St. Louis Blues Style Slammed By Joke “Journalist” In Denver
The St. Louis Blues aren’t the NHL favorites. They don’t have the star power or the blitz that teams like the Colorado Avalanche or the Edmonton Oilers have.
You have something that these two teams don’t have. They have a Stanley Cup ring that isn’t old enough to be in high school if it were human.
Maybe the blues style isn’t for everyone. Even blues fans disagree on whether or not they like it.
Check all the social media feeds during a game and you will have people talking about how they love physicality, but you will also accuse the team of being boring. The blues don’t win by trying to excite the crowd, that much is true.
They’re nowhere near as boring as some of these New Jersey Devils teams when the neutral zone trap was all the rage. However, they won’t leave many teams in this league behind when it comes to a pure race.
That is not their strong point. However, referring to them as bullies or unskilled means misunderstanding the nuance of the game of hockey.
If everyone won like the Wayne Gretzky Oilers, there would be no balance. You might as well take part in the Olympics and expand the rink so there are next to no hits.
Hockey, especially the NHL, has yin and yang. For every team that wins by being purely offensive, there is a team that is ready to improve and win with a defensive style.
This is how the Blues won in 2019. They had enough talent to score goals, but they ground the teams to dust. Anyone who has watched this year’s Western Conference finals will remember the sight of a San Jose Sharks bank so exhausted they wondered if some had just left home.
That’s what the blues did. They weren’t out to deliberately hurt anyone the way someone like Tom Wilson could, but they would wear you down to the point where you can no longer walk.
Apparently, Mark Kiszla doesn’t understand such a thing, despite having covered the Denver sports scene for decades. However, I think it’s easy to indulge yourself with skills once you get used to having Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg, and all of these teams.
Denver Post columnist Kiszla had some strange things to say about the blues. Nothing that was said was too derogatory, but you wouldn’t expect it from a journalist, even if it was in a column.
The author of the Denver Post goes back to the naming
With every hit, Avs captain Gabe Landeskog landed on a Bozo’s cup in a blues sweater. The message has been struck home: don’t confuse pretty with weak. – Mark Kiszla, Denver Post
When discussing the fight between Brayden Schenn and the Avalanche captain, these were the wording Kiszla used. Even blues fans can’t really say that Schenn gave it to him, but “bozo”?
Schenn is a guy who goes out there and puts it on the line every night. Until a shortened season slowed him down that year, he was a consistent player with over 50 points. He wouldn’t slip into the top line of the Avs, but he’s the kind of player every Avalanche fan would want.
If you want to talk about the hit specifically, questioning it is no problem. If it wasn’t exactly knee-to-knee, it was pretty close. There is no such story at Schenn, unless you recall the deep story in which Schenn got into a fight with the avalanche a few years ago.
He plays with edge and grain. Blues fans see him with rose-colored glasses, but even a neutral would know he won’t hurt anyone. He went for a hit and the opponent’s displacement took it from a direct hit to one that affected the legs.
What ever. I know the deal. The job of a columnist is to generate reactions. If that response is weak, people have a real problem with it.
I have a problem with a supposed journalist speaking like anyone on the street could. It’s okay to have an opinion. When you’re writing on FanSided for a site like this or any of the sites, it’s more acceptable to look at it from a fan perspective and use looser language.
I just don’t think a contemporary newspaper writer should discuss things the way he did.
Just over 10 minutes into the opening round of this playoff series, St. Louis striker “Bozo” Brayden Schenn shot cheaply on the knee of avalanche star Mikko Rantanen when he started the attack.
Cheap shot is a bit much. If we admit it is questionable, interview a man who has only been suspended once.
But Mr. Schenn played this game long enough to know: That was a clown move, brother.
I don’t know why it bothers me, but this whole statement rubs me wrong. As a guy who went to school in journalism, even in a column, it’s not good for a supposed journalist to say something was a clown train and then call an athlete brother.
Kiszla continued his homerism. It’s funny that in today’s society we still resort to labels just to piss people off.
Skirmishes broke out on the last horn and the Blues tried again to harass the Avs. Colorado veteran Pierre-Edouard Bellemare got none of this and scolded the St. Louis intruders to return to the lost locker room.
But before the blues crawled back under the rocks, goalkeeper Jordan Binnington came over the entire length of the ice and pretended to want a piece of Avalanche counterpart Philipp Grubauer.
Binnington “can do what he wants,” said Landeskog. “He won’t come to us. He won’t come to Grubi. “
The student-nanny-nanny-poo-poo stunt pulled by Binnington was an insult to any goalkeeper who was actually brave enough to fist a message. We all used to remember that when Patrick Roy tried to fight, he didn’t back down.
Are you trying to punch the boys in burgundy and blue? And then not be man enough to drop your gloves and actually fight? What’s the matter with you, Mr. Binnington?
It’s a clown train, brother.
With the clown procession again, brother? Can we at least try to be original?
Did he actually see the end of this game, or did someone just tell him about it and write a flammable piece to stir people up? Anyone who watched the ending would know that Kiszla’s interpretation of Binnington’s actions doesn’t even come close to reality.
Binnington went down there to pick a fight, there is little doubt of that. He saw Grubauer beating his teammate and went downstairs to do business in typical hockey fashion.
If you think for a second that Binnington went down there and held me back by some NBA style, you’re kidding. Binnington intended to drop the gloves, but the officers would not let him through.
If we want to question people’s intentions, where was Grubauer in this video recording? Grubauer stands up for himself which is nothing wrong with, but the bottom line is that it’s easy to headlock a skater who isn’t expecting, especially when you have a teammate to help you out.
Grubauer wasn’t anywhere near Binnington when the Blues goalkeeper came to pick a fight. In Kiszla’s scenario, Grubauer may be the one who doesn’t live up to Roy’s memory of flying over the line to attack the enemy.
This should all be expected now. After further research, this is not the first time that Kiszla’s particular journalistic style has been questioned.
In 2010, Bleacher Report’s David Martin provoked Kiszla’s overzealous reaction to the Colorado Rockies being held by Todd Helton over a resurgent Jason Giambi.
This is normal columnist stuff, but Martin points out a few instances where Kiszla is basically showing that he doesn’t know his butt from a hole in the floor. Worse still, Martin remembered the story of Kiszla’s deviousness in 1998.
As the excitement continued with Mark McGwire using Andro, Kiszla rummaged through Dante Bichette’s locker. As Martin points out, this is not investigative journalism. It’s a scare.
Again, much of this boils down to approach and delivery instead of the message. There have been several writers or broadcasters who have questioned the blues talent and style even as they were on their way to the Stanley Cup, but they did so in a way that was legitimized.
This guy comes out as one of those fools who sit at the bar arguing with someone stupid enough to fall down next to him. His only legitimacy is that he has a forum.
People on the other side can say that I am doing the same. The difference is that people come to this site knowing they are going to get a fan’s opinion. As wonderful as this site is, and as great as FanSided is, even they will say they try to be different from places like the Denver Post or any newspaper.
In all fairness, maybe that’s good when we get this from “legitimate” news sites.