Spitballin’ on celebration lights, David Booth’s reading habits, and Sami Salo’s injuries

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 quick topics.

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The new Rogers’ Arena “Celebration Lights” look like lightsabers

The Canucks announced on Wednesday that their home opener on Saturday would feature a new opening video along with something called “Celebration Lights”. It was unclear exactly what they meant by that. Christmas lights on the concourse? Light-up rave gloves for every fan? Indoor fireworks show from three competing countries?

Turns out it’s none of the above, as a pretty legit-looking Rogers Arena Instagram account revealed a new addition: light-up stanchions. It seems likely that the stanchions in the boards will light up for every Canucks goal, or perhaps just for pre-game ceremonies and such. The lights make it look like invisible Jedis are standing behind the boards holding lightsabers.

It also looks like the lights will change colours, perhaps in a pattern or in rhythm with the goal song, but that’s just speculation. Hopefully the Canucks will score a goal against the Oilers on Saturday so we can see it in action.

Stick-tap to @SchneidersTeeth for the heads up.

David Booth was forced to read Goosebumps as a child, maybe?

Some of the Canucks players and staff hit the streets at the end of September as part of the Raise-a-Reader campaign. While out there, CanucksTV asked, appropriately enough, about their favourite books when they were kids. Zack Kassian expressed his love for the Arthur series of books, while video coach Darryl Williams went with The Hardy Boys, which was my favourite book series when I was a kid as well.

While you might expect the conservative Christian David Booth to pick a book series like the Chronicles of Narnia or The Incredible Worlds of Wally McDoogle, he instead went with Goosebumps, the kids horror series by R.L. Stine, which was adapted into a television series in the late 90′s.

But Booth doesn’t say it was his favourite book series. Instead he says, “There was a series of Goosebumps that we had to read.” Was Booth forced to read the Goosebumps books against his will? Did he find them too scary, but was told to man up and read them by his parents? Was it peer pressure? Did one of the monsters from the books come to life and force him to continue reading as part of a spell that would actually bring the monster to life?

Actually, it’s probably that Booth wasn’t that much of a reader as a child and was told he had to read something, as he says later in the video, “You know, it’s funny, because when I was little I wasn’t necessarily a reader, but now I read a lot, a lot more. When you don’t have to do something, sometimes you pick it up.”

Sami Salo gets injured so much that they’re inventing new injury statuses for him

 

Seriously? Is Sami Salo actually injured or does Steve Yzerman just check with him every hour to make sure he hasn’t injured himself in the last 60 minutes? In that case, Salo is always hour-to-hour and should probably be considered minute-to-minute.

Poor Salo. On the plus side, he only missed 2 games last season to injury in his first year with the Tampa Bay Lightning. On the negative side, he’s already missed one this season and the Lightning have only played one game. At this pace, Salo will miss the whole season.

Harrison Mooney talks about five things to expect from the Canucks under Tortorella

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Since Harrison actually works in the Vancouver Sun newsroom, he’ll occasionally be asked to do videos for the Vancouver Sun website, like this piece filmed in front of Rogers Arena.

“Oh hi,” says Harrison, as if we just happened to run into him on the street. In which case, Harrison, it’s pretty rude to just start talking about the Canucks instead of asking us how our day is going. It’s not all about you and the Canucks, y’know. We’ve got things going on in our lives too.

Those similes that read so well in our I Watched This Game posts sound a little odd when said out loud, though I assure you, Harrison talks about “getting down like Curtis Mayfield” on a regular basis.

In any case, this is a good, quick recap of many of the things we’ve been talking about on the blog over the last couple weeks and a pretty accurate reflection of what we saw in the first game of the season.

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13 comments

  1. Kelvin Yu
    October 4, 2013

    Man those Wally McDoogle books were fantastic when I was a kid.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      October 4, 2013

      Not going to lie, I loved them.

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  2. Harrison Mooney
    October 4, 2013

    Wally McDoogle forever.

    Unrelated: it’s Friday. Gotta get down like Curtis Mayfield on Friday.

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    • TubaNat
      October 5, 2013

      Man, I haven’t heard the name Wally McDoogle in a while but that being back the memories. I loved those books!

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  3. Jer
    October 4, 2013

    Enjoyed that Harrison was listed as ‘Blogger’ in the credits . . .

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    • Harrison Mooney
      October 4, 2013

      It sounds better than “Vancouver Sun web editor”, especially to other web editors.

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      • Brent
        October 5, 2013

        Especially given all the problems you have had with this web site, you don’t want to take “credit” for that.

        Actually cane her for a post on Burrows injury, thought you guys would be all over it like a dirty shirt. The first of many “shot blocking” injuries?

        So do we start a poll for when Booth and Kessler get injured? You know it is going to happen.

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  4. tom selleck's moustache
    October 4, 2013

    “Those similes that read so well in our I Watched This Game posts sound a little odd when said out loud,”

    I’m not surprised by that. Ever read Red Dwarf then watch an episode? There would be lines in there that would make me laugh out loud when reading them; but when heard out loud on TV, it would just sound off or too forced.

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    • tj
      October 5, 2013

      Those similes aren’t nearly as awkward as the drivel that falls from the mouths of most sports commentators. I’m of the opinion that, just like butter, everything’s better with a dollop of old funk or soul, be they references or just playing nice and low in the background… I did, however, notice that HM is looking a bit different, new haircut? glasses? or just the wacky camera angles?

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      • Mr. Purple
        October 5, 2013

        He’s literally on fire!

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  5. akidd
    October 5, 2013

    i think stephen merchant and ricky gervais should do a show where they ask booth questions about life. can you guys make that happen?

    i liked those five points, harrison. very precise info. there’s also supposed to be a 1-3-1 neutral zone formation. not sure how that’s supposed to work with 3-4 guys in on the forecheck. picks his spots, i suppose.

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  6. Tom
    October 6, 2013

    You guys should do more chatter videos. Such as this one, or like the one you did way back when you started with the Vancouver Sun.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      October 6, 2013

      We might. They keep asking us for them. It’s just tricky since Daniel’s out in Abbotsford and stuff.

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