Friday, December 5, 2008

Thanks Gary!

Now that the NHL has officially suspended Sean Avery for six games for his pre-game comments, we can certainly expect players around the league to be more guarded in interviews. They are, of course, free to high stick, high hit and board players, as those infractions are much less serious than attempting to get people to tune in and actually watch hockey on television. But back to the subject at hand - now game-day interviews will be as benign and dull as most overtimes. So here is a little guide to what you can expect to hear, courtesy of The Sports Cliche List:
This is always a tough place to play.
On any given day any team is capable of beating another team.
We don't play these games on paper.
We match up well.
We need to turn up the intensity.
We have to step up and make plays.
We have to come out of the locker room fired up.
We have to go out and take care of business.
We can't let the crowd faze them.
We have to leave everything on the ice.
We have to stay hungry.
We can't take these guys lightly.
We have to come together as a team.
We have to believe in ourselves.
We have to play within ourselves.
We have to play like we're capable of playing.
We can't be intimidated.
We have to eliminate the mental mistakes.
We must control the tempo of the game.
We must capitalize on our opportunities.

This is going to be fun! It really showcases the personality of the players and makes them so much more marketable. I know I am pumped up to watch a game right now! Woo hoo! Yay hockey!

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