Roenick goes off - and couldn't be more wrong
In case you haven't already done so, please click on this link to read Jeremy Roenick's recent comments about the CBA negotiations and the future of hockey.
Now that you've done that, here are my thoughts:
I wish I could look like an idiot, get screwed over by my boss and be called names by the press and public. If having all that "hardship" still leads to my being a multi-milloinaire that can retire at 37 and never worry about money again...I'll take it in a heartbeat.
The players will never get it, at least not the ones like JR that have made millions for so long that they've forgotten what it's like to live check-to-check and to not be able to afford everything your little heart desires. When's the last time anyone reading this played golf at a private club for free? Never? Yeah, me either. Yet that's precisely where JR was and that's precisely what he was doing when he went off on this tirade.
To say the players are getting screwed in this new CBA is like saying the drummer for Coldplay is getting screwed because he gets the last pick of the groupies. In both cases, you're still getting what the average Joe, and the people that ultimately pay your salary, can only dream of getting. Be thankful that you never have to worry about where your next meal is coming from, whether or not there will be a roof over your head that night or whether or not you will be able to afford the medicine for your family. Take a step back and realize just how badly some people in this country, not to mention the rest of the world, have it and shut the f*ck up about having to "settle" for a $38 million cap on a 25 man roster.
I like Roenick a lot and have always thought he was one of the good guys in the NHL. I still do. But these comments, no matter who makes them, irritate me.