“I really, truly hope they’re enjoying this”
This shouldn’t take long.
Holding a grudge is an easy thing to do, and it may help to suffice any pain or anger felt toward a certain being. However, that stumps long-term development in making amends of a past situation, no matter how difficult it is, or was to accept.
Many fans dealt with this in real time unlike myself – that being Game 2 of the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals. Unfortunately, I’m somewhat thankful for not witnessing it. I’ve seen a few stingers, just free of one more. You know what happened, you know the momentum swing it sparked, and you may even blame it on the Kings demise in their series against the Montreal Canadians.
Am I opening an old wound?
Am I beating a dead horse?
At first glance, that’s all you may see. But, Marty McSorley‘s conference call on Sunday showed me something else, and it had nothing to do with his new-found explanation of the situation, which caught me off guard – shedding new light on one of hockey’s darkest moments after spending years putting up a guard whenever the question was asked.
Up until now, approaching McSorley in regards to his ‘illegal curve’ was seen as just that – illegal.
The former Kings enforcer shielded questions left and right about the incident until letting things come to fruition with the public Sunday, and I certainly didn’t see it as a cry for publicity, or for it to have any effect on the current team.
I saw it as a genuine time to calmly honor a question that’s been haunting Kings fans for 19 years, since the last time they were skating in the Stanley Cup Finals. He didn’t finger blame at certain individuals, he certainly didn’t deny being guilty, just some bewilderment and a bit of hostility to how, and why the situation happened.
I won’t see his words as true or false, but they do have a certain degree of believability to them. The dots do kind of flirt with connecting, especially considering when the Montreal Canadians decided to trigger on their ‘so called’ tactic – down 2-1 to the Kings with 1:45 to play in regulation. Queue a powerplay goal why don’t you.
What was the secret weapon here: McSorley’s manicured stick, or the Montreal bench?
Marty McSorley‘s stuck around, whether you’ve embraced it or not. I haven’t necessarily, but there’s a little respect to be had after Sunday. For a player that may have caused you a great deal of pain over the 1993 incident, give a second to think about his side of it, what he’s dealt with. He certainly wasn’t the only one doing it, you better believe that.
“But look at L.A. right now, the game is very, very alive and very, very well.”
And really, that’s all that matters.
Do you think any one player on this roster cares about this? Come on, now. Throw the ‘curse’, and blame, out the door while you’re at it.
Back to it tomorrow night.
Recap and VIDEO of McSorley Conference Call via INSIDE SPORTS HERE