October 24th, 2012


Gloucester on Ice!

Earlier today, I was contemplating the opening speech from Shakespeare’s Richard III, i.e., “Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this sun of York…”, when it suddenly occurred to me that Gloucester has a perfect counterpart in the present day: None other than NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman! Bear with me on this…

Consider: a small, deformed man, his twisted body mirroring his twisted soul. A man whose sole delight is in his machinations to set one group against another to further his own consolidation of power. The likeness came to me in the following passage, which is from that same opening speech:

But I, that am not shaped for sportive tricks,
Nor made to court an amorous looking-glass;
I, that am rudely stamp’d, and want love’s majesty
To strut before a wanton ambling nymph;
I, that am curtail’d of this fair proportion,
Cheated of feature by dissembling nature,
Deformed, unfinish’d, sent before my time
Into this breathing world, scarce half made up,
And that so lamely and unfashionable
That dogs bark at me as I halt by them;
Why, I, in this weak piping time of peace,
Have no delight to pass away the time,
Unless to spy my shadow in the sun
And descant on mine own deformity:
And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover,
To entertain these fair well-spoken days,
I am determined to prove a villain
And hate the idle pleasures of these days.
Plots have I laid, inductions dangerous
By drunken prophecies, libels and dreams…

I offer this to those of my readers who share my tastes for theater and hockey.
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