Saturday, February 16, 2008

Another Great Quote Thanks to One of Bryan Murray's Orifices


So I'm a few days late on this one. Whoops. It's been a busy week, if you couldn't tell. But you've always got to wonder what's going through someone's mind when they say certain things. That leads me to announce to you that it's time for another look at the random spew that comes from Bryan Murray's mouth!

If you remember, the Sens and Canes made a trade last week. And in the wake that followed, well, Bryan Murray made it clear that he has something less than an affinity for Joe Corvo, one of the players involved in the deal. And yes, I'm talking about that Bryan Murray. The one who gave us a nice expletive laced tirade spring and will stomp out whiners at any cost.

“I don’t know whether it was the pressure or never having a life away from the building, but he felt that Joe would enjoy going to an American team,” Murray told the Ottawa Sun. “He wanted to play where there was less scrutiny. He just couldn’t handle the pressure here.

“People like to talk hockey here and they live hockey. They don’t talk (hockey) in Raleigh very much. He’ll probably thrive in that environment and I like guys who thrive under pressure.”

(This isn't the first time the Senators have played that somewhat-odd card. Ottawa coach John Paddock has repeatedly mentioned that Martin Gerber flourished in Carolina because "they only have one beat writer.")

I know, people say dumb things. American or Canadian, it really doesn't matter. Every race/nationality/breed of humans has some people that like to run their mouth. Idiocy does not discriminate. But what's the use of all this? There's no big rivalry between these teams. It's just some parting shots while Corvo gets on a plane to Carolina. Useless, useless and oh yeah, useless. Corvo at least had the mind to not get into a war of words with Murray.

“It’s hard to understand if you haven’t played in Canada,” Corvo said. “The media here at times can be completely ridiculous, the way they can take some of the stories that are nothing and make something out of them.”

Yup, that happens in cities all across the continent. From Tuscaloosa, Alabama where the only game in town is Crimson tide football to Ottawa, Ontario where the only game in town is the Sens. The media is ridiculous in both towns. The media can be ridiculous anywhere (Just ask John Ferguson Jr. or Alex Rodriguez.). There are ridiculous fans everywhere. Even in Raleigh.

That's why sports are popular. Because of the fanatics, whether that means media, fans or both. And yes Bryan, they do talk hockey in Raleigh. I've been there. I've seen it.


  1. Now, now. While it was pretty moronic to take parting shots like that, there is some truth to the differing media scrutiny point.

    In Canada, the papers are full of hockey, all the time. People know all of the players by sight everywhere they go.

    In a lot of US cities, the story about the hockey team's game the day before follows the off season NFL news and the spring training baseball results. The players can go about freely with no one recognizing them. It is a very different environment.

  2. I understand that. Hockey in Canada is very different than in many parts of the US. That's no secret. I got the feeling that Murray was somehow implying that makes Carolina less of a hockey team.

  3. It struck me as a pretty common Canadian attitude about the large portion of the NHL's USA cities that just aren't hockey towns.

  4. As a (the?) Thrashers fan it pains me to even say many cups has Ottawa won compared to Carolina? (yeah, I just puked in my mouth a little)

    BTW - you're welcome for the Isles victory tonight, how pathetic! 10 shots!!!

  5. J - Carolina has 1 cup. Ottawa has 8 cups. Go ahead, look it up )all the way back).