I loved the Fantasy Draft for selecting teams in the All Star Game. It was fun, it was candid and it created a great entrée for the competition this week-end. There were a few “ribbings, some jokes and every body seemed to have a good time. So was I until they gave away the car to Phil Kessel.
GIVE ME A BREAK! Giving a new car to Phil Kessel of the Toronto Maple Leaf for being the last player selected in the Fantasy Draft.
THAT IS REALLY LAME!!!
Whoever got this idea should get a job as a kindergarten teacher where nobody looses and everybody gets a prize. Are we dealing with kids here or are those players professional athletes who make millions of dollars. Giving 20K to a charity was a good gesture and should have been quite enough. (maybe Phil should have to match it for being last)
Phil Kessel makes 5.4 MILLION DOLLARS! Professional players don’t get rewarded for finishing last. If he does feel a little embarrassed for being picked last, he will get over it, except maybe for his teammates who won’t let him forget it. That’s all part of being on a team and he would be disappointed if he didn’t get “razzed” by his teammates.
On top of it all, he was the last forward selected. Jonas Hiller (Anaheim Ducks) was the last goalie and Erik Karlsson (Ottawa Senators) was the last defenseman. The rules did not allow defensemen nor goalies to be chosen as the last player. The least they could have done is to make it fair for everybody. All goalies had to be selected by the 10th round and all defensemen by the 15th round. Why wouldn’t they get a car for being the last of their position? This made absolutely no sense. Phil Kessel himself seemed more embarrassed about getting a car then he was about being picked last.
The charitable gift is a good idea. I have been promoting that the NHL, the players and sponsors should throw money in the “pot” for the winning team to give to charity. I don’t know if this will happen but we do know that the player of the game will also win a car.
HAVE A GREAT HOCKEY DAY!