Monday, February 02, 2004

Saturday Night's Alright for Fightin' 

Ok, I've finally lost that crazy unhinged Darcy Tucker look from my eye and am ready to write again. More importantly, I have a few minutes to do so.

By this point most everything has been covered. The Sens couldn't capitalize on their many PP and couldn't kill off the few penalties they took. Pat Quinn doesn't know when to shut up. Tie Domi further cemented his spot in the Cheap Shot Hall of Fame. Etcetera, etcetera. Another Sens-Leafs matchup, another bucketful of hype.

I was happy that Chris Cuthbert was doing play by play rather than Bob Cole. I'm not sure if that's a new thing - I have to admit that I rarely watch the early HNIC game - but it was nice to hear a play-by-play guy who knew both team's names. Too bad he was paired with Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Harry Neale can be funny and occasionally insightful in spots, but Glenn Healy may be the worst colour guy in the game. The more I hear him, the worse he is.

I don't remember seeing a shot of the trio in the booth, probably only because they didn't want to show Healy wearing his Leafs jersey and pom-poms.


4 pack of Guinness: $10
Bag o' nachos $3
Replacement TV after shooting out Elvis-style $500
Don Cherry's discomfort in dodging questions about Tie Domi's visor: Priceless


The news on the status of Jason Spezza and Zdeno Chara has been agonizingly slow in coming out. Brooks Laich has been recalled to replace Spezza for tomorrow night, at the very least.


Tom at Canucks Corner has a nice piece that touches on Pat Quinn's magician-like skill at misdirection. Who remembers a 7-1 loss when they're foaming about Daniel Alfredsson's fake stick throw? Who remembers Owen Nolan checking, and injuring, Jason Spezza from behind when they're worried about the dirty Senators and Joe Niewendyk's injury?


Occasionally the target of scorn after one of his rare, but high profile giveaways, Wade Redden got a helping of positive recognition today as he was recognized as the NHL's defensive player of the month. I often think that Redden flies under the radar and doesn't always get the credit he deserves. With the monthly honor and the All-Star nod, it's nice to see that being rectified.