Is it any wonder?

So we lost in overtime, the Steelers celebrations were akin to winning game 7 of the Stanley Cup and I trudged out of the arena with the usual feeling of depression that only a defeat in the tin shed brings. So you think that’s it and we await until Christmas when the rivalry is renewed again, but it isn’t…

Unfortunately Steelers coach Ryan Finnerty shows what a classless chump he is yet again with today’s offering from the worlds best fish & chip wrapping, The Sheffield Star. After a shot at Panthers coach Corey Neilson, Finnerty then turns his attention on the Panthers fans with “Panthers fans? They love me so much I don’t want to say something bad about them! I have this vision of fans having a pint before and telling their buddies they are going to make such a difference to the game. They can’t wait to do it.” You then have to consider his outburst’s towards Panthers fans on Twitter after the game on Sunday, which included “the mutants are not very witty at the best of times.  Trust me it’s embarrassing having to read their tweets.” & “I had alot mutant love from Nottingham last week but don’t feel as loved tonight.”  Now, both fan bases have more than their fair share of numpties who will look at this sort of thing and think it’s OK to have a go at each other the next time we meet. If there is trouble at future games then Finnerty is going to have to take some responsibility for it with these outbursts. The rivalry is back to its best on the ice but it needs keeping out of the stands.

It also highlights the need for an independent governing body to administer the sport. These sort of outbursts are becoming all too common in British Hockey these days and all clubs are to blame. In any other sport there would have been several charges of bringing the game into disrepute, but the lack of an effective administrator prevents that. This could have been nipped in the bud long ago, but these things are allowed to be said and they escalate and they intensify and then there’s an incident. It has to stop and it has to stop now.

To look how it should be done, you only have to look at Steelers defenceman Rod Sarich. Now if any man has an excuse for a bitter outburst it’s him. A check left him with bleeding on his kidney which required an emergency operation in which some of the organ was removed  and he is likely to miss the rest of the season. Instead of whinging and whining, Sarich has put it down to a hockey incident and just got on with trying to recover. His coach could learn a lot from him and I’d like to wish him a full & speedy recovery.



5 Responses to “Is it any wonder?”

  1. 1 Andrea Cochrane (@_andiec) November 22, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    The whole players on twitter / social networks is very much a double edged sword. On one hand it is a useful tool for them to interact with fans of their own team and others, and pass on news etc – however as with forums you will have those who want to abuse players and we are seeing players respond more often than not. It’s also been used as a platform for players to openly criticise refs and insult opposition players, with no official comeback.

    As you say at what point do the clubs/ league step in and reign them in, with a personal twitter account, can they be reigned in if they do bring embarrassment or incite any kind of bad feeling between supporters?

    There have been many stories in the press relating to the more high profile sportsmen who have been fined & investigated for twitter comments is it time the league showed some professionalism and did the same?

  2. 2 Dan November 22, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    What about Danny Meyers celebrations? Looked like he thought he won a cup when he scored and he hadn’t even won a game.

    I would have thought the players celebrated like that partly because of who scored it too.

    • 3 The Cat's Whiskers November 22, 2011 at 9:01 pm

      What about them? He scored a goal and celebrated.
      To compare and contrast, look at how we celebrated when we won the play-off semi-final, very low key.
      Steelers scrape an OT victory to go 1 and 3 in the series and go OTT. Go figure!

  3. 4 prefer to stay anon. November 22, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    As a teacher in a special needs school I hear words like “mutant” almost daily when I am out in the community with my class. The taunts are mainly from teenage idiots who think they are big and clever. In some ways my children’s difficulties are a good thing as they don’t understand what it is that is being said to them but I still think how hurtful those word would be to them if they could.

    There are children out there who have been born different from their peers and have to hear words like that at school; these children may not have the “good” fortune to not understand what is being said, and I can’t help but think that for some of them, Ryan Finnerty took their save-haven, which is the hockey world, away from them.

    There are some things said about us panthers that are a generic term; not personal and words to which the real definition has long been forgotten (eh? Simmsey) these can be forgiven. However, I lost all respect for Finnerty on Sunday when I returned from the game and read his tweets.

    Shame on you Mr Finnerty, shame on you.

  4. 5 @Stattinho November 22, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    I have to say Jono that I disagree quite a bit with several points in this blog, and I can’t usually say that.

    Why so depressed? I mean, you got a point and still lead the season series 3-1. Depression seems to be an overreaction.

    But 3-1 represents the season series, not the league series. It could well be that those 2 victories in the CC get you a semi final against Belfast while we play Braehead. Who’s happier with that line up? It’s 1-1 (or 2pts-3pts) in league terms and that’s hardly embarrassing for us.

    After last year’s playoff semi you had another game to play the next day. It wasn’t time for celebrating, it was time to focus. We play our next league game in a fortnight, so the players could afford to be more exuberant. As for the fans celebrations, that was just like it was after every important win. Perhaps we just celebrate more than others after a win.

    Meyer’s goal celebration was just a copy of Jody Lehman’s in the playoffs a few years ago. Any fans who got upset with Jody should have been appalled that your captain celebrated like that too.

    Do a couple of tweets really bring the game into disrepute? It’s a strong word that I feel gets overused. He’s had a little dig at some people who’ve sent him personal abuse, I don’t think that’s worthy of a disrepute charge. Maybe ‘mutant’ wasn’t a great word to use but I really don’t have a problem with things like this.

    If Dave Simms had just said “Those guys down the road” rather than the word he chose to use last year then I’ve no problem with that either. If the language used is appropriate then I don’t see the problem.

    As for the type of incident it could bring about, if it is violence amongst the crowd then I’m sorry but that’s simply not Twitter’s fault. That’s a “She was asking for it” excuse and that’s never right.

    As for Finnerty’s comments about not getting on with Neilson in the Star, it’s nothing more or less than you get from boxers before a fight. Who’s accusing them of bringing boxing into disrepute? If a boxing crowd had a couple of scuffles would people be calling for boxers to only say nice things about each other in press conferences? No, they criticise the idiot minority for spoiling it for the rest of us.

    I’m sure there will be other Twitter based debates as the season goes on but for me, as long as the language used is ok, long may the tweeting banter continue.

    Plenty of things might bring the game into disrepute (like match fixing for example) but tweets and interviews like this really don’t.

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