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The Best Location to Enjoy the Canucks

Okay, before we get started, I should say that I must disqualify GM Place as the best location to enjoy the Canucks. Why you ask? Well, it’s not like we can just decide to show up and get ourselves a ticket. But now that that has been taken care of, let’s continue with our regularly scheduled blog post.

Over the course of your average Canucks season, I find myself taking in the games from a comfortable seat in the confines of my home. You see, Marnie typically works a different schedule than I do and most of my friends don’t care if they catch the game or not. So I stick close to the fridge and ensure that the beer is plentiful (even moreso if the eye-stabbing trapping bastard Lemaire happens to be coaching the opposition). Although the trappings of home are under my complete and utter control, I don’t have any ability to magically create the buzz & banter that friends, acquaintances, and randoms provide and therefore it’s not always rainbows and sunshine.

So if home isn’t where the fan is, what do I feel my best option is?

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Tweetup at the Lamplighter – with a side of The Green Men

The Canucks Official Tweet-up:
Having been to three of the four official Canucks FanZone Tweet-ups this season (the pre-season one conflicted with work unfortunately), I have to say that I’ve enjoyed each one. Whether it’s a chance to hang out with the famous Richard (@mozy19), chatting both Canucks and BC Lions with Brian (@CanucksCorner), getting both abused, but then a ride a home afterwards from Claudine (@claudgrrl), or anyone and anything else that I’ve left out, it sure beats anything that sitting at home watching the game can provide. But what’s a recommendation without an unbiased view of the pros and cons?

  • Pro: There’s always a fanatical group of people who love what you love.
  • Pro: Nearly everyone there hates the Keenan years as much as you do.
  • Pro: The Green Men might show up.
  • Pro: Sweet prizes are always available – even if Richard cheats you out of the womens shirt.
  • Pro: Better supply of food and booze.
  • Pro: More chic to talk to other people than yourself about the halcyon days of Linden, McLean, Ronning & Bure.
  • Con: Sometimes the venue *coughcoughhackPlayersChophousehackwheezecough* isn’t really suited for a rowdy bunch of fans.
  • Con: There’s always a loser who thinks the Leafs are a better team somewhere in the bar/restaurant/lounge.
  • Pro: Someone is probably beating the crap out of that Leafs fan right about now.
  • Con: People now understand that your twitter avatar has been photoshopped.
  • Pro: There’s enough beer to fix that avatar photoshop problem by the end of the night.

So there you have it, my premiere place to enjoy the Canucks. But what I’m interested in is where you think the best place is. Is it the Canucks bar in a far off city? Is it with a bunch of friends? Is it on your own? Tell me – just remember to support your opinion ’cause.. well.. just because.

Death to Wooo!

GOAL!!!!!!!!!

No Wooo! Allowed – courtesy of VancityAllie

For those of you who follow me on twitter, or listen to me rant in the Canucks FanZone LiveBlog, you’ll likely know a few pet peeves of mine:

  1. I hate Chris Pronger.
  2. I hate Shane O’Brien.
  3. For effect, I hate Chris Pronger twice.
  4. I poke quite a bit of fun at Sami Salo.
  5. And I ain’t down with this “Wooo!” phenomenon after every Canucks goal.

What’s got my Canucks jersey in a knot is the fifth point.

It seems that DJ Dave, who’s usually spot on as the Canucks official game-day DJ, decided to play a David Lee Roth sound clip after a goal. Seeing the “allegedly” instant appeal from the “lower bowl” fans, he has played it after every Canucks goal since. I will admit that I thought it was a nice idea at first, but then spent a few seconds thinking and found myself completely against it.

First, Carolina already has the “Wooo!” chant going for them and I can’t support anything that comes from a non-traditional US hockey market. Second, it has spawned a chorus from the “Wooo!”-birds who think that simply shouting it out at any moment in the game is actually a good thing. Seriously – it goes like this:

  • Canucks score – Wooo!
  • Canucks touch the puck – Wooo!
  • The referee blows his whistle – Wooo!
  • Someone wins the 50/50 – Wooo!
  • The guy at the hotdog stand roasts a mean frank – Wooo!
  • There’s still paper towel in the washroom – Wooo!

See why I hate it?

