And so it is…the NHL will be hosting an outdoor game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, pictured here in the dead of winter. Setting aside the climate issues (which are formidable, unless you are in a Roland Emmerich movie), it’s a shame to see the NHL take a good idea and get greedy with it. Does anyone remember back when ABC decided to air “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” like, five nights a week? You don’t, do you? Exactly.
My solution: an outdoor All-Star Game. You keep the Winter Classic, in cold-weather cities, and then rotate an outdoor ASG for everyone else. This would give cities like LA a chance to host an outdoor game, and could accomplish the even more difficult task of giving people a reason to watch the All-Star Game.
If you aren’t watching the Senators/Canadiens series, you’re missing out. Tonight’s installment featured 236 penalty minutes and nine game misconducts. At one point all ten skaters on the ice were involved in fights. There have been so many lost teeth in the series that the CBC broadcast had a “lost tooth” highlight package, and one of the coaches has already been called a “bug-eyed fat walrus” by an opposing player. Can this series be best of 11 or 13 instead?
The above photo is the afore-mentioned walrus/coach Paul MacLean on his bench DURING THE GAME. There were so few players available that essentially each team had only two lines to alternate, which is pretty much the same way I played NHL 93 on Sega Genesis.
(photo: Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photo | Getty Images Sport)
Not content to make the power play “chompy-chomp” motion with her arms, this Sharks fan has gotten crafty to show her support (and, as a bonus, to get on TV).
I like that her shark’s mouth also looks just like a bear trap, which is what every non-Sharks hockey fan would rather be stuck in than have to sit in the Shark Tank.
Don’t know if the national audience had tuned in in time for this, but CSN Bay Area viewers were treated to a stirring display of patriotism: Canucks forward Daniel Sedin blowing a snot rocket during ‘O Canada.’ Way to leave it ALL on the ice, Daniel.
Here we have a souvenir cap for the baseball fan who has DVR’ed the 2012 World Series and still hasn’t watched it yet.
From Game 1 in Chicago…here’s professional lady car driver Danica Patrick doing something the New York Islanders have yet to do: putting the puck into the net during a playoff game.
Oh, man…the playoffs are now officially underway. Unhappy with Sens’ coach Paul MacLean’s comments on the hit on Lars Eller, Habs forward Brandon Prust called MacLean a “bug-eyed fat walrus”. Can we just give Brandon Prust the Conn Smythe now? That’s fantastic. Any one of those insults would have been great, but all three? That’s approaching the “two Stanley Cup rings plugging my ear” level.
(Prust photo: Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images; MacLean photo: Getty Images)