The Malik Report
by George Malik on 05/30/13 at 12:00 AM ET
I don't want to take away from the quick take as the place I hope you feel safest to vent regarding the Red Wings' Game 7 loss...
But I'm very angry. Very angry with the media that I've tried to respect while serving as a complimentary voice to objectivity.
I feel like Sarah *#$%@& Palin on Fox News, a tinfoil-hat wearing nut-job for saying this to some extent...But I feel that it must be said from a subjective Red Wings fan who pretends to be a professional blogger.
The "objective" hockey media's take as to who "deserved" to win Game 7 is utterly disgusting. The Walkom call, they've decided, wasn't "fair" (any more or less "fair" than any other of the utterly amazingly stupid calls) amidst a series of "great non-calls" that would theoretically be penalties if there was any sort of consistency in refereeing...
And as such, they are cheering the Blackhawks' win, they are saying that it is only right, that it is only what the Hockey Gods wanted, and that it would not have been "right" or "fair" if the Red Wings had won.
Because the Stalberg call was "brave," lest we forget, and the Shaw slew-foot on Filppula, well, that happens, and the boarding/roughing on Nyquist during the play that led to the series-winning goal, well, that's a referee's discretion.
What the *#$%@&? Seriously, what the *#$%@&? And why do they have the *#$%@& gall to laugh at Wings fans, suggesting that the tinfoil-hat-wearers MUST NEVER COMPLAIN AGAIN BECAUSE THEY GOT THE BEST NON-CALL EVER?
Objectivity my ass. My big fat dimpled ass. My professionalism's gone out the window during this series, but tonight, the same appears to be true for the rest of the smarter, more polished types who insist that they see the game as it really is.
Apparently there's only one way to see it. That Chicago was vindicated. Because "fans"--the people whose clicks and page reads pay the salary of the people who cover the game and "the story" for a living--don't know well enough on their own.
I've worked very hard to tell people what I think and then get out of the way, assuming that what I think and my observations are not the be-all-end-all, and that readers end up driving the conversation. Maybe I've got it wrong.
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