Last weekend was a big weekend in front of the flat screen at Hockeyandhighheels.com headquarters. For the record, I was really feeling under the weather. All I could do was lounge in front of the TV, take medication as directed, and avoid operating machinery.
The weekend, along with my notes, turned into a blur consisting of the CBC’s ninth annual Hockey Day in Canada, numerous naps, Tim Horton’s chili and the 81st Annual Academy Awards. Here’s what I got. It started out normal enough...
Saturday February 21st, 2009
Hockey Day in Canada (an epic 13.5 hour televised hockey feast) introduced the country to the small town of Campbellton, New Brunswick, the chosen hockey hotbed from which the day revolved around. Although host Ron Maclean led us around the country to other small towns celebrating the spirit of the game and delving into the juicy theme of rivalries, viewers were also treated to a triple header of hockey action involving all six Canadian NHL teams.
Sunday February 22nd, 2009
I went to sleep last night with visions of Hockey day in Canada including a toque clad Ron MacLean reading from a book next to an outdoor rink, surrounded by little kids, then woke up to Ryan Seacrest, on the red carpet chatting with that fierce looking blond guy, Jay Manuel from Canada’s Next Top Model. Manuel, situated in the booth above the action, was utilizing a blue pen “Glamastrator”. Borrowing a page from the CBC’s Kelly Hrudey, Manuel broke down freeze framed shots of movie star dresses. He circled and outlined everything from Paillette scaling, big necklaces, Origami inspired folds, to "stay at home" ruching. Incidentally Paillette’s pronunciation is similar to Pyatt, as in Taylor Pyatt and yes; the Paillette scaling on Ann Hathaway's gown was as beautiful as Taylor Pyatt’s eyes. Another word for Paillette is spangle, which rhymes with dangle, and wouldn’t Canucks fans like to see Pyatt dangle.
Then I noticed Hockey Day in Canada made its way onto the Oscar’s Red Carpet: Actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman wore a black toque with his suit. Too bad the fashion police are dissing his look. Don’t they know Hoffman is from just outside Rochester, New York, which is practically Canada?
Now, what could be more of an honor? Legendary fashion designer Valentino designed dresses that have adorned a record, seven Oscar winning actresses. Or...Canadian hockey icon, Don Cherry, showing up at a Campbellton, New Brunswick school where the entire staff greeted him dressed in their own Cherry inspired suits. I know what you are thinking...it’s the latter.
Don Cherry (right - in case you didn't know) in one of his many suits
The rivalry theme was very big over the weekend: the Oilers vs. the Flames, Ovechkin vs. Crosby and Anniston vs. Jolie. Okay, so Alex Ovechkin celebrates his craft too much, Sidney Crosby expresses himself via complaints too much, and Jennifer Anniston lost husband Brad Pitt to Angelina Jolie. Time again for hockey and film fans to re- confirm or re-examine their allegiances and pick their sides in useless online polls.
My question to everyone is this: In hockey terms, would Anniston be the Crosby, and Jolie the Ovechkin? Or the other way around?
Oscar host Hugh Jackman ponders if Meryl Streep’s record 15 nominations is steroid related. I don’t know about that, but I am glad there aren’t any steroid scandals surrounding the Montreal Canadiens. I’ve had enough sensational Habs headlines for one week.
Vancouver Canuck Alex Burrows has a growing fan base and they can’t say enough good things about the hard working winger. He’s got a great habit of scoring timely goals, whether they are the first goal of the game, a short handed, a tie it up, or the game winner. The dude was undrafted, plucked from the ECHL, worked his butt off to find his spot on the Canucks, and only makes $525,000 this season – he’s like the Canucks version of the Slumdog Millionaire...sort of.
During the Canucks/ Leafs tilt on Saturday night, Kyle Wellwood’s shoot out approach was only slightly longer than best supporting actress winner, Penelope Cruz’s speech. However, Wellwood missed his shot, ushering in Mats Sundin as the potential game winning shooter. Sundin scored, penning his own happy ending to the script chronicling his return to Toronto.
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