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(ESPN)   The internet nerds "write in Rory Fitzpatrick on the NHL All-Star ballot" takes another hit as Wayne Gretzky himself comes out in opposition. In other news, Gretzky apparently still in favor of coaching 3rd worst team in hockey   ( sports.espn.go.com) divider line
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2006-12-28 12:11:01 AM  
All I read was "Wayne Gretzky comes out".
 
2006-12-28 12:22:25 AM  
I hear Janet has $50 riding on Rory to make the All-star team
 
2006-12-28 12:46:29 AM  
Pfft, the Blues will overtake the Coyotes in no time, the way they're playing under Murray.
 
2006-12-28 01:07:30 AM  
I love you to death Gretz, but you're coaching the goddamn Coyotes, and have a handful of players on the ballot that don't even deserve a sniff.


Shaddap! It's a protest vote!
 
2006-12-28 02:40:10 AM  
Hey, it got people like me, who doesn't care ass about hockey, to actually follow it.

So go Rory!
 
2006-12-28 03:28:21 AM  
The fact that they're trying to prevent it from happening got me to go to nhl.com and vote. Take that
 
2006-12-28 03:32:53 AM  
Alright, I realize it's an internet nerd campaign, but if that many people care to see it happen, should they actively work against budding hockey fans?

Next you'll tell me that the music industry is suing people for listening to the music they produce.
 
2006-12-28 03:33:31 AM  
Wayne comes out in opposition to a career journeyman (who busts his balls night in and night out) making an allstar game that has no meaning and will probably feature at least 12-14 goals?

Give the guy a break, he hasn't had one in a long and respectable NHL career.
 
2006-12-28 03:37:33 AM  
*looks at Wayne's D*

I'm so sorry...
 
2006-12-28 03:41:00 AM  
Old and busted: Wayne Gretzky
New Hotness: Anything but NHL

60 years from now, Ill be telling my grandkids about this sport that angry people played where they glided around on frozen water, trying to slap a black piece of rubber past a fat man into a net.

/people still play this?
 
2006-12-28 03:41:03 AM  
Dear Wayne,
Remding those interviews where you said how much you appreciate the fan support. You have to get the good with the bad, or next time you come to Detroit it will be live octopi on your face rather than a dead one on the ice. Right now we're support Rory for the pointless job of All Star defense since no one hits in that game anyway. Given currently NHL ratings be glad that people beside the population of Hockeytown and a few other key markets are showing a major interest in the NHL. Now go audit your checkbook to make sure the missus isn't gambling and try to figure out how to win a few games.

Love,
Me
 
2006-12-28 03:44:21 AM  
Gretzky = Idiot.

Finally something that gets non-hockey people involved in the sport and he demands that the NHL immediately put a stop to it.

It seems to me that this is yet another bad decision by a sport that desperately needs all of the help and fan dollars that it can possibly get.

This whole Rory thing actually made me think about hockey for the first time in a long time. Heck, I'd even considered watching the game if he won. Now I feel as bitter as I did at these goons as I did when they were on strike.
 
2006-12-28 03:53:54 AM  
Hell, I voted for him.

It's funny to me.
 
2006-12-28 03:55:05 AM  
Gretzsky is an asshat
 
2006-12-28 04:12:01 AM  
Whenever I read about these stupid 'protest votes' I always just feel bad for the guy being voted in. It must be a major blow to ego to know that people consider you so obviously not an All-Star,that you're the one they pick to make a point. I'm sure he's realized that he's no All-Star by now,but few people have their inadequacies shoved in their face by a legion of fans.

If he wins,regardless of whether or not he plays in it,then his entire career will be summed up by this one moment,and everything good and bad he has accomplished in hockey will be forgotten.

People aren't happy with the way hockey is run today,and they want to send a message? I'm pretty sure that message is being broadcast loud and clear by plummeting TV ratings and fan attendance,and the growing idea that hockey is no longer one of the 4 major sports. If the league doesn't listen to that message,they won't listen to anything.
 
2006-12-28 04:51:21 AM  
Will someone please explain to me why the "protest vote"can't go towards a player who actually does something to deserve it? Would Chris Neil or Steve Staios not make the bold statement that Rory does? If you care enough about the game to organize this sort of protest, why have your entire platform based on a joke?

/never gonna vote for Rory
 
2006-12-28 05:36:43 AM  
i voted for ryan hollweg only because i want to see someone hit somebody and he hits everybody.
 
