Why athletes hate everyone


Why athletes hate everyone

By Jon Fucile

Media and fans alike love to complain about professional athletes not giving them enough interviews, sound bytes, information or funny, funny jokes. They refuse to try to look at things from the athletes perspective.

Picture this scenario: You just spent a long day in your cube playing Minesweeper and pretending to work while keeping a random Excel spreadsheet open on your computer desktop so you look busy. At the end of the day you get your things and head out to your car to go home.

On your way out a bunch of people are waiting for you with microphones to ask you the SAME EXACT questions theyve asked you for the past two million days. Understandably, you will likely give these folks some attitude on occasion.

That was Tom Bradys day Wednesday. Back in January, New York Jets sperm bank Antonio Cromartie took some time away from learning his childrens names to say some naughty things about Brady.

Cromartie recently confirmed he still thinks Tom is a smelly poop head. At his weekly press conference, a reporter asked Brady how he felt about the comments. Brady let the crowd know he didnt care and tried to move on.

However, reporters kept hounding Brady about Cromartie. Brady continued to say he didnt care and reporters STILL kept asking the same question and then, for some reason, were shocked and appalled when he cut his media session short.

Brady was out walking his Welker and reporters chased him down. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT CROMARTIES COMMENTS!?

Brady was at home in his bed, spooning his mistress while his wife was off pretending to be a model. Reporters snuck into his bedroom. TOM! TOM! CAN I ASK YOU ABOUT CROMARTIE!?

Brady was trying to take a shower and relax but reporters continued to hound him there. TOM! I NOTICED YOURE USING DIFFERENT SOAP! IS THAT BECAUSE CROMARTIE UPSET YOU!?

Then Brady snapped. After answering the same question 2,385,965 times and telling reporters he didnt care in every language known to man, Brady had enough.

And what is the story the next day? Is it about how annoying reporters were? Is it about how they refused to ask a different question despite Bradys clear answer? No, those details are left out. The only story is about how much of a jerk Brady is.

But maybe if you didnt ask the same silly questions over and over and OVER youd get better responses from athletes. Hopefully Brady follows them around asking how they felt about him leaving the podium early.

Friday, Dec. 9: John Scott calls it quits

Friday, Dec. 9: John Scott calls it quits

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while digging the Spider-Man trailer that dropped last night. 

*John Scott has finally called it a day and announced his retirement, and apparently there’s a book of his memoirs also coming out too. I’m predicting it’s not headed for the New York Times best seller list. 

*Winter Olympics participation and the CBA negotiations for the NHL are starting to merge into giant issue.  

*Connor McDavid calls the Flyers' Brandon Manning classless for telling him on the ice that he purposefully tried to hurt him last season. Some players might also take issue with McDavid making public what another player said to him on the ice. That’s kind of a no-no for most hockey players and breaks an unwritten rule that McDavid might think he’s above given his star status. This whole thing isn’t a good look for anybody. 

*Kevin Stevens pleads guilty to federal drug charges in what’s become a pretty sad situation for the former NHL star. 

*New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is beginning to raise questions with his play, and his massive price tag. 

*Youngsters Zach Weresnki and Dylan Larkin took similar paths to the NHL, and are both considered part of the talented young generation full of hockey stars. 

*PHT writer Joey Alfieri has Carey Price taking a nutty on Kyle Palmieri after the player crashed into his crease last night. Price is being celebrated for sticking up for himself, but if another goalie did that to a Habs player at the Bell Centre, there would already be a warrant out for his arrest. Play it both ways, Montreal!  

*For something completely different: here’s the aforementioned new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer that looks pretty darn good. 


Two more Pastrnak goals pull him into tie for NHL lead with Crosby

Two more Pastrnak goals pull him into tie for NHL lead with Crosby

BOSTON – While the loss to the Avalanche on Thursday night was a monumental dud, it put another dazzling display on the hockey resume of David Pastrnak. 

The 20-year-old star right winger scored two more goals in the 4-2 loss at TD Garden and nearly brought the Bruins back into the game by himself before another defensive breakdown at the end of the second period doomed them. 

Instead, Pastrnak had to settle with being the proud owner of 18 goals scored in 23 games that places him in a tie with NHL superstar Sidney Crosby for the NHL lead in goals. 

The goals also showed his wide range of lethal offensive skills. On the first score, he just broke away from the Avalanche defense and managed to bury a second-effort breakaway chance after a nice Tim Schaller stretch pass off the boards. The second goal was a straight one-timer bomb from the high slot off a slick setup pass from Brad Marchand in the corner, and it had the Bruins right back into the mix after a dreadful first period. 

It wasn’t enough when the B’s defense faltered again toward the end of the second period, but it was enough for everybody to be singing Pastrnak’s praises once again following the loss. 

“He’s a game changer. The momentum is going the other way, and he has the ability to break away on any given shift and score a big goal for us. He did that tonight,” said Torey Krug. “We can’t just keep relying on the same guys to score goals. We’ve got to come up with secondary offense, and I know every other guy wants to do that. 

“Now it’s about showing that on the ice and making sure we’re doing the work and getting better and proving to ourselves. But Pasta [David Pastrnak] has been great for us so far, and we’re obviously lucky to have him.”

The 18 goals barely two months into the season are not too shabby for a kid, in his third NHL season, who just now coming into his own. He’s nearly halfway to 40 before Christmas. For Pastrnak, however, it’s about the team result and he wasn’t overly satisfied with his two goals in a losing effort. 

“I’ve said before the season that our goal is to make the playoffs and to have that experience and have the chance to win the Stanley Cup. I’m still focusing on that,” said Pastrnak, who has yet to experience the Stanley Cup playoffs in his two-plus seasons with the Black and Gold. “We have zero points from tonight’s game and we have to move on. I think our game gets better in the second and third periods, you know, and we have to regroup and get ready for Saturday’s game.”

The Bruins will undoubtedly regroup and once again count on another Pastrnak offensive explosion to help lead the way in what’s become a truly spectacular season for the youngster.