Thursday, September 21, 2006


Brian Savage has officially thrown in the white towel today on an injury-riddled career. He is 35 years old. In the 13 years he played, he managed 674 games and 359 points. The closest thing to a complete season he ever played was in 1996-97 with the Canadiens (81 games). He showed alot of promise with the Habs, but as soon as they traded him in 2002, he progressively got worse and worse, and worse and worse, etc. You get my drift. His lanky frame wasn't made for hockey. He needs a desk job, or whatever prevents him from running into something or even moving a muscle.

Nice. Two NHL players in the news for drinking/drunk driving on the same day: Jay Bouwmeester and former Hab Serge Savard. Wanna know how drunk they were? Wanna know all the dirty details? I don't, and neither should you. For TSN and whoever to even bring this up is TABLOID JOURNALISM and it really is pathetic. Hey, let's tarnish Serge Savard's name before the Habs retire his jersey this season...fuck off!!!! There is ZERO class in even reporting on this shit. Save it for the National Enquirer because we don't need to know it. I really hate it when hockey journalism goes this route. It's their personal lives. Let's just stick to hockey.
It's not like Bob McKenzie and Pierre MacGuire don't sit in the back room, drink scotch and look at porno before driving home! They just haven't been caught yet! (haha!)
Journalists have the right to report, but they should also look into their moral fabric once in a while before seriously reporting this kind of stuff.
That is why I like blogging. I am free to say something like "ah shit too bad they got caught" or "I guess Savard's wife is driving him to the ceremony for the jersey retirement." I joke it off. But the real truth is...I would rather not even know about any of this in the first place.


At September 21, 2006 at 9:54 p.m. , Blogger Hodge said...

I second that. No bigger news than you getting an impaired.

At September 21, 2006 at 10:31 p.m. , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

I was pretty drunk when I drove home after the game last night, but don't tell TSN.

At September 21, 2006 at 10:33 p.m. , Blogger reality check said...

It's easier to do the Savardian spinnerama donut style in an SUV if you've had a few!

That aside, I agree with the POV that these folks we worship and so often put on pedestals are really ordinary people off the ice. They have their families, their issues, and all the private little demons that we all need to exorcise now and again.

Thoughts on Brian Savage: It is not well known that while his best friend Koivu was battling abdominal cancer, Savage's only son passed away at the age of four after being ill with some rare disease for a few years. His mind was never fully on hockey again.

Thank a greedy agent for his departure from the Habs. At the time of his trade to Phoenix, Savage's demands would have made him the second highesy paid Habs forward. It wasn't easy for GM at the time Andre Savard to trade him, knowing his son's condition, but he also could not sign him at that price.

I found that after he had his collarbone broken, he was never the same again. He became a tentative player as probably a lot of us would.

At September 22, 2006 at 12:00 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Not me. I'd kick ass every shift no matter what bone I broke. Savage, regardless of what excuses he may have had, was a terrible, gutless player in the end. He was projected to be so much better than that, and will only be remembered as mediocre.

At September 22, 2006 at 12:14 a.m. , Blogger reality check said...

I don't think he'll be remembered at all, really!

You're right about his play in last few years, but don't call his son's illness an excuse. When your boy is hooked up to machines keeping him alive for the better part of two an half years, it can't help but be the reason your head ain't always in the game. Why he didn't step away from it a few years back is what I question most.

At September 22, 2006 at 12:52 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

"Why he didn't step away from it a few years back is what I question most."

That I can agree with!


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