Thursday, November 05, 2009

Unfair InFLUence? Calgary and Toronto get the shot, we don't.

H1N1 is all the rage these days, and the Flames and Leafs decided they wanted none of it. Jumping the "high priority" line up, these clubs were offered the vaccination and the media is all over it. I'm not debating the morality from a public health point of view (well, maybe a little), but I'm wondering if this is fair from a hockey point of view.

The Leafs and Flames have been offered the shot, but what about the remaining 28 teams in the NHL, specifically the other 4 Canadian teams including your Ottawa Senators. Does the H1N1 shot give those teams an advantage while the others are left susceptible to a nasty flu virus? I think it could.

But then again, do we want to rally that the Sens and their families get the shot? I think not. And why not? Frankly, it's unfair to those high priority Canadians that just can't get it in time. We hold these hockey players and teams in high regard - they provide us with entertainment, debate and endless blog fodder; while working their butts off and traveling at a wild pace. For that, we thank them. But do they deserve the H1N1 shot over you and me?

Or, are you of the camp that the Flames and Leafs have opened the door and the Sens need to follow. Given what's at stake in the world of hockey (for the fans, the sponsors, the city, etc.) should our team not naturally be offered the shot to ensure a fair playing field? Imagine the virus sweeps the Sens dressing room and wipes out 5-6 players for a week. Egads! All the while, Toronto manages to collect three more OT losses with their healthy club. It just ain't right.

We've got about 10 hours to kill until game time, so what do you think of this issue? What side are you on?

9 comments:

duff said...

Breaking news, the Alberta health official that helped the Flames jump the line has been fired and an investigation continues. Right or wrong, the public pressure doesn't bode well for those teams.

As for on-ice advantages, yeah I can see that. I'd love to see Burkie go public and say "piss off, we need all the advantages we can find!"

Adam M said...

This has happened in a few local leagues in Sweden. A team here has purchased the flu vaccine (team A) and they are to play a game against a non vaccinated team (team B).

Now team B has asked for a postponement to be able to play, seeing as they only have a healthy roster of 9 players.

Team A has denied the postponement, saying they can always forfeit.

This has definitely created an unbalanced and unfair advantage.

The league should look into this and investigate.

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