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Dancing With Battle of the Blades, Could The Oilers Be Fo’rilz?

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Today’s Puck Daddy: Why the first few games of the season actually do have more value than mid-season ones.

Great matchup

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Just a reminder – head on over to Hockey Primetime.com at 6 pm EST and 8 pm EST to watch college hockey and chat with myself and Blake Benzel.   Notre Dame vs. Holy Cross is the first game (not as interesting), Wisconsin vs. Boston University is the second one (more interesting, plus I’ll probably have a pint in my hand for that one).  So yeah.  Do that.

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I occassionally get help for blog topics in my email (still waiting to write the one on player visits to hospitals, I promise), and this one was terrific:

I can think of nothing that better illustrates both the commonalities and differences between Canada and the United States than the hit shows in the respective countries:

 

US – Dancing With the Stars
Canada – Battle of the Blades

Ain’t that the truth.

Love that he's wearing hockey skates, annoyed by the show (that I've never seen).

To me, both of these shows seem like the entertainment equivalent of reading a Rick Reilly column these days (utterly painful)……{actually, fuck it, I can’t let Reilly get off that easily.  I used to love his work.  Couldn’t wait to turn to the last page of Sports Illustrated.  If I was ever at a doctors/dentist office with an SI subscription, I’d go through them one-by-one to catch up.  I bought a book of his.  I cried with regularity throughout.  But ho-ly-shit, has anyone ever mailed in talent quite like this guy?  Go read his latest, please: Help Me Help Lebron James.   He’s gotten so bad Deadspin has stopped making fun of him.}

WOW, where was I – right, those shows.  If Battle of the Blades is anything near as bad as Dancing With the Stars, then whooosh.  Sorry, Canada.

But the point is, the two shows are identical programs, we Canadians apparently just strapped skates to their feet and used hockey players for stars.  Sooooo EXACTLY what you would joke about if you were to guess what would be the most popular show in Canada right now. 

What do I think they watch up there?  I dunno, Dancing with the Stars… on ice?  Ooo, but with hockey players!

Hey, give the people what they want, I support that.

For those of you who care about the show, new Puck Daddy writer Erin Nicks has done a great job covering what’s going on in the show.  I’m really looking forward to reading more of her work, when it’s not about THAT.  I’ll let the same email close us out on this:

George Laraque takes 13 stitches at Battle of Blades rehearsal. Apparently some 4-foot-11, 98-pound figure skater can do more damage than Derek Boogard.

Ha!

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We know the NHL has become more about being young, fast, and skilled in the past decade.  There’s a place for bruisers, but increasingly, it’s the team with the unstoppable, dangly waterbuggs (<— Big Boi tribute) that’ve gotten it done.  Kane, Toews, Crosby, Datsyuk and so on.

Muchos Talento.

Soooo, is there any chance the Oilers might just hustle themselves into being trouble for opponents…. already?

Never have I so quickly recanted an opinion as I have with my Pacific Division pre-season predictions.  After Vancouver, I had:

 Calgary
Minnesota
Colorado
Edmonton

Part of me thinks you could flip that exact four-pack-prediction upside down (or near to, putting Edmonton 2nd is a tad aggressive), and you’d be closer to how the division could end up.

I’m not foolish enough to think that we can learn that much from one game, but as I wrote in my column today, if a team gets it going early (or can’t *coughCalgarycough*), you just never know who might be this year’s Coyotes.

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Short and sweet today friends, gotta get Monday’s bit for THN started before it’s live blog time.  Have a greatastic weekend.

It’s fahking gorgeous in Phoenix right now.

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8 Responses to “Dancing With Battle of the Blades, Could The Oilers Be Fo’rilz?”
  1. The Franchise says:

    Wow….stopped reading Rick Reilly years ago after his drivel became intolerable. Out of curiosity I had to check out the link to his article and even I was stunned at the level to which he dropped. That was a joke, not sure how ESPN gives him almost equal billing to Simmons.

    On the Oilers, they looked good last night. But before I jump to any conclusions I gotta see more. In a month we could look back on that like we look back on week 1 NFL matchups (ie. the Flames may actually just really suck this season).

