I've learned to tread lightly when it comes to emasculation as a hockey chirp.
I'm a white male from suburban New Jersey who has no internal filter for language or couth; the majority of smacktalk involving gender or race probably isn't going to offend me, but that doesn't mean it isn't going to offend somebody. Alix Wright, a terrific Canucks blogger, has made the point on several occasions that hockey fans should be better than to insult a player by calling him a woman.
I don't practice what she preaches. I say a lot of things I probably shouldn't say. So do you, I imagine.
So does Dave Bolland of the Chicago Blackhawks, who has stoked the embers of their rivalry with the Vancouver Canucks by referring to Henrik and Daniel Sedin as "sisters" on WGN recently (long audio here) and criticizing their value as teammates. Comments that, of course, were picked up by the Vancouver media faster than the Sedins pick up points.
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