That's the problem I have too. You don't call out a player by name because now you've put the name in the heads of the refs.
You think we'd ever see quotes like this?
"Finally, coaches and general managers were also told diving and embellishing will be watched closely.
The Ottawa Senators are sure to remind round one officials of this on a game by game basis as Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby has mastered the art of diving and embellishing contact in order to draw a penalty on the opposing team."
From the article it's hard to tell if that actually happened. The article mentions Homer by name, but there's no direct quote of Campbell doing it.
That's not to say it wasn't the case. If it was, that's an incredibly unprofessional by Campbell and the NHL to single out Homer (even though everyone would be thinking it anyway).
And have there been that many recent pre-game altercations that they needed to warn about it? What, wasn't there one last season? and that's the first one I can remember in a while.
ryan smyth is just as bad as homer. always has been, but he's a good little canadian boy...
so am i, but i'm adding to the previous point. there should be no bias. but watch kings games and see what that ****** bag smyth gets away with.
I think the Canadian bias has reduced a lot over the years, but yeah, honestly I have to agree that it's still there. Homer would probably get more credit for his toughness and battling if he was a Canadian boy, instead of people having the attitude he's some cheater that the league hasn't been able to get rid of. Much like Lids would likely already be considered second only to Orr among greatest defenseman all time, and might have another Norris.