We’ve said it time and time again this season: Kevin Bieksa is a blogger’s dream. Every single one of his interviews yields some sort of comedy gold, from animal nicknames to milk hot dogs to LMFAO references and beyond. But a recent interview he did with Mike Dunsmore of Fox Sports is the best thing he’s ever given us.
You see, for the duration of the interview, Bieksa pretends to be Ryan Kesler. Dunsmore approached Bieksa after the Canucks’ Game 4 win in Los Angeles, thinking that’s who he was. And Bieksa, recognizing the gift-wrapped prank the moment he saw it, just went with it. What follows are 2:40 of fall off your chair hilarity.
There’s so much here I don’t even know where to begin. Bieksa feeds the “Kesler hates Canada” narrative from the 2010 Olympics, claiming America “is where the real hockey fans are” and that the crowd won’t be as good as in Canada. He espouses a love for the Ohio State Buckeyes (although “the Bowling Green Falcons always kind of took it to us”). He talks about “my traffic in front of the net” on the Canucks’ powerplay. He reminisces about how he, Jonathan Quick, and Dustin Brown “had some reeaaally good times” at the Olympics.
And best of all, he tells Dunsmore his nickname is “Guzzler”. Way to think on your feet, Juice.
It’s a shame Dunsmore didn’t ask him about the ESPN body issue photo. Bieksa could have blown our minds.
The Canucks’ blueliner talked to Jason Botchford about the prank. From Wyatt Arndt of the Province’s Legion of Blog, who was the first one on this legendary tale:
“That guy’s an idiot. It’s his own fault if he can’t tell the difference between an all star centre and a plug defenceman,” explained Kevin Bieksa. “He shouldn’t even be allowed in the room.” Bieksa didn’t stop there, as he continued to rip on Dunsmore. “He doesn’t know who Ryan Kesler is. Ryan Kesler won a silver medal for them. I did a full 10 maybe 15-minute interview with him; I was telling how I grew up in Livonia.”
All told, you have to feel bad for Dunsmore. While it’s never a good idea to approach someone for an interview if you don’t know who they are (especially Kevin Bieksa, who will crush you), everybody makes mistakes, and it’s regrettable that Dunsmore’s led to him being the victim of a classic prank. He’s going to hate Bieksa for the rest of his career, not just for making him look like an idiot, but for calling him one on the record. (As an aside, I didn’t think that was particularly necessary.)
On the bright side, this is a mistake Dunsmore will probably never make again.Tags: Bieksa, interview, kevin bieksa is amazing, poor mike dunsmore