Brief and to the Point …
>> I’m not one for name-calling, as longtime readers can attest. Never have been. So please understand I apply this term here only in the direct spirit of its official Webster definition: Mike Milbury is an idiot.
The definition is “showing foolishness or stupidity.” Decide for yourself …
He’s an idiot if that’s really him giving this interview to Philadelphia’s WIP Radio.
He’s an idiot if he thinks he can be viewed as a serious national analyst on NHL broadcasts after he assails one specific team for the benefit of momentary yucks from the other side.
He’s an idiot if he thinks he can accuse Dan Bylsma of wearing “a skirt” for not engaging Peter Laviolette between the benches Sunday, when Milbury’s most recent violent engagement in public involved being charged with assaulting a 12-year-old boy. Those charges were dropped for insufficient evidence, but employers have fired for less.
And he’s really an idiot if he thinks concussions are funny, as much of an idiot as the Philadelphia radio guys falling over themselves laughing when Milbury derisively described Sidney Crosby as coming back from his “35th concussion.” Those radio guys probably also thought it was a riot when Chris Pronger, the one-time MVP defenseman probably done because of a severe concussion, recently received an emotional standing ovation from the fans in Philly. Or maybe they all get a hoot out of hearing of the symptoms still suffered by Eric Lindros, Keith Primeau and so many other concussed athletes and ordinary people.
He’s an idiot, if you really want to go way back, for ever having insulted ‘Badger’ Bob Johnson, a man loved all through the hockey world. There’s gamesmanship, and then there’s just low class.
If all these conditions are true, it goes well past the point of opinion that Milbury’s an idiot.
Just look it up.
>> Milbury earns the brunt of the blame here, obviously, but how about the NHL for allowing this guy to be one of the most visible faces of the league?
Yes, NBC does the hiring, but every league has a very loud say in such things.
Imagine the NBA not protesting if Jim Gray had ever called Michael Jordan a “punk.” Or Fox not protesting if Cris Collinsworth had made fun of Peyton Manning’s neck injury over the past year.
The NHL wonders year after year what it must do to grow the game on television, but they do so very little to address it where it counts most.
>> The Penguins need to speak up about this. As I wrote back in the much-discussed #C column in January, they need to have their captain’s back in all circumstances.
>> How in the world can NBC have this guy be part of its broadcast team weekend?
>> I have a bunch of other stuff related to Steelers and Pirates, but I’ll save that for tomorrow.