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Don Cherry, Get Fuzzy and Video Review



Before I let the Matt-Cooke-on-Mark-Savard-hit go (and keeping in mind that once I do, Savard will still be dealing with weeks/months of photo-sensitivity and inability to exercise without dry-heaving for few minutes), I thought I’d run the Coaches Corner where Don Cherry addressed the situation better than anyone so far – it’s a must-see.  This is the rare issue worthy of Cherry’s intensity, and really puts Matt Cooke (and the situation) in perspective:

Okay, sorry to start off on that note – let’s get happy! (© Pardon The Interruption)


I’m a cartoon guy. 

Not like a “Saturday morning” cartoon guy, or a “Superman” cartoon guy, but a comic strip dude.  I can get pretty passionate in either praise for The Far Side, or in VILE PULSATING HATRED for Family Circus (I’ve been thinking about running their daily cartoon and just viciously shredding it like Fuck You, Penguin does to cute animals pictures, only my version would lack the redeeming quality of having cute animal pictures). If you’re a comic-sseur like myself, you may enjoy the following daily comic strips (your suggestions welcome):

Get Fuzzy







Pearls Before Swine

Pearls Before Swine - March 12, 2010

(Also, in college I quite liked the Strong Bad emails and Teen Girl Squad at Homestar


Okay, back to hockey – one quick thought:

Devils win a possible playoff preview

A colour guy made a great point on the weekend:  Ilya Kovalchuk took a lazy wrister from just inside the blue line, and Marc-Andre Fleury went to catch it.  Travis Zajac came from the side of the net, and simply pushed in Fleury’s glove with his stick, allowing the puck to go, y’know, in the net.  From the refs angle, he couldn’t see the interference.

Why not make goalie interference video reviewable?  I understand the “it’d hold up the game” argument, but isn’t that one of the few places you’d like to be sure you got the call exactly right?


Oh wooden legs.  Are you ever un-funny?


















And last, let me continue to siphen away those painful Monday minutes for ya.  This is “Really?!?, with Seth and Jerry” —- aimed at Eric Massa.



30 Responses to “Don Cherry, Get Fuzzy and Video Review”
  1. MikeB says:

    Donald S. nailed it on Saturday night. It was nice to see him and Ron be on the same page. They work so much better together when that happens.

  2. zyllyx says:


  3. ms.conduct says:

    Couldn’t even get through Cherry’s montage of Cooke scandalousness, it was making me so mad. I hate that little bastard and…. I don’t say this, like, ever cuz my guys are MY GUYS…. but I would be embarrassed were he on my team. As much as I’ll stand behind Clutterbuck’s style, and people mistakenly put them in the same bucket sometimes, Cooke is the very dark side of “agitation” and I hope he gets cooties in his boy parts for it.

    I’m still laughing at that Pearls Before Swine strip. Ha! Thanks

  4. jtbourne says:

    Yeah, I think you’d dig Pearls Before Swine. It’s the most underrated strip out there.

  5. CincoSeis says:

    I have always been a fan of the comic strip F-Minus. I literally read this cominc everyday senior year and thought it was one of the funniest comics I have ever read.

    Gotta love Don Cherry.

  6. Char says:

    I miss Calvin and Hobbes.

    I think what bothers me the most about the Savard hit was Campbell’s crocodile tears… “I coached Marc Savard, nobody wants to see this, blah blah blah…” Sickening.

  7. Mike says:

    That montage was sick- I had no idea how many flagrant attempts to injure the guy has compiled. If ever there was an argument for the game “policing” itself, this is it. Hell, a couple of instigator penalties would be worth it to see the guy humbled a bit. Much better that, than going after his star teammates with cheap BS.

  8. Amy Jo says:

    *Perk* Riot? I want to riot!

  9. jtbourne says:

    I was unaware I had so many pro-riot fans. Should I put Sublime on loop when you open my blog?

  10. KarenfromRochester says:

    Eric Massa is an idiot…an unfortunately, he is (was) my representative. I say good riddance! And that Jerry Seinfeld thing was hilarious!

  11. KarenfromRochester says:

    Calvin and Hobbs rocks! Loved the series of cartoons when Calvin was building snowmen

  12. Madeleine says:

    Nice comics. Dilbert is my fave, though I appreciate some For Better or Worse. Also, I’m with you on the hatred for Family Circus. Worst comic ever.

  13. Neil says:

    Don Cherry rules. For every one time he gets it wrong, he gets it right 8 or 9 and for one or two of them he’ll be one of the only guys saying it like it needs to be said. (…that made sense, right?)
    Love the Get Fuzzy, Farside, Dilbert, and I think I have every Calvin and Hobbes in history memorized. Someone from this blog put up a link a while ago to the Perry Bible Fellowship, which is pretty hilarious too in a dry, evil way.

