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Wednesday, February 08, 2021

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The Rick Tocchet sports-betting scandal is gaining steam quite nicely, and some folks are jumping all over it as the hockey scandal of the century.

Without getting too deep into it, I don’t see it that way. I don’t condone Tocchet’s actions, any more than others defend Pete Rose’s gambling forays. If the Phoenix assistant coach turns out to be guilty, then he probably ought to be booted from the NHL coaching ranks. But I don’t see this having a particularly long-term impact on the league, neither internally nor with the public image (not even if Wayne Gretzky winds up being complicit — which wouldn’t surprise me, since his wife seems to be knee-deep in this).

I do like how Deadspin used a post headline — “Not Even Hockey Players Gamble on Hockey” — to poke fun at a key detail in this item. It brings to mind my favorite hockey joke, which I’ll re-present here now:

A guy goes out golfing all day Saturday. That evening, after his 18 holes, he calls up his bookie.

“Hey Bobby, how you doing, it’s me. Listen, how did I do on the baseball today?”

The bookie replies, “On baseball, you lost a thousand.”

“What?” the guy says. “A thousand? Oh no, that’s terrible! My God… Well, how did I do on the football then?”

Without missing a beat, Bobby the bookie answers, “On football, you lost a thousand.”

“Another thousand?!” the guy exclaims. “You mean I lost two thousand today? I don’t understand it, this is unbelievable… Tell me how I did on the basketball?”

Bobby deadpans: “On the basketball, you lost a thousand.”

“Three thousand dollars? You’re saying I lost three thousand dollars in bets, all in one day? I can’t believe this, this can’t be… what am I going to tell my wife? My God, this is just terrible!”

“So listen,” says Bobby. “You wanna put something on the hockey game tonight?”

“Hockey?” the guy replies. “What the fuck do I know about hockey?”

What, indeed.

- Costa Tsiokos, Wed 02/08/2021 06:34:48 PM
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  1. Eh, I don’t think it’s the scandal of the century - and why I mention I don’t think it’s the end of hockey like some were proclaiming, but I do think it’s a hell of a story.

    Comment by David — 02/09/2021 @ 04:41:08 AM

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