Canucks and Beyond
THIS video made my week.
Gotta love the satirists… from The Brushback (via Sports Illustrated), here’s NBA Commissioner David Stern’s considered response to Chris Simon’s hit last week: he promptly suspended NBA player Stephen Jackson.
Stern defended himself today by saying he was merely “sending a message.”
“We have to send a strong message to our players that behavior such as this will not be tolerated,” said Stern. “Whether or not Stephen was actually involved in the incident is not important. The important thing is something bad happened somewhere, and we don’t want it to reflect negatively on the NBA. It’s a shame, too, because the vast majority of our players are law-abiding citizens, not thugs. But Stephen Jackson is a thug, and he’s probably hit several people with sticks in his life, so it’s not like he didn’t have this coming.”
Just an update because so many people keep BUGGING ME!! Regarding that idiotic tattoo in my future: Yo! Luongo will be imprinted on me shortly. I lost the bet at the halfway point of this season, and while I've always intended to pay up, I must admit I've been dragging it out. Well, no more. By April 1st (April Fool's Day sure seems appropriate) I'll publish pics of the new tattoo. It may or may not look something like the image with this post. I suppose it all depends on how sober the tattoo artist is...
Some fun from Charlie Teljeur on THN’s Loose Change today, confused as he is about the rise of the Vancouver Canucks this season:
It’s that whole Vancouver Canucks leading the Northwest Division thing that has me puzzled. How did that happen? As far as I’m concerned, they’re just one Italian guy and a trio of Swedes which, to me, sounds more like a cheesy adult film than a hockey team.
He also goes on to list “TOP 12 THINGS I DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT THE VANCOUVER CANUCKS”, including such gems as,
7. Microsoft Word will not accept the word Bieksa but will accept Beaks or Bikes
6. The Canucks’ logo is a whale breaking free from a tray of ice cubes
Courtesy of the ECHL’s self-promotion machine, I bring you this:
The Utah Grizzlies have announced that Wednesday, March 7 when they host the Bakersfield Condors, it will be “Bikini Night” at the E-Center. Face-off is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. “Bikini Night” is presented by Bevan’s Marine.
During the intermissions, contestants will go through various competitions with the top three winning prizes.
Apparently Jeremy Roenick wasn’t doing much, and was happy to participate in the celebrations. First prize, an America’s Next Top Model photoshoot:
Note: Sadly, I was just bragging to a friend how good I am with Photoshop. I hope he doesn’t pick today to verify that.
An entertaining little column from The Pitch in Kansas City:
Pittsburgh Penguins owner Mario Lemieux held a press conference Wednesday morning to announce that his team would be stepping up negotiations with Kansas City officials. But later, in the same press conference, Lemieux reiterated his interest in staying in Pittsburgh and said that “Kansas City reeks of sewage” and playing hockey there “would be like starting a cricket team in Brooklyn.”
Lemieux began the press conference by saying that the team would relocate to Kansas City if a deal couldn’t be reached with Pittsburgh. The former hockey great then stuck out his right pinky finger, jutted it in the corner of his mouth and slowly uttered, “Or will we?”
Hockey oddities I stumbled across today. EXAMPLE #1 From ESPN "Goalie ticketed for lewdness after mooning fans"
NORTH LOGAN, Utah -- A University of Southern California hockey goalie put on a show, but it had nothing to do with stopping shots. Mickey Meyer rode his stick like a horse, dropped his bulky pants, mooned the crowd and slapped his buttocks during a game against Brigham Young University, police said. He was ejected and ticketed for lewdness, a misdemeanor, after an officer who was working security at the rink said he witnessed the scene Saturday. "I had my fill of these refs," Meyer said on an Internet broadcast of the game, according to The Herald-Journal of Logan. Meyer's antics occurred while play was stopped and referees were trying to sort out penalties in the third period of a consolation game in the ACHA West Regional tournament at Eccles Ice Center. The junior from Clinton, N.Y., was "riding his hockey stick like a horse and slapping his butt," North Park Officer Mike Stauffer said in a report. After pulling down his pants, Meyer slapped his bare bottom several times, Stauffer said.EXAMPLE #2 Wisconsin, 1929-- Back when men were men, and hockey players were aliens. note: things really hadn't improved much by 1938 either.
What happens when a nice Canadian hockey goalie needs something to do during the off season?
This video made me laugh out loud half a dozen times. Destined to be a classic—or it damn well should be.
*Hat-tip to As Canadian as Possible, through which we found this video by a trackback on another post.
** The creator of this film short is George Plamondon
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.
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