By Tim Baffoe-

(CBS) — Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook unleashed a dirty hit Saturday on David Backes of the St. Louis in Game 2 of their playoff series. Backes was defenseless, and his head was targeted, making the hit not only cheap but dangerous. Furthermore, the resulting penalty put Chicago at a man disadvantage and led to St. Louis scoring with just 6.4 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, where it would soon score for a 4-3 win and 2-0 series lead.

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The hit was not cool, and fortunately most Blackhawks fans didn’t endorse it, even against a team so hated as the Blues. It didn’t motivate the team or rally them or do any of the other archaic mythical things violence in hockey supposedly does for some people. Instead, it worked only to hurt the Blackhawks immediately and hockey as a whole in the long run by continuing to give it a reputation as a goonish game which it so often is not.

Seabrook is now suspended the next three games for his dumbassery, as he should be, even if we are to believe him when he says he thought Backes had the puck. Still, of course, there’s a segment of society that is permanently concussed and doesn’t understand why Seabrook has been disciplined at all and even endorses the hit. So let us walk into the valley of the shadow of idiocy so that we might point and laugh, shall we?

Head injuries in sports aren’t beautiful. They’re awful, in fact, and the NHL PR department is trying to overcome steakbrains who enjoy seeing other people have their lifespans compromised.

#greattweet #muchsports #veryhockey

Think I may have found you a special life partner right above you, ma’am.

I in no way condone sticks to the junk (nor do I think it’s smart to defend that garbage or publicly wish for more nut shots because of some warped misandry). And besides your bad double entendre, $5,000 for Lucic’s cowardice is too little for my taste. Thing is, he posed no threat to the livelihood of another player, so there is really no comparison. Now go work on better sophomoric jokes.

“And the angel answered and said unto the women, ‘Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Seabrook, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is suspended, as he said. Come, see the place where the Blues lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is prevented from the games; and, behold, he goeth before you into Alsip; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.’ And they departed quickly from the rink with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his shirseys word. And as they went to tell his Griswold jerseys, behold, Seabrook met them, saying, ‘All hail.’ And they came and held him by the skates, and worshipped him. Then said Seabrook unto them, ‘Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Elmwood Park, and there shall they see my autograph. And trade Crawford.’” – Matthew 28: 5-10

Can we every really know, man? Can any of us truly ever be suspended? Or what if we’re all always in some state of suspension, like, cosmically? Have you ever looked at the eye on the dollar bill?

Toews missed the final six games of the regular season because of a hit he took.

Brooks Orpik did not leave his feet, nor did he target Toews’ head. This isn’t difficult.


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Keith, by the way, may have mocked the clearly injured Backes by saying “wakey, wakey” afterward, which is cute.

Right? I’m all for random violence against people I don’t like, and I should be able to enact pain on others I don’t care for without punishment. That’s just basic logic in a civilized society. Step into my shed of medieval lawn tools, please, Skip Bayless …

Clean to the neck and skull. Why aren’t we suspending barbers then? They’ve had it far to easy, if you ask me.

So not a hitter with a .669 OPS then.

Player safety : softness :: using leeches to balance the humors : toughness

That one’s presented without comment.

First they came for the physical aspect, and I did not speak out because…


Any thought as to why that opinion is unpopular, iconoclast?

No, the guy above you with the always creative “not” before his name in his Twitter handle has your back, bruh.

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