Alright, so I’m
sure most of you are aware that Wade Belak was found dead in his condo this
most Canadians should know who he is, for you yanks he is an ex NHL tough guy, played for Quebec back in the day, then the leafs, before being traded to Florida and then on to Nashville.
the 3rd under 35 year old NHLer to pass away in the past 4 months. Prompting
the question, what the fuck is up?
I’m not a hockey analyst, i don’t know Wade personally, i have no affiliation with the NHL, but i do have common sense.
Obviously when things like this happen, people are extremely quick to point fingers, place blame, come up with theories, and generally just analyze things in which they have no fuckin clue what they're talking about.
first, fighting. Everyone is quick to blame fighting. Regardless of how much
certain people want rid of it in the NHL,
it will never happen, and shouldn’t. You think fighting is bad? Wait till there
is no fighting. no fights = more head checks, hits from behind, cheap shots etc
then you’ll know what to do with. I would rather see two players go toe to toe
to settle their differences then watch seriously talented players *cough,
crosby* have their careers cut short. If you commit a play that is in violation
of the rules, you either get penalized, or you get the shit kicked out of you.
This IS how the NHL works, it has
ALWAYS been how the NHL works. the
players accept it, the coaches except it, the idiot fans with no mind for
hockey want rid of it. Fuck, this is how normal people in normal society works.
I am yet to meet a dude that wouldn’t punch me right in the fuckin snoz for
walking up to his gf and just grabbing her titties. Its human nature.
Then people talk about the effects of fighting. Does getting knocked in the melon have long term effects on your brain? In some cases, sure it does. Its the same way that some soldiers experience post-traumatic stress disorder, some garbage men have sore backs, i sit hunched over at a desk all fuckin day, my old man has lost all his hair from wearing a hard hat, miners breath in shit dust all day etc etc etc. Players know the potential effects of fighting, but still fight. Soldiers know the potential mental effects warfare can play on your mind, but still enlist. I know cigarettes are bad for me, but i still smoke a pack a week. Ultimately engaging in a fight is the players decision. leave it at that.
Drugs, where to even start on this one. Of course some players do drugs. Thats what happens when you have more money than god himself. You can ball out 24/7 and there are always people down to get awesome with you. thats the way she goes. you’re a professional athlete/celeb. if you can’t keep your shit under wraps and lay off the hard stuff, then you dont deserve the kazillion dollar paycheque. Being able to keep yourself in control is what separates the gretsky's from the fluery's. if i get all high as fuck and jump of a bridge, no one gives a shit. if a pro athlete gets all high and does retarded shit, now all of a sudden there is a problem with the NHL? come on. Much like fighting, players choose to take part in these activities. no one forces them too.
and, depression. It has been confirmed Wade commit suicide. Many ex players have been quoted in interviews or sent tweets stating they understand Wade, and that they are also depressed, and once you stop playing your out of the limelight and it fucks with your head. and pounding on people fucks with your head, and their all just pieces of meat and bla bla etc. Now obviously i dont know what its like to play in the NHL. i dont know what its like to be a superstar one day and a nobody the next. I dont know what its like to be able to buy whatever the fuck you could imagine one day, to living a normal ass life the next. But i do know what its like to live a normal ass life. This is not a knock at Wade, or any other player, or any person that suffers from depression period. But at least at some point in your life you HAD the limelight. I would guess 99% of people in this world will never experience that. we all wake up, go to our jobs, come home, eat, go to bed, repeat. every day. barely pay the bills, just fuckin struggling through life, but making the most of it while were here. and YOURE depressed?? i would give my left nut to play in the show, make your cash, fuck your woman, live your life, for just a day! ya you dont have the spotlight on you anymore, but dude, you retired at 35. ill be lucky if im outta my job at 60. I cant wrap my head around this depression thing. Players should be proud they were good enough to play professional hockey in the first place, not sad that they dont play anymore.
i guess what im trying to say, is a few things.
one, to the
fans of the NHL, mind your own fucking business. Fighting doesn’t effect you,
so why do you care if there is or is not fighting? Tie Domi never showed up at
your work and told you how to do your job, so dont tell him how to do his.
two, drugs. im all for a little dabble here and there. but moderation is key. Especially if you’re a pro. Keep your shit in check, party, but dont party too hardy.
three, depression. think you have it bad? there is always someone out there that has it worse. think about the positives in your life and they joy you have brought to others, it could always always always be worse.
RIP Wade. its a damn shame. you were classy, intelligent, funny, and talented. all characterises that many people admired and looked up to.