December 9, 2008

NHL abuses power: takes money from Sean Avery for innocuous comment

Filed under: News, Sports — Tags: , , — skeptisys @ 1:45 pm
Fantastic Four and their sloppy seconds

Fantastic Four and their sloppy seconds

Sean Avery, star Hockey player for the Dallas Stars made the following statement, resulting in at least $250,000 in profit by the NHL:

“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)

Hockey accident.  puck in face, just missed my puckin eye

Hockey accident. puck in face, just missed my puckin eye

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.

Bloom County is offended by your offensiveness

Bloom County is offended by your offensiveness

Fantastic Four, Thing wants Reed Richard’s sloppy seconds, the Fabulous Forums.

Hockey accident from Calgary Flames forum.

Bloom County, Hirhurim Musings.


  1. Abuse of power? Really? Avery is sexist, racist, and his TeAmAtEs can’t stand him. I mean, Todd Bertuzzi is the kind of guy you’d love to have on your team. Same thing with Jordin Tootoo, but Avery? His teammates have made it clear that they hate him. The team doesn’t know what they’re going to do with him. The AHL might not take him, the NHL definitely won’t take him. They might resort to using the sportsmanship clause in his contract against him. That’s pathetic. Maybe they’ll start paying him, but not letting him play for them. He’s floated between teams and now the Stars are stuck. Too bad for them.

    Comment by blondie61 — December 9, 2008 @ 4:00 pm

  2. We all know by now, or at least if we live on this planet, that “the comment” had nothing to do with the suspension. It, of course, was simply the catalyst for this whole debacle. Sean has rubbed fans wrong for years now and apparently he just rubbed Gary Bettman once too often. Bettman saw his chance and he took it and that is that. If all hockey players now have to watch every word they say, it will be a very tense game indeed. What part of falling in love and sloppy seconds does Mr. Bettman feel is bad? Since no names were used to whom is this addressed? How stupid does the little general think we are. He has made an uncomfortable situation really a bad one by trying to show the muscles he thinks he has. What a joke that little man is. Hockey would be so much better off if he would just fall off the edge of the earth.

    Comment by StarsRule — December 9, 2008 @ 5:39 pm

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