Spitballin’ on Bieksa throwing a glove, Burrows and O’Brien’s odd relationship, and stuff Canucks fans say

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.


Who throws a glove?

Anybody that dislikes Kevin Bieksa has never run a blog dedicated to the team he plays for. The guy constantly feeds us gold, both on the ice and off, with quips, quotes, and quirky plays alike.

Last Saturday, we had the bizarre sequence in Colorado during which he dove to save a goal, then brought the puck back up the ice and tied the game with seconds remaining. Thursday, we had his curious decision to throw a glove at Cal Clutterbuck of the Minnesota Wild. Here’s an animated gif of the moment, as well as Bieksa being tossed as unceremoniously as the glove:

If you watch this enough times, it looks like the referee throws the glove with his mind, then high-fives the other ref for his awesome telekinetic powers.

What inspired Bieksa to throw an accessory like Random Task in Austin Powers is beyond me, but his line on the incident was one of his best of the season. Said the defenceman after the game, “During my release I wondered if it was a good thing then after my release I knew it was a good thing.” Classic.

After loss to Canucks, Mike Yeo burns Columbus

Speaking of that game, I laughed out loud at Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo’s assessment of his team after the 5-2 loss, and not because I was relishing the Wild’s pain (I was and am, certainly, but that’s not why this was so funny). No, it had more to do with what he said: “We flat-out stink the last two months. We stink,” Yeo grumbled, presumably while wearing sweatpants and eating ice cream right out of the carton. Then, this gem:

“What did we think, that we would come in here against Vancouver and outskill that team? That didn’t work for us [Tuesday] against Columbus.”

Said Columbus: Um, I’m standing right here.

The Columbus Blue Jackets: so bad, they get burned after games in which they didn’t play.

O’Brien and Burrows remains frenemies

When notorious frenemies Shane O’Brien and Alex Burrows are in the same game, a memorable encounter between the two is about as inevitable as death and taxes. For the life of me, I can’t understand the exact nature of their relationship, as they seem both incensed and amused whenever they come into contact with each other. Case in point: this hilarious altercation from last Saturday’s contest, which our pal Dani was kind enough to Youtube for us.

You can actually pinpoint the exact moment Burrows realizes O’Brien was the one to horse-collar him, and begins to kick and flail with a special kind of rage.

Speaking of special rage, check out O’Brien’s “Vincent D’Onofrio in Full Metal Jacket” crazy eyes as the officials try to separate them. And yet, there’s a hint of shame, as though he realizes he came this closer to pulverizing his best frenemy. The dust-up also resulted in this photo:

To me, this looks like a hockey hug.

Chloe Ezra is famous

Pretty much every day here at PITB, more people find our blog via the search term “naked Kesler” than any other. It happens often enough that, when it doesn’t, it’s worth nothing, and the other day, the term was beaten out by “Chloe Ezra”, the artist behind our Pass it to Comics series.

After I informed Chloe of this momentous accomplishment, she posted “I beat Kesler naked!” on her Tumblr. This statement being incredibly misleading out of context, she was asked about it, which led to her creating this gif:

Chloe is so weird.

You’re Looking Trevor Linden Good

If you missed it this week, be sure to take a moment and watch “S*** Canucks Fans Say,” the latest video by Jordan Bowman and Wyatt Arndt of the Province’s Legion of Blog.

The highlights: the dude shouting “Hamhuis!” after hipchecking his friend; “Remember now?”; the fact that the back half is basically all crying. I can attest to that.

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  1. bergberg
    February 13, 2012

    You’re right! Burrow’s looks like he becomes possessed at the moment he realised O’Brien is standing above him. That is all kinds of crazy. Also, hilarious.

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  2. JDM
    February 13, 2012

    That was absolutely hilarious. “Pull Luongo!” “How do you pull Luongo?!”

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    • Ives
      February 24, 2012

      The Boston bnuirs have been getting cheap shots thrown at them in all 3 games. Rome started the cheap shots in game 1,not to mention he’s been doing it the whole season. He reminds me of The Flyers Dave Shultz.This time Peverly got caught.In the 3rd period Milan Lucic was cross checked and held down in front of TimTom, When play resumed and went to the vancouver end Milan retaileated.The refs don’t see it all.I think the punishment fit the crime,a game misconduct and a 5 minute major. Vancouver does a lot of adlib on the pond every check or contact made,I’m just glad the refs are letting the teams decide.

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  3. cathylu
    February 13, 2012

    Speaking of Hockey Hugs, will there be a new installment soon?

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  4. SteveB
    February 13, 2012

    I have done/said nearly everything in that S**t Canucks Fans Say video. :\

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  5. J21
    February 13, 2012

    Mike Yeo’s dissing of Columbus in praise of Vancouver almost sounds like it could be an excerpt from an ongoing rivalry among explorer fanboys, as stupid as sports fan arguments:

    “Dude didn’t even reach the mainland! Columbus sucks!”

    “Yeah, Vancouver really blazed some trails, you know, centuries after Columbus crossed the ocean. Why didn’t he do anything in the Atlantic? Oh that’s right, it was already all discovered.”

    “Big words coming in support of a guy who thought he’d hit India. Uh, Chris, you might want to go the other way, genius!”

    “Oh yeah, well at least Columbus didn’t miss the whole freakin’ Fraser River, right under his nose! You’d have to be a real moron to do that!”

    “Bringing up that again, are we? Curious accusation when it’s your guy made his crew swear that Cuba was on the mainland. At least we can say ‘Vancouver Island’ without any irony, dickwad.”

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  6. stathead
    February 13, 2012

    “If you watch this enough times, it looks like the referee throws the glove with his mind, then high-fives the other ref for his awesome telekinetic powers.”
    a) that’s hilarious.
    b) I think you have watched it more than enough times, to be coming up with that ;)

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  7. tj
    February 13, 2012

    After IWTG, Spitballin’ is my favourite–this one is full of great goodness. That Chloe is weird makes me love her all the more. (Why is that happy face smilin’–he should be eating a piece of pizza? See, my mind, Chloe’s mind: sync’d!)

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  8. Celina
    February 24, 2012

    Stephen. Pull your head out of beweetn your legs. If you have watched any Canucks games you will see that Aaron Rome is the last person to be cheap. I guess we can go back and forth all night on the small stuff. Bruins need to use any small hack/slash or cheapshot gain advantage as the underg dog. As far as letting the teams decide.. you have just contradicted yourself.

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