Note to Bernie Miklasz: Your Hysteria is Irresponsible

A columnist for the St. Louis Post Dispatch has gone off the deep end.

Bernie Bytes: Petro return would be a triumph.

[…] If Petro can play, the Kings would have failed in the attempt to rub him out.

The Kings — specifically Dwight King — didn’t attempt to “rub him out.” If King had wanted to hurt Pietrangelo, he would have hit him instead of pushing him. And Pietrangelo would be done for the season, if not longer. Seriously, if the Kings’ strategy was to injure Pietrangelo, and King’s intent was to execute that plan, then King must really suck to have only given that weak-assed nudge when he could have driven Pietrangelo into the 22nd century.

[…] More than that, this comes down to a matter of right and wrong. The NHL has lost its moral compass, allowing predators to pick off the sports’ most skilled players — with only the occasional, meaningful punishment. And that’s so wrong on so many levels, it makes you sick.

Well, it doesn’t make me sick in this case. Because this is not an example of what you think it is. You are pandering, by appealing to a concern we all have — that the league’s suspension policies aren’t consistent — and marrying it to your readership’s need for a scapegoat in the event that the Blues don’t win. As if thinking that King wasn’t trying to hurt Pietrangelo can only be the result of a twisted freakish moral deviance.

Well, if Pietrangelo can make it back, it’s a small victory for the good guys.

Actually, if he makes it back tonight, it means he wasn’t even concussed, since he would have to sit one week minimum for a concussion. Which just makes your hysteria even more misplaced.

Think about this, however: with the NHL looking the other way and allowing Dwight King to get away with his attempt to take Pietrangelo out, what do the Kings have planned if Pietrangelo returns? He may be vulnerable. You don’t think they’re talking about that on the LA side today? Please.

Hey, dumbass:

If Pietrangelo plays, he’s not vulnerable, because he doesn’t have and never did have a concussion. We know this because if he did have a concussion and the Blues skirted the protocol to allow him to play when he could be permanently disabled by a second injury — then it would be the Blues (not the Kings) who have no moral compass.

So Kings coach Darryl Sutter says it’s Pietrangelo’s fault for getting shoved into the boards, face-first, by King?

I think what he said was, it looked like a two minute boarding penalty.

That’s hysterical.

You mean hilarious. You are hysterical.

Sutter must be sniffing ammonia. But let’s think about this in the mentally unstable, barbaric and inherently corrupt NHL culture, what would you expect from this man? This is Malice in Wonderland. It’s a bizarro world. Before you conclude that Sutter is nutso, think again: He is the NHL.

Riiiiight. Because they’re all out to get you. YOU! Dwight King, Darryl Sutter, Brandan Shanahan — they’re all POD PEOPLE.

And so follow the logic accordingly. Do not expect common sense. What’s up is down; and what’s down is up.

Pot: Hello, Kettle.

Kettle: Hello.

Pot: You’re black.



  8 comments for “Note to Bernie Miklasz: Your Hysteria is Irresponsible

    April 30, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    He actually has a sense of humor about it. Clearly playing to his base.

    • April 30, 2012 at 3:16 PM

      I saw your exchange of tweets. I don’t think he has a sense of humor about it. He just likes being in a photoshop. 

        April 30, 2012 at 4:25 PM

        Who doesn’t? If I only had a picture of you, you’d be in then next one. Maybe Wednesday. And if you are, indeed, following along, he did say he welcomes “being the target of a jab that rises above the level of ‘Dude, you suck.'” Although I’m not so sure ‘Hey Dumbass’ qualifies.

        • April 30, 2012 at 7:32 PM

          Sure it does.


    • GShuchuk99
      May 2, 2012 at 5:26 AM

      Did he read the part where you called him a dumbass?

  2. Stonewall
    April 30, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    He wrote two of those beauties today. If he plays, hit him and hit him hard and repeatedly. Oh. and get Macdonald while you’re at it.

  3. April 30, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    I’m pretty sure the league (and likely teams) don’t look too kindly on targeting one player to injure them.  In fact, I’m pretty certain Lindy Ruff got fined $10,000 a few years ago for telling his team to “Go out and run ‘em” causing the line brawl between BUF and OTT.  I’m also pretty sure that Steve Moore is suing Marc Crawford, suggesting he told his team in the locker room to assault him.   I know teams plan to be physical with good players but suggesting King was trying to “rub him out” is both an exaggeration and a distasteful choice of words.

  4. sstephen17
    April 30, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    King let up on the hit/nudge.  Like Sutter said, part of the blame has to go to Pietrangelo, who put himself in a vulnerable position.

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