My mistake. Toronto GM Brian Burke wasn’t, in fact, talking about Homer’s view on the place of protective visors in hockey, but Holmer’s. As in his counterpart over at the Philadelphia Flyers, Paul Holmgren, who said last week: “To me, it’s not an issue: Players should wear them.”
So that clears that up.
Just for the record, there are no mentions of visors in The Odyssey. Lots of helmets and shields, though, and even if the context is different, the message is pretty much the same whether it’s the safety of players you’re talking about or heroes: “If, again, war were to break out this day,” cries Ulysses, “give me a shield, a couple of spears and a helmet fitting well upon my temples.”