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Just a thought

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

I don’t watch sports. I don’t read about sports. Generally, other than spending a lot of time in dressing rooms both at home and on the road, I don’t hang out with other athletes. Over breakfast in hotels when the Rangers are on the road, I read the Style section in The New York Times. Some people question whether I’m straight; others give me compliments. Some women find it a turn-on. My teammates are very supportive and cool about my interest in fashion — sometimes they even ask for my advice on what to wear. But I’d be lying to you if I said that I don’t take some verbal abuse from opposing players for the clothes I wear, or for my interest in something — “fashion” — that I think sounds a little frightening to narrow-minded blockheads. I also realize that this isn’t necessarily their fault — they think it’s what they’re supposed to think.   – Sean Avery on others’ reactions to his passion for fashion

Anyone else amused at the irony here?  Avery claims the high road of the cultured and educated man, far more worldly than the backwards NHLers who mock his style obsession. 

Avery’s editorial in Vogue is a must-read, if you haven’t seen it yet.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. John permalink
    Tuesday, June 24, 2008 9:28 pm

    I wonder if that was some sort of attempt to tick off other players.
    What better way to get into people’s heads then to try and turn the tables like this?

    By the way, it looks like ESPN’s hockey coverage will be even worse now. Who’s going to do the SportsCenter hockey updates?

  2. The Frozen Fan permalink
    Wednesday, June 25, 2008 6:13 am

    Barry Melrose ranks ahead of Pierre McGuire in the race for the Idiot Hockey Commentator Cup, in my humble opinion.

    Given the NHL’s TV ratings during the playoffs, I think ESPN might just try to slightly improve its hockey coverage. Though it won’t take much.

    ESPN – More John Buccigras please!

  3. John permalink
    Wednesday, June 25, 2008 8:03 pm

    You could be right. I’ve pretty much given up on trying to get hockey info from ESPN so I can’t give much of an argument on who’s worse.

    But you’re right, any improvement would seem like a major change. :-), or rather 😦

    ESPN- No more agenda!

  4. John permalink
    Wednesday, June 25, 2008 8:51 pm

    Regarding ratings, I don’t know what the current figures are at this point, but the NHL could actually surpass the NBA.

    Especially if any of Donaghy’s accusations prove true… I’m sure that would make ESPN’s day.

  5. The Frozen Fan permalink
    Wednesday, June 25, 2008 9:12 pm

    It would sure make mine 🙂

  6. John permalink
    Wednesday, June 25, 2008 9:21 pm

    I still don’t see how people can find basketball more enjoyable than hockey. I like hoops, but there are way too many stoppages for my taste.

    Then again, baseball is supposedly the nation’s pastime!

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