Habs' Parros flogs "Violent Gentlemen" clothing for kids
While recovering from a concussion sustained after a fight, Canadiens' forward George Parros and his wife seem to be flogging their "Violent Gentlemen" clothing line - available in sizes for kids - without the slightest sense of irony.
Here's their pitch: "Violent gentlemen are forged from steel and bound by a code: Respect. It runs deep and courses through the veins of a Violent Gentleman. We are a brotherhood of upstanding individuals with an appreciation for style and our nose to the grindstone. From the ice to the Octagon, from the ring to the field we honor the fight, the art, the opponent and the sport. Blood paints a path to the heart. Sweat, a river to the soul."
How poetic. Ugh, that reminds me...I've been meaning to take a kayak down the sweat river to visit my soul...
I think Parros is over-thinking his role as an "enforcer" - he's paid to intimidate and rattle members of the opposing team so that his teammates can gain a competitive advantage (we're told fights swing games, but really, how often is that the case?). He's not a noble warrior fighting for a just cause; he's a hired goon.
I'm the last person to ask, "won't somebody please think of the children," but what a terrible message for kids; to equate violence with gentlemanly behaviour, and to brag about being violent by wearing Parros' stupid hoodies and t-shirts. Maybe he needs a few more concussions to understand that he's part of the problem (not that I wish that on him).
"BUT IT'S PART OF THE GAME"... No, it's not. If it were, players wouldn't be penalized for fighting, but instead rewarded for it within the game (name one other professional sport that tolerates, even encourages these sideshows). It's an extra-curricular activity meant to give bros blood boners and it's not a question of if, but when it will be banned. In the coming years, when "enforcers" like Parros sue the NHL because they're eating mushy peas and can't write their own names, the league will come to the conclusion that allowing fights (or tolerating any contact above the shoulders) during games is too much of a liability.
Agree or disagree with my take on its place in the game, know that it will be banned in the coming years. So, deal with it and if you like seeing men beat each other up, watch sports like boxing or MMA that were actually conceived for that purpose.
Get well soon, Mr. Parros, gentleman extraordinaire. Let's hope you score more goals than knockouts this season.
photo: Violent Gentlemen