former netminder and current Assistant to the General Manager/Goaltending coach Sean Burke was arrested for beatin’ his old lady. It seemed as though the pressure of having Trevor Kidd fighting for your starting gig was too much for him. Another goalie who wasn’t able to make a stop on his emotions is…*gasp!* Patrick Roy! T-bone and the Hockey Doggz touched on this on our last podcast but to clarify, it was October 2000 when Roy ripped some doors off their hinges during an argument with his wife. Roy was able to show some restraint and not punch and/or kick his wife, but he was arrested nonetheless.
So you know, what the fuck Patrick Roy? When asked why he was starting Varlamov the day after he made bail Roy said, “Why wait? We’re all aware of what happened, but we just feel that he’s our guy.” What, you guys are brothers in arms now? Patrick Roy has been great for the Avs so far this year. He’s taken a team that was really really bad last year and turned them into a team that has only lost 1 game in 13 tries. But “why wait?”? How about because Varlamov just got out of jail for BEATING HIS WIFE?! What Roy is saying here is “we know he beat his wife, but we don’t care.” That is generally the sentiment by teams when one of the people they pay millions of dollars to represent their team commits a crime. If I committed a crime and made bail and was able to go back to work, I doubt I would get fired as long as it wasn’t a crime related to my job. But I am not an athlete who gets paid very well to be a public figure and role model.
What the fuck Avalanche? Shouldn’t Varlamov be punished by the team and coaching staff? At least a little bit? I suppose at this point it’s not their jurisdiction, but still. If a guy doesn’t show enough effort on the ice one night, he’s scratched the next. If a guy beats his wife and goes to jail, he gets to start the next possible game? That doesn’t make any sense. At least let the player and the fans of your franchise know that that kind of shit will not stand, man.
Lastly, what the fuck, us? Shouldn’t we as fans be more outraged about this whole incident? This professional athlete just beat his wife
which will have a lasting effect on her for years to come. Most of us will probably forget this even happened by the end of the year. If he had punched a guy at a bar then offered the Dallas police $1 billion after refusing arrest, I’d be fine with it. But he didn’t, he beat a defenseless woman in their home, a despicable crime of cowardice. Varlamov even said that if they were in Russia, he would have beat her more. UGGHHHH!
Well, maybe I shouldn’t be meddling in the personal matters of these people whom I love to watch at work. Maybe I should only be concerned about what happens the 60 minutes these guys are on the ice. But if that were the case, I wouldn’t know that Alexei Kovalev is a airplane pilot, or that the Sedin twins love to rollerblade. I guess I’ll just have to take the good with the bad and let dog sort ‘em out.
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