Oftentimes, you hear radio hosts, announcers and players talk about "going to battle," describing a player as a "warrior," or even talk about a game as "going to war." I have some simple rules when it comes to mixing in analogies involving war or battle or real-life terror and comparing them to sports.
I don't do it.
Or, to be clear, I make every effort not to do it. I'm guessing I've slipped up somewhere along the way.
I don't know what CBC hockey studio host Ron MacLean's policy is on this subject, but if it's similar to mine, then he had his slip-up on Wednesday night leading into Game 6 of the playoff series between the New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals.
If you're wondering which category MacLean's faux pas fell under, file it under "inappropriate, completely oblivious, rambling 9/11 first responder analogies."
It came as the lead-in to the introduction of Game 6. I'll break it down after you've watched it; here you go:
0:10 -- "...united in the birth of the country, they're also linked in tragedy, they were the twin targets of the coordinated attacks on 9/11..."
This already felt out of place and awkward. Invoking memories of 9/11, not exactly how you go about setting the tone for Game 6 of a hockey playoff series. It would get weirder.
0:15 -- "...and it's crazy to compare what the emergency responders did during that time..."
So crazy that MacLean is about to spend the next 60 seconds doing it.
0:20 -- "As you enjoy this series between the New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals, you can't help but be struck by these players and the way they've played these games...they ARE like police officers, they ARE like firefighters..."
This is where it starts to get uncomfortable...
0:39 -- "...the pain these men have faced, the price they keep on paying..."
0:47 -- "...the hearts they keep on lifting!"
Somebody tackle him, please.
1:00 -- "We all know the firefighters, our worst day is their every day."
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Wow. I don't know if Ron MacLean knows anything about soccer, but let's try and get him on the World Cup and see if he can start an international incident!
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