The Happy Recap: At the End of the Day, Avery’s Annoying Because He Stands Out


The Happy Recap, a phrase we stole from legendary Mets announcer Bob Murphy, is now a new daily (!) feature at Puck the Media, where we recap our day, and talk about a subject that we enjoy talking about, or just post a video that makes us laugh.  This one’s for us, but we hope you’ll enjoy it too.

You know, I never hear actual football fans complain about Terrell Owens.  I go to quite a few Giants and Jets games, and while obviously Owens is disliked because he’s a Cowboy.  But rarely do I hear talk that he’s “detrimental to the league” or “bad for the sport”.  Maybe I’m not hearing quite well enough, but football fans don’t really seem fazed by anything he does.

Which brings us to the question:  Why do we, the hockey fans, get so cheesed off when Sean Avery does anything?

The answer is simple:  Football fans expect less of their players.  When we have half the Cincinnati Bengals sitting in jail, it’s hard to get annoyed when T.O. does something stupid three times a week.  Hockey fans have been conditioned to expect better from the citizens who play the game.  This idea that hockey players are exactly that:  Normal citizens who like to play a game.

So, in the future, should we expect less of our athletes?  No, but we certainly shouldn’t expect more, considering that what Avery said, and the situation Derek Roy got himself into with Deadspin today (I’m not posting the link, as it’s a family blog).  Maybe they just aren’t normal guys who like to play a sport.  Maybe some of ’em are T.O.-style divas.

If Owens had said “sloppy seconds”, it wouldn’t have made headlines anywhere, unless he was talking Jessica Simpson.

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