I hope he brought his helicopter with him.
This is a screencap from a video I saw on the Bulldogs website (it’s the one called “My favourite thing with Max Pacioretty and Aaron Palushaj”). I found it pretty amusing. Especially the part where Palushaj screams “AAAH! AAAH! SANTA! WHERE’S SANTA?!” when he first sees the toys. What an actor.
Anyway, I hope for Pacioretty that his stay in Montreal will be better than the last one. I’ve got to say I’m a bit disappointed for David Desharnais at the same time. He can’t seem to get his chance… Called up for one day in Toronto, watched the game from the ACC press box, and returned to Hamilton the next day, just to see Max get called up. That has to suck. I realize the Habs probably don’t want to play with 3 smallish C’s (Pleky, Gomer and Desharnais), but I thought they might want to give him a chance while Gomez is out. It would have been a nice scenario for him… :/
And yes I’m a bit upset for the Bulldogs, but well that’s the way it is…
AAAAAAAAAARGH MY EYES! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD STOP THIS CBC!
I just watched a video preview for the HBO tv show that will follow the Caps and the Pens on and off the ice as they prepare for the next Winter Classic. We don’t really often get a chance to see that much footage of the teams off the ice (besides the players interviews and stuff like that), so I was kind of hoping for some stuff that would surprise me a bit, or at least change from what we usually are shown.
Well so much for that. I was struck instead by the amount of clichés used in that 12 minutes preview. Granted, that was just a preview, and HBO has a target audience that is not limited to hockey fans (luckily for them I guess…), so it was expected that they would rely on those clichés. But still, it made me think about how hockey is ALWAYS portrayed in the exact same way on tv documentaries and shows that don’t focus immediately on the day to day coverage of the game results.
THE biggest hockey cliché
Every single time, these will include the following (sometimes in that order, but not necessarily):
- some kids playing outdoor hockey while the narrator pontificates about the roots of the sport
- a player skating, stickhandling, and/or shooting pucks at an empty net, alone in a dark and empty arena.
- a mention of the Stanley cup as the “ultimate prize”, the “hardest trophy to win in all sports”, or the “holy grail”
- close-ups on the grimacing faces of guys lifting weights in the gym (because you need to do that to get that cup)
- shot of players jumping out of the bench in slow motion, in a darkened arena
- MULTIPLE close-ups of guys lacing their skates, taping their sticks, putting their shoulder pads on, and sharpening their blades (because sparks look great and it’s just like someone sharpening a sword, which fits well with the usual “soldiers preparing for the battle” lazy analogy that the narrator usually used at that point)
- the camera following players walking in the corridor from their dressing room to the ice (with muted sound of the crowd cheering in the background)
- shots of fans cheering in the stands or waiving playoffs towels
- at least one slow motion shot of a puck bouncing on the ice, presumably during a face-off
- a series of bodychecks (half of which are actually charging penalties) filmed from the behind the glass, while the narrator lazily explains how tough players are
- a toothless player grinning on the bench because hockey players are not only tough, they’re also crazy goofy guys
- a brutal fight
- a coach going Playfair behind a bench
- a few classic highlights (crazy looking goals generally, and maybe a big glove save)
- a pile-up of players filmed after a team wins a playoff series
And I’m sure I’m still missing some… I find it a bit sad to see hockey so often reduced to these clichés. I think it has much more to offer than that, no matter how nice and flattering some of those images are.
If you can think of any other clichés I missed, leave them in the comments!
Because I KNOW you’re dying for this, here’s my annual Miss France election recap. By the way, I just realized this is the third time I’m doing this, which means…. that this blog is now just over 2 years old! Yay!
Anyway yeah, so as I just said, this is a tradition, every year I watch Miss France election night on tv with a dozen of friends and lots of alcohol, and we have a prediction contest. Of course, we also have a ridiculously kitschy trophy that the winner has to bring home, and showcase in his/her living room for the full year.
Unfortunately, I didn’t win. I did guess who would win the election, but the competition level was VERY high this year. The happy winner picked the 5 finalists in the correct order. This is going to be hard to top next year.
A lot of fun was had by everyone, but what you really need to know is this: our new Miss France is the lovely Laury Thilleman, and she’s from Brittany, my region!! Woohooooo!
For reference, here are our recaps for Miss France 2009 and Miss France 2010. And just in case ANYONE actually thinks I’m taking this seriously: I fully realize how ridicule this is, but we’re just having fun with it because that’s one of the funniest things on tv (especially when alcohol is involved), and that’s a GREAT occasion to throw a party.
Jaro Spacek will play his 800th game tomorrow, and here at The Soft European, we think that this is an accomplishment worth celebrating. Especially because Spacek is one of our very favorite habs. So let’s pop some champagne corks! Congrats Jaro!
Jaro tells a good one.
Oh Jaro, please don’t ever change!
Tomas Plekanec – Montreal – 48,749 votes, 12th among forwards
PK Subban – Montreal – 41,268 votes, 9th among defencemen
Carey Price – Montreal – 71,199 votes, first among goalies
So I thought I’d post this right now, before everyone in the hockey blogosphere does:
Waaaaaaaaaaah, Price, Plekanec and Subban don’t deserve to get spots for the All Star game! Especially Subban, he’s lacking respeeeeeeect! Waaaaaaaaaaaaah habs fans are stuffing the ballot again! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah, this is so stupid, oh my god habs fans are making a disgrace out of this…. Booooo! Hiss!
NJ Devils next game.
After a hard-fought battle, the game has to be decided by a shootout. After 5 rounds of shooters, the Devils must score to stay alive.
John MacLean turns to his assistant.
- Alright, so who’s the next shooter?
- Uh apparently you picked… *checks his papers*… uh… Ilya Kovalchuck.