If you missed it, here’s TSN’s bit on Naked Kesler, the revealing photo that took the Internet by storm yesterday and crashed our blog. (Seriously, what Internet site can’t handle one naked photo? We’re small potatoes.)
The video features several Canucks, such as Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin, reacting to the photo. It also features Roberto Luongo admitting he was approached by ESPN and turned them down (even after they offered to do the shoot along the seawall, where he’s most comfortable). But mainly it’s just a vehicle for Kevin Bieksa to make zingers aplenty.
Pretty much everything Bieksa says in here is gold, and he says a lot. He starts off complimentary, saying, “[Kesler's] got the body of a Greek god, so he can pull it off.” Just the body, Juice? Charlie Sheen has Adonis DNA. Then, Bieksa reaches for the burn, adding “They do a great job with airbrushing and technology, so anybody can pretty much do it if they want to.” Then he speaks an eerie truth, pointing out that naked Kesler isn’t going to win the Canucks any more fans within the NHLPA.
Officials too. If you thought the referees were biased against the Canucks before, just wait until he becomes the second NHL player to be assessed a “too much man” penalty.
All told, even if a nude photo of Kesler hadn’t surfaced yesterday, he still would have made the news cycle, because he was cleared for contact and took a full practice with the team for the first time since last season. Once projected to return in mid-November, a late October season debut is suddenly a possibility. Granted, this became the B story, leading to the following question: what was more overshadowed yesterday — the news that Kesler was recovering ahead of schedule, or his abdomen in the ESPN spread?
Kesler has a tendency to push himself a little too hard, so it was nice to hear that he plans to be patient through the rest of the recovery process. From the Province:
“I just have to get back into game shape, that’s it,” he said.
“Probably not [in the next week], to be honest. I still need to get back to where I was last year. I want to come in and have an immediate impact.
“I’m going to be patient with this. I’m going to wait on my hip. I’m not going to come back early because I’ll be behind the eight ball. If I come back early, I’ll probably injure myself and be out again.
“That’s the tough thing about it. Being patient. I’d like to be out there [tonight] and be with the guys.”
With that, Canuck nation can breathe a collective sigh of relief.
Anyway, in closing, here’s this.Canucks, Kesler, Naked Kesler, TSN