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11-13-2012, 01:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Philly85 View Post
Overreacting or not, the bottom line is that was a very poor choice of words by Benn. Hilarious and pathetic how many of these so called patriotic Canadian kids are intimidated by the prospects of playing in a native environment with added pressure and attention. Should drive athletes to excel.
That's ridiculous beyond belief. Why would talking to more journalists drive one to excel? If you need media validation or attention to drive you to excel, there's something terribly wrong with your attitude as a professional athlete to begin with. Noone really cares about the pressure. To many, it's just uncomfortable as hell to do have your focus drawn off by the media - focus on hockey (as it's actually played on the ice) as much as on your life, because beings generally don't get to live up to their professional upside when they are not comfortable in other aspects of their life. Anyone who'd use this to attack Benn or anyone over this only illustrates a lack of empathy.

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