Now it appears that support of the anti-“Wooo!” movement is pretty thin. Brian has expressed his dislike, and a few people in the twitterverse are also in favour of culling the “Wooo!”-birds, but for every one of us, there’s a Trevor or Derek who drink the Kool-aid and support the “Wooo!”

So I urge you – fight the establishment and bring down the “Wooo!” Talk to your MLA or MP. Sign a petition. Picket outside GM Place. Remember, it’s for a better and just cause!

Slash rant.

The Mat’s out for Mats

Well, more like the red carpet is.

Only minutes ago, a story broke on SportsNet stating Mike Gillis had significant interest in getting Mats Sundin back into the Green and Blue with White Trim:

“We’re interested in having him back,” Canucks GM Mike Gillis said. “We were very happy with Mats last season. It took him a while to get going, but we were pleased with his performance.”

As the contract would be for one year and be in the $2M range, it would place further stress on Canucks cap restricted wallet (hopefully Gillis and Laurence Gillman have their calculators fired up).

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I Can’t Haz Wellyz Cheezeburger

Now for a variety of reasons (including the hit to the cap), I don’t mind this deal. Although Sundin started off slower than Bettman running to a Balsillie kegger last season, the chemistry he developed with Kesler and Demitra gave the team a bona fide second line threat that had not been seen in years (in fact, I’d argue that I don’t remember the last time a second line threat existed). Not only that, but Mats took it to another level when it mattered against Chicago – solid proof he still had game once he was in game shape. I also believe that the veteran leadership that Mats brings to the table will be appreciated once (not if) the post-season rolls around – seriously, who doesn’t like seeing the grey bearded warrior lead the charge?

So here’s hoping that Mats ties up the skates on Saturday with the rest of the squad for what I believe will be a freaking successful season!

11Sep UPDATE: According to Darren Dreger of TSN, Mats hasn’t negotiated with anyone about a return to the NHL. Way to ruin my elation Darren. Sheesh!

The Playoff Beard

With the Stanley Cup playoffs near, it’s time for all of us to get their beard on. That’s right. It’s playoff beard time.

I’ve never had an opportunity to grow a playoff beard for a playoff of my own, so as I true fanatic, I live vicariously through others. It’s usually the Canucks who gain the favour all my facial hair can bring, but I have also been known to toss out the razor when the BC Lions (only done for “MO-vember” because the ‘stache doesn’t suit me) are working their post-season magic as well.

Well, during a recent discussion with a few Canucks Fan Zone Live Blog regulars, the topic moved to what we could do to celebrate the long post-season run we all expect to see as apparently women growing playoff beards is not generally accepted. So after coming to a conclusion with Sabrina of what she could do to celebrate the playoffs, Richard took offense to a little smack talk. So being the sporting fellow I am, I say it’s on. Playoff beard duel to the death!

But more importantly, what is it that you’re going to do to ensure playoff success for the Canucks? Are you going to join our duel? Or are you going to do something more unique?

Luongo Suspended – April Fools

In what must be the most shocking news for any Canucks fan this season, especially so close to the playoff drive, Roberto Luongo has tested positive for the banned stimulant heptaminol.

Luongo taking some warm-up shots

Roberto Luongo – courtesy of John Bollwitt

As reported on nhl.com, it appears that the league tested Luongo after the last night’s game against the Minnesota Wild as part of the NHL/NHLPA Performance-Enhancing Substances Program. Although there has been no comment on why the test was performed, it can be safely assumed that it was one of the “no notice” tests as discussed on the NHLPA’s website. As a result of the positive test, Luongo has been suspended indefinitely until the League receives the results of a second test.

As a fan, I am thoroughly shocked. My best guess is that his positive test is somehow related to something involved in his quick bounce back from the groin injury suffered earlier in the season, although I’m no expert in the field whatsoever. That being said, I’m completely disheartened and dismayed to hear this news. The Canucks have been on a tear as of late, finding themselves on top of the Northwest Division and having the necessary momentum needed to succeed in the post-season. Although not to be counted out by any means, having LaBarbera in the net will not strike fear in any forwards heart and therefore the Canucks have a long and windy road ahead of them.

Update: Although I’m hoping that no one read this post and then headed straight for the Lion’s Gate Bridge, I find it funny that a number were actually finding this post by either searching “Luongo Suspended” or “Luongo Drive By.” Go figure – but did you hear that Pavel Bure signed with the Canucks? I swear it’s true because I heard it on the Team 1040! 😉

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