Posted 16 September 2014 - 09:19 AM
Again, you ask the question to protect Lou's way. But if you turn it around and take a step back and forget who's involved. Look at it.
"Should a player be allowed to wear the # he likes if it means something to him if the # is available?"
It's one thing to have rules like, can't go out the night before a game, can't talk to the media on game day, don't drink booze 2 days before a game... god knows. Thats understandable, but the beard and numbers and all. Thats simply stupid. If it wasnt Lou's rule you'd agree with me too, especially if Sather would do sh!t like that in NY, he'd be the laughing stock.
I am not "protecting Lou's way". No one's way is absolutely perfect, and there's no one way that is ever going to have universal appeal. It's like I've told you, I accept Lou for who he is, and that his way has brought this fanbase considerable success.
Your "Should a player be allowed to wear the # he likes if it means something to him if the # is available?" premise doesn't apply here because the number ISN'T available. The DEVILS (not Lou, the actual DEVIL FRANCHISE) choose not to issue it and never have. End of story.
Teams have different rules. It's not like the Devils are the only sports franchise that have a no-facial hair rule and don't issue every last number from 1-98. Some teams used to have a "everyone must have a certain dress code" before boarding flights. Just because you don't agree with a certain team's rule set doesn't automatically make them stupid by default. I remember a young Andre Agassi once calling the people in charge of Wimbledon "bozos" because they require players to wear white clothing only. Agassi came off like an immature wanna-be rebel, and no one agreed with his stance. The rules are what they are, and if you don't like them, no one is forcing you to take part. And there's not even a case here...we have yet to have a player say "I didn't sign with the Devils because they wouldn't let me look like Grizzly Adams and wouldn't let me wear number X." And even with the number rule, we've seen exceptions made for Gilmour, Mogilny, Richer, and Jagr...it's not like it's this hard and fast rule (though it clearly is with #13). But again, the rule is what it is, and the Devils couldn't care less what anyone has to say about it, and they don't have to...their team, their rules.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 16 September 2014 - 06:49 PM.
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