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How Green Is Your Garden?
May 2, 2011 9:33 PM   Subscribe

With the 2nd round NHL series between Nashville and Vancouver turning into the sleeper goalie duel everyone expected, superfans step up to create a better storyline: A Garden Gnome vs. Two Guys In Full-Body Spandex.

Despite a complaint filed by the Predators organization, an official warning from the NHL, and the wrath of Hockey Night In Canada's Glenn Healy, the green men will be travelling to Nashville to take on the gnome in it's own arena.

Green Men w/ guest star Vince Vaughn

Green Men w/ guest star Carrie Underwood

and, their annual Christmas Special, w/ guest stars the Toronto Maple Leafs


couldn't seem to dig up any actual gnome footage to include here, perhaps a nashville fan can help out?
posted by mannequito (29 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
Poor, poor Canadians.
posted by Dr. Zira at 9:39 PM on May 2, 2011


They must have their country music starlets confused. Don't they know Tootoo once dated country music star Kellie Pickler, not Carrie Underwood? Poor attempt.

Surely the author must know that Mike Fisher is married to Carrie Underwood?
posted by wowbobwow at 9:42 PM on May 2, 2011


Poor, poor Canadians.
posted by Dr. Zira at 9:39 PM on May 2 [+] [!]


My fellow citizens have astoundly, heartbreakingly, maddingly just elected a majority Conservative government. Please don't judge us - we need our Green Men, now more than ever.
posted by helmutdog at 9:43 PM on May 2, 2011 [6 favorites]


Actually, helmutdog, that is what I was referring to. I love your Green Men, and FWIW, I think they are far more cunning than the gnome.
posted by Dr. Zira at 9:47 PM on May 2, 2011


Thank you, Dr. Zira - thank you! I need all the consolation I can get.
posted by helmutdog at 9:52 PM on May 2, 2011


My favorite sports mascots & traditions are the ones that are fan generated, rather than some ultimately lame attempt by the marketing department to "get the fans fired up!" (With the xeception of my beloved Mr. Met and anything assocaited with The Hartford Whalers). The Green Men are the best thing that's happened for Hockey fandom in years. Why am I not surprised Bettman & the rest of the NHL Corporate No-Fun squad are trying to squash them? Bet it has something to do with the fact they can't make any money off them. I just hope The Green Men don't sell out the way Fireman Ed (New York Jets fan turned official team mascot/ ticket shill) did.
posted by KingEdRa at 9:58 PM on May 2, 2011


If any of you are trying to get someone into hockey, this Vancouver-Nashville series has been pretty breathtaking w/ the goaltending. I had one of my uninitiated friends jumping off the couch a few times and screaming "HOW DID THAT NOT GO IN!?!?!" at some of Rinne's saves.

And, I love those green guys. When the go upside down against the glass, I can't stop laughing.
posted by Lukenlogs at 10:36 PM on May 2, 2011 [3 favorites]


anything assocaited with The Hartford Whalers).

For two years my alarm woke me up to the sounds of Brass Bonanza.
posted by QuarterlyProphet at 11:15 PM on May 2, 2011


Hockey games are only boring when there are no scoring chances and you have no vested interest. When the "sleeper" goalie duel means each goalie is turning aside lots of shots and great scoring chances that is pure hockey. It doesn't get much better than that.
posted by zephyr_words at 11:45 PM on May 2, 2011


Complaint over the Green Men submitted to the NHL.

Impostors blamed for Vancouver traffic jam.

Second link worth clicking for the video still photo.
posted by wowbobwow at 11:58 PM on May 2, 2011


Doh, pls. to ignore my first linky link.
posted by wowbobwow at 11:59 PM on May 2, 2011


Someone keeps showing up at Bruins games in a green bodysuit. I never knew waht that was about. Thanks for the post.
posted by kuujjuarapik at 4:12 AM on May 3, 2011


The Predators say they actually didn't lodge a complaint.

Of course Nashville has painted belly Big Ben
posted by ghharr at 5:22 AM on May 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


My only complaint with the green men is that they are Canucks.

Without question the most objectionable fanbase in the league.

One can admire the boorishness of Flyers fans, for example, and learn to tolerate the lemmings who follow the Red Wings, but there's really no defense against an arena overfilled with smug Canucks.
posted by notyou at 6:56 AM on May 3, 2011 [4 favorites]


As a fan of a team who just missed the playoffs, I'd sort of favored Vancouver in the postseason, since I always hope that a Canadian team goes deep (and I say this as someone in the southern U.S.). But dang if Rinne's performance didn't make me hope that Nashville at least makes a good long series of it.
posted by statolith at 7:14 AM on May 3, 2011


notyou, Canucks fans were taught by the best. 40 years of "Go Leafs Go!" in their own building from misplaced Toronto fans will turn the best of fanbases into something ugly.

