Tomas Hertl has made the entire NHL insane

Fired up Remenda calls out Oates for being critical of Hertl

Tomas Hertl has made the entire NHL insane
October 10, 2013, 9:00 pm
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Tomas Hertl scored four goals against the Rangers on Tuesday night, and it was the way he scored his fourth goal that got the league's attention. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

For a few moments last night, Wikipedia told us that the Oakland Athletics were owned by Justin Verlander, which of course they are. The minority owner, the real estate expert, is Game 5 of anything.

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Tomas Hertl has now made the entire NHL insane. The painful debate over whether he showboated for his fourth goal against the New York Rangers Tuesday night reached new heights . . . and depths . . . when Washington coach Adam Oates complained that it was over the top.

“I’m upset,” he told the Washington Post. “I was just talking to (Caps general manager) George [McPhee] and he said all the kids do that nowadays, which I understand. But would he have done it on his first goal? He hasn’t scored yet tonight and he gets a breakaway, is he going to do that on his breakaway? We’ll see. I think it was a little bit of a mood thing, which I’m sure they talked about, because they didn’t play him after that. I’m glad the coach did that because this league, it will bite you if you’re not sharp. Don’t disrespect the league. I’m sure it was a rookie mistake.”


Then Henrik Sedin, a Canuck, and Sharks head coach Todd McLellan, defended Hertl, old sports media types excoriated him, young ones lionized him, and most other players (other than Joe Thornton) kept their opinions to themselves.
And finally, there was Vancouver coach John Tortorella, who didn’t complain about it at all, saying simply he hadn’t seen it. That’s not the way we would have guessed this would play out.

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And speaking of death-defying moments, the Bakersfield Condors of the East Coast Hockey League (well, it’s east of Fiji, anyway) have embraced the feathered choir to the point of helping you, the eventually terminal fan, prepare for it. By giving away two burial plots at Historic Union Cemetery in Bakersfield. All you have to do is three things:

1.      Attend the January 21 game against the Utah Grizzlies, and be the one who wins the two holes.
2.      Be willing to be buried in Bakersfield.
3.      Not die before January 21.

Now that seems unfair. Having to watch the Utah Grizzlies?

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Every day in every way, the Washington Footbally Team Name Thing gets weirder and weirder, with the latest bit of shrapnel being Rick Reilly of ESPN accused BY HIS OWN FATHER-IN-LAW, a member of the Blackfeet tribe, of misquoting him in dismissing the controversy.

So all the letter-writing and the lobbyist-hiring, and the kneejerking kneejerkery has finally ached to denouement, thus we can boil this down to what this really is. It’s no such about racism as much as it about this:

Danny Snyder bought the team. Danny Snyder takes orders from nobody because he has money and you don’t and he doesn’t want to. It’s no more difficult to suss than that. Danny Snyder would do anything to anything to win his point, even if it’s a stupid point defended stupidly. He’s not listening to Rick Reilly’s father-in-law, or you, or you, or even you. You know who he’ll listen to? One of his fellow owners, who will convince him he won his point and now he can change the name anyway. Or convince him that he’s become a total ass even by his standards, and the other kids don’t like it and want to play with him at the billionaire meetings any more.

That might not work either, though, so we’ll at least have thing: DANNY SNYDER IS DANNY SNYDER, NOW AND FOREVER.

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And finally, baseball was good in Oakland while it lasted. Now we resume our Blue Ribbon Panel count, currently at 1,662 days.