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09-23-2003, 08:44 AM
Son of Steinbrenner
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Originally Posted by True Blue
"its pointless to bench messier in a blow out preseason game that nobody can see he wouldnt learn from it. its not pointless to bench murray because you could learn from it. not to mention how do you know messiers penalty was lazy and murrays wasnt?"

First of all, where did anyone say that one took a lazy penalty while the other one did not?
Second, you do not bench players for the benefit of the fans. A benching is not determined by the amount of fans who are watching the game. Messier should be held to the same standard that anyone else is. A hooking penalty is a lazy play. It means that you did not play your man properly and got caught. All players have got to be held to the same level of ACCOUNTABILITY. Allowing Messier to get away with anything simply becuase he's Messier sends out an ill message to the rest of the team. Why should they try hard when Messier can do what he wants and not be held accountable?
has mark messier earned any leeway in his 24 years of playing hockey? ive seen hooking penalites that save goals from being scored. not to mention what if it was a bad call? do you know if it was? you must? garth murray has not earned a jock in this league!!!

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