There weren’t many, but one of the highlights of any contest between the Vancouver Canucks and the Nashville Predators was the interaction of former teammates Alex Burrows and Shane O’Brien. Prior to the games, the two chirped each other in the media, and during games, they couldn’t keep from one another. Any time they shared the same ice, the two mercilessly hacked and slashed at each other’s shins, tripped and crosschecked with impunity, and often required intervention from the officials. Even then, they waved and shouted at one another over the linesmen’s shoulders. To the layman, these two were enemies. But a closer look revealed their wry smiles — the laughter as crosschecked one another along the base of the spines, the mirth with which they took each other’s legs out.

In other words, Burrows and O’Brien aren’t enemies. They’re frenemies. See, for instance, the photo above, which demonstrates both the competitiveness and the closeness between the two. Sure, there’s a facewash going on, but there also exists a delicate dance.

If you can’t see it, perhaps the photos below will act as corroboration.

Here they are, fighting to finish third in a marathon. On first glance, they’re enemies, but on second glance, you realize they ran the whole race side-by-side. Frenemies.

Here they are, fighting to get onto a horse. Sure, one might assume that, perhaps, they struggle with turn-taking, but then you realize they went to the stable together. Frenemies.

This one’s pretty self-explanatory. Games of DDR can get competitive, but do you go to the arcade with people you don’t like? Frenemies.

And here they are, performing on Battle of the Blades. Things can get tense between dancing partners, but there always exists some measure of respect and admiration. Frenemies.

Here they are watching Casablanca at their local indie theatre. I think this one really gets the point across.

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4 comments

  1. Lexie
    September 16, 2011

    I can’t see the horse, Battle of the Blades, or Casablanca, and I’m getting “The image “xyz” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.” if that helps!

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    • Harrison Mooney
      September 16, 2011

      Thanks for telling me, Lexie! Sometimes they don’t work on this engine… but they work on my computer, so unless someone fills me in, I have no idea. They’re fixed.

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  2. turner
    September 16, 2011

    pretty lamo

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    • Daniel Wagner
      September 17, 2011

      I’ve never heard a llama described as pretty. At least, I assume you’re taking about llamas. It’s hard to tell. Besides, that’s a horse in that photoshop, not a llama.

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