The phrase "thrown under the bus" has hereby been removed from the American English lexicon. Anybody who uses that phrase after this day, 25 March, 2008, will hereby be referred to as a dildo.
I also say enough to the pervasive virus that is sweeping the NHL. It seems that whenever somebody gets checked hard any more, his teammates mount up and ride to the rescue like they're the cavalry. Not even on cheap shots, just on regular checks. Not even checks on superstars, checks on regular players. Knock somebody to the ice and you have just started a full-on scrum, friend.
In the Penguins/Islanders game last night, somebody named Matthew Spiller collected the puck behind his own net and fired a pass out to teammate Blake Comeau. Spiller basically put the pass along the boards and right in Comeau's skates. This is not a very nice thing to do to a teammate. It forces him to put his head down to look for the puck and in most NHL games, when you put your head down, somebody on the other team puts your entire body down. As you can see starting at the :47 mark.
So Max Talbot buries Comeau with a shoulder to the chest. About the cleanest NHL hit you'll ever see. As little as three years ago, nothing else would've happened. Maybe back at the bench, Comeau would find Spiller and say, "Nice fuckin' pass". And Spiller would've hung his head in shame.
Instead, Spiller got his dander up and tried to start a fight. Because he made a bad pass and his teammate got checked. Checked in an NHL game. Maybe Spiller should've punched himself in the face, but this is starting to get ridiculous. If you throw a teammate under the bus like that, don't be a dildo and start a fight, acting like you're defending him from normal NHL play. That's a total dildo move!