October 02 2012 08:48AM
Esa Tikkanen, I don’t know man. Somewhere, in the deepest recesses of my gut, probably located somewhere in my small intestine, I had the slightest notion that maybe this guy didn’t deserve the scorn. He was a bit player on a juggernaut, and what could ever compel anyone to hate someone so insignificant?
And then it dawned on me that that feeling, way down there in those deep recesses of my gut, probably located somewhere in my small intestine, was not a notion at all, and in truth was Esa Tikkanen’s stick, slashing me so hard that that’s where the blade ended up.
So yeah, it’s on.
September 29 2012 10:27AM
Saturday nights, historically, has been owned by Hockey Night In Canada, and with good reason. Since 1952, the CBC flagship has graced our flickering television sets with the likes of Maurice Richard, Bobby Hull, Gordie Howe, Phil Esposito, Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, and Aaron Gavey, while we, the hockey mad gluttons that we are, kick back with our beer and nachos and watch progressively angrier as Bob Cole continues to wither and decay live on the air and Jim Hughson makes even less of an attempt to hide his ever present Vancouver Canucks er...tent pitching.
September 25 2012 11:45AM
(Whoops. I meant to add a whole ton more to this piece before I published it. Now it just feels incomplete, so I'm adding everything all anew. If you read this before, read it again. I promise it will be better - BoL)
I don't know if any of you out there have noticed, but there's not a lot going on at the Dome today. It's like the players, coaches, scouts, management, media, and fans all collectively forgot to attend training camp this morning. I have no idea why.
I suppose that contentious little quibbling over money might have something to do with it, but the fact remains: your Calgary Flames are not playing hockey. Like, anywhere, man. We should find this distressing.
But considering how up in arms the masses got when the news broke that the Flames wouldn't be playing at a golf tournament, the relative detachment from the C of Red on this subject buffaloes my understanding of just what people want this team to do. Clearly, dissecting the inner workings of the average Flames fan is well beyond the scope of my own expertise, so that's going to be an experiment for another day.
Especially since there's just so much more to talk about when it comes to the team and where they'll find themselves playing during the lockout (more specifically, where they aren't)
September 20 2012 04:44PM
You could have been Martin Brodeur.
Actually you could have been Marty Brodeur, Keith Tkachuk, Bryan Smolinski, Felix Potvin, Doug Weight, Geoff Sanderson, Slava Kozlov, Alex Zhamnov, Sergei Zubov, some guy named Craig Conroy, Robert Lang, Peter Bondra, or Sergei Nemchinov, but you you could have been Marty Brodeur.
Instead, you were Trevor Kidd. Fletcher's Mistake.
September 19 2012 12:11PM
G'day Hockey Fans! (If you haven't figured it out, that's "Hello, Hockey Fans!", as exclaimed by broadcasting God and Calgary Flames legend Eddie Whalen IF he were Australian National Treasure Paul Hogan. These and other adorable cultural stereotypes to follow)
So you, the loyal NHL fan who spent all your milk money on hockey tickets and plush Henrik Zetterberg body pillows and not even any milk, have just had the NHL spit on your neck by locking out the players
for the first time ever for a gut-jarringly depressing third time, and you're wondering what to do. Daddy is a hockey junkie jonesin' for a hit. So where do you turn? Rehab would help, but I'm not here to judge you.