Brendan Shanahan: Obviously Biased but NHL Loves Him

For those of you who don’t know, Brendan Shanahan is the NHL’s justice king. Normally, that would be fine, except Brendan Shanahan was an NHL player. Brendan Shanahan has brought his thinly veiled biases from his time as a player into the role as league disciplinarian. We’ve known for a very long time Shanahan didn’t like Washington as a  player (he made disparaging comments about the team when they attempted to sign him).Which is why BSP has always HATED Shanahan. Of course, his role as Rangers hero has not endeared himself to BSP either.

Watch this enjoyable YouTube clip as Shanahan gets pummeled by Washington’s Donald Brashear:

See how the homer Rangers broadcasters drool over Shanahan’s “toughness” as he repeatedly contacts Brashear’s fists with various parts of his head? Well, that’s the same type of hero worship that got the guy his NHL job in the first place. So as a guy with a bit of an axe to grind, he suspends the notorious goon Nicklas Backstrom…who had just missed 40 games after a concussion…for one game after a weak play at the end of Washington’s 4-3 loss to Boston.

So I have to ask, why is this homer; this phony hero who gets his face batted about in that fight this POS in charge of dealing out league justice? God forbid it be a Ranger who suffered a mild cross-check; Backstrom would have been sentenced to death. No, POS does not mean “packet over SONET”…which is also a POS.

All while an adoring NHL sucks up to its hero.  Tranahan  has delivered a fatal blow to Washington’s playoff hopes.


Tranahan, you’re complete garbage.

That’s why the NHL is always going to be a third tier sport in the US. There has to be some UNBIASED person dealing out the justice in the league. Not just “wefoundthisguywhousedtobeaRangerthemedialoveshim”


About bittersportspills

I love sports. I don't love the hype, homerism, ratings talk, self-important egomaniacs, bias or any of the other nonsense you get with the national media. Nor will you get the two clowns on sports talk radio who stage phony arguments. It doesn't make it entertaining. It makes it time to turn on your iPod and jam instead of listening to white noise generators. This is the sports blog for you, the ones who don't like everything Los Angeles or New York. Just because the sporting media is based there doesn't mean we have to like their teams. We do treat them fairly, though. That means if one of those cities has an average QB who plays particularly well...we'll note it. If they're garbage, we'll say so. Instead of crying "why, why, why" like a certain sports media homer did in his radio broadcast. This isn't my job...I have a real one. Nevertheless, I'll post here when I make an observation. Common sense in sports is nearly dead. Now we're attempting to bring it back.
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