Vote Japandroids, because if you don’t, Nickelback will happen

By now, you’ve no doubt heard that our beloved Vancouver Canucks are looking to make a change to the song that scores their journey from the tunnel to the ice at home games (often less cumbersomely described as the “entrance song”). For years, the boys in blue and green have been skating out to the tune of U2′s “Where the Streets Have No Name”, but recently, they announced that they were in the market for a new ditty, and they put it to the fans.

Now, I’m not the biggest U2 fan in the world, but I was happy with “Where the Streets Have No Name”, primarily because I didn’t hate it. Lord knows any move to replace the song ran the risk of swapping it out for something I truly loathed, especially since the sort of music typically used to psych up crowds tends to be fairly vapid (the music of Andrew W.K. a stark exception), and the Venn diagram of music I like and music the average sports fan likes crosses over at “some rap” and that’s pretty much it.

Well, sure enough, the Canucks have announced six finalists, and my nightmares have become reality. Seriously, my parents may as well have killed Freddy Kreuger — that’s how much my nightmare has become reality. The six finalists have been announced. They’re mostly bad (“Welcome to the Jungle”? Isn’t that a little obvious?), but one of them is beyond bad. One of them is Nickelback’s “Burn it to the Ground”.

You go with that, Canucks, and Pass it to Bulis becomes a Whitecaps blog*.

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Rick Rypien memorial defaced by Justin Bieber fan intelligentsia

We passed the first anniversary of Rick Rypien’s death just two months ago, on August 15. In that year, the former Canucks winger has been anything but forgotten. Despite playing only 119 games in a Canucks uniform, Rypien left an indelible impression on the city of Vancouver, one that his death has only deepened. Kevin Bieksa and the Canucks launched Mindcheck.ca, a website where visitors struggling with mental health issues like Rypien’s can get connected to support early and quickly, and that site quietly became a provincial resource back in January. Ryp’s death was hardly in vain.

But Mindcheck isn’t the only lasting tribute to Rypien. There’s also the column outside of Rogers Arena that still bears messages from the impromptu memorial Ellen Ransford and other fans put together after Rypien took his life. While many of the construction paper cards, posterboard signs, flowers and whatnot are gone, the writing on the pillar has remained untouched.

That is, until Justin Bieber came to town last night. Brace yourselves.

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