“I just wanted to comment on how it’s become like a common thing in the NHL for guys to fall in love with my sloppy seconds. I don’t know what that’s about. But, enjoy the game tonight.”
Based solely on that statement, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced that Sean Avery would be suspended for at least 6 games without salary and would have to undergo anger management evaluation.
Apparently the suspension is based entirely on the term ‘sloppy seconds’, which is not a particularly bad term or angry, particularly for a hockey player. The phrase does not even make it into George Carlin’s list of impolite words (warning NSFW for bad language), which is over 2,000 words and phrases and includes terms like ‘crud’ and ‘dropping a load’. Even the New York Times has been using the phrase for a while: here and all of a sudden they won’t. If a term like ‘sloppy seconds’ uttered once is worth over $250,000 – what would a generally acknowledged ‘bad’ word like the f-word be worth? Oh yeah, oops. (6 months in prison for using the f-word)
The NHL is using a common psychological tactic: if they can shift the argument to whether ‘sloppy seconds’ is worth over quarter million dollars, than psychologically people more readily accept that truly offensive phrases are worth more to the NHL.
This is such a bizarre attempt to create a precedent that I would be shocked and disappointed if the Player’s Association did not file a grievance in support of Avery. At no point did the NHL allege that they lost over $250,000 because of this statement, or that it was possible – let alone prove such a loss. It does appear the NHL Player’s Assn is looking at their options, press release here.
As for me, I always loved hockey but during the lock-out canceled season I stopped paying attention. I don’t know why people seem to love my sloppy seconds.
Fantastic Four, Thing wants Reed Richard’s sloppy seconds, the Fabulous Forums.
Hockey accident from Calgary Flames forum.
Bloom County, Hirhurim Musings.