This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

HEY MAINSTREAM MEDIA!

SEE THIS?

THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS.

Team Russia squeaked out a W over Team Switzerland at the World Juniors today.  By ‘squeak’, I mean Team Switzerland had the lead with ninety seconds remaining in the third.  Nikita Kucherov tied it for Team Russia, and Kucherov scored in the shootout to give Russia the win.

Media wanted to ask Russia’s captain Nail Yakupov some questions.  Yakupov declined to meet with the media.

Which of course, means that we start attacking Yakupov’s integrity, we call him a prima donna, we say that he’s got no heart, no grit, isn’t clutch, is bad in the room, will never be captain material, probably isn’t fit to make the Oilers, and other such nonsense that we’ve heard over and over with different players.

Ales Hemsky and Linus Omark are probably laughing upon hearing about this story.

Let me get this straight:  guy is averaging a point per game (5 in 5), scores a lonely assist in today’s game, doesn’t give interview to media, and then media gripes about it on Twitter while attacking his integrity?  Respect to you, Mr. Jones, but him not talking to the media doesn’t have me raising red flags about his character.

Hey, Edmonton?  The guy hasn’t even played a game for the team yet, and you’re already crapping all over him.  Stop it. Knock it off, seriously.  I know we’re starved for hockey, but this is a non-story.

I might be more able to see your point if the Oilers got mauled by the Canucks, but this isn’t the case.

Ever wonder why when players leave town it sounds like a soap opera?  THIS IS A HUGE REASON WHY.

Can’t we at least wait for him to play with the Oilers before questioning his integrity?

Am I asking too much?  

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Topics: Nail Yakupov, World Juniors

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  • neallivingston

    Does this kind of feel like a “we are privileged” type of situation for media members. They get so comfortable with the access that when it’s not there, they feel the need to be oddly bitter? I think I’m fine with him not showing up for questions.

    • Jeff Chapman

      I’m OK with it too. And I can *understand* the frustration with not getting an interview. “Odd” is a good word, I can’t describe why media would air their grievances about not getting time.