May 29, 2018
Of the four major professional sports in the United States, there's very little debate that football and hockey are the two most physically grueling and dangerous.
There is an honest debate to be had about which of the two holds the edge, but one thing is clear: Basketball is nowhere near as much of a gauntlet as either of them.
On Sunday night, as the NBA playoffs wrapped up and the NHL's Stanly Cup Finals, Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long decided to have a little fun with his followers.
I see some ppl saying “turn on the Stanley Cup.” Guys take too many breaks in hockey. Shift changes constantly. For instance, last night,, Lebron played the entire game. I’d rather watch the grinders.— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) May 29, 2018
At this point, Long triggers people on Twitter on a weekly basis. He may not have realized this would be his most controversial statement to date.
They take more breaks cuz they work harder and move constantly. There’s less timeouts and penalties in hockey. If you watched you would know— Alex D'Amato (@alexphillies10) May 29, 2018
Hockey is played likes 80’s-90s NBA. Fast paced, violent, and physical the entire game. Modern NBA has less contact than curling. Imagine any NBAer today going against The Bad Boys or Celtics. They’d wouldn’t make it out the 1st quarter.— CSC (@TheWordOnTweets) May 29, 2018
Pound for pound Hockey players are the toughest of the major 4 sports. It's the most grueling playoff season to win a championship of the major 4 sports. Not even close.— J Vieira (@jayvee1964) May 29, 2018
You have absolutely no idea what your talking about. I'd be surprised if you ever even WATCHED a hockey game. Go back to the only thing you're moderately good at.— chris (@cwebb56) May 29, 2018
You & I are no longer on speaking terms E. 🙄— Linda P (@PeaPro1) May 29, 2018
Hockey players > basketball players at every level.
When a guy who literally sits half of the game in the sport he plays decides to get mouthy about the NHL... https://t.co/hnNB14w9WH— Matt Baer (@MattBaerMedia) May 29, 2018
Wow. I don’t even know what to say here. Chris could probably play in the NBA. Wouldn’t last more than 5 minutes in an NHL game. Hockey humbles all those that claim to be “athletes”.— Jared Falden (@JaredFalden) May 29, 2018
Ever played hockey? Hardest working athletes around. STFU @NHLBruins— laurie allen (@matchroadie) May 29, 2018
Long quickly gathered that he had awoken an army of hockey fans prepared to take him to task.
But he decided to keep it up.
I gotta stop with the hockey trolling. I can’t risk someone going out in the world thinking I’m serious. But these mentions... pic.twitter.com/67AdhdRzLz— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) May 29, 2018
One of these days I’m gonna be strolling through Manitoba and I’m gonna randomly get jumped over an old hockey tweet that six big ass oil workers didn’t realize was a joke. I’ll be laid up in a free ER, full body cast and everything right back at it.— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) May 29, 2018
The back-and-forth became so vicious that The Daily Caller wrote an article considering whether Long was seriously claiming basketball was rougher than hockey.
The saddest part about all of this is that Long legitimately upset some oil workers in Canada.
Fml.. I play hockey and drive an oil truck. Had no clue for the last 20 years they came hand in hand.. I need to start over. 🤦🏻♂️— Jay Gleckner (@jaygleckner) May 29, 2018
Meh. I’m from Fort McMurray. My family ARE oil workers. They live hockey more. You’re cool.— Blackbird (@blackbird726) May 29, 2018
There's a long summer of baseball ahead. We can only speculate about Long's viewing choices when "Shark Week" returns. Are baseball players tougher than sharks?