You know I always say that if you’re going to say something that a person or group would find offensive, it’s best to not say it at all, but the uproar of the latest case of verbal diahhrea even has me rolling my eyes.

Paul Steigerwald is an announcer for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and today he’s under fire for making a joke about the Hobey Baker Award (Best College Hockey Player). See Baker quit the game of hockey to serve his country in WWI, but tragically crashed and died during a postwar flight in 1918. Steigerwald’s boothmate Bob Errey made a point of saying that former Hobey Baker Award winner Mike Mottau went down hard, to which Paul chimed in and said, “Not as hard as Hobey Baker went down, though. He went down in a plane crash.” Here’s your video….

Yeah it was a little much, and the fact that the joke was made 91 years to the day that Baker died didn’t help, but let’s give Steigerwald a pass on this one. Afterall, it’s Christmas right?

Video: Penguins announcer finds comedy in aviation fatalities (Puck Daddy)