Thursday, May 23, 2013

When Comments Go Wrong

These were Alfie's comments after a game 4 beating. You can just see in his eyes, and hear in his voice how disheartened he is while answering. The media and fans are making a big deal out of his comments. They're saying he's admitted defeat and has given up. I don't see it that way at all. He was being realistic.

He didn't say he wasn't going to play hard. He didn't say it was over. He didn't even say they had no chance. What he did say was that we probably wouldn't come back from a 3 games to 1 deficit against a powerhouse Pittsburgh Penguins team. And you know what? He's right.

The odds are certainly not in our favor. It's nearly impossible to come back from 3-1, even if you're the superior team, let alone a pesky overachieving bunch like us. But here's the thing, the media and fans are always going on about how they hate cliche, boring, robotic answers. They want the truth. But when Alfredsson did just that, everyone bitches and reams him out. He's simply stating, when asked I might add, what everyone is thinking. No need to kill him for it. It's a nice moment of honesty, in an otherwise usual world of lies.

If there's anyone who's ever put on an Ottawa Senators jersey that we can count on to never, ever give up, it's Daniel Alfredsson.