Thursday, April 10, 2008

Don Brennan on a rampage

Crosby's got a bad RIGHT ankle? How will it stand up to a two-hander? The Senators have to find out.
Big Georges, who was quoted as calling yours truly "stupid," had this gem yesterday when asked about Senators targeting Crosby's tender joint. "I thought Slapshot was a movie, not reality." And who didn't like that classic? ... By (the way) Georges, stupid? Call me that to my face.
So, with a full house of media and players looking on, Laraque spotted Brennan in the dressing room and marched over. “You wanted me to call you stupid to your face? Well, you're stupid,” he said, towering over the scribe.
Anyone have an idea what the hell is going on? Is this really the only way the Ottawa market's going to tune into the gong show?
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At 2:14 PM, April 10, 2008, Anonymous dmg said...

Why on earth would anyone challenge Laraque to call them something to their face?

 
At 2:19 PM, April 10, 2008, Anonymous b said...

most of us in ottawa ignore him

I have no idea what he's trying to pull. i'll call him stupid to his face too, though.

 
At 2:22 PM, April 10, 2008, Blogger Dare said...

haha, seriously? I'm wondering why Brennan would think Laraque wouldn't call him stupid to his face. What, is Brennan going to pen an anti-Laraque article in response? I'd be afeared.

 
At 2:27 PM, April 10, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So bloggers need editors because they are able to write unfiltered nonsense. That makes we pose the question then as to what purpose does his editor serve?

I thought a true journalist observes and doesn't engage his subject lest you be proven stupid in public.

 
At 2:30 PM, April 10, 2008, Blogger Chemmy said...

Stay classy Ottawa.

 
At 2:37 PM, April 10, 2008, Blogger Rob said...

As much as they will be looking for timely goaltending and scoring, the Senators need somebody to emerge as a modern-day Bobby Clarke. Maybe hockey historian Jason Spezza can explain to his teammates what the former Flyers captain did to Russian star Valeri Kharlamov when the latter had a bad ankle in the 1972 Summit Series.

It's playoff time. Anything goes.


this is legitimately offensive. way beyond any potential sarcasm that (being outrageously generous here) may have been initially intended.

 
At 2:43 PM, April 10, 2008, Blogger FAUX RUMORS said...

1) Nice observation 'Anonymous'. If a blogger had made such idiotic statements they would have been an example of why 'they' need to be segregated from the 'real' mainstream press.
2) Is the Laraque-Brennan exchange on tape? Did Brennan meekly say: "Buy ya a soda after the game"? LOL

 
At 2:43 PM, April 10, 2008, Blogger Andrew Bucholtz said...

Yeah, the slash comment was really dumb (and classless). Also, why would anyone who isn't currently in the WWE challenge Georges Laraque to anything?

 
At 2:46 PM, April 10, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brennan seems to have some delusion about his importance as a columnist.
Last year he thought it was a great idea when Krusty fired the puck at Niedermeyer.
His behaviour has to be completely embarrassing to such Ottawa based colleagues like Roy MacGregor and any of the Citizens writers.
Brennan is acting like home high school punk cheering on the Ottawa West Golden Knights Jr. B team.
What a loser.
Mind you it's the Ottawa Sun. It's not like it's a relevant publication.

 
At 3:03 PM, April 10, 2008, Blogger heed said...

Did anyone get a chance to see Don Cherry insist that the Senators needed to run the goalie? I mean saying that they should rattle his cage is one thing but to deliberately run him. That is ridiculous. It's fine for me to say when I'm on my couch with half a dozen beers in me but to say it on national television is completely different. It's pretty clear that the only people on earth dumber than the average hockey player...are the media that cover them. Sorry James but your colleagues don't deserve you.

 
At 3:15 PM, April 10, 2008, Anonymous PPP said...

Everyone associated with the senators is losing it and I am loving it.

 
At 3:33 PM, April 10, 2008, Blogger Pensgirl said...

B, I'm very glad to hear that Ottawans ignore that guy. He should be unemployable.

Anon 2:46, re: the "relevancy" aspect, the big problem I see here is that he's fodder for the American sports media to once again brand hockey fans generally, and Canadians specifically, as bloodthirsty knuckle-draggers. ESPN's "Around the Horn" commentators discussed it, and rightly called Brennan an idiot. But only those of us familiar with Canada, with hockey, with the Sun, know that he's an irrelevant idiot. To anyone looking in from the outside, he's a guy who writes for a publication in his nation's capital, and is thus representing that nation. I love Canada, and it hurts that a dimwit like Brennan is able to hold a position where he can misrepresent its people so badly.

 
At 3:43 PM, April 10, 2008, Anonymous Jay said...

"I love Canada, and it hurts that a dimwit like Brennan is able to hold a position where he can misrepresent its people so badly."

Well that's quite the hyperbole. He's just a hockey writer. I don't think he's misrepresenting anyone, and most certainly not an entire nation.

 
At 3:50 PM, April 10, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Brennan. There is no I in Team but there is in IDIOT.

 
At 3:55 PM, April 10, 2008, Blogger Pensgirl said...

Jay, you didn't read very carefully. Whenever the American media goes off half-cocked about hockey, they talk about Canada as a whole. And a journalist in any nation's capital is absolutely regarded by outsiders as representing that country, regardless of the validity of doing that. So yeah, he is misrepresenting Canada. Maybe not to anyone you know, the world is much larger than any of our backyards.

