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What Will Bettman Do?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

So how are Gary Bettman and his NHL hockey operations personnel going to explain to children what James Wisniewski mouthed and gestured at Sean Avery on the ice during the first period of this afternoon’s match at the Coliseum?

Wisniewski repeatedly made signals unmistakably relating to oral sex with 5:09 remaining in the first period of today’s 6-4 Islanders’ victory over the Rangers at the Coliseum after Avery drove to the net and semi-sprayed Rick DiPietro.

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Mike from Austin's avatar

He said it on the ice.  Leave it alone. 

All the kids were at school anyways.

Posted by Mike from Austin on 10/11/10 at 10:55 PM ET

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All the kids were at school anyways.

Very few kids, if any, had school today in the US and Canada. It’s Columbus Day in the US today and Thanksgiving in Canada. That’s why the game was earlier in the day than it would normally be on a Monday.

Posted by Susan on 10/11/10 at 11:27 PM ET

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Wrong. Quite a few kids had school today. Growing up (I’m in the mid-twenties), we never had Columbus Day off.

Posted by mrfluffy from Long Beach on 10/11/10 at 11:30 PM ET

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Very few kids, if any, had school today in the US and Canada.

But even fewer people in general would have been watching an Islanders game..

Posted by Garth on 10/11/10 at 11:33 PM ET

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Way more kids probably had the day off than had school today. I’m also from the mid-west, I’ve never had school on Columbus Day until I was in college. I doubt New York and St. Louis would have had afternoon games if the majority of the students in the area were going to be in school.

Posted by Susan on 10/11/10 at 11:36 PM ET

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But even fewer people in general would have been watching an Islanders game..

They were playing the Rangers. If it had been Islanders vs. Panthers or Thrashers then…

Posted by Susan on 10/11/10 at 11:38 PM ET

K24's avatar

Susan is correct.  Public school kids here in NY had the day off.

Posted by K24 from NYC on 10/11/10 at 11:48 PM ET

Rdwings28's avatar

Bettman of all people ought to be able to explain it most clearly.

Posted by Rdwings28 on 10/11/10 at 11:53 PM ET

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Very few kids, if any, had school today in the US and Canada. It’s Columbus Day in the US today and Thanksgiving in Canada. That’s why the game was earlier in the day than it would normally be on a Monday.

Posted by Susan on 10/11/10 at 09:27 PM ET

Absolutely incorrect, and yet another example of people not knowing anything outside of their little bubble of the world.

Schools in a few markets on the east coast had the day off.  The other 85% or so of the country still sent their kids to school today.  That’s why you don’t see any Blackhawks, Red Wings, Blues, Wild, etc…  matinée games for made-up holidays that only the east coast celebrates.

In cities outside the east coast, nothing shuts down for these quasi-“holidays”.  We actually, you know… still work.  And still send our kids to school.  And everything stays open.

If you want to say NY schools were off, fine.  Don’t try to paint it like anyone outside of Boston, NYC, and DC really cares about these made-up holidays (unless you work in gov’t).  Truth is most people outside of those markets probably didn’t even know it was anything other than another Monday.

Posted by Primis on 10/12/10 at 12:19 AM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Here’s a novel concept:  Instead of trying to police everything and everyone, why not let THE *#$%@& PARENTS take some responsibility for their children?  If the kids ask what that meant, hey, they’re some observant kids and deserve an explanation.  If they don’t ask, don’t make a big deal out of it.

On the same token:  So someone making a 5-second gesture that resembles oral sex during the heat of battle in a professional sporting event is worse than soap operas and “talk shows” filled with violence and innuendo that usually fill the same time slot?

Give me a *#$%@& break.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 10/12/10 at 12:48 AM ET

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mouthed and gestured

Hahahahahahahahahahahaha.

Posted by Flashtastick56 from Meriden, CT on 10/12/10 at 12:52 AM ET

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I don’t think I ever didn’t have school on Columbus Day. The only difference I ever noticed was no mail delivery; most local government offices were even open today.

It was a brief incident in the middle of a game on the ice that most fans probably weren’t paying attention to at that moment anyway. Most of the kids who were at the game completely missed it, I would be willing to bet.

Gary Bettman is a sports commissioner, not a freaking collective parent. Ignore it and let individual parents (of kids who noticed it at the game) decide how to address a rude gesture to an opposing player in the middle of a game.

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 10/12/10 at 12:55 AM ET

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I am a teacher in the states. We always have school on this so-called federal holiday.

Today was also national coming out day. Maybe Wiz could explain it from that perspective?

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 10/12/10 at 01:29 AM ET

Mike from Austin's avatar

Well, I had school today.  And that’s all that matters.

Posted by Mike from Austin on 10/12/10 at 01:51 AM ET

Mike from Austin's avatar

No wonder the bank was closed today.

Posted by Mike from Austin on 10/12/10 at 01:53 AM ET

Nathan's avatar

Here’s a novel concept:  Instead of trying to police everything and everyone, why not let THE *#$%@& PARENTS take some responsibility for their children?  If the kids ask what that meant, hey, they’re some observant kids and deserve an explanation.  If they don’t ask, don’t make a big deal out of it.

On the same token:  So someone making a 5-second gesture that resembles oral sex during the heat of battle in a professional sporting event is worse than soap operas and “talk shows” filled with violence and innuendo that usually fill the same time slot?

Give me a *#$%@& break.

Posted by RedMenace from The Train on 10/11/10 at 10:48 PM ET

+1000000000

He should be fined—you obviously don’t want your players running around acting like idiots. But people are making a mountain out of a mole-hill. It’s not Gary Bettman’s job, or James Wisniewski’s job, to raise the youth of America.

Parents, stop being lazy. This is an easy one to explain to your kids if they are asking about it. I’ll bet about six children even noticed it. Three of them probably thought nothing of it. Two probably already know what it is. Big deal.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 10/12/10 at 10:33 AM ET

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I agree there are way worse things on TV for “the kids” to see during the day, but I think people are missing the point.  If you get suspended for a “throat slashing” gesture in little gary’s league, then shouldn’t you get suspended for a “oral sex” gesture?  If one won’t be tolerated in the league that’s rarely on national TV then the other shouldn’t be either.

Posted by Dahrken from Grand Rapids, MI on 10/12/10 at 10:44 AM ET

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Seriously, the children? Any kid who can understand what he was doing, isn’t going to be offended, they’re going to laugh at it and then move on and forget it. Now if only some adults had the same sensibility. And any kid who didn’t know what he was doing MIGHT ask, and then you’d have to talk to your kid….Terrible I know.

Posted by Shawn on 10/12/10 at 11:46 AM ET

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Now if my kid reads the newspaper I need to explain oral sex to him! Thanks Larry for helping to corrupt the small segment of the population that still reads. I’d like a retraction from the NY Post or at least a warning on the newspaper’s cover saying inappropriate for children may contain graphic sexual content.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 10/12/10 at 02:04 PM ET

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