An ongoing inside joke between me and my pals is my constant defense of David Clarkson. I'll even tweet after every goal he scores with an emphatic "DAVID CLARKSON SCORES!", something I haven't had to do in quite some time. The origin of this David Clarkson defense is twofold:
- Clarkson grew up in nearby Mimico, rooting for the Leafs, and I would never fault him for getting a monster contract from Dave Nonis
- From certain angles, Clarkson looks an awful lot like me, particularly when I was his age and 30lbs heavier
Truth be known, the David Clarkson we see this season is David Clarkson. He's not under performing, he's pretty much playing his best. He was never worthy of the contract he received, and now he's a prime target of disdain.
Peter Horachek made Clarkson a healthy scratch against the Oilers, and we won big. It was only our second win of 2015. Clarkson will likely be a healthy scratch tonight, too.
As one doppelgänger falls, another rises. I received this tweet the other day from @kewl75.
@torontomike didn't realize you were hosting the "Faking It" segment on TSN tonight pic.twitter.com/lj1Ra3Tld1— Keith Wilen (@kewi75) February 6, 2015
We'll see how this works out...