Thursday, December 08, 2005

Jeremy Roenick: Ass

I guess playing second fiddle to Sean Avery isn't sitting well with Jeremy Roenick, contrary to some reports. You see, it used to be J.R. who was the one stirring the pot and getting all the media attention (and cool roommates - NHL Center Ice joke). That was, of course, until he was traded to Los Angeles where Avery's mouth is king of on- and off-ice controversy (Avery's also dating Elisha Cuthbert, apparently - some Rink bonus info right there). So what can J.R. say to cause a stir? How's this:

[Roenick] told The Los Angeles Times that he "better be" on the Olympic team that will compete in Turin, Italy, in February.

"It would be a travesty if I'm not," Roenick told the newspaper. "I know they want a youth movement, and they need to have one, but it'd be disrespectful of the guys who have gotten Team USA to this point internationally."

This point? The point at which we've won exactly zero gold medals (and have only won a single medal of any color) since a certain miracle 25 years ago? But that's neither here nor there. Roenick has 11 points in 26 games so far this season, which is currently 12th on the Kings in scoring and puts him behind fellow Americans Craig Conroy, Joe Corvo, Tim Gleason and Dustin Brown. In other words, Roenick would barely make a starting five of American players on the Kings.

As for his Olympic track record, Roenick has exactly one goal and six points in 10 games. Not exactly awe-inspiring. And he wants to go to Turin to represent the red, white and blue? Get real. Right now there are at least nine American centers off the top of my head who are more deserving of wearing that sweater than Roenick, including (in no particular order) Doug Weight, Brian Rolston, Mike Modano, Jeff Halpern, Tim Connolly, Scott Gomez, Tyler Arnason, Conroy and Chris Drury (who am I missing? Tell me in the comments).

And what if (when) Roenick is not named to Team USA?
Roenick, 35, told The Times that if he doesn't make the cut, Team USA "better hope that I don't get a job as a commentator on NBC for [the Games], or it'd be 'Go Canada' all the way, and I don't want that."
Nice threat, J.R. I'll counter with this: if that washed up bag of bones does make the cut, I'll be "Go Canada" all the way. And I don't want that.


JP said...

Yzerman has 8 points in 12 career Olympic games (including 6 in 6 in their 2002 gold medal run). From the CP article:

Yzerman, 40, phoned Olympic boss Wayne Gretzky to say he would not play in Turin.

"It was the right thing to do. I would've loved to play in the Olympics again, but I believe it's time for me to step aside.

"It's time to let other guys play."


That's how you handle yourself with class and dignity, J.R.

JP said...

Make sure to check out the article linked in the first sentence under "some reports." Included is this quote from Avery about Roenick:

"He's the most amazing human I've ever met."

It reminds me of Harriet Miers' quote that GWB was "the smartest man [she'd] ever met."

Anonymous said...

i was fairly on track w/ you until you said Halpern is more deserving than Jeremy. Ugh.

i'll admit, i've always had [love] for JR, but don't you think his comments were at least partially tongue in cheek? That has always been his style, wouldn't you agree? It's that over-the-top mentality, in part, that's made him such a joy to watch over the years.

JP said...

Halpern is much better than Roenick. I promise that 30 out of 30 NHL GMs would rather have Halpern on their team. The numbers are comparable (Halpern has 6 more points, 3 fewer goals, 9 more shots...), but beyond the numbers Halpern is a much more respected shut-down center and face-off guy than JR.

And if JR was joking around, it was lost on me.