On March 30, during the second period of a Bruins – Flyers matchup, Boston play-by-play man and now infamous hockey legend, Jack Edwards, witnessed Milan Lucic bowl over Flyers’ defenseman Randy Jones from behind. The crowd thought a boarding could have been called and made a typical groan at the sight of no referee calling the slight infraction. Edwards then hollered with glee with what quickly became a youtube.com must see.
“Lucic hammers him! And down goes Jones,” Edwards screamed. “And how’s this for irony, the crowd wants a call for a hit from behind! Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha.”
The sound clip sent shock waves into the hockey community. Edward’s lack of professionalism, unflappable bias and overindulgent hate for Jones, had many scratching their heads as to why the man still has a job. But during an interview with hockey blog “Puck the Media”, Edwards attacks Philadelphia fans and the organization for not canceling the 2007-08 season after Jones knocked Patrice Bergeron out with a boarding.
“The Philadelphia media swallowed the PR spin whole to the point that the Philadelphia fans now, in revisionist history, a lot of them think that hit by Jones was not a significant hit,” he said. “That there was no problem with it, and that it was just the circumstance that resulted in Jones’ suspension. For that crowd to whine and moan after a perfectly legal shoulder-to-shoulder hit, that sent Jones in a non-threatening angle down behind the goal, not face first but sideways into the boards. For them to whine that there should be a hit from behind, frankly, was hilarious. Anybody who can’t connect those two dots, and see the humor in the crowd, not at the hit by Lucic but the crowd’s reaction, you’re distorting the story or have no sense of humor.
“The point is: lighten up folks! I mean, you’re just dead wrong about that one, just dead wrong, and for them to plead for a call for Randy Jones’ benefit was just such a twist of karma that I actually found it hilarious,”
Edwards exclaimed that his appalling laugh stems back to when Jones boarded Bruins’ forward Bergeron last season, knocking him out for the year. The Flyers’ organization put out a press release saying Bergeron put himself in a bad position, leaning into Jones at the last second, leaving the innocent defender no choice but to smash him face first into the glass.
“I clearly refer to “the crowd wants a call for a hit from behind”. That is what was so hilarious. Because even before we knew that Patrice Bergeron had a broken neck on the 27th of October, 2007. Even before we knew what the result of the examination was. While he was still unconscious, the Flyers had issued a public relations release, and the Philadelphia media swallowed it whole, to the point that some columnist in Philadelphia actually wrote that Bergeron knew the hit was coming,” Edwards said.
Edwards is essentially explaining that he found it unreal that the crowd wanted a call for a hit from behind, because he thinks that Jones, who can count the number of majors or violent penalties on one hand, is pure evil and intended to injure Bergeron a year prior.
“Jones coils as he crosses the goal line and drives Bergeron 90 degrees straight into the dasher, hitting to hurt,” he said, still furious over the situation. “Clearly evident that even the lenient Colin Campbell agreed and suspended Jones for the game.”
Jones received a minimal suspension considering the damage done and has not been in any trouble since.