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Hollywood Hockey

June 3, 2010

I don’t know whether you’ve seen this piece on The Daily Beast about how hunky hockey players and their Hollywood WAGs are drawing female fans to the NHL, but if you haven’t, go ahead and read it and get annoyed.

Now, the NHL drawing more women or more people in general is never a bad thing. Also, hockey fans (female or otherwise) who appreciate the aesthetic value of certain players aren’t less knowledgeable about hockey than fans who don’t.  It’s okay to know what Travis Moen’s cap hit is and also have his name on your Laminated List.

Two things I do have an issue with:

1- The implication that women are tuning in just because hockey players are hot. Um. No. If you’re the kind of person that’s watching a sport cause the people playing it are hot, you’re not going to stick around long for something so bloody, tooth-lossy, grunty, and… spitty. Besides, if you’re that person, hockey might be a little too fast for you to follow. Just a guess. Go watch European football. Prettier and more manageable.  I know what the writer says:

Not that the image of the hockey player as sweaty, toothless thug was ever entirely accurate.

This is true… off the ice, not during a game. Hockey is just not a sport you watch for the hot guys. Even Vinny Lecavalier looks absolutely disgusting in the middle of a game.

2-  This ridiculous shit:

Bonnie Fuller, legendary editor of Us Weekly, Star and now the celebrity gossip website HollywoodLife.com, has a simpler and more materialistic view of why hockey is catching on with women: diamonds.

“Those girls got gigantic rings,” Fuller says of the diamonds given to Underwood and Duff. “Those huge hunks of ice are bound to catch a girl’s eye.”

Let’s ignore how backwards this is for a second. Carrie Underwood probably makes like 50 times as much as her fiancé does. Same with the future Mrs Mike Comrie (maybe not 50, maybe more like 45, in her case). NHL players can get pretty rich, but they don’t make as much money as, say, European football stars, or Hollywood stars.

Besides, what does the paycheck have to do with anything? Tiger Woods, warts and all, makes more money than I can possibly wrap my head around, but I ain’t about to start watching golf.

Back to backwards: I can’t have been the only person insulted by this. I will buy my own goddamn Gucci purse, thank you very much, I don’t need to a man to do it*. I don’t know how someone can still say  that “$$$ = hot” in this day and age.  Especially a woman who’s been so successful in her professional and financial life.

*I may have to go without food for like six months.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 3, 2010 6:23 pm

    Couldn’t agree more. Uninformed, uninspiring and written by someone that doesn’t know anything about the sport.

  2. theactivestick permalink*
    June 5, 2010 2:22 pm

    Update of sorts: This post created a bit of buzz among my and @metricjulie’s twitter followers. Tons of female fans responded the same way we did: “Of course I watch hockey because I want diamond rings, what an idiot, etc” but I’m also amazed at just how many people (both men and women) passed this on.

    Thank you!

  3. Chris permalink
    June 5, 2010 3:20 pm

    Another fantastic article Ana! You can tell that the person who wrote that article you’re responding to must have gotten hired to do a lazy job of reporting.

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