Yesterday was Raise-a-Reader day in Vancouver, as 450 volunteers — including politicians, media, and athletes — spent the afternoon downtown selling newspapers and collecting donations in support of the Postmedia literacy campaign. Many members of the Vancouver Canucks were there, including Mason Raymond, Steven Pinizzotto, and Ryan Kesler.
This gave Global BC’s Chris Gailus the opportunity to stage a short interview with Kesler. The two briefly discussed the importance of literacy in Kesler’s home, Kesler’s hip, and the Canucks’ hope of making it back to the Stanley Cup. But the real fun started when the interview concluded. Not ten seconds after Gailus thanked him for his time, Kesler returned to the shot to stage a yet another opportunistic Keslurk.
It’s awesome, because you can actually see the Kesler considering it at about 2:20. Then, only 10 seconds later, he pops up behind Gailus, strikes a quick, smirky pose, and saunters off, satisfied.
Before Gailus can even conclude his report, the amused anchors back at the studio can’t help but inform himthat he’s just been made a victim. When the camera pans back to Kesler, he’s laughing like a villain that’s just completed a dastardly caper. The only thing missing is a moustache for him to twirl.
Normally, Kesler bombs athletes, but he has Keslurked media members before. Last season, he surprised John Shorthouse and John Garrett. Still, this is the first time that he’s branched out from the sports world to mainstream media. Watch your back, Anderson Cooper.
Kesler is getting more and more brazen. One wonders if he was ever actually asked to appear in ESPN’s “Body Issue”, or if the photographers just discovered sometime after the shoot that he was standing naked in the background of all the shots, and decided to claim it was intentional.Tags: Kesler, Keslurking