Thursday, March 5, 2009
Now that I've got that off my chest, Steven Downie, welcome to the illustrious BanginPanger Goat of the Week club, you deserved it!
Steve's back in the news, for slashing an official at the 19:48 mark of the 3rd period. He's been suspended the league minimum 20 games. Obviously however, Steve has a history of reckless behavior. Shall we go back in time, and visit the chronological history of douchebaggery established throughout an entire career by Mr. Downie.
Downie first made headlines for a blindside cross check to the face of teammate Akim Aliu back in 2005-2006 when he was with the Windsor Spitfires. Why? Because he wouldn't go along with a hazing tradition. Sweet. Video shall we?
Then of course in September of 2007, when Downie was trying to make a name for himself with the Flyers, he made a name for himself with a dirty hit. He was suspended 20 games for a late hit on Dean McAmmond, during a preseason game. Again, to the UTube.
Even freakin Don Cherry has called you out, that's pathetic. You're Canadian and you still get called out by Grapes, that's how you know you're a douchebag. And what's funny? Grapes is right.
And now on March 1st, Downie slashes an on ice official. I mean, yeah, in the heat of the moment you can give a lil lip, but to two hand a ref? Real tough, Steve. There's no video of the account, but we do have John Walton, the voice of the Hershey Bears, with an eyewitness account...
The two teams came to center ice for the face-off, and Downie stepped into the face-off circle. Linesman Hamilton prepared to drop the puck. Instead of trying to win the face-off, Downie took a baseball-like swing with full wind-up and struck Hamilton across the right shin. Watching the replay no less than 20 times myself during the postgame, I was appalled not only at the lack of respect for an official, but the sheer violence from one man to another. Here’s the most unbelievable part. Hamilton told me after the game he and Downie went to preschool together. Hamilton is one of the youngest linesman in the AHL, and he and Downie know each other outside of the arena. I couldn’t believe my ears when he told us that in the tunnel underneath the stands postgame last night.
Thanks to the Highlander for the vid find.
You know what else is funny? He is deaf in his right ear due to some sort of hearing disorder and wears a hearing aid. Nice one, grandma.
Well Steve, I just want to say congratulations on being a complete and utter asshat. And we here at BanginPanger wish you no luck as you work your way back to the NHL. You sir join other greats as our Goat of the Week.