Dig if you will, a picture, of the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks engaged in a triple overtime thriller in Chicago. It’s past midnight on the east coast, and everyone is thinking “End this! I have to get to work in the morning!” Andrew Shaw of the Blackhawks delivers a redirection that goes in on Tukka Rask, ending the game. This being on NBC, Pierre Macguire jumps over the boards, or at least climbs over them slowly, and grabs the guy who potted the game winning goal. “Tell me about the goal.” Standard stuff.
Andrew Shaw then drops an f-bomb on national TV. LIVE! OH THE HUMANITY!
Two days later, TWO DAYS, there’s an article on Puck Daddy, Yahoo! Sports’ hockey blog, about how Shaw’s mother and the mayor of his hometown ‘absolve him’ for popping the f-word1. According to wikipedia, a network is not required to censor foul language between 10PM and 6AM. So, evidently people are up in arms over something the FCC doesn’t care about. You know, the FCC with the over-strict decency rules.
David Ortiz got away with it after the Boston Marathon bombings, and that was during prime-time. So, I think Andrew Shaw gets a pass on this one.
1 I’m aware of the irony of complaining about censorship and then self-censoring by not using the word in question. I didn’t want to fuck up and offend someone.2