Just some news and notes for your Saturday:
Pat Kaleta got a two-game suspension for his hit in yesterday afternoon’s shindig with the Flyers. I think what I said about Ovechkin’s hit from Thursday applies to Kaleta’s hit from yesterday: a penalty, yes, but no suspension. I’m not a fan of “making an example of…” anyone, but clearly the league is not a fan of Kaleta.
Here’s the truth: Kaleta has a reputation, and therefore he gets suspended. Saying Ovechkin doesn’t have a reputation is wrong: he does, but he’s the best player in the game. He’s just not going to miss games for hitting role players, no matter what the result.
It’s the “Wheel of Justice” theory and it sucks. It’s wrong. It needs to be fixed and it won’t. We’ve said it since Kaleta came into the league: sooner or later he will get a reputation for what he does. Whether it is hitting, turtling, or fighting; Kaleta will be known for it and we will have to deal with what comes.
Consider this the first blow.
In a completely unrelated tangent, J.P. Losman is a champion. I had no idea that the UFL season had ended, but i does give me a chance to post that photo. Congrats J.P.. I think.