Alex Burrows just got Keslurked

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.

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17 comments

  1. peanutflower
    October 16, 2011

    That must have been really uncomfortable for Burrows, and he handled it well, I thought. There was no way that was a hat trick. No way. That young kid will be having to get a bigger helmet soon.

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  2. cambo
    October 16, 2011

    Bwahaha. Nuck CHUMPS barely beat the lowly Oilers! If they make the playoffs, round 1 and done!

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  3. Garry
    October 16, 2011

    I had more of an issue with the terrible commentating skills of Lee & Reaugh than I did with their obsession with the kid-line. If our first overall pick scored a hat-trick (even a fake one) in his 3rd NHL game as an 18 year old I would expect the commentators to make a big deal out of it. The Oilers have been terrible for 5 years, it’s good that their fans have something to be excited about now.

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    • Daniel Snyder
      October 16, 2011

      Totally with you Garry. I was complaining about the play-by-play within the first seconds of the game. They were slow and behind the play constantly, missing key things, and trying to do color during critical play development. Not only that, they were even flat out wrong about what was happening on the ice more than a few times! Some of the worst play-by-play ever.

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      • John in Marpole
        October 17, 2011

        I don’t know what CBC viewers in BC did to deserve Mark Lee as our HNIC play x play guy, but it must have been something horrible. I suspect small kittens and fireworks may have been involved.

        Now that Rick Ball has joined HNIC I don’t understand why he’s covering the Jets and we’re stuck with the worst of the bunch. I’d even prefer Bob Cole’s inability to remember the name of non-Leaf players over Lee, at least Cole is good at describing the play and rarely makes things up like Lee does.

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  4. Daniel Snyder
    October 16, 2011

    Totally agree with your thoughts here. I felt the whole CBC broadcast had an Edmonton bias, and the non-stop talk of RNH was ridiculously annoying. Not to mention the continual comparisons of Nugent-Hopkins to Gretzky. They kept saying they shouldn’t make the comparison, but they kept talking about it all night long.

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  5. John Andress
    October 16, 2011

    I was quite disgusted by the RNH and “Kid Line” love-fest that the CBC broadcast crew subjected us to which reached it’s lowest point when Scott Oakes asked Burrows post-game to expand on how wonderful RNH was. The question was, in my opinion, the ultimate in bad form however, unfortunately, Burrows got the answer wrong. The right answer was “He was very good but he does not play for the Vancouver Canucks so I don’t give a toss about him. We won. They lost. Next question.” Surely we learned last year that pumping the oppositions tyres is not our responsibility.

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    • John in Marpole
      October 17, 2011

      I agree with you 100%, however, imagine what the mental-midgets who already have a hate on for the Canucks would have done with that kind of answer.

      HNIC seems to been intent on glossing over the craptacularness of the Oilers by diverting attention to the New Kid on the Block. Last year it was Taylor Hall, this year its RNH. Assuming the Oil get yet another #1 pick – there will be a new NKotB in Edmonton next season.

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  6. Kate Fullerton
    October 16, 2011

    hahaha, gnawing on a prosthetic hand? that would be pure genious

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  7. DanD
    October 16, 2011

    I tweeted this last night, and I stand by it.

    “Mark Lee only has two tones: Boring and Yelling.”

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  8. Michael
    October 17, 2011

    Bless your writing chops, Mister Mooney.
    I almost signed up to Pdaddy tonight to comment on your B of B coverage, but then I remembered that I would have joined that community and a chunk of my IQ would have dribbled onto my shoulder, ruining a much loved shirt.
    A hopeful sliver of myself believes that you are only gracing those pages so that late one night, an obscure joke will be laughed at, shame will be felt, and then many tiny heads will explode.
    If that happens, don’t you cry for them, don’t you dare.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      October 17, 2011

      Hey, thanks for this, it means a lot.

      You’re right, too. I’m a sleeper agent, tasked with killing them with kindness and humour. And if that doesn’t work, just killing them.

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  9. josh
    October 17, 2011

    it is also a bit ironic because Burrows was credited with a hat trick against LA that he didn’t get in his first season. But the love fest was too much for me

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  10. tom
    October 17, 2011

    wasn`t alex burrows first hat trick the same thing, where somebody tipped the second or third goal? or was that jeff cowan, the brabarian.

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  11. PW
    October 17, 2011

    It should be clear by now that Harrison Mooney is the best hockey writer in the Vancouver market. Could he please replace the entire gang of Sun/Province hockey hacks?

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  12. sunnydee07
    October 18, 2011

    Alex’s answer should have been — (looking off camera) “Hey Nuge – over here, bud – Scott wants to talk with you! (looking back at Scott) “Let me know when you’re done and we can talk about how we won the game”

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    • Harrison Mooney
      October 18, 2011

      Ha, that would have been awesome.

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