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SOB’s Jersey – Should I Wear It?

SOB

SOB can haz goal?

For those of you who follow me on twitter, you probably know how I rage on Shane O’Brien. If it’s not a tweet about his jersey being retied and hung in the penalty box, it’s something about trading him for a bag of pucks and a box of day old timbits. You’ll also recollect a number of statements I’ve made regarding the scoring prowess of one Shane O’Brien recently. Something along the lines of wearing his jersey for every Canuck game for the rest of the season should he score. Well, I think I might be eating those words shortly.

Having not been able to catch the first two periods of last night’s game, I didn’t get the chance to see the beginning of what has to be the end of days. Late in the first period, O’Brien was on the ice in a 4 on 4 situation and found himself in alone against Ty Conklin. Going with the popular “whiff the puck and hope to get a changeup past the goaltender” style of shot, O’Brien hit the lottery and scored. Yes. You heard that right. He scored.

Now I figured this was simply a joke when I read about it and made a comment that if I didn’t see it happen myself, then hell if it didn’t. Kind of like how a tree falls in the forest and no one is around type of thing. But then @donkamero linked me a replay to ensure I didn’t miss out:

I’m pretty sure frogs will fall from the sky later today if they haven’t already.

Fortunately, one of my last conversations on twitter about the whole “SOB scores a goal, I wear his jersey” deal was with @carolineguichon. I had tweeted that should SOB score a goal, I would wear either his jersey or shirt if someone were to buy it for me. I figured that it was a good deal either way due to the inability of ol’ cement hands to get one, and should he happen to fluke out, I wouldn’t be held entirely on the hook. Caroline took me up on this offer thinking it would be fun, but also likely thinking it my reasoning was logical – SOB scoring a goal was as likely as Wellwood turning down a Mozza Burger from A&W.

So, here’s the deal. If someone, anyone, has a desire to hook me up with either his jersey, or a shirt with his name on it (and provided it fits – XXL or big ass huge works), I will wear it for a game or two. Heck, I’ll even let a picture be taken with me wearing it in public – something you can imagine is nearly as bad as being caught naked on Robson.

Any takers?

A Gift In Time For Christmas

When I arrived home on Friday, I was pleasantly surprised to find a Purolator envelope with my name on it. I was further pleased to find the following inside.

My 2010 Tickets

My Tickets to Vancouver 2010

Yes, my tickets to the Vancouver 2010 Olympics had arrived.

When the first ticket lottery was held, I threw my name into the hat for a number of events. I figured it made sense that I try for some speed skating at the Richmond Oval, living in Richmond and all. I also tried to score some figure skating tickets for Marnie. And what true blooded Canadian would pass up on the opportunity to take in either curling or hockey? So I asked for some of those too. All in all, I had pretty much set myself up to be flat broke had my boat come in and all the events I bid on come my way.

But once the lottery was held, all I ended up scoring on was two pair of tickets to a Men’s and Women’s curling draw. I was still excited to be going to an Olympic event and all, but kind of let down that all I was able to get were 4 tickets to an event only I would enjoy (lets just say that Marnie ain’t the biggest curling fan). I was also able to breathe a sigh of relief that my credit card was not incinerated by Olympic ticket costs, so all-in-all things were okay.

Then there was that secondary release of tickets. Now armed with an event schedule which listed participating nations, I figured it was worth my while to try and score a hockey ticket or two and placed myself in the virtual waiting room. Once through the doors, I began a methodical search for Canadian Men’s and Women’s hockey tickets starting with the Gold Medal game and downward. As my search went on, it became more and more apparent that the tickets were gone. But when I took a look at the Canada vs. Switzerland Men’s Hockey game on 18Feb I found a couple available – the rest being history.

Since buying them, I’ve had friends offer me vast sums of money for the hockey tickets on what should be guaranteed win night for Canada. And each time I receive an offer, I turn it down – I’m going to an Olympic Men’s Hockey game and Canada is playing, no way I can pass that opportunity up.

So were you as lucky as I was? Are you going to any Olympic events? Or will be you watching the games on TV?

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).

matseye

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!

Jonesing for some Hockey

The last time I was seriously jonesing for some hockey was 11May. It was do or die time for the Canucks and even though I was up in Sechelt for a book signing, I did my part by ensuring the LBP was present for the Canucks FanZone Live Blog to fire up fans of the team in Green and Blue.

