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Random Monday Musings

06/20/2011 at 5:16pm EDT

Still haven’t quite recovered from Vancouver’s whole playoff implosion (and explosions) thing, but getting there. (Starting to be able to read the hockey news without getting a twitch and randomly hyperventilating, though, so that’s something.) Here’s a few odds and ends for the day…

This is Our Vancouver is a PR campaign looking to fix Vancouver’s badly tarnished image after last week’s riots. (Of course, when it comes to mob-attack behavior in the aftermath, those families are on their own…). Incidentally, someone thought it would be fun to light up a car on a busy street where I live on Vancouver Island this past weekend, too. One very big and dangerous fireball was the result. So the ripple-effect of last-week’s stupidity has legs. Lucky us.

—When Nicklas Lidstrom’s new 1 year contract extension was announced this morning, KK’s website hits bounced up about 6,000% over the previous hour. (Maybe a slight exaggeration, but still, On The First Day, There Was Much Joy in The Land.) That guy’s eventual retirement is going to kill these poor people.

—Speaking of Lids, Hockey Hate has been on my mind today. Years back, I remember a playoff round against the Red Wings that took a screeching turn towards disaster as Dan Cloutier let in that Lidstrom goal from about 7 football fields away. Sure, I could have hated Cloutier, but that would’ve been too easy… better to hate the Wings. :) In other years, it was the Avalanche who killed my Canucks dreams (various ways) and of course, the Oilers (god, they’re evil), and the list goes on.

This year, I’m working on some Bruins hate, for obvious reasons. Today’s stray thought: dreaming of them missing the playoffs next year. (It could happen, dammit!) I’m not bitter, honest… just trying to keep an open mind to the possibility that God might really exist.

—The lame duck coaching theory is… lame. Ron Wilson has a contract that rides to the end of the 2011-12 season. Like all of us that have jobs, Wilson will work hard (or not) for his next contract term. Whether he himself is simply a lame coach… that’s another story and for Toronto’s fans and management to decide once next season is underway.

Global Saskatoon read the ESPN report on the Ultimate Standings in pro-sports, measuring the overall fan experience and product of different teams. As a result, Global’s website estimates that the Vancouver Canucks rank “poorly” as a fan experience, given its #43 position on the list.

I won’t argue with the great minds of Saskatoon or ESPN, but maybe that report as a whole deserves a little more vetting. For instance, they also note that somehow Tampa Bay Lightning is the #2 of all pro-sports in North Amerca, and #1 of NHL teams. (I like their team and I’m not making fun, but, seriously, the best NHL fan experience in the league??). Or how about the fact that the Atlanta Thrashers, a team that effectively no longer even exists due to not enough fans enjoying the “fan experience”, somehow ranks higher than the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Not that we can entirely argue with that logic, but still…).

I know the media is enjoying the whole “Vancouver sucks” genre in recent weeks—and don’t let me stop you; I’m sure it’s fun—but citing ESPN as your source for our suckitude is weak. Maybe stick with reporting our riots—you’ll be guaranteed at keeping the moral high-ground and all of us sad-ass Canucks fans can’t really argue the point.

LiberoVision—Sure, it looks cool, and yes, it probably helps learning fans understand the game better. But it’s not hockey “analysis” as much as it’s a video-game, is it? After watching their first few games, aren’t new hockey fans who are interested enough in the game to continue watching it, smart enough to figure this shit out? Are 3D Star Wars simulations really necessary?

I’ll take an incoherent, glow-in-the-dark Don Cherry any day.

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