2006-12-28 05:56:59 AM  
Voting for rory although ive never seen a full icehockey game in my life
 
2006-12-28 06:50:45 AM  
http://www.voteforrory.com/

In case you still haven't seen it.
 
2006-12-28 06:54:35 AM  
This is the same guy that called the Devils a "Micky Mouse Organization", right before they went on to win three cups in eight years.

I don't think he ever won a cup without Messier.
 
2006-12-28 07:18:13 AM  
Two hockey threads?
What's wrong... not enough farting turtles this week?
 
2006-12-28 07:33:46 AM  
H31N0US
This is the same guy that called the Devils a "Micky Mouse Organization", right before they went on to win three cups in eight years.

if by "right before" you meant "at least ten years before," you are correct.
 
2006-12-28 07:56:39 AM  
Deece

Will someone please explain to me why the "protest vote"can't go towards a player who actually does something to deserve it? Would Chris Neil or Steve Staios not make the bold statement that Rory does? If you care enough about the game to organize this sort of protest, why have your entire platform based on a joke?

/never gonna vote for Rory


I don't think you really understand what a "protest vote" is.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protest_vote
 
2006-12-28 07:59:34 AM  
Voted again.

I reckon he'll play the game of his life :^)

*votes again*
 
2006-12-28 08:03:38 AM  
Neidermeyer? DEAD!
 
2006-12-28 08:20:30 AM  
H31N0US
This is the same guy that called the Devils a "Micky Mouse Organization", right before they went on to win three cups in eight years.


Die hard Devils fan here, so I hate to say it, but when Gretzky said that, the Devils WERE a Mickey Mouse organization. That comment was made long before they were in shape to win anything.
 
2006-12-28 08:21:37 AM  
What else can a farmboy from Canada do?
 
2006-12-28 08:44:35 AM  
Lets go flyers !!!

Who cares, at this rate they wont have a NHL in 5 years
 
2006-12-28 08:45:28 AM  
I don't believe this "protest vote" crap. It started out as a nerd who wanted to screw around with a voting system simply because he found it was open to abuse. He chose a candidate that he thought would be funny because in his mind the guy sucked. Then the site started to get some attention and he had to try to defend his move and he along with some who voted turned it into a "protest vote".

If you want recognition for players who toil in a sporting league for years but without major recognition, start a petition site that asks for a "No Star Game". Any player voted to the game should have fifteen points or less or something along those lines. But of course who the hell would watch a crapfest like that?

This is attention whoring bullshiat. Nothing more. No protest, no grand statement about the average guy fan or average guy player. Just bullshiat.
 
2006-12-28 08:46:01 AM  
CommandantVonThrash: If he wins,regardless of whether or not he plays in it,then his entire career will be summed up by this one moment,and everything good and bad he has accomplished in hockey will be forgotten.

BTW: Rory Hasn't accomplished ANYTHING in his career yet. he has like 6 points in 6 years.

he is not a very noticeable guy even when he gets on the ice
 
2006-12-28 08:46:37 AM  
Waaaaa Gretzky Betzky waaaaaaa.

It's fan-voted, so he can't have a beef with it. If sports writers and NHL officials were the ones putting it together, fine. But they're not, and the fans speak and the NHL listens. That's it. Anyway, it's the damn All-Star game. Has nothing to do with anything, really. Why complain?
 
2006-12-28 08:49:03 AM  
haplo53: if by "right before" you meant "at least ten years before," you are correct.


Well, that's "right before" in geological terms ;)
 
2006-12-28 08:49:22 AM  
The whole point of the Rory campaign is to show how DUMB the NHL's all-star voting process is. It is definitely a boring game to watch, but the skills competition tops any other in professional sports IMHO.

/Go Leafs!
/Go Wings!
 
2006-12-28 08:53:06 AM  
Because this is such terrible publicity for the league, isn't it Wayne?

There are lots of things that happen in sports--all sports--that fans don't like. And keep in mind, we're the ones spending the money on your teams, so if you don't like something we the fans want, then you sir, can DIAF.
 
2006-12-28 08:57:25 AM  
fotodevil: Because this is such terrible publicity for the league, isn't it Wayne?


I respect Wayne for what he's done as a player...but I think he's lost touch with the fans.

I mean, it's not like they're trying to make an entire sub-par team for the All-Star game.

(if we did that, they'd just be wearing Bruins jerseys)
 
2006-12-28 08:59:52 AM  
brightstarimages.net

/pwnage
 
2006-12-28 09:04:23 AM  
I would protest vote in Anthony Stewart, but hardly anyone knows him. Besides, he's back in the "minors".

