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Hockey Night In Canada’s playoff intro will give you goosebumps

- April 16th, 2014

Let’s get one thing straight here: The NHL playoffs don’t begin until Hockey Night In Canada’s opening montage has ended.

On Wednesday, moments before the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning kicked off their series and the entire 2014 post-season, CBC pressed play on Tim Thompson’s latest masterpiece.

Set to Metallica’s thunderous For Whom The Bell Tolls, playoff footage, new and old, is intertwined with memorable soundbites from players, coaches and media:

A few of my favourite quotes from the video:

  • “The nervous energy in this building could power a 747.” – Jim Hughson
  • “The pressure: You think you can’t handle it, and then all of a sudden you thrive on it.” – Brett Hull
  • “This is so exciting. I wish it could go on forever.” – Bob Cole

Mets broadcaster gawks at female fan eating huge hot dog

- April 16th, 2014

Brent Musberger has company when it comes to creepy sports broadcaster moments.

Keith Hernandez, who calls New York Mets games for SNY, was caught ogling a female fan live on air during Tuesday night’s game between the Mets and Arizona Diamondbacks.

A camera captured a woman finishing off a large hot dog and a man eating one of Chase Field’s new 18-inch corn dogs — with a knife and fork — which led to the following exchange.

“I wasn’t talking about the hot dog,” sounds like a catchphrase.

If that wasn’t painful enough, the broadcast cut back to the pair and Hernandez continued.

“She looks fit. She must be a runner.”

It was a bit less, uh, charming than Brent Musberger drooling over Katherine Webb during last year’s college football championship game between Alabama and Notre Dame.

(h/t Awful Announcing)

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Facebook fandom map: NHL playoffs

- April 16th, 2014

A map has been created displaying where fans of all 16 NHL playoff teams live.

Each province and state is represented by a colour based on which official Facebook team page has the most likes from people who reside there.

Check it out:

Observations:

  • Most of Canada wants the Montreal Canadiens to win the Stanley Cup. Naturally.
  • The Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan and Manitoba are cheering for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Possibly because of the significance of Sidney Crosby as the ‘Golden Boy’ for Canada, and that’s respectable.
  • Seems like the most popular teams favoured to win the Cup in the states are the Colorado Avalanche and the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blackhawks have a tough first round match-up with the St. Louis Blues, however, and I wouldn’t mind seeing Colorado have success this year.
  • The Hawaiian Islands are rooting for the Boston Bruins to win the Cup?
  • No one likes the St. Louis Blues except for Missouri. No one likes the New York Rangers except for New York. No one likes the Columbus Blue Jackets except for Ohio. Finally, no one like the Dallas Stars except for Texas. Hey, at least they’re loyal.
  • The Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings seem to not have a  substantial number of fans anywhere, which I find surprising because both franchises are playoff regulars.
  • The Detriot Red Wings have cup hopefuls in Georgia allllll the way over to those crazy Alaskans. Alaskans love Red Wings puck, I guess.
  • Nunavut has NHL playoff coverage?

Trent Williams: the home run homeboy of the Rangers

- April 16th, 2014

Catching a home run ball in the outfield is a popular dream for baseball fans.

It’s rare that a ball will be hit directly toward your seat, but for Texas Rangers’ fan Trent Williams it seems to happen all the time.

Here is an interview with Trent, it shows some of his beauty catches:

Trent even throws the ball back when an opposing team hits a jack, and did you see those cellies? What a beauty this guy is.

Here is the grab he had last night:

The Nae Nae? Seriously!? I need to go see this guy in action.

(h/t to Extra Mustard for the Vine)

Tampa’s Stanley Cup song has everything … other than hockey relevance

- April 16th, 2014

All 20 of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s fans helped create a rap video ahead of the NHL playoffs.

They’re calling it We Want The Cup.

We just want it to stop.

When I think of Tampa Bay I think of palm trees, beaches, clubs and parties.

This rap video has all of that, but it’s missing one key ingredient: reality.

Raise your hand if you think Tampa will win the Cup. Nope.

Let’s face it, this song sucks. The only reason it might go viral is because it makes you want to slam your head off the wall.

Let’s not forget, us Canucks have a song, too. Not just a playoff song, but a general hockey song that’s steeped in folklore.

Yeah. That’s right. We can roll with Tampa fans.

The difference is our song has been around for decades, and we have more then 20 hockey fans. Tampa’s excuse for an anthem will last 10 minutes. Party On.