You don't think this is Booth's response to the media and fan base criticizing him and his teammates? It seems more in more this team's standards and expectations are raised where criticism outweighs appreciation. How the hell can anyone perform in this kind of atmosphere? Why do you think the Leafs consistently fail to make the playoffs? You don't think it's the atmosphere and pressure on the players to perform?
No one forced David Booth, or any other professional athlete to chose this profession as their job. It was a choice. And the reality in professional sports and fanbases are, you don't have one without the other. Their is no 'Vancouver Canucks' if they don't have a large fanbase who a) buys tickets to hockey games b ) purchases team merchandise c) watch the team in TV
You choose to play professional sports, then you choose you to be in the spotlight. That spotlight will always provide a combination of love and hate, it's how professional sports work. Habs are under just as much pressure as the Leafs, why have they made the playoffs? The Leafs are a bad hockey team, that's why they didn't make the playoffs - it has nothing to do with their fanbase.
I am under public scrutiny in my job, but I realized that when I accepted the challenge. I chose this career and it meant I chose what came with it. The sooner David Booth can accept that, the sooner he can take responsibility for his own actions.
Edited by RunningWild, 23 April 2012 - 07:09 PM.