I Am Ashamed: The Awl Has a Hockey Column Before The L

02/19/2010 12:39 PM |

Sidney Crosby is fast
  • Sid the Kid turns pucks into gold.

I JUST CAN’T BELIEVE IT…. The Awl has started a hockey column. That’s right, the smart, funny, general-interest Gawker-alumni blog started by Choire Sicha and Alex Balk featured a piece yesterday by the blogger Copyranter, about Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. They would be hockey players.

For years here at The L (which, on and off, has employed a disproportionately large group of Canadians/hockey fans, myself falling into both those categories) we’ve joked about starting a really in-depth, hardcore-fans-only hockey column, just to see what it would be like to further alienate our readers. BUT WE NEVER HAD THE BALLS. (This is as close as we came.)

So this is really a pretty sad time for me, as I confront my cowardice, my hesitation, in the face of far bolder media elites who’ve seen fit to bring the fastest game on two feet to the cultured New York blogerati. I have failed my sport, my people, my country.

(The column itself, as to be expected, is written for the non-initiate and, in my opinion, conflates the difference in Crosby and Ovechkin’s personalities with the difference in their games, which isn’t as pronounced as the writer would have it. BUT THEN AGAIN I REALIZE MOST OF YOU DON’T CARE.)

2 Comment

  • how bout Sidney Crosby with his blood dripping lip like it was his Red Badge of Courage? Yes Sidney, the world is watching… And when some guy tried to knock out Hiller with one minute left in the third, shameless, and not even a penalty call, who was the ref? And on top of that Brodeur insulting the Swiss team in post game interview. You gonna get yours, Canadians. Go USA!

  • Johnny, I care. In fact, please give me some ideas for future columns, cause I’m kinda lost which way to go