Raffi Torres gets 25 games for his hit on Marian Hossa and the world seems right. Except LeBron is playing some great basketball. He’s been clutch down the stretch. He’s even been able to do it without the help of Dwayne Wade and or Chris ‘I wish I was a star’ Bosh. That doesn’t seem right.
Although it does raise the question, is LeBron really a better player or does he just have more experience? And if so, were D-Wade and CB1 necessary for his development as a player? Would LeBron James be at this point in his career even if he stayed in Cleveland? Probably. Experience accounts for something.
Sure it felt good for him to blame his team in Cleveland. And then go and stack a team in Miami to prove nothing. Even if he does win a championship with his stacked team, it won’t prove anything. He’s always been talented, but he sure isn’t the G.O.A.T (Greatest Of All Time). He’s been the goat, though.
As for Raffi, this suspension seems like it’s the right thing to do. Except it’s way too late! Raffi Torres is notorious for dirty hits. He hit Jordan Eberle last year when he was a Vancouver Canuck. Then, once he got back from his four game suspension, he hits Brent Seabrook in the head. And he got two minutes in the sin bin. The league thought that was enough punishment.
No they didn’t want to send a strong message. They (the NHL) wanted to justify the hit as a clean hit, in a high collision area. Look, if you’re a reckless driver at Gaetz and 32nd then you’re a reckless driver. You don’t blame the high collision intersection because you’re driving like Mario Andretti doing a slalom test.
But now this season with the Phoenix Coyotes, he’s learned his lesson. Wait, no he didn’t. He was fined for a headshot in Colorado and then two nights later delivered another headshot in Minnesota that got him a mere two games. I’m sorry did I miss something.
No it wasn’t me that missed something, the NHL and Brendan Shannahan did though. They missed the opportunity to nip the Raffi Torres situation in the bud. And consequently, they cost Marian Hossa and possibly the Chicago Blackhawks a chance to go past round one of the playoffs.
Mission accomplished Raffi.