Thursday, October 27, 2005

No one's forgetting about Bertuzzi

Denver Post columnist Terri Frei's piece today is similarly themed to a lot of what he's written on the Todd Bertuzzi-Steve Moore incident. In short, he remains pretty upset with everyone involved — including how Moore's own team has moved on.

It's time to move on? OK, fair enough.

But to what? The "moving on" seems to have more to do with amnesia and rationalization than forgiveness and a feeling that Bertuzzi had been penalized enough.

I know Frei's writing for a Colorado audience and that his piece is probably going to play pretty well there. That said, I've stated my case for moving on previously, and in no way did I say the league or those involved had dismissed it.
[W]hat [Bertuzzi] did to Steve Moore will alone damn Bertuzzi for the rest of his days. Think about that. In 2055, should an article be penned about a then 80-year-old Bertuzzi, it'll centre upon 'the incident.' It will, in fact, define the rest of his life.
Last week when the Avalanche came to Vancouver, Bertuzzi's linemate Brendan Morrison, who emerged throughout the circus as one of the more eloquent Canucks, said the incident may be gone — but certainly not forgotten.
"Everyone knows it's there," said Brendan Morrison, Bertuzzi's teammate in Vancouver.

"You'd be naïve to say it wasn't. For us? I'm not going to say it's a dead issue. I don't think it will ever be a dead issue. It always will be something that will be brought up somewhere along the line, but as far as us talking about it or dwelling on it? No, we're past that. ... It's done. It's over with. We're trying to move forward.
I don't have a definitive opinion, but this I do know: When Bertuzzi skates onto the ice tonight in Colorado, he's going to be booed and heckled mercilessly.

Strangest case of amnesia I've heard of.



At 1:35 a.m., October 28, 2005, Blogger Gabe Thexton said...

...and he was, followed by a relentless chant of "Bertuzzi Sucks" at the end of the game.

Now what remains to be seen is how much more of it he will have to endure on Saturday at the Pepsi Center, and for how long into the future it will continue.

At 4:25 a.m., October 28, 2005, Blogger TJW said...

It will continue for as long as Bertuzzi is in the NHL. Even if he were to sign with the Avs. Up until this year, Avs fans would chant "Red Wings SUCK!!!" at a home game against Minnesota in October.

Avalanche fans are never going to let this go. He will always be booed. Brad May is still being booed and he's an Av now.

And you know what? He deserves every bit of it and then some.

At 2:02 p.m., October 29, 2005, Blogger Gabe Thexton said...

Agreed on all counts, and I'll be adding to the noise myself tonight at 'The Can'.

At 10:59 p.m., November 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bertuzzi deserves every bit of negative media, chaints, and reminders of what a heinous (and spineless) thing he did. he should not even be allowed to play in the NHL. This incident is an example of everything that is wrong with society today. Is anyone held accountable for anything anymore? If it wasn't for Andrei Nikolishin, Steve Moore may be dead, and what would we do with Bertuzzi then? Even then, sadly some morons would defend him. These people need to be destroyed too.


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