Repeatedly finishing behind Queen's in the OUA women's hockey standings for the past few seasons has apparently motivated the Western Mustangs to fire a little YouTube montage across the Golden Gaels' collective bow.
Far be it to suggest that this is a little lacking in creativity — count the clichés! — and further proof that the school in London can at least count on taking the cake being a bigger Conformity Now! factory when it comes to preppy Ontario universities.
Mustangs goalie Brittany O'Halloran is the mastermind behind the clip. There's no harm in a little good-natured trash talk back and forth on the Internets and besides, if it takes a YouTube clip to get you motivated for a game, you're probably beyond getting motivated.
A word to the wise(r): Pleease don't use this to make generalizations about Western folk, who are some the best folk around (Stephen Brunt graduated from its J-school, whereas some of us couldn't get in). This is not indicative of anything: Surely, Western's alumni counts plenty of free-thinking creative types who can come up with anything on the same level of creativity as — random examples — The Tragically Hip's, The Arrogant Worms' and Sarah Harmer's song catalogs, the by-all-accounts brilliant Evil Dead: The Musical, the writings of Judith Thompson, Steven Heighton and Robertson Davies or a good chunk of the content of Cracked.com. All of which, by the way, came from people associated with Queen's.
(It's not like OOLF isn't gracious toward the Mustangs — congratulations to the Western men's eight crew for their victory at the Royal Henley Regatta in England today. Rob Gibson and Will Crothers of Kingston were part of an under-23 men's eight crew that won its race.)