Spitballin’ on Keith Ballard’s acting ability, infinite Sedins, and Frankie goes to camp

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.

Keith Ballard spent the lockout doing bad sketch comedy

Over at The Province’s Legion of Blog, mortal enemy good buddy Wyatt Arndt turned up this nifty video of Keith Ballard and Paul Martin. The two former teammates at the University of Minnesota returned to their alma mater during the lockout to do a few odd jobs around the rink.

That’s some bad comedy, Harry. As Wyatt points out, Ballard’s acting does seem fairly stiff and wooden, but that’s because they clearly made him work to a script. Ballard’s at his best when you let him improvise, which, come to think of it, is a pretty accurate description of his on-ice performance.

Frankie goes to Hollywood training camp

According to Bob McKenzie (and confirmed by Corrado himself on Twitter), Frank Corrado will be coming to Canucks training camp. There’s no word on whether Brendan Gaunce, the Canucks’ first round draft pick from 2012, will be joining him, so at this point we’ll have to assume he won’t be.

Corrado was recently traded from the Sudbury Wolves to the Kitchener Rangers, joining fellow Canucks prospect Evan McEneny. He also joined Steve Spott, the head coach of the Rangers, as well as the coach of Canada’s World Junior team that cut Corrado in December. It seemed like Spott, after the defensive breakdown in the World Junior tournament, decided that he liked the idea of a steady and reliable two-way defenceman like Corrado.

Wouldn’t it be great, then, if Corrado beat the odds and made the Canucks out of training camp? Too bad, Spott. You had your chance. If you wanted him on your team you should have put him on Team Canada’s roster.

Roberto Luongo pledges to be Jose Canseco’s running mate

With all the craziness that went down on Wednesday, it was only a matter of time until Jose Canseco got involved. Canseco loves craziness. He eats craziness for breakfast. Literally, he just sits there spooning an empty cereal bowl for a half-hour every morning. Canseco watches Wacky Races and thinks, “These races seem normal to me.” Craziness is like catnip to Canseco (He goes…wait for it…crazy for it). Jose Canseco loves craziness so much he named his imaginary friend after it. “This is my best pal Craziness”, he often says, gesturing to the vacant space beside him. No TV and no beer makes Jose Canseco stay exactly the same.

Jose Canseco calls Crazy Eights “Eights.”

Aaaaanyway, when Canseco heard about all the crazy Luongo rumours, he reached out to comfort the poor, beleaguered goaltender on Twitter. What ensued was beautiful.

In case you missed, Jose Canseco, despite being a US citizen, is planning to run for mayor of Toronto. He’s also apparently planning on slapping some haters. One of those things is entirely likely to happen.

Infinite Sedins!!!

With most of the Canucks back in town anticipating the start of training camp, the team’s informal skates are now garnering a lot more attention, especially from the photographers. This shot of the Sedins being creepily identical is our favourite.

It’s a great picture, but it can definitely be improved upon. What do you think, Wyatt?


Apparently all of the Canucks can touch their tongue to their nose

Another picture out of the Canucks morning skate shows that Cory Schneider has a hidden talent.

Schneider isn’t the only one, however. Witness this seldom seen picture of Alex Edler.

What the heck? Do the Canucks practice this in the locker room? What’s the deal?

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  1. DanD
    January 10, 2013

    Oh man, Canseco and Luongo running Toronto? Yes please!

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  2. Sans
    January 11, 2013

    Well now that you’ve blown the lid off the Canseco mayoral candidacy story it’s time for some real investigative journalism…what is with the twitter hate-on being dished his (and now seemingly Lu’s) way from the Iron Sheik, of all people?! Someone needs to get to the bottom of this, because that Sheik is so crazy even Canseco can tell.

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    • SFCanuckFan
      January 11, 2013

      I was just wondering the same thing last night! An Iron Sheik – Luongo twitter war could be hilarious.

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  3. Nee
    January 11, 2013

    “Too bad, Spott. You had your chance. If you wanted him on your team you should have put him on Team Canada’s roster.”

    Hehe, I would love for this to happen. Bugs me that Spott didn’t think enough of Corrado for him to make the WJC team, and yet, he trades for him. Screw you Spott!

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