Just as negativity began to cloud the incredible 4-goal performance of San Jose Sharks’ rookie Tomas Hertl, captain Joe Thornton stepped up and put the spotlight on himself. If you haven’t heard it yet, Jumbo Joe made a humorous remark to Vancouver based, The Province. In case you’ve ever wondered what Joe Thornton would do if he scored four goals in a single game – he says, “I’d have my c@#$ out if I scored four goals. I’d have my c@#$ out, stroking it.” – Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks.
Yesterday, Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates declared his belief that the Sharks rookie (Hertl) was disrespecting “The Game” by scoring his 4th goal of the night in flashy fashion. More on this courtesy of the Washington Post.
While most reactors to Oates’ comments tend to strongly oppose his viewpoint, there are some who completely agree – Hertl was being disrespectful.
They say bad publicity is better than no publicity. Joe Thornton took it upon himself to take the attention off his 19 year old line mate by professing what is already hands down hockey’s quote of the century, as far as humour goes. It may be bad publicity for the Sharks’ legend, however, most seem to find it more funny than offensive, and I’m in that boat.
The Sharks are off to a wicked start. Their record of 4-0-0 is dominant and decisive. Yet, most of the talk surrounding the team centres on Thornton’s comments. Much better than everyone harping on Hertl’s goals.
Thornton has been around the block – he knows how to play it with the media. According to Damien Cox of the Toronto Star, Jumbo Joe is one of the best interviews in the league. So, when JT decided to boldly testify his celebration tactics assuming a 4-goal game ever grace his career, he knew exactly what he was doing.
FYI, Joe Thornton is one of the best interviews in the sport. Open and willing to laugh at himself.
— Damien Cox (@DamoSpin) October 10, 2013
I can just imagine the Sharks captain growing tired of the constant questions to teammates in the room around him. Joe, listening in with a smirk on his face. Then, without hesitation, the comment heard round the hockey world. That’s one way to change the subject. Good for Thornton. Good move by The Captain.