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Crabb Sent Down, Jack Edwards Is A Disgrace

Posted By Casey Shea On Mar 30 2009 @ 6:53 pm In All Sports | 21 Comments

I failed to mention in yesterday's post that the Thrashers made one other roster move recently. As stated previously, Dan Turple has been recalled to back up Johan Hedberg.

He may want to wave to Joey Crabb on the way to Atlanta as the two will probably pass each other in their travels.

The Thrashers have reassigned Crabb to Chicago of the AHL after his second stint with the parent club this season. In 29 games with the Thrashers this season, Crabb has nine points (4G 5A).

It's not looking good for the Wolves' playoff hopes either right now, as they currently sit in 5th in the division.  Early tee times for everybody!

Now onto the main event of this post:

Before I even get into this, I'm sure Jim Mulligan and Joshua Bartle will have comments about this up shortly. However, what I saw last night repulsed me to a point I have never been before and I feel compelled to comment myself.

Jack Edwards is the Boston Bruins announcer on NESN. Let me preface this by saying, I have never been a fan of Edwards. I typically watch games on mute when he's calling the games, just so I don't have to hear him whine and complain that an opposing player breathed on a Bruin and have him question why there was no call.

What he did last night in Philadelphia was inexcusable. If you have not seen this fiasco I implore you to watch this YouTube video immediately.


If you do not recall the history of why Edwards is calling this incident “irony,” here's the back-story. 

Randy Jones ended Patrice Bergeron's season in 2007 with a similar hit. Honestly, I think Bergeron put himself in a bad spot to begin with. Was Jones in the wrong? Absolutely. He even knew it. Everyone knew it was a penalty that probably carried a suspension with it.

Jones then went on to apologize to Bergeron, due to feeling awful about what happened. As a player, you never feel good about injuring someone. Everyone out there on that ice is a competitor, but you don't go out there looking to potentially end someone's career.

Flash forward to last night. Milan Lucic drives Jones into the endboards in an eerily similar hit to the one Jones dropped on Bergeron. Luckily for Jones, he was able to protect himself and ended up preventing serious injury.

Should it have been a penalty? Yes. Will the league probably review the hit and hand down some sort of suspension or fine? I would hope so, but I'm more concerned about Edwards' actions.

Edwards needs to realize that when he's on the air, he's not in his living room watching the game with the guys. The “irony” comment is something I could see myself making, but the super-villain laugh? Not a chance.

As a journalist by trade, I know I would be out the door in a heartbeat if I ever acted in that manner. It's called ethics. Perhaps Edwards should sit in a corner in time-out and think about what he did. If you're going to act childish on television, you deserve to be treated like a child.

It's inappropriate, sickening and makes you look nothing more than a common fool. The actions Edwards took last night were reprehensible and should not be tolerated.

When Edwards is telling his grandchildren stories about his career, I would be willing to bet that he looks at this as a low point in his career and elects to leave this story untold.

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