I will admit that I was never much of a hockey player. In fact, I haven’t skated since badly breaking an ankle in High School (playing basketball). However, I have always thought that hockey players deserve a special place in tough-guy sports lore.
In last night’s Bruins game, a two-overtime 2-1 win for Boston, Center Gregory Campbell went to the ice to block a wicked haaaahhhd slap shot from Evgeny Malkin. The puck struck him in the side of the right shin, breaking Campbell’s leg. However, at the time the Bruins were a man down, with about 1:20 to go on the penalty, and Campbell struggled to his feet and continued to help as best he could, broken leg and all, for more than a minute of penalty killing. Hockey is a damned fine American sport. (Okay, so it’s Canadian, but let’s not quibble.)
So here’s my theory. The rise in popularity of soccer in this country is directly proportional to the decline in masculinity of the American male. What makes me say that? Besides the fact that soccer is the sport of socialists and commies? Let’s have a look at how soccer players react to injuries. None of what you will see below is a broken anything…. (though I think my favorite is the goalie at 1:24 who obviously has been shot, or perhaps the two at 1:44 who suffer simultaneous disfiguring injuries):
Need further proof? You skeptics. Let’s do a side by side. David Beckham compared to Bobby Hull (w, and w/o T).
How about on the field of play?
A candid, perhaps?
My money’s on the Jet, my friends. He is in his mid-70s now, and could still lump some skulls.
Too many American boys are idolizing people like this Beckham guy. Delicate sorts who are celebrities rather than players. Not enough are willing to lose a few teeth, or skate on a broken leg, to WIN. Because we are all winners for trying, after all!
Hey! You sissy kids! Get off my lawn with that damned soccer ball! Don’t any of you own a REAL football?