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,”