Hi there! I've been reading your blog at work all day. You write so eloquently, and you've put words to a lot of my complicated feels about omgcp. Esp Kent. (God knows I love Tater, but the "throw him across the ice" comment Does Not Sit Well with me, for so many reasons.) Thanks for the excellent reading, and as someone who still reads the comic, has a love for Kent (& a wish for the initial plot arcs to return, & for Jack to acknowledge his assholery), I'm happy these posts (and you!) exist.
Hi there, and thank you so much!!! I’m just glad to hear from you and that I’m not alone in feeling the way I feel about things. A lot of the time, I’m just here to rationalize my frustrations, but thank you for thinking there’s any sense in them at all! :)
I love Kent too! And although I wasn’t invested in Tater, the trajectory that had gone just made my eyebrows rise. I don’t… really get? What the comic was trying to do there?
I mean obviously it was trying to make Kent appear assholish or desperate or more unlikeable. He was desperate, no mistake about it, but I don’t really see how that makes him a rat, or unlikeable or an asshole. As someone who has watched some hockey, i can tell you that happens a lot? An ugly goal is a goal, and players park their asses in front of the net and make rebounds and greasy goals. They whack their sticks against the goalie’s pads and make contact with the goalie inside the crease and not be actually in violation of any rules. Players crash the net and knock it off more often than you’d imagine. Scrums break out constantly. If he interfered with the goalie from making a save, he would have been called for interference and it would have been a no goal, or if it had been a dangerous play he would have gotten fined by DoPS or gotten a suspension. Hockey is a contact sport, and you see that as you watch more and more games. The vitriol that Kent supposedly gets because he “could have gotten the goalie injured” just makes me want to roll my eyes every time I remember that update. It just falls flat to me. The “throw him across the ice” is as far a comment you would expect to come from a player who deals with the physicality of hockey as a career. To me it just sounds like it’s pandering to fans to make cute comments about “protecting their boi” or whatnot while inciting them to hate the antagonist more, while sticking very little to the realities of the sport.
And FYI, “rat” isn’t generic lingo, but actually a hockey nickname given to ex-Bruins Kenny “The Rat” Linseman, who was an agitator and who was known for his chippy plays and borderline hits and slashes. He was once charged for kicking a player in the head with his skates. “Rat” is what they call Brad Marchand when comparing him to Linseman, as he’s had a history of dangerous plays and had been suspended/fined by the league 7 times. I’d hardly call someone who’d crashed the net in a momentum a rat. That’s just showcasing your ignorance about the sport you’re writing about.
Yeah, sometimes these posts are just me trying to DEAL, so I apologize for all the angry rants too. Thank you for your patience with me omg.