I'm asking when is it going to be enough? When Sid announces he's not coming back?..when someone dies? Seriously..
I think it stops *after* the first internal decapitation and on ice death
It seems that athletes aren't too concerned with legality of play, more trying to apply the knockout punch in any way possible.
You're absolutely right. Flat out. And anyone who wants to see hits like that watch for bloodlust and they're sick.
Good on you for speaking your mind. I agree with everything you've said. Too many things wrong with the hit for it to be "legal"
and I agree with you. Also you make me laugh. Which is besides the point. But thanks for it regardless.
It will probably take someone dieing for the NHL brass to make *major rule changes.
Hopefully w/ Shanny now in charge of discipline, things will change.
The league agrees with you Canucks defenseman #AaronRome suspended 4 games
No, your right. Its out of control...more respect among players needed!
North of the 49th Parallel
- give them the old equipment back. Take away the instigator rule. Let the games begin.
When a hit like that gets you a year-long suspension.
In some sick way do you think owners want serious injury like that because it increases exposure?
So is four games not enough in your mind?
you are absolutely right. im kinda getting turned off by hockey with this shit now. esp since we have legal FIGHTING!
4 games isn't enough. If it was one of the twins who hit him they may not have received any games.
check to the heads are serious business in the uk, instant ban guess not in NHL?
south buffalo ny
Part of the game, go play checkers uf u dont want to get hurt.. Hockey is not for panseys
To be fair, Horton's been texting his teammates, telling them he's feeling better
not to belittle your rant, which, I fully agree with, but this has a Gov "COME ON!" written all over it.
Hopefully w/ Shanny now in charge of discipline, things will change. He has the potential to set a whole new precedence.
...AGREE whole heartedly with u buddy...keep it UP...& have a GREAT one! :-)
its a serious topic that NEEDS to be addressed. As a Pens fan I see both sides, the viciousness of Matt Cooke and the Sid effect
+1000 Fine the offending players 20% of salary and suspend for 20 games and let's see if that doesn't serve as a deterrent
I had no idea you were such a passionate hockey fan. Cheers.
New York City
It won't be enough when someone dies.Already happened in many sports.It's when fans stop glorifying!Hit em where it hurts #$$$$$
Toronto, ON/Melbourne, AU
looks it's clear that headshots are not a part of the game, but clearly nothing will get done until something serious happens...
St John's, NL
It stops when Crosby retires. If he hadn't been concussed this year, we would have no quiet rooms. It depends on who gets hit.
My suggestion is to take it out of the hands of one person, and set up a committee.
make the rink bigger. it will put a premium on speed and make the goons irrelevant.
Big Bone Lick, KY
Get rid of the instigator rule, bring back more "tough guys" & you'll see a lot of the dirty stuff go away really fast.
I think we can all agree that Horton, finally and with purpose, heard a fucking who.
Kansas City, Missouri
Absolute cheap shot. Message needs to be sent in terms of a suspension. Only then will it PERHAPS stop...
It will stop when people stop paying to see it, stop cheering when it happens, and when we stop accepting it as part of the game
When the NHL brass figure out how to be more consistent and harsh with the suspensions. 4 games for Rome = JOKE. #bettmanmustgo
NHL also needs to start requiring all players to wear mouthguards, the most effective way to prevent concussions besides helmets
please find a way to become NHL commissioner cuz you're dead on. Ignore neanderthal tough guys who try to defend head shots
there's no point arguing with canucks fans. COME ON!
People are really strange about what they consider fair play nowadays. It's pretty scary. Not a lot of common decency out there.
if you've experienced a concussion you know how serious it is. people who try to diminish the significance are ignorant.
With you on the Horton hit. Longtime hockey fan not averse to the blood 'n guts of the game. That was a dirty play for sure.
a lot of canucks fans don't get it. Coming from a canucks fan. It was a late hit that shouldn't have happened that's it :)
didn't see it, glad I didn't but totally get your point and I am a Vancouverite . . . give him what he deserves
It's about the players having respect for each other, their health as people, and respect for the game, right? I agree!
The issue is about Goons in hocky that can't play the game. Rome is a 5th defenseman with NO SKILLS. Horton is a young stud. Sad
Canucks fans are following the lead of their team's players. Classless.
Gone directly to the voodoo
They need to have a no head contact rule, like they do for the kids. That was brutal.There is no enjoyment watching that.
North of the 49th Parallel
your points are only half valid. You'd have to change the game dramatically to avoid these head injuries. The game is fast.
I agree Mr. Arnett. If it were up to me, the player who made the headshot should be suspended as long as the victim.
Should have been enough with Savard's one-two.
I think you've hit the nail on the head.When someone DIES on the ice, maybe then they will do something about this.Sad but true.
