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.
Now Luongo might stay or something, I don’t know
I had to chuckle at Jason Botchford’s Sunday article looking at the possibility, hinted at by Mike Gillis during a recent Team 1040 interview, that the Canucks might keep both their goalies. It was a bit of a backpedal, especially after the decision to start Cory Schneider for Game 3 versus the Kings was met with a flurry of articles that this definitely meant Luongo would be traded, some of which were by Botchford. Here’s a line with little wiggle room:
You can stop calling Cory Schneider the backup.
Two playoff starts in a row mean those days are behind him. Kind of like Roberto Luongo’s Canucks’ days.
Or maybe they aren’t. Did I say they were? Well, whatever.
Anyway. While I’m busting Botch’s balls a bit (holy alliteration, Batman!), I should take a moment to compliment him on this quality paragraph. From the Province:
At 26, Schneider, understandably, wants significantly more playing time, and battling Luongo for shifts in the crease isn’t the easiest, or smoothest way to go about getting that done. If you thought the goalie storyline was consuming and ubiquitous last season, that’s like an amuse-bouche compared to the meal people will be making of it this fall.
Amuse-bouche for the win.
As for what Gillis had to say, I’ll stick with what I’ve been saying all along: while Luongo is likely to move (especially since he’s got movers booked for June), I remain fully convinced that Gillis is planning to let the packages offered for both goaltenders determine who’s back in the fall. He’ll deal with the fallout of that decision after he makes it.
The Best Roberto Luongo Photo You’ll See Today
Speaking of Luongo, here’s a Luongo family photo from his draft year.
My absolute favourite part of this pic is that his brothers are wearing the exact same shirt in two different colours. Good to know my Mom wasn’t the only one who shopped that way.
Ryan Kesler had surgery again, so he’s tweeting a lot
If no one had reported Ryan Kesler’s shoulder surgery, I think I would have begun to suspect it on May 18, when the Canucks’ centre went on a tweeting spree, asking “What up everyone?!” before filling up his timeline with A) innocuous replies to people asking for replies, and B) retweets of people wishing him a speedy recovery, as though doing so would actually speed up the recovery.
But my favourite tweet was from the mother of a sick boy, because it seemed like a combination of the two Keslerian tweet-tropes. It featured both a bland greeting and the underlying suggestion that an interaction with Ryan Kesler has healing properties.
— Ryan Kesler (@Ryan_Kesler) May 19, 2012
“Son, great news! Ryan Kesler said hi to you!”
“Did you get my medicine?”
“No, not yet.”
“THEN I DO NOT CARE, MOTHER.”
Anyway, you can always tell when Ryan Kesler is recovering from surgery because his Twitter activity skyrockets, and we’re clearly witnessing post-op Ryan Kesler now.
David Booth’s Twitter is much more engaging
Speaking of innocuous tweets, here’s one Kesler sent on May 18.
Good morning everyone not a cloud in the sky #boatday
— Ryan Kesler (@Ryan_Kesler) May 19, 2012
Clearly, David Booth found this very bland, because he fired a similar one early the next day, except he punched it up with a dash of controversy:
Good morning everyone. Not a cloud in the sky #huntday
— David Booth (@D_Booth7) May 20, 2012
It instantly reminded me of the time Kesler tweeted about some fancy hotel lounge sandwich he had eaten, and Booth followed it up by tweeting that he just ate a gas station sandwich. I remember people getting upset that Booth was eating poorly.
Say what you will about Booth’s exploits, but the man is committed to running a much more interesting Twitter account than Ryan Kesler.
Ted Nugent loves David Booth
While we’re talking Booth, this hunting controversy has just been picking up steam for weeks, and it finally hit the big-time over the weekend when hunting enthusiast Ted Nugent (the one true Nuge — sorry Ryan Nugent-Hopkins) tweeted his support for the Canucks’ winger.
David Booth the great NHL Warrior is a tru conservationist supporting the proven success of Canadian bear mgt. Godbless the wildlife hero
— Ted Nugent (@TedNugent) May 20, 2012
I suspect “The Wildlife Hero” is a nickname that won’t pick up much steam over the next few months. (Although that won’t stop us from using it.)
Nugent’s support likely won’t do anything to comfort the Canucks, who will allegedly be revisiting their social media strategy this summer with an eye towards limiting the twitpics and Youtube clips of their players destroying life.
Don’t think that Booth’s going to get himself run out of town over this, mind you. As Gillis said on the Team 1040, the team doesn’t want to muzzle their players. They would, however, far prefer the players’ timelines were more Kesleresque than Boothy. Athlete Twitter accounts toe a fine line in the marketing world, since they don’t just represent an individual, they represent an individual an organization is attempting to turn into a marketable commodity. The Canucks are committed to building the most fan-friendly, inclusive, inoffensive brand for their players as possible, and it’s a lot easier when the commodities cooperate.
Booth clearly has a different vision for his Twitter account, however, and it will be fun to see what comes of this. As long as he’s on Twitter, there are going to be more overblown controversies.Tags: amuse-bouche, booth, canuck fans need to lay off canuck players on twitter, Kesler, Luongo, spitballin, When Twitter is a regrettable medium