Saturday, February 2

Leafs 4, Senators 2. Bob Cole's Night Ruined

There is something people should know about a mostly Toronto based Canadian media: Because people in Canada can at times feel like they are broken down into two camps, ie: Those who live in the GTA and everyone else, the media go out out of their way to show that they aren't Toronto biased. Way out of their way. Like driving from Winnipeg to Regina via Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Case in point is HNIC and Bob Cole. Bob is a broadcast legend, has made some great game calls and all that, bla bla bla. But with all due respect, Bob Cole is so beyond his "best by" date, he's like that black and blue fruit you find in the back of your fridge that you can't tell if it was once an apple or an orange.
Before the Center Ice Package was around, I hadn't watched HNIC in years after moving to the States. The first game I watched was on a Saturday Night, and to tell you the truth, I was shocked at what had happened to Bob Cole. I didn't even recognize him. He didn't sound anything like he had just a few years before. Uh, and it hasn't gotten any better. Bob really needs a strong booth partner, and ladies and gentlemen, let me tell you that Gary "I live in Ottawa and work for the team" Galley is not one of them.

Bob works hard to praise the Senators whenever he can, and he can A LOT. Will someone please tell him that the Senators pinned along the boards for a minute in the Leafs zone without a shot is not "Tremendous pressure!" It just isn't. And for Christ's sake, Ray Emery was not, at any time, "Looking great so far!". Right now the only place Ray Emery would "look great so far", is so far from a hockey dressing room. Jason Blake doesn't have cancer as bad as the Ottawa Senators have with this lunatic. He's petulant, aggressive and churlish, and his teammates hate him. And in tonight's game he looked ter-ri-ble! I have no idea why Paul Maurice didn't order his bench to just go hard to the net and absolutely shell this guy with shots...especially on the powerplay. But, you know, the Leafs like to get cute and throw it all over the place, which a very good Senator PK quickly just dump out of the zone.

How great did Robbie Earl look? First NHL game, first point, and the kid stayed on his game from start to finish. He had a great college career, and I've heard a lot of positives about him ever since. He played a terrific checking game with Boyd Devereaux, whom I love, and Dom Moore. Stajan looked good in all situations, and his forecheck steal on Blake's goal was honored by Blake's smooth study in Ray Emery jock-removal.

I really wanted Mats to get 1600 at home on a Saturday, but he was not really served well by Jiri Tlusty. Tlusty just does not look to be strong enough yet to fully contribute in the NHL. By rights he should be working out at Ricoh every day with the Marlies and killing them down there. His main job in the off-season has to be just to get big. His body has to catch up to his hands and his brain.

One last thing. In the pre-game show tonight, with some of those troops at center ice. Whose idea was it for them to be fucking standing on the Leafs logo?! What the hell is that? Am I just crazy? OK, wait, wrong question. Am I just crazy to think that? Well I don't like it. I don't like it one bit. And another thing...what's with kids these days with their crazy music and weird haircuts? And why do all the girls wear pants? Don't they know that's not ladylike? And movies were better in black and white! And radio was better than TV because you had to use your imaginations!

18 comments:

Norte said...

I too noticed standing on the Leaf and I almost vomited in rage

Moose said...

The way you guys don't support the troops is disgusting. We're at war!

Moose said...

And that picture of Ray Emery is racist.

Norte said...

Hey Moose,

re: And that picture of Ray Emery is racist

So is saying Greek men like it anal...but that's the truth too

Moose said...

Yes, but I burned all the negatives. Wait, what have you seen?

Norte said...

Yes the negatives were destroyed but...Greener still has the rash though

Moose said...

Yeah, but at least he's not a plagiarist.

Moose said...

Sorry, Alec - that's the last time, I swear.

Loser Domi said...

re:last paragraph:
Did you have an onion on you belt, as was the style at the time? I wouldn't buy the "That picture of Emery is racist" bullhokey for 5 bees! (Nickels used to have pictures of bumblebees on 'em in my day so if we wanted a quarter we'd say "gimme five bees")

Moose said...

Is this where I come for forced sodomy?

Loser Domi said...

Is this where I come for forced sodomy?
Maybe, You're the one out west with Greener and Norte, not me

Greener said...

Oh my god, this again.

Loser Domi said...

I don't remember which one of you little elves suggested food a while back, but that sounds like a good idea. Domi, out!

Greener said...

...and we never saw Domi again. Way to fuckin go, guys.

Moose said...

No, wait Domi! We can talk about food!

Norte was just telling me how much he loves tossed salad last night.

Greener said...

Jesus christ. Moose, you can either be part of the solution, or part of the problem!

Loser Domi said...

I wasn't going out forever. Just enough to get food and accomplish something with the papers etc. that I have to be doing. I couldn't
leave you guys forever, especially after an exchange like this:

greener:...and we never saw Domi again. Way to fuckin go, guys.

Moose:No, wait Domi! We can talk about food! Norte was just telling me how much he loves tossed salad last night.

Greener :Jesus christ. Moose, you can either be part of the solution, or part of the problem!

Moose said...

Nice to have you back Domi.

On a COMPLETELY hockey related level, the funny thing is, I always regarded Bob Cole as something of Leafs homer. But I guess that just proves Greener's point.