Yesterday, I wrote a very touching piece about the retirement of Koivu. It didn't get much attention at the time, but this morning it blew up a bit after Minnesota Wild sportswriter Michael Russo said some mean things about SB Nations:
SB Nations wants to be an unfunny Onion maybe "@CVoth1018: @Russostrib Your thoughts? http://t.co/tu770De0uP pic.twitter.com/EVdQ4tN1Ow""— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) September 11, 2014
And then, a Montreal-born actor from The Bold and the Beautiful (and a ton of other things) decided he didn't like it either:
GUY HAS NO IDEA WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT. He's got brothers confused: Koivu Announces Retirement http://t.co/wl4OPTh2GK via @BattleofCali— William deVry (@WilliamdeVry1) September 11, 2014
If you were following along with my twitter feed (or Battle of California's feed), you know things started to get a little crazy with Minnesota Wild fans after that when they started calling out some minor inaccuracies in the article.
So much so, that the Minnesota Wild organization itself decided it had to step in...
I'd like to sincerely apologize for some of these small oversights. For the record...
- Mikko Koivu is not retiring, his brother Saku Koivu is retiring.
- Saku Koivu never played for the Minnesota Wild.
- The picture in the article was of Mikko Koivu, not Saku.
- Saku Koivu is 39, not 44 (Teemu Selanne is 44).
- Koivu did not win Olympic gold with Team Sweden; he's won bronze and silver with Team Finland.
- Saku played 18 NHL seasons, not 14. There were other mathematical inconsistencies regarding his playing time.
- Saku Koivu never called cancer victims cowards. In fact, he's a cancer survivor himself, and an advocate for others.
- Saku Koivu never burned down a cancer research facility in Orange County. Nor any other counties that we are aware of.
... and yet, some of you dipshits got all the way through those "inaccuracies" in the original post and still managed to take it seriously. Way to go, Wild fans, pride of Minnesota!