Auto Tynes

- January 23rd, 2012

When he kicked for the Ottawa Renegades in 2003, New York Giants hero Lawrence Tynes was called “Auto” by some of my buddies. Partly because it was an auto-matic three points when he lined up for a field goal, and partly because he was once was charged with a traffic violation and when the officer was giving him a ticket Tynes apparently looked at him incredulously through the window of his auto-mobile and said: “Do you know who I am?”
Something similar happened when we were at a club in the market a few weeks ago. One of the Vancouver Canucks (I won’t say which in case he’s married) started hitting on my incredibly attractive girlfriend. When he sensed she wasn’t interested, he said “you don’t know who I am?” When she said no, he told her his name and that he played hockey. She said sorry, still don’t know. He then said he played for the Canucks. She replied: “I cheer for the Bruins.” He said, “they beat us in the final last year.” She said: “Sucks to be you” and walked away. Back to the better man, of course. Ha.
Anyway, I just laugh at these “do you know who I am?” people. Usually, they’re not nearly the big deal they think they are.
On the flipside, I’ve been traveling the past week with a legitimate famous person, and often, at least down here, he walks around in obscurity.
Okay, I get that Denis Potvin retired from the NHL in 1988, which is now 24 years ago. But this guy is one of the Top 6 defencemen EVER – according to The Hockey News. I say Top 2. And yeah, he’s a little older, but he still looks the same. Yet I actually had to tell some autograph seekers who he was the other day. Dopes.
The Senators will have to keep from looking for the Hollywood stars and hot chicks in the crowd tonight. They’re going to need their full focus to beat the Kings.
Isn’t it nuts that they’ve only won once here EVER?

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5 comments

  1. Bobby Goodman says:

    What a shocker, a professional athlete is a cad! This shouldn’t come as a surprise Don and a heads up, there are many in the fantasy land of the entertainment industry and some in the real world as well! Phiul Esposito’s book offered but a glimpse of how some of the greats in this game behaved. I have heard many stories and even if a fraction of it is true, it is an embarrassment. But what behaviour can one expect? The formula is a familiar one: lots of money, even more latitude, hero worship, puck bunnies and cover ups. You didn’t have to strain yourself to find them, there were a few who wore a Senator’s jersey and if not for the efforts of the s

  2. Bobby Goodman says:

    enators brass, who knows what may have happened to them. Sadly, it comes with the territory.

    If you concede that Orr is the best that ever lived (some are silly enough to rank Lidstrom as the best) you think that Potvin is better than: Raymond Bourque or Paul Coffee? It is always a heated debate who was the best of all time. I am a member of the contingent that believe athletes get better. If athletes are running faster, jumping higher, lifting more weight, why do hockey players stagnate? Potvin was listed as 6′ tall and that simply was not the case (Eddie Shore is listed as 5-11 and that is baloney as well). Do we select the best defenceman on the basis of skating, scoring stats or physicality? To me, the best skating/scoring defenceman of alltime was Coffee. His 1500 pts blows most away (except for Raymond Bourque) and his skating was a major reason why; he was effortless and very fast. I have never seen Lidstrom take the puck coast to coast in my life. He never instilled fear and has 400 lest points than games played (Potvin, Bourque and Coffee are pt/game guys)! Nor is Lidstrom a physical player. In my opinion he won the Norris trophee 4 times more than he should have! So he, in my opinion, is out. Larry Robinson tuned a few of the Broadstreet Bullies and is a major reason for the Habs Stanley Cup wins in that era and he got his share of points. Brad Park was cursed to play in the Orr era otherwise he would have won several Norris Trophees. Today, the kids are bigger, faster stronger and better than ever. If you stayed up to watch the Sens last night, you would have seen argruably the best defenceman in the league in Drew Doughty (my favourite). Kris Letang is unbelievably nifty and he dishes and takes a hit! Shea Weber is huge, nasty and talented. Green, Bogosian, Johnson, Big Buff, Chara…there are some dandies in the league but my choice is Doughty. He can skate, stickhandle, shoot and score! We cannot compare eras, there are far too many variables, but to me he is the best of the league’s back enders today, no doughty about it!

  3. Mike8888 says:

    I just got back from Cuba. There wasn’t too coverage of anything down there unless I wanted to stay in my room and watch CTV Montreal. Bobby, the Sen’s are doing well. Get on the band wagon while there is still room. Only you could still be negative about such an exciting season. :)

  4. Bobby Goodman says:

    Is it another case of “Butler will be successful whether he is successful or not”? He may be a great kid but an NHLer? Why does he get some many opportunities, to prove to just about everyone, he doesn’t belong? Why did Filly get the popcorn palace after one game and a point? I see Greening is finally playing where he belongs, but why penalize/handicap Spezza and Michalek? I wonder why the coach wouldn’t play Andre Pettersen more than 5 minutes? I wonder why he played with the clown Konopka? I also wonder why he didn’t even dress for last night’s game? Why not see what he could do with a hockey player or two? We did witness one thing for sure, the diminutive but speedy winger has a pair! He shows some calm and doesn’t panick with the puck (like others who are 25 year old rookies do). If he is going to spend the next 10 years as Spezza’s right winger, let it start now! Afterall, do we all need 82 games to figure what Butler is all about? I don’t think so!

  5. Bobby Goodman says:

    Mikey…welcome back mon vieux! The last time I went to Mexico, I was sick for 5 of the 7 days there! Me negative…no way…I simply want more. I want those celebrated who deserve it! I want honesty and candour! Not much to ask huh?

    I was left asking “why” when I read about Tim Thomas boycotting the Bruins visit to the Whitehouse. Someone should have explained to him that the ceremony had absolutely nothing to do with politics! Does he really want this to be part of his legacy, pulling a pompous bone head stunt??!! I also wonder if Newt Grinch-rich, Nim-wit Romney were President…would then have participated? If so, then I have a very different opinion of him as it relates to his inteligence. He put some good people (team members and the GM) in an awkward situation and the stunt did very little but let everyone know he is a silly fool!

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