Moore on Bertuzzi
The Globe and Mail's Roy MacGregor added some more ink today on a done-to-death subject, as he rehashed the Todd Bertuzzi and Steve Moore happenings of the past year and a bit. The venerable columnist had a few biting criticisms of the big man, but I'll leave you to judge the leanings of his prose.
Todd Bertuzzi, Canadian hero.Here, I posit, is Bertuzzi not the same man as the one who would have represented Canada at the 2002 Winter Olympics? And again, I wonder, how is it that Bertuzzi has become media-enemy No. 1 when his actions are nothing new in regards to brutal actions in a brutal sport? Did Bertuzzi cross a line? By all means, yes. Is he, for that, some type of sub-human wretch? If so, he's got plenty of company among his NHLPA brethren.
It is an alarming, even disturbing, image — but not beyond the realm of possibility after tomorrow morning's closed-door meeting at NHL headquarters.
Canadian hockey fans, desperate for some satisfaction in this Stanley Cup-less spring, would be far less likely to condemn Bertuzzi's return to the ice if it is done in Team Canada colours and, possibly, contributes significantly to O Canada being played after the May 15 gold medal match in Vienna.Desperate for more of the lackluster international hockey we saw eight months ago at the yawn-inducing World Cup? Not particularly.
The reasoning continues...
[I]t seems somehow outrageously unfair that the perpetrator got 19 games, the victim may have received a life sentence.Quite a leap considering how insignificant the chances Bertuzzi will play for Canada are, no?
And now the victim, if he merely fights back tomorrow morning in New York, stands a bizarre chance of becoming the villain.