Friday, March 04, 2005

Who do you hate?

When Eric at Offwing asked for people to give him suggestions for their most hated athletes, I submitted my response as Dominik Hasek, although I said I couldn't really back it up with any tangible evidence.

Then I remembered this old Jim Kelley piece.
In the end, like he so often did in Buffalo, Hasek just upped and walked away. In the end he said it was "very sad," but if you watched his career long enough, it was very much like events that took place in Buffalo.
I'll also never forget being at GM Place in Vancouver for Game 4 of their first round series against the Wings in 2002. The Canucks, huge underdogs heading in, won the first two games in Detroit, before Dan Cloutier let in a now-legendary Lidstrom long bomb in game 3 in Vancouver to bring the Wings back into things. Sitting 10 rows behind Hasek, I watched as the 'legendary' netminder purposefully and repeatedly knocked the net off its pegs. A liar and a cheat. Enough said.

All I can say is: Have fun Senators fans.

UPDATE Some more information on the Hasek/Kelley confrontation that Kelley mentions in the earlier piece.


At 11:21 a.m., March 05, 2005, Blogger Jes Gőlbez said...

Not to mention the fact he robbed Canada at the Nagano Olympics

or had his coach fired (Nolan)

or played chess with himself on the ice

or only signed autographs for kids who bought his crappy DOMINATOR clothes

or the fact he demanded that the Sabres trade him to a good team that didn't give up too much to get him

At 9:44 a.m., March 07, 2005, Blogger Sea Otter said...

I don't think Hasek is ever going to play a game for the Senators. As the NHL lockout heads towards the ugly spectre of replacement players, lawsuits, etc., I think Hasek will simply retire again and head over to the Czech Republic in time for next season. This was a poor signing by the Sens anyway -- it was clear even during the Red Wings' last Cup run that Hasek was rapidly approaching his best-before date, and I doubt the last two years of inactivity have helped matters at all.

Having said that, I agree with James. The guy is a jerk, and not a terribly likeable personality. There's a lot of athletes who fall into that category, but Hasek is a special kind of annoying. The Sens are my #2 team after the Canucks, and I never want to see the guy in a Senators uniform.

At 11:18 a.m., March 07, 2005, Blogger ninja said...

speaking of cheating the rules, dislodging the net is another under-called infraction that is a pet peeve. Its aids a tired and frazzled defense, interupts offensive flow, and eliminate the possibility of more offensive opportunities. This should be another rule the refs should be told to strictly enforce.


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