Re: The Hockey News
posted at 2/13/2012 10:36 AM EST
In Response to Re: The Hockey News
[QUOTE]Also - I don't know if the Hockey Digest is still around, but it was always terrible. Stan Fischler, among the most ridiculous "name" hockey writers of all time, had a column comparing players and declaring who was better. He broke players down by elements of their game and their position, and then declared his overall winner based on who won the elements. In this way he said Messier was better than Gretzky about six months after saying someone I've completely forgotten was better than Messier - it was a good but clearly forgettable player who you'd get utterly destroyed for even comparing to Gretzky, but they Fischler's logic, he was better than the guy who was better than Gretzky. Avoid Hockey Digest . Avoid Stan Fischler, unless you're trying to build an appreciation of KPD.
Posted by Bookboy007[/QUOTE]
I remember from about 69-72...seems like twice a year, ole Stan did a "who's better" Orr or Esposito. Like I think many, I couldn't wait to get my copy, and what I remember most... the bozo never answered his own question. The final paragraph of the story always threw it right back to the reader. It always irritated me, but I guess it never stopped me from buying the next one.
At the time of course, Orr was the annointed one, but even as a kid, I didn't think Espo got the appreciation he deserved. Seemed like many Bruins felt that if you were complimenting Espo, you were taking something away from Orr. I could never figure that out, but adulthood has taught me, unfortunately that kind of thinking isn't uncommon.
#7 did end up getting his due though, the Canada Cup in 72.
Your post takes me down memory lane Book.