Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Do they still do that on Saturday Night Live? The Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey thing? That shit was pretty funny. The show itself? Well it hasn't been funny for decades. Decades! Can you imagine? The odd time I see it they commit the same crimes against comedy every time, usually involving the skit that repeats the punchline over and over again. Maybe, just maybe, it was funny the first time, but when it is repeated a dozen times over ten minutes its no longer funny, its just painful. Considering that these folks are supposed to be in the business of funny, shouldn't they recognize a fatal flaw that this show has had forever.
That Deep Thoughts shit was the shit though.
Went to see TFC last night. After a day of pretty heavy rain the evening turned out to be nice and while the weather frightened off a lot of fans it was, as always, a fun experience. Tyler Dellow and I went to our first ever game back in the summer and we were hooked, he far more than I. He's a junkie now, I'm afraid and we may have to schedule an intervention.
It was a good time, a bit of a reunion of sorts, there were six of us including Mr. Michael Winters, noted cartoonist and pervert. Mirtle was supposed to join us but he begged off with an irritated vulva or similar lower body injury.
These games are unlike any sporting event you will see in Toronto or probably in much of Canada. The soccer culture is alive in all of its glory, the singing and chanting and foot stomping and flag waving. Its really terrific. The first game I attended the crowd sang to the opposing goalie a ditty imploring him to 'Eat another pie you fat bastard'. Dellow was hooked after that. And luckily the seedier aspects of the culture, the stabbings and drunken fascist yobs, seem to have remained on the other side of the pond, so that's nice.
Of course TFC failed last night as befits an MLSE property. Richard Peddie proclaimed a few weeks ago that things were going swimmingly, off the field of play of course, and with TFC, the Raptors and the Leafs all being disasters for years now, well, I guess that maybe Katz isn't that bad after all.
Although I do think the Leafs have a shot at the playoffs, I really do. More on that another day.
We have a new addition to our household, a kitten. I'll write a little more about her in the future, watch for it, its going to be a post entitle 'Rookies' and I will write about her and then I will write about the rookie Oilers in the type of phenomenal linking of varied topics that you expect when you come to this site. Its going to be awesome!
Anyhow the kitten is good, I'm not a big cat guy but it has decided that I am its mommy or some such thing and so it follows me everywhere. The little rat. Its idea of a good time is waking me up at various times through the night, at which point out in the hall she goes, to be followed by a knock at the door minutes later by the boy, who gives me the cat and staggers back to his own room. (We'd close their door too but our eldest has an issue with the dark, slightly, and requires the door be left ajar.)
So the result is a little less sleep, its like having a newborn, but at least we're having sex, so not exactly. Unfortunately unlike the dear departed big fellow who was content to quietly observe the two backed beast in action, the cat would like to participate, she has pounced on my head a few times and the other night she leapt onto my back and then, cartoon like, slid down it, all the while trying to get purchase with its claws.
Little fucker. Not really what I'm thinking of when I think of the passionate nails raking my back.
Speaking of little fuckers, Linus (apparently rhymes with Penis) Omark is strutting his stuff in camp and as LT commented the other day he might want to push his agent in front of a bus for not getting him over here last year when he probably would have had a year to strut his, well, stuff, like I said just up there a sentence ago or so. Omark is going to get his shot this year anyhow unless all of the top six Oiler wingers manage to stay in the lineup, the likelihood of which is perhaps zero percent or negative infinity or something. The kid has speed to burn and swagger and moves and it looks like his motor runs a little quicker than countryman Rowbert Nilsson, not Liam Reddox quick, but he's not a dogfucker by the looks of it. The question for Linus is whether he is coachable or not because he is one motherfucking turnover machine, wow does he ever love to cough that puck up at the blueline. I play with a guy like that, he turns it over at the blue a half dozen times a game rather than chipping it in or out and I swear if he weren't and I weren't such a nice guy I'd choke the shit out of him.
Anywho Linus has bad timing and getting minutes on the fourth line doesn't make a lot of sense for him so he'll head to OKC, tear it up and we'll see him in a bit, I would guess. Buddy has a few years of pro under his belt and he's older than the rest of these kids so I wouldn't be surprised if when its all said and done if he has the best season of the four although if I were a betting man I'd say Paajarvi is the man this season. Certainly if gets to play with Hemsky he's going to get a shot at putting up some points.
Oh year and one other little guy who looks like he may have a spot locked up is old favourite Liam Reddox who has had a terrific camp. Your man Bob MacKenzie took the time to tweet about him today, saying that if the Oilers were to waive him he would recommend any other team pick him up as he is a guy who can help. Good for Liam! Here's hoping that he can once and for all get traction on an NHL career.
You want to hear something weird? We have Mamma Mia PVR'd and lately, when I'm writing or surfing or working and the kids are in bed I fire that sucker on. I would totally think I'm gay, not that there's anything wrong with that, except I get a boner every time Amanda Seyfried and her nubility are on the screen. Seriously though. ABBA? Maybe I'm just bi.
You know who's going to finish last overall? I was pretty sure a few weeks ago that the Oilers will be in the mix as long as someone doesn't get trashed by injuries. Well hello Islanders. Yep, you're fucked before you've even played a SINGLE PRESEASON GAME. Wow. Mark them down as the favourites to pick first next June and how sad is that? These guys are like the Thrashers, you know, the counterpoints to the whole 'be shitty for years and then win the Cup like Chicago and Pittsburgh' argument. People forget that Chicago was shitty for years and went nowhere too. You need good management and some luck to make that 'model' work. Here's hoping the Oilers have good luck; presently I certainly doubt their management. Hope I am wrong.
Our youngest daughter apparently enjoys cat food by the way.
You watch Boardwalk Empire? That's some dandy shit. Buschemi is awesome, of course. Always has been. Mr. Pink himself. He's mellowed out a little bit but fuck he is terrific. 'Read a fucking book!' Hee Haw.
A lot of good news from this camp so far for the Oilers. Horcoff is flying. The kids have looked good, including Vande Velde, who is exactly what these guys are going to need at some point. But perhaps the best news is that Petry and Plante have not looked out of place. Up front there is a lot of talent and there is a glut of goalies out there so even if Roy or none of the others pan out, its a hole that can be filled cheaply, but the blue, well the blue is thin and desperately needs some of these kids to be players. If these two are, players that is, and as I said, that's an if, well then, things start getting a whole lot brighter for this franchise.
One last thing, have been following the Hawks a bit this fall and both Pisani and Potulny have had nice camps apparently. Pisani is a lock and it looks like Potulny has a good shot too. If I were a betting man I would pick the Hawks to win the Cup, I really would, and I'll have more on that later. They really need a good blogger though. The SBN guy put Bill and Rocky Wirtz on their Mount Puckmore, along with Bobby Hull and Toews. Now I love Toews and I understand the whole idea of that theme (Bruce did a terrific job with the Oilers btw) but having Rocky Wirtz and Toews instead of Mikita and Savard, well, come on, perhaps they should not hand out blogging licenses, if there were such a thing, to teenagers! Maybe its time to switch teams, glory awaits ....
Posted by Black Dog at 4:20 PM