Fights, A Conspiracy, Kovalchuk and JeanneretShareThis
A buddy of mine from Kelowna, Ryan Beckmann, happens to live 10 minutes from my front door in Phoenix. Having someone to BS about sports with has been a great way for me to come up with hockey topics/ideas/thoughts, because in the past, the couch hasn’t reciprocated with many viewpoints I hadn’t thought of. The following are topics we’ve dredged up over the past couple weeks of beer and BS time (some of these may be expanded into column form shortly):
*In hockey, there’s nothing cooler than a team leader fighting to make a statement. Specifically, I’m talking about guys who don’t have to fight doing it to show their team, “f**k yeah this is important”, so teammates can see that “hey, if our goal-scorer is fighting, we damn well better step it up too”.
And even more specifically, I’m thinking of Iginla vs. Lecavalier in the Calgary/Tampa Stanely Cup final (the two best offensive players in the series, both of whom happen to be tough), and Thornton vs. Getzlaf in last years playoffs, largely so Thornton could prove to everyone in the stands and on his bench “yeah, this matters to me, I just happened to play a relaxed style of game, and it works. Is this what you want me to do? Switch to being this guy?” Either way, very cool.
Any chance the Flames had simply agreed to help Theo get some publicity before the release of his new book? And that’s why the whole “comeback” fiasco? Everything would suddenly makes sense, wouldn’t it?
Theo has a new book about to be released and wants to churn up some momentum and headlines to boost it’s sales. He’s broke. Nothing would do that quite like a “return to the NHL”. He talks to the Flames about his idea (or someone else’s), and they agree to let him “tryout” as a thank you for his years of service, and suddenly he and the Flames are making headlines. Is it that ridiculous? Would you have heard about/been as interested in his new book if it wasn’t for his recent “comeback”?
Ilya Kovalchuk is a bag of fireworks personified. Is it possible to be less famous while being the second-most electrifying player in the NHL (behind Ovechkin)?
He’s thrilling. I can’t think of someone who’s less celebrated while being one of the top five players in a major professional sport. I know everyone knows he’s good and all that, but he’s rarely in the conversation with Crosby, Ovy, Malkin, Datsyuk etc. I’d love to see him play in Toronto and get some media attention (or even better, NYR, so he could have the media plus good teammates - has the guy ever had a good teammate? Name three players he’s had to work with).
And on the topic of uncelebrated, can we get Buffalo Sabres announcer Rick Jeanneret a few more mainstream jobs before he retires? Can he start calling Hockey Night in Canada? Can Versus get him to cover every game ever? Something? Someone get on this before he has an anyeurism from going Sabre-crazy – he might be the best in the biz right now (just listen to the first minute or so, and you’ll know who he is):
Snuck out a 5-4 victory in Fantasy hockey this week, still without Hossa, and without Datsyuk playing. Fear me, BBHL. I’m almost back to .500.