Spitballin’ (or Super Pass It To Bulis: 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.
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it’s not often flattering: between his unabashed love of the Bruins, his dislike of “soft Europeans”, and his painfully out of date views on toughness in hockey, Coach’s Corner is usually a great time for a snack run for Canucks fans.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.Tags: animated gifs, canuck animals, Canucks, Don Cherry, featured, Ron Maclean, spitballin, Swedish Goon, Tumblr, Twitter