http://www.thestar.com/sports/hockey/nh ... a-bad-idea
“It’s crazy to compare what the emergency responders did during that time, but a spirit has to start somewhere,” MacLean said. “You can’t help but be struck by the players and the way they play these games. They are like police officers. They are like firefighters. You can’t fight fire with ego . . . The pain these men have faced. The price they keep on paying. The hearts they keep on lifting.”
Huge faux pas by MacLean, and he's paying for it big time.
But I like the writer's take:
"The people kicking MacLean this morning are savvy enough to lay back, raise an eyebrow sky-high in print and let amateurs do the real hatchet work in the comments sections and on Twitter. That’s how a character gets assassinated these days.
More importantly, it’s another excuse to prime the motor on the Outrage Machine. That thing’s running 24/7 these days.
Outrage is becoming the only fuel of the sports conversation — whether it’s Amar’e Stoudamire’s temper tantrum or John Tortorella’s monosyllablism or Cole Hamels’ comments about a message sent by baseball or Mike Rizzo’s comments about Hamels’ comments or . . . it just doesn’t end. And that’s only the last week.
We’re all sitting around waiting for someone to screw up in public, so that we can vent righteously. The size of the offence isn’t an issue any more. Whether it’s actually an offence — or, as I would suggest in this case, a badly misjudged comparison that reveals nothing of the writer’s character, and matters not in the least in the context of the real world — isn’t considered either.
All we need is a chance to get furious about something, anything. Indignation has become our default setting.
If we require something to be outraged about, we could start with why so many of us are so goddamn angry all the time.
Yeah so why are so many of you guys so ANGRY
Having asked that, I hope Ronald feels the ripping stab of every single pitchfork blade.