Originally written May 10, 2012 on NESN.com:

Via NESN:

There are certain things you really just can't do. Comparing professional athletes to first responders -- particularly first responders who were involved in the tragedies of Sept. 11 -- is a really, really bad idea.

That's exactly what CBC's Ron MacLean did Wednesday night in his open to Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals, the two cities targeted on 9/11.

MacLean did try curb the hyperbole at least a little bit, however.

"It's crazy to compare what the emergency responders did during that time, but a spirit has to start somewhere," he said during the open, but he followed that shortly thereafter with this.

"They are like police officers. They are like firefighters. You can't fight fire with ego. Brad [Richards] knows that. The pain these men have faced. The price they keep on paying. The hearts they keep on lifting..."

Yahoo's Puck Daddy blog tried to get a comment from CBC, who only chose to point the blog to MacLean's closing statement in which he said "our worst day is their every day."

 

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