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.
Daniel Sedin is crazy honest
We were among those a little baffled that Daniel Sedin could have a tooth knocked out of his head Monday night without drawing a double minor for high-sticking. Over at Puck Daddy, Greg Wyshynski imagined what the ref must have said to Daniel after looking at the evidence: “C’mon, you’re a Canuck. You actually think you’re getting a call from me? Look, you’re not even in any pain.”
But Jason Botchford got to the bottom of it Thursday night, and it turns out we had the whole thing backwards. Daniel didn’t show his tooth to the official in order to draw two. He showed a cap to the official in order to prevent two more. From the Province:
Turns out, Daniel wasn’t showing the official a broken tooth, he was showing him a cap that had slipped off and explaining to the ref he should not call a double minor as a result.
“I was surprised it had stayed on there for two years,” Daniel said.
This is some insane honesty from Daniel, especially since the Canucks could really have used a four-minute powerplay. It’s like that commercial where the kid tells the ref the basketball went out of bounds off him and his team probably loses the championship game as a result. (Sportsmanship! Pass it on.)
Daniel wouldn’t have been the first player to be less than forthcoming about a fake tooth. According to former referee Kerry Fraser, Matthew Barnaby pulled this trick so often, the former Sabre tried it on him twice. From TSN:
I found myself in this very situation in two different games played within a week of each other. Both times they involved Matthew Barnaby and his missing tooth. I wasn’t aware that Barney had a capped front tooth. A stick came up near Barney’s face and he immediately bent over and covered his mouth. By the time I got to him Matthew’s big smile revealed a broken front tooth. I assessed a double minor penalty as a result of the apparent injury.
The very next week I worked another game involving the Buffalo Sabres player. During the National Anthem I noticed that Matt Barnaby was sporting a shiny silver crown. As good luck would have it, this time around I was in perfect position to see an errant stick clearly missed Barnaby’s face and head. Once again, Matthew doubled over, grabbed his face and yanked the silver cap out of his mouth which he immediately concealed inside his glove. Barney then approached me and pointed to the same filed down remnants of a front tooth as he appealed for a double minor penalty to be called.
I now had legitimate reason to suspect I had been duped in the previous game. I told Matthew he had two problems with this attempt to sell a penalty call this time around. For one, the stick never touched him and two, his memory was obviously fuzzy since I was the same ref he pulled this on a week earlier.
Eddie Lack is bad at basketball, good at being positive
I’ll be honest: this entire post is an excuse to share this video, in which the Canucks play classic schoolyard basketball game “bump” during a day off. Eddie Lack goes first, and it’s pretty clear from his shooting form that he’s not a natural cager.
But he’s still the best thing in the clip. After Tom Sestito eliminates him, his cheerful jog off the court as he says “okay see ya boys, good game” is my favourite thing in the world.
He’s just so happy.
Angry Torts will end you
Meanwhile, somewhat less positive when things don’t go his way is John Tortorella. Let this gif of angry Torts trying to poke a hole in Jannik Hansen’s shoulder terrify you.
If this is the horror that awaits any Canuck that dares take a breather on a backcheck, this team will be defensively flawless by January.
Local news gonna local news
My favourite thing about local news stories is how little it takes to become one. For instance: here’s a cute little story about a kid from Cowichan who looks a bit like Kevin Bieksa. That’s pretty much it. He’s just always resembled Kevin Bieksa. That’s the whole story, really. From the Cowichan News Leader:
And Ashton’s uncanny resemblance to the Canucks star, Kevin Bieksa, recently had the hockey player freaked out when he saw a photo of the Maple Bay lad.
And Ashton’s father Fabio Rota said the defenceman’s reaction upon meeting Ashton Nov. 18 was something along the lines of, “He looks more like my son than my son does.”
Ashton acted as Bieksa’s look-alike as part of a BC Children’s Hospital Jeans Day Canucks Look-Alike contest.
Granted, they do sort of look alike, but only in a place like Cowichan is this a 400-word story.