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The All-Star Game Belonged To John Scott

from Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star,

Here’s the problem with sports movies: it’s very rare that it doesn’t work out. The first Rocky was a rare example of this, and it won Sylvester Stallone an Oscar nomination for screenwriting. But the art and arc of the sports film is in the mapping of the journey, the depth of the suffering, the unlikeliness of the rise, and the way the victory is depicted. Sports movies, like a lot of movies, have to trick us into caring. Because the happy ending is coming, and everybody knows.

John Scott was the king of hockey this weekend. It wouldn’t have mattered if Sidney Crosby was in Nashville, or Alexander Ovechkin, or Wayne Gretzky. He scored twice. He was the write-in MVP. He was carried around on the shoulders of far better players. As Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reported, Scott’s all-star helmet is headed for the Hall of Fame.

“You can’t write this stuff,” Scott told the members of the media assembled in the city the NHL sold in part to Boots Del Biaggio, the place Jim Balsillie tried to steal back to Canada. The NHL kept Nashville in Nashville, and rewarded it with an all-star game.


added 8:26am, from Ben Frederickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Sorry NHL, you don't get to claim this.

You tried to, of course, by shamelessly spewing tweets that celebrated John Scott's incredible All-Star Game on Sunday night in Nashville....

Everyone with a functioning brain knows better.

We know you never wanted the 33-year-old journeyman enforcer, one of the last of his kind, to appear before the 17,006 at Bridgestone Arena.

We know there is reason to believe you forced his trade, from Arizona to Montreal, and subsequent demotion to the St. John's (Newfoundland) IceCaps of the American Hockey League. And why? Because the man known for pushing people around refused to let you muscle him out of an All-Star honor that originated from a grassroots Internet effort by fans.


We know one of your officials tried to turn those precious daughters we saw Scott celebrate with Sunday night into some twisted guilt trip. The line, from one of your people to Scott, is right here for everyone to read in Scott's Players' Tribune article. "Do you think this is something your kids would be proud of?" Did that low blow apply to his wife, Danielle, who is pregnant with twins, too?

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