Canucks and Beyond
I have a confession to make: I've become a bit of a Facebook-whore lately. (Not to mention Twitter and various other web 2.0 apps that make me either (1) geeky, or (2) simply a jackass). But I've been personally conflicted about the whole thing. I'm not the biggest fan of social-networking really, and a friend just asked me the very question I've been asking myself lately: "Does anyone really know what the point of Facebook happens to be (other than being an ass, which I was able to do fine before signing up)?" Excellent question. I was stumped for a while, and then The Light Dawned: The Church of Bubla. (If that link doesn't work, don't blame me. You need to get a free Facebook account of your own to check it out. Annoying, I know). So, yeah, I actually created a Facebook group dedicated to Jiri Bubla. And now Facebook finally has A Higher Purpose for me.
Some stray, random (and entirely pointless) news featuring the personalities of the NHL, but having pretty much nothing to do with actual hockey. Stuff in Philadelphia: In Flyers' trivia, d-man Randy Jones was on television's Extra last night, named one of America's Most Eligible Bachelors. He "opens up on what he looks for in a woman, whether or not he wants to have kids and whether he wears boxers or briefs." Oh yeah. That's Alanah's kinda hockey blogging, all right. So here's the video.
¡puǝʞǝǝʍ ɹnoʎ ʎoɾuǝ ˙dn ɹǝqos ı uǝɥʍ ʎllnɟǝɹɐɔ ǝɹoɯ sǝnssı ǝsǝɥʇ ɹǝpısuoɔ oʇ ǝʌɐɥ ll,ı os 'ʞunɹp ƃuıʇʇǝƃ uo ƃuıʞɹoʍ ɯ,ı ʍou ʇɥƃıɹ 'ʎlǝʇɐunʇɹoɟun ˙ɯɐǝʇ sıɥʇ ɹoɟ pɹɐʍɹoɟ ƃuıɹoɔs ʇuǝɔǝp ɐ ʇǝƃ oʇ ɯooɹ dɐɔ ɥƃnouǝ llıʇs s,ǝɹǝɥʇ ˙sǝʞɐspoƃ ɹoɟ 'punlɥo sɐıʇʇɐɯ ǝʞıl sʎnƃ ƃuıpɐɹʇ 'uʍop ǝpısdn pǝuɹnʇ ʇǝƃ oʇ sɐɥ ƃuıɥʇʎɹǝʌǝ uɐǝɯ ʇ,usǝop ʇɐɥʇ ʇnq ˙ʇunoɯɐɹɐd sı ɹǝɹoɔs ǝuıl-doʇ ɐ ɹoɟ pǝǝu ɹıǝɥʇ ˙ɹǝɥʇǝƃoʇ sʇɔɐ ɹıǝɥʇ ʇǝƃ oʇ pǝǝu llıʇs sʞɔnuɐɔ ɹǝʌnoɔuɐʌ ǝɥʇ 'sǝʎ
The off season is full of so many stories, it's understandable that people joke that there really ISN'T an off season for the NHL. But it's the potential for amusement that really stands out to me, and for some reason this week, everything strikes me as worth laughing at. Here are just 5 recent stories that seem to have their own laugh-track built right in:
I know I haven't been contributing any brilliant, intelligent commentary to the world of hockey since The End of Days (nor much before that, no doubt), but since I dislike golf with a passion that almost exceeds my love of hockey, this Letter to the Editor (or whateverthehell it is) just seemed worth pointing out:
I’m not a fan of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. I follow the sport only when I see it on the daily ESPN top 10 list. I respect hockey and its athletes, but it just isn't entertaining enough to sit through an entire game for a single goal or the occasional brawl. To be a true hockey fan you either grew up playing, had a professional team in your city, or you’re Canadian (ha ha ha, joking). Where are all the big-name hockey players? I can't name one professional hockey player off the top of my head, other than Wayne Gretzky, who isn’t even playing anymore. We non-hockey fans need a dominant player who can attract us to watch and follow a pro hockey team in their quest for the Stanley Cup. I know golf’s boring to some people, but hey, we have Tiger Woods at least, come on! Mike Neal Stewart Park golf pro, RoseburgMan. Golfers are what ails the world. (Not to mention, ESPN). What now? You say you can't really get into hating golf? Hmmm... Then perhaps you can be persuaded to dislike law enforcement, if only for a moment:
I’ve made somewhat of a career out of giving Chris Chelios a hard time. The more voraciously irritated Detroit fans have sent me emails over the years, decrying my abuse, but they’ve got it all wrong—I’m actually a fan!
But damned if that means I can pass up an easy joke. Nor can KnobHockey. In their newest release, Chris Chelios runs a locker room Q&A session with the boys.
It’s awesome, especially the Todd Bertuzzi part. I want a transcript of this one.
*Check out Knob Hockey’s site for some other interesting choices, like “Hot Goalie-on-Goalie Action” and “Too Many Niedermayers!”
I don’t know how I missed this Charlie Teljeur cartoon before, but in honor of today’s game it seemed like the perfect time to place it front and center…
*From CBC’s The Instigator, Charlie Teljeur
Against all the odds -- and to my endless irritation -- I see Dominik Hasek continues to snap up those salary bonuses of his with some show-off performances. God, it's hard to stomach. But I'm a good sport so I thought I'd offer him a celebratory drink, sure to be the next big thing at The Joe: Octopus Ball Soda. (I'm not even making this up.) Who knew the Japanese could contribute something so profound to the sport of ice hockey? I'll look forward to seeing the boys at the office knocking a couple of these back. ___________________________ Note: For Wings Fans with octopus fetishes that are unable to get their hands on this fine product, I've listed the ingredients below, just because I care. From News on Japan:
"a soda drink made with the flavors of diced octopus, tempura scraps (tenkasu), pickled ginger, konnyaku, and green onion, topped with okonomiyaki sauce, green laver (aonori), mayonnaise, and katsuobushi (fish shavings)."I do hope you have fun making it and sharing it with your friends... there's even a soundtrack to go with the experience.
First there was Sidney, and now there’s Alex…
Marketing tag line? I propose “Hockey Barbies on Steroids. For the kid in you!”
*Doll’s image from this affiliate link to the company’s website
...those terrorists in Dallas will be nuked. Or so we hope -- I understand Keifer drinks and smokes rather a lot to be a great help on the ice. By the way, before anyone freaks about the #11, there's no "C" on the front, so I'm eager to believe that Keifer isn't summoning The Evil One upon us.
About Canucks and Beyond
Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.
In addition to writing Canucks & Beyond and helping manage Kukla's Korner, Alanah was one of the founders and co-hosts of The Crazy Canucks Podcast. She has contributed pieces to FoxSports.com and the New York Times Slapshot blog, as well as other stray destinations in cyberspace.
So that's me. Who the hell are you?
Alanah's Twitter: [@alanah1]