Canucks FanZone Live Blog Mods

Christopher Golden aka “Live Blog Player” – the guy on the left

Heck, even Shane O’Brien showed up on the scoresheet with his first goal of the season. However, it seems that simply showing up wasn’t enough as the Canucks lost a close one 7-5 (close in a manner of speaking).

Now unlike some other hockey fans out there in world, I love the game but love my team more. I took the loss so hard that I found myself skipping past hockey if something else caught my eye, like reruns of The A-Team (which I will have you know is being remade into a movie and being filmed in Vancouver). Seriously, it was that bad. Even though others found it fantastic that the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup, or thought it was cool that Sidney “QQ” Crosby was the youngest captain to ever hoist the holy grail over his head, I simply grumbled about when the next season was to start and began the analyze how the lineup would pan out.

But alas the summer heat has baked away the pain and as we transition into September, I only have one thing on my mind:

THE PRESEASON STARTS IN 10 DAYS!

So here I sit. Psyched. Fired up. I’m Jonesing for some Hockey. And I know you are too. With the Sedins locked down for a few and Luongo for just a few more, with the additions of Ehrhoff, Schneider, Raycroft, and others, and with some passion, we’re in for a FAN-tacular season.

Nazzy’s Nineteen Flying High?

With a year left on his contract with the New York Rangers, Markus Naslund announced his retirement today. And with the announcement, the discussion began as to whether or not Nazzy should have his jersey retired in Vancouver.

Vancouver Canucks Unveil New Sweaters

Markus Naslund – courtesy of Stephen Dyrgas

Much like his (in my strong opinion, wrongly maligned) career here in Vancouver, the debate on whether or not the Canucks should send the number 19 up to join 12 and 16 is split right down the middle. There are those that state that Nazzy has no business joining TL or the Steamer in the rafters due to his lack of playoff success. Others say that he wasn’t a true leader and should have never received the captaincy, therefore spoiling the good name of the captains that preceded him. More often or not, these people also felt that Naslund was never a true Canuck, with some even hoping that he would be driven to the airport a la Trent Klatt .

Then there are those like me who see no reason why the man who happens to be the all-time points leader for the franchise, let alone the owner of single season records for goals, assists, and points by a left winger having any reason to prove anything more. True he was never the type of player who wore his emotions on his sleeve, but he went about his business and did his job well – in fact did his job extremely well regardless of the abnormally high expectations placed upon him.

What’s that you say? Where was his success in the post-season when it counted?

Well I ask you this, why did we not retire Kirk McLean’s number then? Up until Louie arrived, we never had a keeper like Captain Kirk – if it wasn’t for the “save” against Calgary in Game 7, the run in 1994 would have been nothing more than a false start. If we simply measured a player by his role with the team, contribution come playoff time, and how he excelled in his particular position, Kirk would have been in the same category as Trevor. But he is not and that’s not a knock against Kirk. He was good, but not “that” good.

Having survived the Keenan years (I hear that medieval serfs got it easier than he did), he began to flourish under the Crawford system of “we’ll score more goals than the other team does” and benefited from players who complemented his style of play. After the organization found that it was far more difficult to score more goals than the opposition in the postseason, especially when the opposition was putting them in from centre ice, they committed themselves to a defensive system that would make Jacques Lemaire smile, but would reduce Nazzy’s ability to contribute. His stats began to tail off and the phone lines on talk radio throughout Vancouver lit up. Trade him some would shout! Send him to the minors others would exclaim! Yet through this, Markus simply plugged away and contributed offensively to a defensive minded team.

And here you tell me, the guy wasn’t worth the hockey tape he put on the blade of his stick. Give me a freaking break (and I’m not talking about a Kit Kat Bar).

So here I proclaim, rightly or wrongly, that Nazzy should be given the same honour and decorum that Trevor and Stan have received. We should see 19 rise up with all the glory that 16 and 12 were provided and we as Canucks fans should be proud. Although it may not happen next year or the year after that, it should happen – if only to honour a man who has contributed much to the team and re-written the record books in ways that many of those who had preceded him could not.

Okay, I feel better now.

Slash rant.

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