 
At 4:07 PM, April 10, 2008, Anonymous penaltyshots.ca said...

"Did anyone get a chance to see Don Cherry insist that the Senators needed to run the goalie? I mean saying that they should rattle his cage is one thing but to deliberately run him. That is ridiculous. It's fine for me to say when I'm on my couch with half a dozen beers in me but to say it on national television is completely different."

That's assuming Cherry wasn't a half dozen in as well. I thought his comment "Eugene Melnyk how do you feel" after the game were also ridiculous.

For anyone to suggest that the Sens should turn this series physical is obviously quite out of touch, something that the Wade Redden shit hauling should have made them realize. Especially when it became clear that Chris Neil is in the employment of Sidney Crosby.

 
At 4:11 PM, April 10, 2008, Blogger Loser Domi said...

I read that about 5 times and...well, let's just say I haven't seen this much idiocy since the time Milke Milbury guested on Gary Bettman's radio show: (a little self-pimping)
http://wwold.blogspot.com/2008/03/too-good-to-pass-up-mad-mike-vs-gary.html

 
At 4:13 PM, April 10, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brennan is a hack and it's a shame anyone is taking his idiocy as a reflection on Ottawa the city or Sens fans in general.

 
At 5:29 PM, April 10, 2008, Anonymous Jay said...

Jay, you didn't read very carefully. Whenever the American media goes off half-cocked about hockey, they talk about Canada as a whole. And a journalist in any nation's capital is absolutely regarded by outsiders as representing that country, regardless of the validity of doing that.

What in the hell are you on about?
If I ever decide that some nobody writer for the Washington Post speaks for all Americans on any issue, I hope that someone will step in and take away all of my decision-making ability. I would clearly be unfit to use it. Don Brennan, in his capacity as a sportswriter for the Ottawa Sun, does not speak for anyone but Don Brennan and the Ottawa Sun. If 'American media' suggests otherwise, then 'American media' are morons. Come back to me when there is a chorus of writers from multiple newspapers calling for a Clarkeing of Crosby's ankle. Then you might have a point.

 
At 5:33 PM, April 10, 2008, Anonymous ken said...

Then you might have a point.

Actually, she does have a point, and a good one. It's just about perception, that's all. No need to try to get abusive; you only embarrass yourself.

 
At 5:43 PM, April 10, 2008, Blogger Doogie said...

Jay, just because you're smart enough not to assume one retarded sportswriter represents an entire nation, that does not mean that some of the hicks who work outside the hockey media and think icing is something you put on cupcakes will know the difference. Or at the very least, even if they do, they might figure it makes better copy not to, since most American sports networks have some inexplicable rage against hockey. If you follow.

 
At 6:13 PM, April 10, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don Brennan is a journalist in the same way that Mark Steyn or Ann Coulter are jounalists.

 
At 7:07 PM, April 10, 2008, Blogger Pensgirl said...

Jay, you're trying to deny that a thing happens on the basis of it being stupid, and that just ain't life, son. You pretty much made my point: it didn't take "multiple newspapers" to promote whacking at Sid for a popular show on America's favorite sports channel to jump all over it. One buffoon at one newspaper-ish publication is all it took. Yes, it's incredibly dumb to take one writer as representative of a whole country, but it happens all the time. Sorry if that shocks you, but yes, there are people who saw or heard about Brennan and said "Jesus, those Canadians are crazy."

I would know - I encounter those people regularly. So yeah, I read Brennan and I think "oh great, here I go having to explain that Canadians aren't barbaric - again."

 
At 8:03 PM, April 10, 2008, Anonymous Pookie said...

Jay, I agree with you. The problem here is giving any importance to a show like "Around The Horn". An irrelevant American sports news show harping on an irrelevant Canadian tabloid writer is hardly something to get one's panties in a knot over.

 
At 11:43 PM, April 10, 2008, Blogger Old said...

Brennan seems to be one of those fellows who wants to write something outrageous to draw attention. I doubt anybody in the Senator organization pays any attention to him. But if Spezza did what Brennan advocated I imagine it would be a bench clearing punch up of epic proportions that would make Patrick Roy green with envy. I can't imagine otherwise.

 
At 12:46 AM, April 11, 2008, Anonymous Gerald said...

that does not mean that some of the hicks who work outside the hockey media and think icing is something you put on cupcakes will know the difference.

Icing IS something you put on cupcakes.

It can be quite delicious.

Of course, icing is other things as well, but ...

 
At 9:12 AM, April 11, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doesn't "Around the Horn" employ someone that suggested Jason Kidd smack his wife? Glass houses and stones?

 
At 9:22 AM, April 11, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a follow-up it was Bob Ryan that suggested Joumana Kidd (a victim of domestic abuse) should be smacked for taking her kid to an NBA playoff game.

 
At 12:50 PM, April 11, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are all fools.
Brennan wanted a talker and he got it.
The so-called "dimwit" has the bunch of you losing your minds.
So, if Brennan had a job to, it's mission complete.
As for big, dumb Georges, what was he going to do? Punch Brennan?
The Penguins would have an enforcer in jail for Game 2 tonight.
In the end, if Brennan has done anything, it's to deflect from the fact the Senators are crap without Alfredsson in the lineup.

 
At 2:14 PM, April 11, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So your point is that the Sens are crap only when Alfredsson out of the lineup?

 

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