After over two decades of hockey, it stands to reason that a person’s observations about the game are a little more informed than the average joe. That in mind, Mark Recchi is going to get a special kind of respect when he speaks.
Maybe he shouldn’t? Here’s Recchi from a Boston radio interview last week:
“(In) 22 years they are the most arrogant team I played against and the most hated team I’ve ever played against…I couldn’t believe their antics, their falling and diving. It was very frustrating, but at the same time as the series wore on we knew we were getting to them and we knew our physical play and our skating, I think it caught them off guard a little bit.”
My first thought: if the media looks to Recchi for wisdom, and Recchi draws his wisdom from their lazy narratives, well, the blind have led the blind.
My second thought: holy superlatives, Batman. The most arrogant team? The most hated team I’ve ever played against? Clearly, the man isn’t afraid to exaggerate. Don’t ask him what he saw on Mulberry Street unless you have all day.
What’s Recchi’s deal, anyway?
I mean, he’s old, so it could be an early sign of senility, and he was born in the sixties, so he could simply have a little too much hippie DNA, maybe? But I’ll tell you what I think it is.
I think Recchi is one of those cynical self-loathing types that hates people who do good. You know the kind. They argue that all acts of human decency are basically selfish so they find, like, soup kitchen workers holier-than-thou; they think it’s sexist to hold the door for a woman so they refuse to do it; they think they know more than doctors, who flaunt book smarts and obfuscate the truth.
Actually, on that last one, remember Max Pacioretty’s injury? Here’s Recchi again:
The concussion was really a non factor, maybe he felt it for a day or two. They were trying to get Zdeno (Chara) suspended, and they embellished it a little bit. They were doing what they could to get him suspended.”
Uh huh. What’s Recchi’s basis for proffering a second opinion on the medical diagnosis, again?
It’s that NHL veteran status. Later in the interview, Recchi would say that he had been checked into a stanchion 40 times in his career.
Which should explain it. Maybe spending 22 years in the NHL doesn’t always make you smarter. We can probably ignore Mark Recchi.
That said, rather than dismiss Recchi’s words outright, the best thing to do in these cases is always to take them to Kevin Bieksa for a one-liner. Thankfully, Jason Botchford did exactly that. Juice, on Recchi:
Isn’t he retired? What’s he doing? Tell him to go play a round of golf or take a nap. Why is he chirping us?”
Excellent.Tags: Bruins, recchi, snark