Friday, March 20, 2009
Why No Outrage Over Ovechkin's Celebration?
Congrats to Alexander Ovechkin and his 50th goal of the season. But did you see the celebration afterwards?
I'm fine with it, but why doesn't anyone complain about it? If Terrell Owens or Chad Johnson score a TD and did that, there would be people crying about it. If a baseball player hit a home run, placed his bat down and did the same thing Ovechkin did, there would be a riot on the field.
Again, I am fine with it. These are professional sports. These guys get paid to do what they do. This isn't the NCAA where these are just kids trying their best. I don't want to see that in this NCAA tournament. But pro sports is full blown entertainment and, really, nothing more. I thought that the "hot stick" was funny just like I thought T.O.'s sharpie celebration was funny. If the opponents don't like it, they can express their feelings on the next play. T.O. may get a shot the next time he's on the field. The baseball player may get one high and tight in his next at-bat. In the NHL, well they have all kinds of ways of policing themselves.
The point is that these aren't apples and oranges. It isn't cool in the NHL and not in the NFL. Well, it is but it shouldn't be.