Clearly, picking up a parking ticket hasn’t discouraged Kevin Bieksa from visiting to UBC. Last week, it was announced that he and his Buddies — a team that includes Jannik Hansen, Cory Schneider, Willie Mitchell and some other special guests — would be playing a charity game versus the UBC Thunderbirds on October 17th. Tickets went on sale Saturday morning, and because this market is absolutely starved for Canucks hockey, and because it’s only a 5000-seat stadium, they were sold out by Saturday afternoon.
On Tuesday, Bieksa appeared on Global’s Morning News to discuss the already sold-out event, the lockout and, in a surprise turn, do the weather. This might not come as much of a surprise to you, but Bieksa is a lot better at starting the breakout than he is at forecasting the week. (Weather begins at 6:00):
Here are your highlights, so you don’t have to watch the whole thing (and trust me — the interview portion of this clip, which takes up the first two thirds of the video, is pretty skippable).
Sophie Lui mentions that Bieksa and his Buddies are working on some standing-room tickets, since the seats sold out so quickly. Bieksa: “Thanks for bringing that up. It wasn’t official.”
Bieksa, listing the roster: “… Stanley Cup champion Willie Mitchell, as hard as that is for me to say.”
Apparently, Bieksa asked to do the weather. Then he was discouraged from doing so because it’s hard. Then, once he was sufficiently robbed of his confidence, they expected him to do it. This is known as the Nazem Kadri approach to weatherperson development.
Bieksa: “It’s looking very green out today,” because all he sees is the green screen. Way to give away trade secrets, Bieksa.
“We got some clouds. We got a big ocean to the, uh, the left.” Bieksa’s a natural.
Mark Madryga, trying to make it as easy as possible: “Pick two spots.” Bieksa: “I can’t read.” Yeah, they probably should have verified his literacy beforehand.
Bieksa’s lost full interest in doing the weather by the time they reach the five-day forecast, so he just craps all over Mark Madryga’s job instead. Urged to take us through the week, he protests, “It’s pretty self-explanatory, though.” NOT FOR THE BLIND, KEVIN. #BieksaHatesBlindPeople
And finally, Bieksa walks right across the stage before they cut to commercial, because he is not good at this.
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