Apparently, Gary Bettman said today that any official that "puts away his whistle" during the playoffs tonight will be sent home for the rest of the playoffs.
While fans of "letting the boys play" (like myself) might be temped to criticize the fine commissioner for these statements, I won't. In order for their to be any integrity in the league, you have to call the playoffs the way you call the regular season, at least on paper, and if his statements represent anything, it's at least a little extra press for the league. I mean, if it wasn't a PR move, why didn't he just pick up the phone? I'm pretty sure he's got the phone numbers of the officials. Honestly, it's only the player reps that he won't talk to. So he got a little PR, fine. What else was he supposed to do? Put a bounty on the head of Tim McCracken?
He's doing what he can.
Still, while I won't criticize Bettman for that, there are a few things that I will criticize him for, mainly almost completely ruining hockey, and having buttery little man tits.
Seriously, he looks like Michael Brown in a training bra.
OK, I admit it.
I'm an adult, and it's a little immature to make fun of a grown man's man-mams, but you know what's also immature? Deciding that when you don't get your way that you're taking your ball and going home, which I'm still pissed at Bettman about.
But not to worry, if there is one thing that hockey fans have gotten really, really good at over the past 22 months, it's looking at awesome old videotape. If you tune into the Wings/Oilers tonight and feel like they're just running a dance floor out there, watch this little gem between periods:
It'll buck you right up.