The Wit and Wisdom of Sean Avery: A Very Short Book

Martin AverySenior Writer IFebruary 9, 2009

They say everybody will get their 15 minutes of fame. Sean Avery has earned his fame for saying 15 things.
   
"15 minutes of fame" (or famous for 15 minutes) is an expression coined by the American artist Andy Warhol.
   
It refers to the fleeting condition of celebrity that grabs onto an object of media attention, then passes to some new object as soon as people's attention spans are exhausted.
  
It is often used in reference to figures in the entertainment industry and other areas of popular culture, including sports.
   
The expression is a paraphrase of Andy Warhol's statement: "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes."
   
Warhol got bored with continually being asked about this particular statement, Warhol deliberately tried to confuse interviewers by changing the statement variously to "In the future 15 people will be famous" and "In 15 minutes everybody will be famous."
   
Sean Avery is getting into the category of being famous for being famous.
   
Avery, the bruising power forward formerly of the Dallas Stars, New York Rangers, L.A. Kings, and Detroit Red Wings, has been called "the mouth that roared", by Mark Spector on Sportsnet.
   
Avery is best known on the ice for his days with the New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings, or as the boyfriend of Elisha Cuthbert, Rachel Hunter, Lake Bell, Mary-Kate Olsen, and Kitty Klein.
  
Avery has a long history of being very outspoken on and off the ice.
   
Here's 15 quotes that made Sean Avery famous:

1. In August, Avery told Sportsnet he wasn't re-signed by the New York Rangers because the team gave big money contracts to other players:

“It's going to be an interesting situation; certainly I'll sit back and watch. New York is a tough place to play. Markus Naslund is going to have a tough time, so is Wade Redden. New York fans aren't going to put up with those guys. I don't think that they're going to live up to the expectations. I've gone to a better team."

2. Avery on Don Cherry, during an interview on CBC's The Hour:

“He's a staple as far as Canadian hockey goes. And I grew up watching Coach's Corner, and he serves a purpose. But he really does not know shit about hockey. He knows, like, unnecessary facts about putting Sears catalogues on your shin pads.”
(Cherry called Avery a jerk.)

3. In an interview with ESPN just before the season began, Avery said the NHL is doing a terrible job of marketing itself:

"Our commissioner hasn't realized that he needs to probably do a better job of marketing the game and certainly some of the players in it. Nobody cares about Jarome Iginla and guys like that. They're just not exciting enough. They don't bring enough to the game."

4. On the climate in Canada:

“The only thing [about coming to Edmonton] I've been concerned about is whether I could grow my beard thick enough to protect me from the harsh western Canadian winter. I dealt with this two months ago.”

4. Avery on Martin Brodeur refusing to shake his hand after the Rangers-Devils playoff series, during which a new rule had to be created when Avery screened the Devils goaltending legend in a less than honourable fashion:

“Everyone talks about how classless I am, but I guess Fatso there just forgot to shake my hand.”
“I think now if you can't skate, you can't play. That's what it comes down to.”

5. "It's funny, I don't realize I'm not 6'2" or 6'3"; I think I am delusional and feel as big as those guys. It's a good thing that I have that mentality. I can't believe I am only 5-foot-10 and just 195 pounds, so I go at guys and hope for the best.

6. This one got him in a lot of trouble: “typical of most French guys in our league with a visor on, running around and playing tough and not back anything up.”

7. “(He) fabricated the whole thing.”

8. “How can a guy sitting in an office in New York determine if you dived or not by watching a tape?”

9. “No question that this is a way (for the league) to do something to me,”

10. “No question that this is a way [for the league] to do something to me. It has nothing to do with diving. How can Colin Campbell, or whoever it is, sit at a desk and make that call? They should send the tape to all seven members of the competition committee and let them look at it.”

11. “It's in the collective bargaining agreement...That's something our great competition committee did.”

12. “It was nice. Hopefully it raises some money - and what better cause? Our moms have been a big part of all of our careers, and I don't think any of us would be playing without their help.”

13.  “Without the support of my mom, Marlene, I would not be the person I am Saturday. She has been my main supporter throughout my career and I owe everything to her. This is a small way that we, as players, can pay tribute to her and other hockey moms, and it is all for a good cause.”

14. “You're the reason the league doesn't have a national television deal. You're a (terrible) announcer and you were a (terrible) player.”
 Sean Avery quote

15. "I am really happy to be back in Calgary, I love Canada," Avery told TSN. "I just want to comment on how it's become like a common thing in the NHL for guys to fall in love with my sloppy seconds. I don't know what that's about. Enjoy the game tonight."