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Kara Yorio:  Fine, Suspension, Torches for Torres

It wasn't my jaw rocked by a shoulder from Raffi Torres. It wasn't my face bounced off the ice without restraint. And it wasn't my forehead zippered with 30 stitches. So, I find it a little difficult to sit here and tell you without reservation that the hit on Jason Williams last Wednesday was clean. But that hasn't stopped Kara Yorio from leading the witch hunt in the other direction. Actually, she's not leading it. She's prolonging it as she waited for as many people, big names, as possible to chime in with their opinions. Now that a week has passed, and Bobby Orr has spoken, Yorio has finally decided it's time to form an opinion.
It's attempt to injure. Any hit like that is going to injure. Orr is right -- whatever it is that hits the head needs to be a penalty. From there, maybe guys will care to keep themselves and their elbows and shoulders and sticks down.

She has to be right.  She works for the Sporting News.  I mean, that qualifies her right there doesn’t it?  Aside from reading Orr’s comments, I’m certain Kara took the time to speak with Williams, with Torres, with players who were there, with coaches who have all said it was clean, with the officials who determined it was clean, with league executives who are so paranoid about public perception that even the slightest hint of dirty play is punished.

She must have right?  Absolutely before she flipped off her shoes, cracked her knuckles and twisted out ten or twelve sentences indicting Raffi Torres based on the one time she watched the clip six days after it happened.

Attempt to injure.  Attempt to maim, to harm, to disable.  Attempt to knock unconscious. An attempt to provoke a concussion.  That’s what she’s claiming, based on Orr’s comments. 

Kara Yorio is Freudian.  She’s Jung.  She’s Dr. Phil.  She has abilities to read a young kid’s psyche, nod her head and say with all certainty, “he attempted to injure that player.”  All without speaking to him. 

I’m a Wing fan and the moment Torres hit Williams here’s what I thought.  “He drilled him.”  Then, “this game’s going to get violent.”  Then, “I hope he’s ok.” At no time, watching replay after replay did I ever consider it a dirty hit.  Dammit. It was a hockey hit.  It was part of the game we love. A scary part, yes.  Obviously it’s unfortunate Williams was hurt.  But that kind of intensity is what we expect to see. And if we don’t, we bitch about it.

But not Kara.  No, no.  She knows what she saw six days later.  And, by god, she’s seen enough.

If the hit on Williams and the many others we’ve seen this season was part of the game—as old-school apologists suggest—I want no part of this game.

Well, alright.  It’s been nice, and I know you’ll miss writing about hockey once a week.  But…see ya.

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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com