Seems like a simple question. Doesn't it. It has many meanings, however. One a wicked reference to his numerous concussions. God forgive me. And the other is a character flaw that is intentionally being pointed out. The rougher the means, perhaps the bigger the audience.
Recently, Jeremy Roenick announced his long-awaited retirement from a length, injury and episode filled career that included 500 goals and a plethora of oh so forgettable moments. The day he retired, naive fans quickly rushed to their computers and commented on how great a warrior he was. How he was tough and a great "leader"? But those fans seem only a silver lining within a storm-cloud filled day. Sure he was very good in his youth. However like The Great #88 Eric Lindros his zest for body contact and roughing it up caught up with him oh too quickly. After three 100 point seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks, his production fell off the proverbial map. Barely over/under a point a game which lead to a trade with the Phoenix Coyotes for fellow talented but underachieving Alexei Zhamnov. Despite playing with true classy superstar Keith Tkachuk (A Hall Of Famer who never put his foot in his mouth and never acted like a graduate of Clown College), he couldn't buy a point-a-game season. Then came the trade to Philly and the problems multiplied.
The melodramatic hug with Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider. With gratitude for 32 million guaranteed contract? Faking a concussion during the NHL Lockout so he could collect injury payments from the Flyers. And the famous comment that will abide in the Halls Of Studipum for eons to come. I am paraphrasing of course. You fans are just jealous. You can kiss my $ #### . And don't forget thrashing the hotel accommodations during a failed U.S. Olympic bid. What class. What a poster boy hero. I don't think so. I'll take "soft" Sidney Crosby over this jerk any day. And what's the reward for his non-role model behavior. The Dean Of Clown College himself NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman puts his in the foreground in the pathetic downgrade of the former Ron McLean-led NHL Awards Show. Unfortunately this pathetic clown and excuse for a human being will end up in the Hockey Hall Of Fame. Roggie Vachon is far more deserving and worthy a candidate.