With the Canucks now just four wins away from Canada’s first Stanley Cup in 18 years, you’d think that the head talking head at the CBC might be just a little more complimentary of Canada’s team.
Despite predicting the Canucks’ game 5 victory against San Jose (dandy Don even got the score right), it’s hardly like he’s on the bandwagon.
And while we shouldn’t likely care what the always entertaining but often ignorant Cherry has to say, you can only imagine how things might be different if it was the Canucks in Leafs’ uniforms instead.
Not that we’d want to see Ryan Kesler in a Leafs’ jersey sitting on Don Cherry’s lap during a Coach’s Corner segment with Grapes proudly declaring “Kes” as the best all round player since Dougie Gilmour.
Think we’re being too hard on the nearly senile old fart? Then witness his segment during the Canucks’ Tuesday clincher.
In the first period intermission, after proclaiming that the Canucks were ripe for the picking since getting outshot by the desperate Sharks in the first period, he proceeded to dissect all four Vancouver goals from the previous game. And rather than celebrate the brilliant play-making skills of Henrik Sedin or the laser beam blasts from Sami Salo, he critiqued the Sharks’ defensive zone coverage instead.
But we suppose we should be happy that he actually showed some Canuck highlights at all during his segment. During this memorable run, he’s much more likely to celebrate the Canadian military, campaign for Paul Henderson’s Hockey Hall of Fame induction or run clips from the Bruins and whomever they might be playing.
A Tampa Bay versus Vancouver final pairing would force Cherry into a most awkward situation; one more reason to cheer for a Lightning victory tomorrow night.
In the end, we shouldn’t be surprised. Through the years, Cherry’s love for the Canucks has been forced at the best of times. And now is one of those times. But as the great Pavel Bure (a repeat target of Grapes’ slander) once said when asked to comment on Don Cherry, “why would I comment on the clown at the circus”?Tags: cbc, coach's corner, Don Cherry, Pavel Bure, Ryan Kesler, Vancouver Canucks