Spitballin’ on happy Weise, super Sami, Canuck Halloween costumes

Spitballin’ (or Super Pass ITBulis: All In, if you love adventurous acronymizing) is a feature that allows us to touch on a multitude of things really fast, because in the world of hockey, there are always lots of things to find and colour. Here are a few topics that deserve mention.

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Dale Weise seems pretty excited

I know I tweeted this photo the other day, but I can’t get enough of it: that’s Dale Weise, watching the replay of his first career goal on the Jumbotron immediately after scoring it. He’s making pretty much the same face I would be.

I’m just going off what I’ve seen so far, but Weise seems to love it in Vancouver. When he removes that cobalt blue mouthguard of his, it’s impossible not to notice that he’s smiling from ear to ear (see above). He seemed positively giddy to be carving pumpkins with the kids at Canuck Place yesterday.

And why wouldn’t he love it? Weise spent four years in the Rangers organization, most of it with their AHL affiliate, just waiting for an opportunity to be a part of an NHL club. Now he’s with a winning organization, he’s contributing, he’s getting icetime, and best of all, he’s scoring. Here’s hoping we see more of this face.

Kevin Bieksa dressed as an elf

If you’ve ever wondered what Kevin Bieksa would look like as Buddy the Elf (and who hasn’t?), the man tweeted his Halloween costume last night. Here it is again, in case you missed it.

Twitter and Juice are about as perfect a match as we expected they’d be; Bieksa really seems to have figured it out in a hurry. He’s sharing odd pics, like the one above, he’s quipping (Great day for an outdoor event! Wondering how my naked Kesler costume is going to do in the cold rain…) and he’s tell the world when he’s eating lunch with friends (although who the Hell is Herb Bagel?).

We look forward to plenty more amusement from @kbieksa3.

Ryan Kesler as Sylvester (the cat, not the cross-dressing pop star)

Not to be outdone, Ryan Kesler tweeted his costume as well last night (and accidentally sent out a “Words With Friends” invite to everyone). Looks like Kesler either went as Sylvester the cat, or the guy from the room at the end of the hall in The Shining.

Kesler as Sylvester makes a lot of sense. He’s proud, persistent, only after one thing, and he plays through a ton of injuries. According to our old friend Wikipedia, “Sylvester has ‘died’ the most of any Looney Tunes characters.”

He and Kesler are kindred spirits.

Sami Salo is playing out of his mind

I talked earlier about how the Canucks were eager to limit Sami Salo’s minutes and therefore hesitant to pair him with Alex Edler, but it would appear they’ve abandoned this goal. They really had no choice, what with the way Salo’s been playing. He’s been dynamite.

Prior to Salo’s Achilles injury two summers ago, Rick Bowness talked him up as the Canucks’ best defenseman. This year, it hasn’t seemed that far-fetched at all: the guy has 3 goals and 5 assists in 11 games, good for ninth in the NHL among defensemen, but he’s not just getting his. Versus Washington, he made Alex Edler look fantastic, setting him up for a beautiful goal and finally providing a trustworthy stay-at-home presence, so that Edler could safely jump into rushes.

David Booth on After Hours

And lastly, because we didn’t manage to get to it over the weekend (particularly because the expected Keslurk happened elsewhere), here’s David Booth on After Hours. He’s a fairly vanilla interview (it would appear he’ll be taking over for Mason Raymond in more ways than one), but we do learn a few things about him.

First, he’s a very strong Christian. It’s impossible to miss that. Second, he’s either ridiculously humble or ridiculously unaware when it comes to his ravishing good looks. He claims his siblings look nothing like them, and that they’re lucky in this regard. Laughable; the man’s a still-chaste Dorian Gray.

And finally, it would appear that Booth will also be replacing Tanner Glass as the Canucks’ resident bear-hunter. Booth hunts bears with a crossbow (edit: because they eat all the blueberries noooooo) . Granted, it’s not nearly as impressive as bare-knuckle bear boxing, but still.

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16 comments

  1. The Bookie
    November 1, 2011

    I never realized how much Bieksa looks like Badger on Breaking Bad until I saw that picture.

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  2. LaLou
    November 1, 2011

    The best part of David Booth’s interview was when he said he hunted black bears because there are a lot of them and they eat all the blueberries. The man is literally willing to kill for blueberries.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      November 1, 2011

      “And we don’t want that.”

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  3. JDM
    November 1, 2011

    Topic unrelated, but you should’ve thrown in a link to the Torres article on Puck Daddy, just to give everyone the opportunity to appreciate the anthropological marvel that is the comments section. Not sure whether to laugh or cry.
    http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Raffi-Torres-as-Jay-Z-isn-8217-t-racist-it-82?urn=nhl-wp16333#remaining-content

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  4. don't like hunters
    November 1, 2011

    loved how Booth said God was teaching him something when he got his first concussion. I guess he didn’t learn anything cuz God caused him to suffer a 2nd one.
    maybe it’s cuz hes killing animals for no good reason.

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    • tj
      November 1, 2011

      Yes, I have to admit, I was rather put off by his glee for hunting, myself. It’s one thing to be amused by boxing bears in jest. But killing endangered and beloved species for sport… Not so much.

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      • Tengerez
        November 1, 2011

        Um, bears (both kinds mentioned) are not endangered species.

        And while I’m not a hunter myself, it seems like this interview shows someone who is a responsible hunter, choosing not to take a shot on a Grizzly that was not big enough.

        I just hope he takes the shot next time he sees Tim Thomas: that Bear is fair game!

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  5. the olde coot
    November 1, 2011

    econoise

    suffice to say that we don’t care
    for hummingbird or griizzly bear
    preferring still to waterski
    at least that’s how it seems to me

    if i be wrong then answer why
    so very few hear screech owls cry
    or ask where garter snakes have gone
    … while they herbicide their lawn

    one soul per car as home we rush
    into the sea we sewage flush
    each day there is lost habitat
    for nesting birds and jungle cat

    suffice to say that we don’t care
    for hummingbird or grizzly bear

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  6. The Hunter
    November 1, 2011

    I don’t recall Booth stating he’s a big game hunter for sport in that interview, did I miss something? I’d be quite surprised to find out he’s only into hunting for the trophy…especially considering his beliefs and the fact that he uses a bow (which I have the ultimate respect for).

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  7. Chinstrap Joe
    November 1, 2011

    Ravishing? Was that one dude talking about another dude?

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    • Harrison Mooney
      November 1, 2011

      I calls ‘em like I sees ‘em, bro.

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      • Nlee
        November 1, 2011

        He’s a bit too Malibu Ken for my liking…Volpatti’s pretty cute though.

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  8. Andrewsucks
    November 1, 2011

    Wait, winning organization? Not how it’s shaking out so far this year

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  9. Ruth Fisher
    November 1, 2011

    David Booth is basically Mike Fisher. They’re both Christian, they both hunt bears.. and they both have pretty eyes.
    My brother just informed me that Booth said Fisher was his favourite player before he came into the league (similar playing styles).

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