Originally Posted by BaddaBing Badda Boom
he You know I might be out of charachter here but, maybe, just maybe Wilson didn't give a hoot, it is possible. Everybody is wired up differnently. Wilson, Wensink, Fotiu in the peak of Probert's era I would agree would have incurred more losses for sure. I do think that with respect to Fotiu if he prevails in choosing the style, namely, his boxing show, I think he does pretty good against anyone - bring it inside and he is going to suffer in the loss column
srehm, why should BW avenge draws
But seriously BBBB, BW WAS wired differently...his teammates even mention it. By the time of his CHI days he seemed a loner even as a veteran. Talking to him you could tell he was very different than any other player I'd met... extremely intelligent, but very guarded. You could sense his elitism, an aloofness that he carried on the ice...he was no well liked by the Hawk teammates (unlike Probie who the Wings players loved) . Even while on VCR , talking to Cochrane about BW he doesn't remember him with fondness as much as his great respect of him as a fighter...he thought he was the toughest guy he'd ever seen ..at that point in his career. Fraser , who found out the hard way that BW was as tough as they come seemed to imply that BW was dangerously unpredictable but traveled to the beat of a different drum.
Watching his whole career he was an enigma, at times half asleep ..and then snap !! He spears you ..the Fotiu incident didn't surprise me in the least, I 'd seen that with Behn many times against lesser HW than NF. He never thought of himself as a tough guy that needs to prove anything, I'll tell you one thing ..had NF suckered him the way Baxter did ..there would 've been another part 2 , guaranteed. I still have a ton of BW just playing on tape (gms or just his shifts courtesy of my trader in CHI)... he was almost never overly aggressive..not like Playfair - who always played like he woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Not a huge body checker, that took too much effort..he seemed like he didn't want to look bad..he rarely ever fell..never had snow on his pants.
But had he played later , he'd certainly would've had more losses ..just not the devastating kind that felled Probert ( leaving that chin open was Probie Achilles heel) . BW had a more of a boxing background perhaps ..keeping that chin tucked in. Near impossible to KO. BW was a master at "ring generalship" rarely looking like he was losing..his strength , balance, mean streak, power, technique..he refused to be dominated.