At least the Habs fans have a reason to be cocky.
posted by N-stoff at 8:13 AM on May 3, 2011


Someone needs to remind these Canadians (and Pittsburgh, too) that the are embracing a recent Philly sports trend with the Green Man.
posted by Loto at 8:18 AM on May 3, 2011


It's pretty easy to hate the Canucks, they don't make it easy for themselves. A local car dealer had Go Canucks Go on the window of their dealership, letters from lawyers followed.

Why would the Canucks allow themselves to be cowed by the league? It defies belief. Shouldn't management make a public statement to the effect "Dear NHL Brain Trust - Go fuck yourself. We are quickly approaching consecutive sellout 400. We'll do what we like in our building. When we need help from you screwing up our fan base we'll call." Then again , Canucks management are dicks too, so no surprise that they capitulated quicker than the French when the German swept around the Maginot line.
posted by Keith Talent at 8:20 AM on May 3, 2011


Boorish?! Fuck you! The next stadium wide "asshole" chant is for you notyou!

You don't happen to know any decent goalies, do you? I'll chip in for the plane ticket.
posted by cmfletcher at 8:26 AM on May 3, 2011


Man, Boosh and Bob are still two excellent goalies and they played a good damn game last night. The problem is that the D goes to shit under any sort of pressure when Pronger is out. Not to mention the offense not following up any shot opportunity. Part of the reason Thomas looked so good is he rarely had to worry about a follow-up shot from within 5 feet.
posted by Loto at 8:33 AM on May 3, 2011


It was definitely a D failing last night. Boosh didn't look all together there though. He was leaving a lot of the rebounds right out in the slot. I'm not sure why they don't have any faith in Bob right now.
posted by cmfletcher at 8:58 AM on May 3, 2011


Boorish?! Fuck you!

Yeah!
*throws batteries*
*vomits on nearby children*

Actually, I think my alma mater's hockey fans were worse. The best was that the telephones in the team boxes were really loud, the whole arena could hear them. Every time one of them rang, the entire audience would yell out, "PHOOOOOOONNNEE!!"
posted by backseatpilot at 9:21 AM on May 3, 2011


From what I understand, the backlash against the car dealership was because the owner is a very big advertiser on CKNW and Dan Russel's sportstalk show, as opposed to being part of the Team1040 Canuck butt-kissers association.

And I'm all for the Green Men - at this point we (meaning the Canucks, its long suffering fans, etc etc) need all the help we can get to get Rinne off his game. If there was ever a goalie able to steal a series, it's that guy, and he's has the potential to make a lot of fans very disappointed. It's been 40 years without a cup dammit, we actually have a kick-ass team this year, and it's our best chance to finally win something. Nashville should just be happy to be in the 2nd round.
posted by cgg at 9:22 AM on May 3, 2011


It's been 40 years without a cup dammit, we actually have a kick-ass team this year, and it's our best chance to finally win something. Nashville should just be happy to be in the 2nd round.

If your kick-ass team is so good, why have they gone without a cup for 40 years, and why didn't they dispatch Nashville when they had the chance?
posted by blucevalo at 9:52 AM on May 3, 2011


If your kick-ass team is so good, why have they gone without a cup for 40 years, and why didn't they dispatch Nashville when they had the chance?

They're good, president-trophy winning, *this* year. The last 39 years have been varying degrees of suckage ranging from being outright horrible to not-bad-but-still-disappointing-in-the-playoffs. And see my rant about how Rinne could steal the series from them - you can't score if the goalie boards up the net, no matter how many Art Ross, Hart and Selke trophy winners you have...

The jury's still out on dispatching Nashville. No one expected them to sweep anyway, and we've only lost one so far... go canucks go!
posted by cgg at 11:01 AM on May 3, 2011


...need all the help we can get to get Rinne off his game.

Sounds like a job for Raffi Torres. (jk...?)
posted by wowbobwow at 11:17 AM on May 3, 2011


I appreciate that the article credits "Always Sunny" for the green man. The Flyers have a pair of Orange Men at every playoff game I've attended, plus a Muppet from FAO Schwartz in a Flyers jersey. And fat dancing guy turned arena host Sean Hill. It seems the Vancouver Green Men just happen to have the right seats to gain attention.
posted by moviehawk at 11:34 AM on May 3, 2011


"Muppet from FAO Schwartz in a Flyers jersey"
The rest of the league calls him Scott Hartnell.
posted by cmfletcher at 12:22 PM on May 3, 2011 [4 favorites]


After glancing at the headline I thought this thread was going to be about two guys stuck in a single spandex body suit at a hockey match.

I'm disappointed.
posted by dudekiller at 12:42 PM on May 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


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