John Tortorella was back at practice for the Vancouver Canucks Monday morning after serving a 15-day suspension for trying to punch his way into the Calgary Flames’ dressing room. It was a foolish decision for so many reasons. After all, who wants to be in there at all these days? Not even the Flames’ players.
Tortorella said as much, echoing the league’s rebuke of him as he apologized for his actions, and the effect they had on the team. “It’s been embarrassing and not just for me, but for everybody around me in the situation that has occurred here,” he told the assembled media.
But embarrassing as it was, some good has come of it. Not on the ice, where the Canucks went 2-4 in his absence and looked like a team without a coach, but off of it. Simply put, “Don’t push me,” an auto-tuned version of Tortorella’s press conference after the game versus Calgary, is one of the best things I’ve ever seen. Watch it. Watch it. Watch it.
That is stunningly funky. I can dig it.
I can also dig John Tortorella’s dancing, which is nearly on par with Bruno Mars at the Super Bowl, as well as Elliotte Friedman’s slick finger-point (which is also brilliantly repurposed to remind you to subscribe).
Poor Tom Sestito, though. His only contribution to this amazing video is essentially admitting that he’s an idiot. Fortunately, Sestito’s part isn’t particularly catchy, so it doesn’t stand out unless someone writes a blog pointing it out.
Finally, it took me a few times through, but I eventually noticed the “Gotta calm down, gotta calm down, gotta calm down” is echoed moments later by PJ Stock singing “That is so wrong, that is so wrong, that is so wroooooooong”. That’s just good songcraft.
s/t to Robert Routhier, who made this, I think, and is the greatest among us.
by Daniel Wagner and Harrison Mooney