It’s the torch, le flambeau, that is tangibly passed from generation to generation of Habs greats, theirs to hold high. It works both literally and figuratively. While Leaf front office types have grumbled for years that the Habs hijacked In Flanders Fields to get their hands on that torch, the Leafs have tried various copy-cat […]
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Hockey lost me after the last lockout, when I watched salaries go astronomical and the game carved up to fit TV timing. This latest “labour action” disgusts me even more, and the CBC has posted a bang-on comment from a reader that explains why: Here’s Sunday’s second comment from a CBCSports.ca user out of Quebec […]
I add the “jerks” tag here with a huge smile on my face. Oilers fans must be hoping for a ton of tie-games this season, in hopes of seeing yet another Linus Omark shot. I’d never heard of him before this sweet little goal, but a Swedish friend informs me he’s known and beloved for […]
http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/news;_ylt=Ai1spBLn9AqCRztiZeg2xborvLYF?slug=ap-montreal-savard&prov=ap&type=lgns Former Montreal Canadiens general manager Serge Savard says he and a group of partners are prepared to buy the NHL franchise if it is put up for sale. I’m behind this 100% so long as Serge stays the hell away from the GM’s office.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cxr9lXCfVHk A fantastic ad for a fantastic concept: For a few years now, the NHL has put on a “Winter Classic” matchup of two pro teams in an outdoor setting. The first was Montreal-Edmonton on a football field in -40C temperatures. This year appears to be Chicago-Detroit (in gorgeous vintage uniforms) at famed baseball park […]
http://www.onfrozenblog.com/2007/08/22/avert-your-eyes%E2%80%94jersey-mishaps/ One gets the impression this “article” was written by the progenitor of the Ninja Sloths logo, but I don’t care. The brilliance of a Ninja Sloths team forgives all transgressions (with the exception of those inhumane cowboy jerseys…) Thanks, Irish, for the find!
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/film/winnipegjets.html I watched this “art-house documentary” (read: bizarrely edited and off-puttingly assembled found clips) on the death of the Winnipeg Jets hockey franchise. In some parts, it’s unwatchable, in others, tragic and moving. Much, I imagine, like living in Winterpeg. This article on the ‘Pegger filmmakers, though, highlights the kind of manic zaniness that results […]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Riot I made a passing mention of the Richard Riot in an earlier post, but it occurs to me that it’s worth posting on its own. Canada is a funny country when it comes to our unofficial national sport. Those of other nationalities joke that it preoccupies us far more than it should, but it […]
http://www.canada.com/components/print.aspx?id=aac3ae0d-73fb-49bd-b312-eaade74a0497&k=96118 Jack Todd’s features are as engaging as I expected. Really worth a read, even if you don’t know the individuals he mentions. (Hint, hint: it’s a good way to learn about them!) Here, he writes up one of my favourites (blogged about many, many times), Jean Beliveau, in a way that encapsulates my own […]
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/features/top10/index.html Here’s another of the Gazette’s outsized-personality columnists – Jack Todd. Courtesy of the Vietnam draft, he’s a “transplanted American” who spent years dragging himself up by his combat-bootstraps to attain the status of Crusty Sportswriter. His pieces are generally simple, but terrifically involving reads. I kept a copy of his “athlete of the century” […]