Archive for the ‘Don Cherry’ Category

I’m a SOOTHSAYER! (drools)

May 15, 2009

It’s not often that I predict something correctly. Even something benign like, “I’m going to take a shower in 15 minutes.” But believe it or not, I called the Scott Walker OT series winner in Twitter form. Sort of. Here’s the full stream:

WALKER did it! My God I blindly predicted something correctly! First time EVER!

@Forechecker Tim Thomas is fun to watch. Still think that contract is going to haunt Boston long term, though.

Whoops did I jinx the Canes? Suddenly they fact that they’ve played three more games this playoffs is starting to sink in. They look tired.

The Bruins just got away with a too many men on the ice. Don Cherry just rolled in his grave. Oh wait, he’s alive.

Have a weird feeling the Canes are going to take this one.

Imagine if Scott Walker scored the OT S(eries)WG?

Bruins fans: “We want it.” Boy, those Massers sure love Faith No More. (Jesus that’s an out-dated joke).

Watching Boston – Carolina on a delay, but still: did Aaron Ward’s goal saving sweep remind anyone else of Willie Mitchell vs. Dallas in 07?

All-Decade Team: Joe Pelletier’s picks

February 19, 2009

(Cycle like the Sedins asked some of the hockey blogosphere’s best and brightest to help choose the All-Decade team. During the next few days, we’ll post each response until it’s time to decide the final roster.

First up: the venerable Joe Pelletier. Pelletier runs the fantastic hockey history blog Greatest Hockey Legends and also is the go-to source for hockey book reviews. Of all the great sources of information in the blogosphere, Pelletier’s blog might teach you the most about our favorite sport.)
Goaltender –

Martin Brodeur. I do believe that a couple of goalies reached higher zeniths during the past 10 years – Roberto Luongo most notably, maybe Jose Theodore and Miikka Kiprusoff too. But Brodeur was great all decade. The others were great for one or two years.

Brodeur does benefit from a generational change that saw the old timers leave him be, and the new comers come along a little to late for true consideration for this decade.

Defense –

#1. Nicklas Lidstrom. D’uh.

#2. Scott Niedermayer. Chris Pronger may have won a Hart, but Niedermayer won a Conn Smythe, evening out that debate. He also was a key player for Canada at the Olympics, whereas Pronger was quiet in 2002 and horrible in 2006.

Center –

Joe Sakic. I have to go with Sakic. Joe Thornton may be the highest scoring center by far, but he has failed in the playoffs and at the Olympics. Sakic thrived in both situations time and again.

Wings –

#1. Jarome Iginla – The ultimate power forward of the decade, his offensive numbers are right up there. He was a key member of the 2002 Olympic gold medal team, and remains a key member years later. And he willed Calgary to game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals. Hockey’s ultimate warrior also is known as hockey’s ultimate nice guy.

#2 – Jaromir Jagr – His offensive numbers are undeniable.

Fighter –

Derek Boogaard – I’m scared of him when I’m on my couch watching him on tv.

Coach –

Mike Babcock – His success rate sets him apart. And he encourages a beautiful form of hockey.

Loudmouth –

Don Cherry – Gotta go with Grapes on that one. Loudmouth of the past three decades.

(Good stuff, Joe! Stop by any time you’d like. We’ll keep the seat warm for you.)

All-Decade Team: Loudmouths

January 15, 2009
The plan was to go down the list from serious to silly, but on the heels of The Hockey News calling Jeremy Roenick the best interview in the NHL it seems totally natural to take a peek into the biggest loudmouths of the ’00s. The center post seemed fairly comprehensive, but this is definitely a topic that needs reader input.

Which guys are the direct opposite of “Quoteless Joe” – for better or for worse?

Jeremy Roenick
Quite possibly the most outspoken player in the NHL, Roenick is more than just a provocateur since he can back up his verbosity with hard hits and game winning goals. Roenick’s checking and yapping got him into some binds over the years. It seems oddly poetic that when Derian Hatcher extracted revenge from JR, Roenick’s jaw was broken in the process. The good money is that a broken jaw still didn’t stop him from talking.

Honestly, from listening to one game with JR as a color commentator, he ended up being suprisingly bland. Everyone seems to peg him for a career in the booth (and one game is not a great litmus test for someone who will call more than 82 games) but it does make you wonder if he’s going to be like Joe Namath. Namath seemed like a natural choice but ended up being far less flamboyant with a headset than a helmet.

Brett Hull
Surely not the only hot air that has exited Hull’s mouth

The Golden Brett avoided taboos about as often as he passed up shots. It only make sense that the irreverent son of Bobby Hull would go on to be named “The Ambassador of Fun.” Considering the meek showings by Brad Richards and the implosion of Sean Avery, many Stars fans wish he remained fun ambassador.

Sean Avery
Hull ended up dropping a bloated contract into the lap of the most hated man in hockey, Sean Avery. His “sloppy seconds” line might be in the lead of his obituary some day, but keep in mind that there was a top 10 countdown of Avery’s antics before he publicly disparaged the likes of Elisha Cuthbert. (Whatever he said to Darcy Tucker, we can safely assume it was morally questionable … at best.)

John Tortorella
If Coor’s Light would run those lame clips of coach’s press conferences for the NHL instead of the NFL, you can bet the former Tampa Bay Lightning coach would be a favorite. With his “75 percent rule” for goalies and hotheaded interviews with the press, hockey fans couldn’t be blamed for rooting for a Lightning loss just to see him flip his lid.


If this joke ends up becoming a reality, I’ll be more ashamed than the guy who wrote the lyrics to “Cherry Pie.”

Don Cherry
Unsubstantied rumor: Cherry’s tailor is Satan.
The only thing louder than Canadian icon Cherry’s suits is his voice. Avery made the point of saying Cherry knows very little about hockey, but one of the Rules of the Universe is that those who know the least say the most at the highest volume. Cherry abides by that rule, while dressing ridiculously and insulting French-Canadians. (Hey, at least that’s one thing Avery and Cherry can agree upon)

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Those are the notable loudmouths in my mind, but there’s a good chance a deserving candidate went unrepresented. Leave your choice(s) in the comments.