- Holding a pre-game ceremony to raise a banner for winning the conference championship is not the least bit bush-league.
The 1995 Vancouver Canucks
The NHL's back in full swing, which means it's the season for push-the-bile hoser pathos. God love us but Hockey Night in Canada sometimes spurs the question of how any cool people ever come from this country.
Sure, the Senators completed a two-game sweep of the Leafs last night, but that's off-set by the totally trite decision to play U2's Beautiful Day while the banner was being raised. The Senators are far from that only NHL organization that would select a song that would have been totally cliché at a high school commencement five years ago, but they were the only one who did so last night. Next time, find something from Bob Seger's catalog. He's 62 years old and still badass.
Just before that, Ron MacLean was doing his pre-game standup in front of group of kids about 12 and 13 years old, one boy surrounded by a bunch of girls, and said something that sounded like, "We've got Jordan here with his harem," not that any of the kids noticed since they were just so caught up in being on TV. Evidently, Ron MacLean has decided he's bulletproof at the See Bee See and is going to push the envelope this year by saying totally idiosyncratic and borderline inappropriate stuff. Around then we winked out and flipped over to baseball.
- All of that was probably just anger at Martin Gerber for letting in two goals and robbing us of an ingenious parlay that Toronto FC would outscore the Leafs last night. OK, so that bet was never made, but imagine the odds you would have had. (FC won 2-1 and only needed New York to score once into its own net.)
- Those of a certain junior-high mindset who remember the rumours that have dogged NFL QB Jeff Garcia, thanks largely to then-teammate Terrell Owens slurring him, might find this photo kind of amusing. On a larger point, how sad is it for the NHL that the Tampa Bay Lightning are so hard up for star power they have to trot out Garcia, who's played for five teams in five years, to whip the crowd up?
- Friday Night Lights season premiere, 9 p.m. Eastern, tonight.
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