We need more diversity in the All-Star Game, dammit!!
 
2006-12-28 09:05:54 AM  
IXI Jim IXI

haplo53: if by "right before" you meant "at least ten years before," you are correct.


Well, that's "right before" in geological terms ;)


Actually in geological terms, that could be right before, during, or after, we can't really be sure!
 
2006-12-28 09:12:00 AM  
Kellner21: We need more diversity in the All-Star Game, dammit!!

If they weren't trying to cut down on fighting, I'd suggest a fighting skills competition for the goons ;)
 
2006-12-28 09:15:45 AM  
hey if Bush got to be president then Rory should get to got to the All Star Game,
 
2006-12-28 09:21:56 AM  
i haven't followed hockey in like 15 years, so could someone fill me in on what the hell this is all about?
 
2006-12-28 09:24:21 AM  
Isn't the all-star game basically a popularity contest? What's the big deal?

/voted for Rory
//doesn't know who he is
///doesn't follow NHL
////Go Broncos!!!!11!
 
2006-12-28 09:25:15 AM  
I voted for Rory because he represents all the guys who work hard and don't get much recognition. ie: most of the NHL.

I also love the "but he doesn't have many points!" Guys, he's a flipping defenseman. I, personally, don't think defensemen should have many goals. Their job on offense is to get the puck on net in a way that allows the forwards to push it in (on a rebound usually). If it goes in, that's fine. But assists are what matters, imo.
 
2006-12-28 09:27:16 AM  
this is stupid, as CommandantVonThrash pointed out it just makes that guy feel like crap. nice going deek.
/as a few people said, pick someone who is unknown but good to make your point
//and no, he didn't win a Cup without Messier
///Mess won 2 without him though...
////2 minutes for slashing on me
 
2006-12-28 09:42:28 AM  
As I said in another Rory post, I think it's great that one of the unsung 'workhorse' players is getting a little recognition.. it's just to bad that there are far more deserving 'workhorses' out there who are, and would be better representatives of that ilk than Rory. Thats what makes this a farce IMHO.

And make no mistake folks, this wasn't ever about Rory, it wasn't ever about getting one of the unsung work horses into the all-star game, it was about a dude with an internet connection that wanted to prove how stupid online popularity voting was, and how easy it was to take advantage of it.
(A point I do agree with) Nothing more, nothing less. As a Coach, a player, and avid fan of hockey, I'm basically as put off by this as I am any time someone in an online community does this sort of crap 'because they can'. And thats all this is about. This would be no different than say, having some fark noob spamming a comment thread folks, and we all know how nerdily geeked out you'd all be chomping at the bit to give said n00bsauce a bit of their come-uppins.

Rory wasn't picked because he was some unsung workhorse that never got credit (being in the NHL at all is credit enough for most of the players) he was picked because they needed the most unheard of, unseen, unknown there is to put up in order to prove that a simple bit of advertising could propell an unknown to possible starter in the All-Star game.

Thats what makes this a travesty, if it were actually done to give those unsung players a shot then I'd even be more in favor of it, but it isn't. It is in short, a publicity stunt for it's 'creator' to give him attention, not the NHL or Rory, or the work horse players that deserve a nod once in a while.
 
2006-12-28 09:47:43 AM  
 
2006-12-28 10:00:50 AM  
So, not being a hockey fan, is this kinda like voting for say, Kurt Rambis for the All Star team?
i129.photobucket.com

For those of you who don't know: Rambis was the ultimate off-the-bench guy for the Showtime! Lakers of the 80's. He would go do whatever dirty work on the blocks that Pat Riley needed and couldn't use Worthy or Kareem for.
 
2006-12-28 10:04:13 AM  
shipofthesun: So, not being a hockey fan, is this kinda like voting for say, Kurt Rambis for the All Star team?


Hmmm...the long lost Hanson?
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i129.photobucket.com
 
2006-12-28 10:09:50 AM  
I voted for Rory and then all of the Red Wings on the list. I voted for crap on the eastern conference so they'll loose.
 
2006-12-28 10:11:58 AM  
IXI Jim IXI: Hmmm...the long lost Hanson?

Awww geeze! I didn't even think of that. Good call. Yeah, the resemblance is scary. He was also what my friends and I called the "brick", the guy who would fark you up inside the lane, very much in keeping with the Hanson's legacy of fighting...
 
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