Negativity Doesn’t Make You An Expert!

Anyone can’t rant and rave about the game and usually those are always the people that get heard the most.

Negativity isn’t an indication of expertise in the game of hockey.

I’ve never understood what the allure is of watching people lose their minds yelling and screaming their opinions.

Don’t get me wrong I love a well timed and thought provoking rant, but that’s where that all ends.

Calling junior hockey players out or

criticizing officials and coaches endlessly clearly doesn’t make a person an expert on every single topic revolving around the game.

Sure I get it, it’s social media.

It’s all about sharing opinions and experiences, but the endless sea of negativity isn’t original or creative it’s ridiculous, but yet some people are still entertained by that buffoonery.

It’s perplexing why some people compelled or obligated to constantly put people down.

I know “opinions are like assholes everyone has one,” but when a grown man says “good” on a retweet of an article explaining how an overager was left off a QMJHL Training Camp roster that’s where I draw the line.

It’s ridiculous that people would use their platforms to degrade, humiliate and belittle junior aged hockey players.

It’s unthinkable inexcusable and shouldn’t have any place within the game, but yet here we are.

I’m sure people are probably saying oh here’s that Eagles fellow standing up for another player again.

To each their own I guess.

I’m just really tired of all the negativity and all the bull shit in the hockey world.

I wonder if the guy that wrote that tweet ever met the player in question?

I guess we always have to consider the source when looking at or hearing the so called self proclaimed experts when they take to their podiums.

Being negative doesn’t make people right.

It doesn’t make people informed or in the know, it just makes them negative.

One longtime hockey executive and I were having a chat before a major junior game about a potential article I was planning on writing.

He looked at me and said something that I will never forget.

“You know Craig, anyone be negative, it’s doesn’t take too much effort to do that.”

Taking a stand for what you believe in is one thing, being negative, critical and downright disrespectful towards young junior aged hockey players or kids is another.

I wonder how buddy would feel if that was his kid?

I wonder how he would feel if the tables were to turn.

Oh, but that buddy probably doesn’t see it that way.

He’s just trying to gain some more followers by being edgy, provocative and negative.

That shit sells, that’s why people tune in right?

Is negativity becoming an indicator of hockey expertise?

I sure as hell hope not, but these days nothing surprises me.

There’s a time and place to be quiet and listen, but there’s also a time to take a stand for what’s right and speak.

Personally I’ll stick to what I was taught when I was two.

“If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.”

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