  14. Sherry says:

    Okay, going to don my flame-proof suit here, and state up front that I am a Pens fan, and not knowlegable about the game of hockey as a player, only as a fan (so I’m sure I’ll sound pretty naive)…

    I have followed the Cooke stuff online incl what I see from the Pens site and Pgh papers, and I think he’s pretty remorseful for the hit and it’s aftereffects. I see that he’s been an offender for years from what I’ve read and seen, but my point is that he came into the league, as a role player, at a time when his role was defined as someone who plays on the edge, and yes, sometimes over it. Now the game has changed, but yet there is still confusion, even within the ranks, as to what to do to better protect players but not change the nature of the game.

    I think Cooke has a chance to redefine himself with the Pens and I hope the grit remains but the cheap shots don’t. And yes, I say all this while feeling terrible that Savard is concussed and out indefnitely – it’s not right, I wish Cooke had thought for a second about his foollhardy actions, and he deserved either a suspension or a good pounding, or both. Maybe he’ll find the latter on Thur night…

  15. jtbourne says:

    Hey, points for making your case Sherry, always good to represent both sides of the discussion.

  16. jtbourne says:

    PS Matt Cooke’s a criminal.

  17. Sherry says:

    Right, got it.

  18. penaltykiller9 says:

    Boy could we use a daily dose of “The Far Side” . Cherry’s best segment since he “saluted”Jagr.

  19. bchip says:

    Cheerleader, So and So, What’s Her Face, The Ugly One! Strong Sad! I completely forgot about homestar. And it’s not blocked by my work. Oh this will be an unproductive afternoon indeed. Thanks!

  20. wychwood says:

    Have you encountered The Comics Curmudgeon? Shredding Family Circus so you don’t have to…

  21. RichB says:

    Don’t sugar coat it Don , Tell us what you really think!

    I believe in an eye for an eye. Someone should take Cookes head off with the exact same play and see how he likes it. He might think twice about the next time.

  22. tomo says:


    cooke and downie should start an agency.

  23. At least Downie has attempted to play a bit of hockey in Tampa under Tocchet – Cooke is just dirt

    If anything, the guy is actually an example that the notion of having an enforcer to ‘police’ the game ‘works’ is actually bull plop. The teams Cooke has ‘wronged’ against nearly all carried a guy of at least some weight in the fighting stakes and yet Cooke is still running around like an idiot while said ‘heavy weights’ sit on the bench because they can’t contribute with the puck and a middle weight (at best) like Cooke ain’t gonna fight them!

  24. Cassie says:

    I love the Far Side. And Calvin & Hobbes. Oh, and Non Sequitur, too. xkcd is my favorite web comic – a little science-geeky, but very cool all the same; even if some of it does go over my head every once in a while.

    Can we stop talking about the questionable hits and start talking about why the NHL doesn’t standardize their additional off-ice discipline (AKA, suspensions and fines)? Seriously, why do we have have to go thru this circus after some guy gets carted off the ice on a stretcher because another guy wasn’t thinking? No one should have to guess what the penalty will be. It should be the same for everybody, regardless.

    It should be well known beforehand what a player’s going to get running another guy: X number of games and Y percentage of his salary automatically docked for Z action. I’m so tired of this good ol’ boys network where the NHL gives out the penalties it wants to based purely on a player’s level of fame and his reputation. It totally makes the NHL look like the banana republic of pro sports. We’re not in the 1950s anymore, you know?

  25. Courtney says:

    Calvin and Hobbes all the way!!

    In my high school study hall when my friends, teachers and I would get frustrated working on the crossword we would completely deface family circus – we dropped bombs on little billy, had them tripping on LSD lots of fun had by all and our warped twisted minds

  26. Justin says:

    What do you think now about Cooke after Ovechkin was suspended two games for a joke of a call!! I was watching and couldn’t believe he even got a game misconduct. Campbell is really screwing this sport up.

  27. fish says:

    I think Ovies supspension was warranted. A push (in my opinion) is often even more dangerous than a hit. You can brace yourself for a hit (which is what Brian Campbell did) but you can’t brace yourself against a push, except when you’re already against the boarding.

    Tha fact that the “harmless little push” caused broken rubs and collar bone shows the not to be ingored increase in speed and impact generated by said “harmless little push”.

  28. Madeleine says:

    Just saw a preview for the new Don Cherry movie. Interesting choice of subject…

  29. Pete L says:

    Don Cherry did an outstanding job of telling it like it is in the NHL. Good for him! Hopefully, there will come a time where Matt Cooke will truly get what he deserves.

    More importantly, God bless Don Cherry for taking a minute to salute two fallen brothers who made the ultimate sacrifice. True heros who will be forgotten by most, except their families and those that wear the uniform. Good job posting the video Justin!

  30. John says:

    I agree with you Pete L.

    That was a beautiful thing Don Cherry did, to salute the two fallen officers. That’s the way it should be. . Best wishes for the families of the officers, and may they both rest in peace.

    Regarding Don Cherry in general, I can’t fathom why a US network would not capitalize on his personality. He’s the John Madden of hockey

    I swear, if one network in the US devoted one night a week to a game involving Cherry, I think it would it would grow the game in the States immensely.

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