When Bettman finally stops patting himself on the back over licensing & endorsements to realize he has no stars left to pimp out
Baseball fans will cheer when the other pitcher gets a no-hitter. Hockey fans insist the other guy deserved a concussion. #crap
There has been a death at a non-nhl level and its well known. I don't know what would be "enough". NHL - Come On!
, can't they also beef up the helmets, it ain't cool looking, but either is watching your buddy gipping on the ice.
I thought Horton was paralyzed. Brutal blind side hit.
you've got a point. Wasn't a vicious hit, but hitting needs to be to get the puck, not just stun a guy. It needs purpose.
enough is enough....when is the nhl going to enforce this consistently?
Sherman Oaks, CA
Will, I've been circling your impassioned tweets this morning, and I'm going to guess "hockey."
I can't believe ANYone would justify that hit on Horton. Disgusting. & your wife is from MA, should be cheering for the B's. ;)
totally agree Mr.Arnett. Maybe with Brendan Shanahan as the new guy in charge of NHL discipline we might see stiffer penalties
- no one should ever have to leave on a stretcher. It was unfortunate he fell that way, but there's been crap from both teams.
its still hockey! people get hurt, get over it.
You know how the pendulum swings, if they keep this up, eventually they will make the rules more like field hockey. OBSTRUCTION!
It HAD a purpose ... the purpose was "to stun a guy"
Maple Ridge BC
Hockey is a very physical game, Romes hit was late and he deserved a suspension, to take big hits out of the game is impossible
Agreed. It is possible to be a tough guy with integrity. Time for players to step up.
Maple Ridge BC
Nobody has died to this time playing hockey, so to go down that road is rather inflammatory don't you think?
Curious: Did you wonder the same thing when Horton tossed the water bottle at the fan?
North of the 49th Parallel
- and for the record... you're still the funniest fuck that ever appeared on television.
Don't you know that sports are more important than a fellow human's life?!?
Maple Ridge BC
it was a brutal hit, seeing Horton laying on the ice was awful...but it was NOT a head hit, even if the result was a concussion
since the league bases the punishment on injury, seems sadly likely that some1 will have to pay a huge price before more is done
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Completely with you, and I'm a #canucks fan. The hit was late, he left his feet, he deserves a suspension. #Enoughisenough
no excuse for that type of hit. no place for it. disgusted by that scene last night.
The guy left his feet, he should not play again until next season. I want Van to win but without killing or ending a career
This Place in France
plus he clearly leaves his feet to deliver that hit. Nucks fans need to at least notice that considering a half blind man could
This attitude of "just because you can you should level a guy" needs to stop. He could have easily went lower with that hit.
The rules and the commish only do so much. In the end, players need to start taking care of each other to a degree.
. Hmmm..... I'm currently only interesrted in Weinergate.
most people defending Rome are playoff-time fans anyway. Feel like they have to defend their team no matter what #getacluepeople
I can't help it... Each one of these tweets ends in "C'MON!!" in my head
it's a fucking full body contact sport. Injuries are going to happen
would you come on today with Former Leaf Rick Vaive about head hits and the Finals? DM me if interested or not. thx
good hockey requires at least 1 season-ending injury each year. put on your big-boy pants or switch to the food network.
maybe you can talk some sense into the people that think the hit on Buster Posey was necessary.
agree 100% and anyone who doesn't is blinded by fandom. Thx for having the balls to call it what it is.
South Central Ontario, yo!
my bro is an Offensive Lineman for Sask RR, he had played for 10 years in the CFL and I see the damage 1st hand...
I was already a fan of yours but this rant is elevating your status in my eyes by leaps and bounds
agree. As mom of youth hockey player, the whole culture has to change. Scary. Hope he will be ok.
..cant believe anyone could be blaming horton for this...#whatswrongwithsomepeople?
I've yet to see any of this run of games but I've been hearing of the heavy hits. Was it that bad last night?
I said the same thing last night... it's going to take paralysis or death to get the hockey ops dept to wake up.
hit was late. price has been paid. rome is out of the series. what else are you looking for? it's a violent sport...
Watching the replay a bit more, Horton was watching to see where the play developed. Horrible, cheap hit!
South Central Ontario, yo!
the great CFL/Wrestler Angelo Mosca is in the Hospital, he always tells my brother to protect his head, its hard to fix.
I agree. Canucks fan to the core, but seriously have to get that out of the game. I'm glad of the suspension.
Couldn't agree with you more. It's possible to play the game hard and drill people without hitting high.
Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada
well said. He was headhunting, trying to make 'the big hit'. He better get a suspension that carries over to next season
Sid probably won't come back for a very long time, and it still doesn't seem to affect the governors. Ugh.
take away the instigator penalty and see if this stuff keeps happening
agreed. Several players have already died due to concussions. And even though Eric lindros is alive, he'll never be the same
layin in the cut
wow if Gob bluth chimes in that says alot
Players get hurt playing game. That will never change. Was the landing that hurt him.
I'm a Canucks fan through and through, and I couldn't agree more. Well said.
get em WILL! Go spider monkey on their ass. Run over them w ur free GMC. The head shots are cowardly.
Edmonton, Alberta Canada
And it's not just the immediate "serious" concussions that are at issue. The long term effects can be pretty bad as well.
Easy drama queen... How many people die in car accidents? Let's ban cars! You've gone Hollywood on us....
I'm absolutely with you. Doesn't matter what jersey you're wearing, no one should have to ride out on a stretcher like Horton.
as if the Twins would ever throw a hit. But in all seriousness I agree 100% with Will. No need for these kind of hits.
I have no idea what your talking about but I agree with you because I love you...
I love being a hockey fan the day after something like this goes down & the glass-banging apes come out. #sarcasmfont
I don't think it was all that late but the blindside shit needs to end seriously
that was a dirty hit plain and simple, the kind that it is (or should be) coached against at every level of hockey
I'm a Canucks fan all the way, and I doubt Rome intended for it to go down like that, but those kinds of hits have to stop.
The injury happened when Horton's head hit the ice, it wasn't a headshot
i'm sure piles of players with post-concussion symdrome are virtually high fiving you. wise words, mr. arnett. thank you!
Peral River, New York
.@arnettwill takes on twitter about NHL dangerous head shots and is right.
victoria BC :)
aaaaaaaaahhhh don't say that. Sid will be back.
Fort Worth TX
that hit was even more blatant than Charas melee in that Montreal game. The suspension is DEFINITELY the right decision.
agreed!!!!! I don't understand it either.
I agree with you 100% and I am a huge Canucks fan.
They're still repeating Arrested Development here in the UK. If that show had a hole, I'd fuck it. Which is a compliment.
exactly it's not just one instance and it's aggravating that fans can't just put their teams pride aside to acknowledge
they're waiting for someone to die, obviously.
Solid points Will. I believe that people are using the "it's a tough game" card because they're not the ones getting hit.
so I'm assuming you think Rome should be gone longer?
I don't know- what'll it take to change players who hit like there are no consequences. Penalties that exist now aren't enough!
Come on with us Wed. morning on on 102.1 The Edge in T.O. and rant about the hit. Message me. Thx.
completely agree with what your saying .. dont let those meatheads bully you. something needs to be done about the game
FWIW, I've appreciated your comments. That Horton hit, and others like it, have got to stop. This is about players' lives.
I agree! just because he was "admiring" his shot he deserved to be laid the fuck out, and miss the rest of the game? Super dirty
you r exactly right. The play was dirty and unnecessary. No place for it. But the angry guy was right. Running Wilde=awful.
A lot of these hits would go away if they took away the armor that today's player wears.
I never thought you'd get so real about something, it's awesome to see and so true...though I hear Gob when you say "seriously"
totally agree wit u on the hit. I'm a blues fan and Canadian douches would feel different if that was a sedin on the ice. Homers
Welcome to the eternal debate. Someone has already died. It was a junior hockey player.
I'm a Canucks fan since birth and I'm struggling with what Rome did. It was awful to see Horton like that.
I'm with you on this! Avalanche player never did play again after head slash years ago. Learn nothing?
Markham, Ontario, Canada
Bill Masterson died of massive head injuries in 1968. Eleven years, five months later, the NHL mandated helmets. A bit slow.
I feel ya... Was at the winter classic when the 'headshot heard (and ignored) around the world happened...
You're spot on. 4 games should send a VERY strong message around the league.
The offending player should be suspended for the length opposing player is out on an illegal hit.
its a rough sport with risks like a lot of them
Cumming, GA. Oh grow up....
I think soft shoulder pads and elbow pads would help. Getting hit with ballistic kevlar pads is part of the problem.
thank you for your comments on hockey. the violence has been pushing me away for years. I prefer international hockey now
the risk is always there...it's a contact sport, watch golf if you think it's wrong!
you're exactly right! head shots are just uncalled for. We're missing out on brilliance on the ice because of lousy hits!
agreed! Even the twins said it was a bad hit and a suspension was needed!
30 seconds or less adrian explain what a hurricane is
a head shot perpetrator should be suspended twice as many games that the victim misses.
can you imagine what would have happened if a fan threw the water bottle at a player?
Sadly, fans were throwing rally drums on the ice. Point is punishment has been inconsistent a lot! #fail