  2. TheOldeFirm says:

    Last night’s Battle of Alberta certainly does make one want to re-evaluate NorthWest Division predictions, but I’m not sure if I’m ready to see Edmonton jump all the way to second just yet. They’ve still got a long ways to go, but I’ll say this much for them: they have the potential to play very exciting hockey every night, and during a rebuilding stint, who can really ask for more?

    As for Battle of the Blades, although I don’t really watch it myself, I’m really interested in the storylines that accompany the show, particularly those of the former NHL stars who participate. I find it fascinating that many of them are wary of going on the show not because they think it will tarnish their macho image, but because they’re not sure that they’re macho enough to handle the demands of ice dancing. I think it really says a lot about how Canadians view figure skating/ice dancing, and the very different skill sets between the two types of skating. I’m not sure if Football or Baseball stars would be hesitant to go on Dancing with the Stars because they think they can’t hack it.

  3. Justin says:

    Hey Justin,
    I was in Anchorage tonight at the Kendall Classic and your Seawolves came back from being down 5-1 to the Fighting Sioux. They tied after OT 5-5 but lost in the shootout. Pretty exciting stuff. And i caught a t-shirt. Considering the number of NHL draftees UND has, they sure stunk it up when they were up 5-1. Keep up the great work. Idea for a blog perhaps…..how NHLers really feel about playing in front of bad crowds,….ie Isles on most nights….thrashers, etc. They always speak the company line but what are they really thinking?
    -Justin from Long Island

  4. Royze1 says:

    Wow did you pull up a memory…knowing when I got home from school on Thursday my new S.I. would be sitting there waiting for me. I’d ponder the cover, wonder if there’d be a kid in knew in faces in the crowd, will their be an article on my fav teams & what is Rick Reilly saying this week. Man those were great walks/runs home.

    Remember in Field Of Dreams when Ray is describing how his father saw Shoeless Joe playing in some game well after being banned and how he had put on weight and was beaten down by life BUT he still had that sweet swing. Sadly Rick Reilly doesn’t still have that sweet swing. But then what badass ______ to a 13 year old does still have that sweet swing 25 years later? The difference is they just make athletes go away so we can remember them the way they were & they aren’t embarrassing their reputation. It’s a shame he has chosen to mail it in like this. Other than Tony Siragusa every week that he broadcasts a football game that’s as bad of a job as I’ve seen. His editor needs to have some stones and shut him down.

  5. Royze1 says:

    Wow did you pull up a memory…knowing when I got home from school on Thursday my new S.I. would be sitting there waiting for me. I’d ponder the cover, wonder if there’d be a kid I knew in faces in the crowd, will their be an article on my fav teams & what is Rick Reilly saying this week. Man those were great walks/runs home.

    Remember in Field Of Dreams when Ray is describing how his father saw Shoeless Joe playing in some game well after being banned and how he had put on weight and was beaten down by life BUT he still had that sweet swing. Sadly Rick Reilly doesn’t still have that sweet swing. But then what badass ______ to a 13 year old does still have that sweet swing 25 years later? The difference is they just make athletes go away so we can remember them the way they were & they aren’t embarrassing their reputation. It’s a shame he has chosen to mail it in like this. Other than Tony Siragusa every week that he broadcasts a football game that’s as bad of a job as I’ve seen. His editor needs to have some stones and shut him down.

  6. crushasaurus says:

    Rick Reilly doesn’t just give me the hope I can make it as a writer, he gives me the KNOWLEDGE.

  7. mikeB says:

    I used to read Reilly weekly too, it was the first thing I read in my SI’s. Now he just seems to be using his old SI columns on ESPN. And its terrible.

    Regardless, that Coyotes team didn’t do it with young stars (you know that) they did it with Vezina goaltending (which I’m pretty sure the Oil aren’t going to get) and a fairly deep veteran core (I’m pretty sure their ‘young star’ Kyle Turris didn’t even play a game last year).

  8. Adam says:

    The Oilers have looked quite good during their first two games….but….what happens when they play a team that can actually score i.e. Hawks or Wings. That is my only question and until I get an answer I stand behind it.

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