Give Cox Some Credit

I know some folks weren’t happy with his article yesterday on Pogge.  To be honest, I didn’t think it was that bad.  The real onus is on Pogge to perform.  The reality is, at least in my mind, Brian Burke has no choice but to keep the guy around.  He is too young to give up on.  Does that mean he should keep getting nhl bites?  I am not convinced that giving undeserving youth added shots is a good idea, but hey I am neither the GM nor the coach.  Cox’s column was better then a certain beat writer who doesn’t watch hockey, I can tell you that.  His post was pointless.

I give Cox credit though for his post today.  I haven’t seen anyone else make much, if any sense out of the whole fake twitter accounts and Cox does a good job admitting what he doesn’t know, not looking like an ass in doing so and getting a great quote from the real Brian Burke:  “”But there has to be a degree of responsibility on the Internet. If someone’s going to try and impersonate Brian Burke, I’m going to sue his ass.”

I also liked Damien approach with Don Depends, I mean Cherry. Damien took it on the chin a little bit from Grapes on Saturday night, and was man enough to put it on his blog and come back a retort I can actually respect:

“All I can say is I haven’t made a dime off pushing the notion that fighting has no place in hockey. Wonder how much he’s made off the Rock ‘Em, Sock “Em hockey video collection? And given that most hockey fans apparently want fighting in the game still, doesn’t that make him by definition a purveyor of political correctness?”

It’s a good point and one that isn’t made enough.  Funny how Grapes attempts to be the good spokesman, talking to the kids all the time, yet he is the one who is selling all the videos.  The most vocal opponent to any sanctioning of fighting in hockey is the one guy who would seem to lose (not loose) the most.  It’s a good point Damien.  I really hadn’t thought of it before.

In case you missed Depends Corner here it is:

Damien’s blog can be found here

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Down Goes Brown
March 30, 2009 2:35 pm

I disagree. I wasn’t a big fan of Burke’s quote about suing people.

March 30, 2009 3:02 pm

Cox was way out of line, Pogge has less than a dozen pro games under his belt and he’s throwing this kid overboard, c’mon, give me a break. Anyone who watches hockey knows that the Leafs didn’t show up for at least 3 of Pogge’s games. I am not making excuses for the kid, yes he will have to improve his play, earn his spot, and all that, but Cox (and many Leaf fans) was just way too harsh on Pogge. The kid is 22 playing behind a rather young, underskilled team.

March 30, 2009 5:38 pm

I don’t think he was too hard on Pogge. Pogge has performed well below expectations so far. As for the leafs not showing up, how does that have anything to do with him sitting deep in his net and giving up softies? Sure if most of the goals were cross-crease passes to an uncovered man then I would fault the team more but the majority of the goals I’ve seen Pogge let in were stoppable by any good goaltender in the league.

He hasn’t exactly been setting the league on fire with the Marlies either so what is his excuse there?

Bottom line – the future looks pretty bleak for Pogge right now. Sure he could perform a miraculous turnaround but the odds are stacked against him.

March 30, 2009 6:42 pm

I like that Cox is finally making his blog more blog like instead of just another dumping ground for 500 words. Adding multimedia and wading into the comments is a good start, hopefully he’ll eventually turn the comments into a dialogue instead of cherry picking retorts.

As for his take on Pogge, it’s a bit of a straw man. Pogge getting another taste of the bigs has nothing to do with deserving/not deserving and everything to do with Gerber being suspended and Cujo not being a viable alternative.

No harm in giving Pogge another year in the AHL. The cupboard is so bare, it’s not like Pogge’s taking development minutes away from another prospect.

Pension Plan Puppets
March 30, 2009 8:54 pm

Rock ’em Sock ’em highlight the best of every part of hockey. If they eliminated fighting the videos would still get made because there would still be huge hits, big goals, great saves, and funny bloopers.

Meanwhile, Damien Cox gets hits and readers because he is a contrarian. What is he most adamant about when he is looking to go against the grain? Fighting. To pretend that he hasn’t made a dime off of it is BS. No, he doesn’t sell “Namby Pamby” hockey videos devoid of any physical confrontation but he gets paid in part because of his stance on fighting.

it’s a bit of a straw man.

When aren’t they?

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