There's nothing wrong with saying what Tyler Bozak did was racist

Cam Charron
November 01 2012 03:10PM

I am a straight white male, which gives me a lot of privilege in the hockey world. But many of our readers are not straight white males, and one wrote in with an emphatic opinion of why it's not okay to ignore that what Tyler Bozak did was racist. This following is a Leafs Nation guest post.

GUEST POST ---

As you’ve probably heard, Tyler Bozak decided to pay tribute to one of his favourite musical artists by dressing up as Michael Jackson for Halloween this year. As you’ve probably also heard, he decided to provide his costume with a final touch of authenticity by painting his face black. Above is the picture he tweeted before hastily deleting.

Every time a public figure turns up in blackface, there’s a brief internet furor about whether blackface is racist. The consensus answer is generally: yes, for a number of historical and sociological factors, blackface is racist. That’s not what I want to discuss. My issue lies with what happens immediately after the initial outrage. With Tyler Bozak, as with Raffi Torres and Patrick Kane and Adam Burish before him, there was a noticeable lack of discussion of his actions, beyond the conclusion that blackface, in the abstract, is racist.

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Matt Frattin is probably just replacement-level

Cam Charron
November 01 2012 11:42AM

I'd like to have thought that, by now, most Leafs fans would have come around on the fact that Matt Frattin is at best, a player slightly over replacement-level.

I got this comment, though, yesterday:

I think Frattin probably has more offensive upside than a 4th liner. He seems more suited to a third line role.

It seems that teams create a difference between their 3rd and 4th lines in name alone. From a team-building perspective, it makes more sense to me, to have your best players on your first line, slightly worse players on your 2nd line, slightly worse players on your third line, and slightly worse players on your 4th line. The "offensive upside" gap isn't as big as we'd like to make it out to be. Anybody who has seen Mike Brown stickhandle or shoot could probably attest to the fact that it's not like he doesn't have talent.

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NILAN: I'M BACK ON MY FEET

Jason Gregor
November 01 2012 10:53AM

The Last Gladiators is a documentary about hockey, but it focuses mainly on former NHLer Chris Nilan. The film is honest, funny, realistic and heartbreaking. Nilan talks openly about his career, his drug and alcohol addiction as well as his upbringing with an abusive father. Check your local listings to see where it is playing in your area.

There was an advance screening in Edmonton a few weeks back and after I mediated a Q and A with Nilan and the audience he agreed to do an interview about the movie. He was just as candid in the interview as he was in the movie. I didn't omit any of his responses and the following interview is just a small sample of what you'll see in theatres.

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Leaf prospect Josh Leivo: Unbe-Leivo-ble

Gus Katsaros
November 01 2012 09:02AM

Nothing special jumps out at you watching Josh Leivo. He doesn’t blow by you with blistering speed or dazzle in one-on-one situations. He doesn’t have a 100 mile-per-hour slap shot and isn’t going to flatten people with huge hits.

What does jump out is improved scoring capacity, a singular aspect exhibited from his pre-Ontario Hockey League days that he’s adapted to his maturing overall game.

Scoring goals.

Year over year from his draft year in 2011, he scored 19 more goals and on a similar pace this season, without OHL scoring leader Michael Sgarbossa.

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Yakupov scores twice, Malkin gets 3 assists, Tellqvist with a stellar save, and much more!

Steve Dangle
October 31 2012 09:36PM

 

Another packed day of KHL action here - 11 games!!! That's more than 10 games. It's science.

Yakupov's looking great, Malkin's looking great, some familiar names, some new ones, and some crazy finishes.

Check it out and enjoy!

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