We’ve been a little spoiled by the level to which Ryan Kesler has taken the Keslurking meme of late, what with the Canucks’ centre going meta and victimizing his own interviews and family photos. With the level to which our expectations have risen, it stands to reason that an old-school, subtle Keslurk — the sort in which the man is hardly noticeable — might go unnoticed.
That’s what happened last night, during Alex Burrows’s Hockey Night in Canada postgame interview. Rather than dominating the frame, Kesler’s interview bomb involves little else but a barely perceptible peer from behind a curtain.
What, no props? A Burrows interview is ripe for topical prop comedy. Kesler could have come out wearing a Baton Rouge Kingfish jersey, eating a French dip sandwich, or gnawing on a prosthetic hand. Although perhaps the point of this Keslurk was to temper expectations by going back to the basics? It’s a new season, why not start the meme anew?
Now maybe you didn’t see Kesler, which is understandable because this is the stealthiest Keslurk in the history of stealth. When we pointed it out last night, a number of people told us he was never there. But he was. Let me point him out for you.
As you can see, for the first five seconds of the video, Kesler is barely visible behind the curtain. Then he yells something about making sure Burrows does the interview in English and disappears.
Be sure to watch the rest of the video, which devolves from your standard postgamer into a continuation of the Ryan Nugent-Hopkins lovefest that dominated last night’s telecast.
Yes, 18-year-old Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ Nugetrick (that’s 2 goals and a third miscredited to him by officials whose judgment is clouded by love) — also known as a flower pot because it wasn’t a hat – was quite the story. But, the fact that Scott Oake spends the back two-thirds of an interview with Burrows talking about the kid is absurd. I half-expected Oake to ask Burrows to find out for him if Nugent-Hopkins had a date for the fall formal.Tags: Burrows, featured, HNIC, Kesler, Keslurking, scott oake, spotlight