John Scott, All-Star Captain: What's Not to Like?
Except for baseball, where it -- you know -- really matters, all-star games are a joke.
They barely resemble the sport that made them popular in the first place.
So, give the NHL credit for making theirs have something competitively complete that's seen in the regular season.
Given the situation, full marks for going radical.
But for a number of fans, it wasn't radical enough.
Think of this as a tribute to the first NHL All-Star game, when it actually was a hockey game. Note the score as well as the scrum:
And Scott doesn't need to drop his gloves to play a role in pond hockey. To wit:
With $1million on the line and winner-take-all, it's not a bad idea to have someone out there to serve as a reminder that it's a good idea to keep one's head up.
After all, stats aren't everything.
Unless, of course, you add the 542 career penalty minutes. That's work!
Fan campaigns like this are nothing new. Last year, the Latvian nation put Zemgis Girgensons -- their lone countryman in the NHL -- into the starting lineup. This summer, Kansas City fans were shameless in their attempt to put an all-Royals lineup on the field.
And don't even bring up the argument about this being an embarrassment to the game.
- Watching elite players being the last all-stars drafted is embarrassing; and
- Hockey scores of 17-12 at this level is embarrassing.
Besides, joke vote or not, fans are embracing Scott's election:
And, hell, the players are for Scott accepting the honor:
With that sort of encouragement, Scott's going to Nashville.
So, on Sun 31 Jan in the Music City, look for John Scott in a corner near you.