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 quick topics.
Tanner Glass fights his last bear
If you couldn’t tell from our two most recent posts, which might convince a first-timer that PITB is a bad Winnipeg Jets blog, we’re excited for the returns of Tanner Glass and Kyle Wellwood, two Canucks with whom we were and remain somewhat smitten. It’s probably time to retire the Tanner Glass fighting bears feature we nostalgically resurrected (I think it’s been done to death), but let’s go out on a high note. Here’s one more photo, courtesy Bulie SteveB:
The bear appears to be pleading for mercy as Glass gleefully punches him off a cliff.
For the record, anyone who brings a “Glass Fights Bears” sign to Thursday night’s game will receive some hardcore blog-love. This has to happen.
HEY. TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY.
Let’s move on to current Canuck depth players. Here’s Dale Weise and Maxim Lapierre — apparently fresh from a car accident, judging by their cut-up faces — cracking each other up while trying to film what appears to be the awkwardest Canucks for Kids Fund PSA in history. The highlight is Max Lapierre mocking Dale Weise’s unnatural teapot-like stance on the first take, then proving that he’s a much, much better actor with some mimed phone chat and creepy staring.
Alain Vigneault can’t win
Chris Tanev, who has taken Cody Hodgson’s place as the young prospect for whom fans are demanding more icetime, draws back into the lineup Thursday. He’ll play on a pairing with Marc-Andre Gragnani, bumping Aaron Rome to the pressbox, which is what everyone has been clamoring for since Gragnani was acquired.
Unfortunately, this move benches Manitoba native Rome in the first matchup against his hometown team, the Winnipeg Jets. Considering AV explained that Cory Schneider’s start in Boston was in part because he was Massachusetts-born, I’d say this is worth a lip curl. I don’t like it. Rome’s been nothing but accommodating since he arrived in Vancouver and he should have gotten to play tonight.
But it just goes to show that a roster controversy is inevitable no matter who Alain Vigneault dresses. The dude can’t win.
Dale Weise agrees: Dale Weise needs more icetime
I may be the only one who finds this funny, but I laughed out loud when Dale Weise retweeted this tweet from country singer Aaron Pritchett:
Dale Weise’s new strategy for getting back into the lineup: celebrity endorsements. It’s worth a shot.
David Booth is clever
Unfortunately, Weise doesn’t have the power to attract stars that attractive star David Booth has. Booth recently shared this photo, in which he poses with babes. (Okay, Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella and Danielle Doty, Miss Teen USA 2011.) For the record, despite standing between two beauty queens, Booth holds up surprisingly well here. Seriously, I’m a heterosexual guy and I’d still say he’s in the top two.
But the best part of this tweet wasn’t the photo. It was what Booth had to say about it:
That’s just a quality quip, especially since he’s standing between two natural blondes. (And don’t you tell me Campanella’s a redhead just because that’s the colour her hair was when she won the crown. Her natural hair colour is blonde. I Googled her to be sure. That’s right. I Googled her for research. And only research.)
While we’re on the subject of David Booth’s Twitter account, Booth was on the Team 1040 Thursday morning and explained that Cody Hodgson didn’t want him to tweet the Aladdin tweet because he was afraid of how it would make him look. Thank goodness Booth pulled rank, because that was a quality tweet. (Also: who is embarrassed to admit they’re watching Aladdin with friends? Seriously. I’m watching Ella Enchanted right now.)
Booth works out a lot
Speaking of Booth, fans should be encouraged by the fact that the Hodgson for Kassian swap now means that Zack Kassian will be roommates with an obsessive fitness nut who spends so much time working out that the team has asked him to tone it down.
Naturally big-bodied guys like Kassian have a tendency to struggle with their weight and often lose a step as a result (recall two-thirds of the failed Mike Gillis’s Camp Hope, Steve Bernier and Shane O’Brien). But if Kassian is rooming with the most body-conscious member of the team, there’s a good chance Booth’s habits will rub off on him, and that’s good news for the Canucks.