Stick in Link: Canucks can’t score; healthy scratch Booth

It’s time for “Stick in Link”, the feature where we just plug in a bunch of stuff written by others! Featuring a smattering of links from around the Smylosphere and beyond every Tuesday and Thursday. Warning: our links are so hyper, they change colour when exposed to heat. (Have something for us to share in the next edition? E-mail us at passittobulis@gmail.com, tweet us @passittobulis, or just come over and write your link on a pad of paper, I guess.)

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Quotes taken out of Context: Alex Burrows Edition

Today in Quotes Taken Out of Context: Alex Burrows thinks the Canucks have a different kind of scoring problem.

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Once more, with feeling: Michael Jackson never dropped the puck at a Canucks game

The Simpsons have had some incredible guest stars over the years, but the best of the bunch, in my humble opinion, is and will forever remain Michael Jackson’s turn as Leon Kompowsky in “Stark Raving Dad”. In the episode, Homer is sent to a mental institution, where he shares a room with Kompowsky, a large white (yellow, in this case) man who insists he’s actually Michael Jackson.

And he is. For contractual reasons, the Simpsons weren’t allowed to credit Jackson for the voice work, instead attributing it to John Jay Smith — a great running joke, as nearly ever character created by the Simpsons has the middle name Jay. But it was Jackson, who loved the show, and actually reached out to Matt Groening to arrange the guest spot in the first place. It was not Jackson, however, during the singing of “Happy Birthday Lisa”. After Sony told Jackson he couldn’t sing on the show, he hand-picked a sound-alike named Kipp Lennon.

Similarly, Michael Jackson did come to Vancouver in 1984. His Victory tour played three shows at BC Place on November 16, 17, and 18. And this photo would indicate that, on the first night of the three-night stay, he shimmied and shamoned his way across town to the Pacific Coliseum and dropped the ceremonial puck before a game between the Vancouver Canucks and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

But alas, while he was in town, the puck drop, like the performance of Lisa Simpsons’s 6am birthday jam, was done by someone else.

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