You don’t mention Ben Scrivens’ wife or family.
My colleague and I know that all too well, remember?
And, as the Edmonton Oilers goalie told reporters following Saturday night’s 8-1 shellacking by the Calgary Flames, you also don’t disrespect his club’s sweater.
Scrivens, who conceded three goals on 15 shots in the game, took issue with a fan who tossed an Oilers sweater onto the ice during a stoppage in play.
He skated over, hooked it with his stick and hurled it back into the crowd before lecturing listeners on crowd etiquette post-game.
“I’m from (Edmonton),” he said. “You’re not just disrespecting guys in the room you’re disrespecting guys who wore the jersey before us … Messier, Gretzky, they all take pride in wearing that jersey.”
It’s not the Canadian flag, Ben. It’s not like someone is stomping all over the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Still, he persisted.
“You’re a fan, you get to say and do whatever you want, call me whatever name you want, but when it comes to that logo, that’s a sacred thing for us. It’s disheartening for me to see our fans treat it that way.”
In other words, sit down and take it, Edmonton.
Your team might be terrible – the worst, actually – but throwing a jersey on the ice crosses a line.
Never mind the fact the Oilers are 20 points out of the final wildcard spot in the West.
Yes, that’s sarcasm you’re beginning to smell.
And, yes, it’s about time Scrivens starts focusing on something other than blasting media and calling out justifiably disgruntled fans.