Spitballin’ on Don calling out Ron, Henrik the goon, Luongo stretching

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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Don Cherry Calls out Ron Maclean for hating Burrows

Canucks fans rarely have a reason to listen to Don Cherry. When the Canucks are on Hockey Night in Canada, it’s usually the late game for folks out East, meaning Cherry doesn’t usually have much to say about the Canucks in the first place. When he does, it’s not often flattering: between his unabashed love of the Bruins, his dislike of “soft Europeans”, and his painfully out of date views on toughness in hockey, Coach’s Corner is usually a great time for a snack run for Canucks fans.

Last Saturday, however, Cherry gloriously calls out Ron Maclean for his irrational hatred of Alex Burrows, harkening back to the brutal, brutal hatchet job Maclean did on Burrows over a year ago in the wake of the Stephane Auger incident. Ron gets a little lot defensive, tries to laugh it off, and Don doesn’t let him off the hook. He even pulls a this guy here leaning towards the camera with a thumb pointed at Ron. Hilarious. Ron had it coming and seeing it happen on live TV was fantastic.

Booth still trying to give out animal nicknames

Like Ryan Kesler over the summer, David Booth has increased his tweeting in the wake of his injury.  Unfortunately, it has also caused him to apparently overstep his bounds. Last week, Canucks fans everywhere and particularly on this blog got very excited when he revealed another animal nickname for a Canuck player, referring to Mason Raymond as “Whitetail.”

Then things got complicated, as Kevin Bieksa went on the Team 1040 and not only denied the “whitetail” nickname as an authentic sobriquet, but also denied David Booth’s ability to give players nicknames, revealing the existence of a shadowy and all-powerful nicknaming “council” formed by himself, Dan Hamhuis, and Keith Ballard.

Well apparently, like Miley Cyrus, Booth never got the memo, as he once again gave out an animal nickname after the game against Ottawa. He referred to Cody Hodgson as “Chinook,” which is a type of salmon much like Coho — Hodgson’s more common nickname — is a type of salmon. It is unknown at this time whether the council has approved this new nickname and whether Booth will face sanctions from the council for his reckless pseudonymizing.

One thing we know for sure: David Booth is bored.

Henrik “Swedish Goon” Sedin wanted to fight Chris Neil

One of the highlights of Saturday’s game against the Senators was Jim Hughson referring to Henrik Sedin as a “Swedish Goon.” Yes, that is a thing that happened. You see, he didn’t take too kindly to Chris Neil being, well, Chris Neil, so he hooked him and threw him to the ice. When asked afterwards if he wanted to fight Neil, Henrik responded, “I did. I’m glad he didn’t, though.”

Henrik then added, “Because it’s really hard to get blood stains out of these road whites” before punching out a tiger that was prowling through the locker room.

Roberto Luongo performs bizarre mating dance

When CBC showed Luongo going through a series of pre-game stretches in the male equivalent of yoga pants, I knew there would be a response from Tumblr. Sure enough, gifs were made. Many gifs. A whole suite of gifs. Here are some from our favourite cartooning collaborator, Chloe Ezra:

 

 

 

Canucks have very strange concussion testing protocols

Kidding, kidding. This is from before the game against the Senators from Canucks.com’s excellent “Behind the Lens” series from Jeff Vinnick and Derek Jory. Mostly Jeff Vinnick.

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16 comments

  1. JDM
    December 13, 2011

    Remember when they were going to fire Ron and people nation-wide stood up in arms to lobby to have him keep his job? Yeah we all regret that now. I’m actually HOPING that CBC loses the rights to HNIC when they expire in a couple of years (hi Rogers and Bell). I get the feeling a team of monkeys could do a better job. Although I guess they do have Milbury so primates are already getting airtime.

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    • peanutflower
      December 13, 2011

      I was just saying that yesterday, and how sorry I am to admit to being one of the thousands who e-mailed CBC about keeping McLean employed. I am deeply sorry.

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  2. ken berger
    December 13, 2011

    Both of thease fellows should be replaced as they are filled with their own importance, so they think. Most people are tired of their rants on everything in hockey. I turn them off now and only watch the game.

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  3. Brent
    December 13, 2011

    Don Cherry actually called out Mike Milbury for talking about fighting in junior hockey, something like “you have to actually go to games to know what you’re talking about” I liked it!

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  4. SteveB
    December 13, 2011

    Here’s a .gif I made of the Three Faces of Kevin Bieksa:
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v390/skb/misc%20stuff/random_stuff/PITB/the3facesofBieksa.gif

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  5. also_ran
    December 13, 2011

    Looks like Lu’s been to one hardcore matinee too many.

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  6. Ruffensore
    December 13, 2011

    I agree – Maclean’s hatred of the Canucks in general and Alexandre Burrows in particular is actually quite hilarious to watch. Ol’ Ron nearly spits out his dentures when Cherry takes him to task for his ongoing feud with Burrows whom he accuses of ‘embellishing” – like NO other NHL players do it, eh Ron?

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  7. Chinstrap Joe
    December 13, 2011

    Am I the only one that has noticed that Cody Hodgson’s head is enormous? The last picture confirmed to me that the NHL hasn’t seen a head that size since Tie Domi retired. Not that having a big head is a big deal – I can always tell that it’s Cody when he enters the zone.

    To quote Stuart Mackenzie from So I Married An Axe Murderer: “I’m not kidding, that boy’s head is like Sputnik; spherical but quite pointy at parts! Now that was offside, wasn’t it? He’ll be crying himself to sleep tonight, on his huge pillow.”

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    • bergberg
      December 13, 2011

      Obviously I’m in Ottawa, so this is why I have noticed this, but Da Costa looks like he has such an enormous head it doesn’t even fit in his helmet!

      Have a look at the third pic down on this page:
      http://sports.nationalpost.com/tag/evgeni-malkin/

      Haha!

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    • Daniel Wagner
      December 13, 2011

      It’s like an orange on a toothpick!

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  8. Canucklehead_in_T.O.
    December 13, 2011

    A hockey blog that (correctly) uses “sobriquet” in a sentence? This must be the Interwebs-equivalent of heaven!

    Oh, how I heart you, PITB!

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  9. goldtrail
    December 13, 2011

    Maclean is supposed to be the reasonable one while Cherry is supposed to be the flag-waving Toronto / Boston Superfan. So when Don points out Macleans obvious dislike for Burrows it is funny. Maclean has to cater to the market that is the center of the hockey universe. The total dislike of Vancouver teams only surfaces when We have a winner. The glee that every talking head has over the goalie controversy and the Stanley cup hangover is pitiful to watch. It is jealousy .. Milbury let it slip when he commented on Keslers accusation .. You know its no wonder teams around the NHL hate the Canucks .. Its not the teams so much as the colour guys.

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  10. Donna Suico
    December 13, 2011

    i love lui’s “manpris”…

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    • tj
      December 13, 2011

      I think when Lui sent someone out to get him some pants, he neglected to mention his account is at Big’n'Tall. Poor Lui, caught in his shortpants. More proof the media continue to bully him.

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  11. andrew
    December 13, 2011

    time to replace both goonies, I never watch their s idiotic comments, waste of time

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  12. John Roos
    December 17, 2011

    How can I email Ron McLean and CBC to give my personal opinions of their inexcusably unprofessional comments? How does one go about this?

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