What would a pro sports playoff drive be without a fan-written tribute song? For those anticipating Game 7 of the Stanley Cup playoffs tonight, here for your enjoyment is Canucks Waleyan Ne
, a Bhangra song written by members of Vancouver's large South Asian community. English lyrics available here
(pdf), pasted below the fold for your convenience. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul
on Jun 15, 2011 -
"A short film
chronicling the legendary Johnny Canuck, his years of triumph and turmoil, and how they mirror the history of the Vancouver Canucks franchise and their Stanley Cup run in 2010-2011." [SLYT] [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke
on Jun 9, 2011 -
Where is the Puck?
The Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup last season for the first time in 50 years. But what happened to the puck that was used to score what some are calling the "most famous goal in Chicago sports history?"
posted by zarq
on Apr 27, 2011 -
What If Everybody in Canada Flushed At Once?
The water utility in Edmonton, EPCOR, published a graph of water consumption last week. By now you’ve probably heard that up to 80% of Canadians were watching the Olympics gold medal hockey game between Canada and the USA. So, it stands to reason that they’d all go pee between periods. More from The Globe and Mail
posted by netbros
on Mar 10, 2010 -
The NHL, the way it was meant to be seen: "Relive the Pittsburgh Penguins 1991 Stanley Cup Finals clinching game 6 victory in a dramatic reenactment
through a pixelated prism. All the goals, the calls by Mike Lange, and the Stanley Cup celebration are replicated in this 18 minute video of game play action. The broadcast audio is of the actual game, synchronized to the heroics of sprite based hall of famers like Mario Lemieux, Joe Mullen, Paul Coffey, Bryan Trottier, and the rest of the full team rosters." (Takes a minute or so for the action to really get started.)
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson
on Sep 21, 2009 -
Something awful in a new CBC anthem.
The CBC's Hockey Night in Canada is one of the highest-rated programs on Canadian television. It's something of a national shrine to our beloved sport. For the past 40-odd years, it's had a distinctive theme which most Canadians could hum. After something of a fiasco
, the CBC lost the rights to the theme. They're running a contest to replace the venerated theme. A Something Awful forum
user composed a truly dreadful entry
("mostly comprised of cat and sheep sounds, baby cries, and gunshots/explosions"), and got the community to 'vote it up' on the Anthem contest site. You really need to hear the awfulness to truly appreciate it. [more inside]
posted by dbarefoot
on Jul 18, 2008 -
You may have elbow germs
and not even know it. Eeeww!
"The crook of your elbow is not just a plain patch of skin. It is a piece of highly coveted real estate, a special ecosystem, a bountiful home to no fewer than six tribes of bacteria. Even after you have washed the skin clean, there are still one million bacteria in every square centimeter." Beware some of these germs may be on your hockey equipment
posted by Xurando
on May 23, 2008 -
Like hockey fights
? Like the movie Slapshot
? Want to see the real
Chiefs? Les Chiefs
is a documentary
on the toughest team in the Quebec Semi-Pro Hockey League. There can be 10 fights in a single period. Goalies fight. Coaches fight. Some fans fight in the stands with the players who live just yards away, in a ramshackle apartment in the stadium (formerly a ramshackle storage closet).
Other fans lovingly craft belts in the belief that hockey is a religion and The Chiefs are its avatars. And players
players question, even as they sign up for underground boxing matches and run up 100 to 1 penalty minute to goal ratios, whether they’re hockey players or circus side shows.
(some links may be NSFW for violence) [more inside]
posted by Smedleyman
on Feb 21, 2008 -
From Muddy York to the Toronto of today....
My search to discover the exact age of the house I recently bought led me to the fabulous Toronto Archives
. Even if you don't have the good fortune to live in Toronto and so have the ability to visit the Archives to take a free tour and check out their massive holdings
, they have a whack of stuff on line. Of their million photographs dating back to 1856, over 21,000 are online. Check out some of their virtual exhibits
. I couldn't begin to give you an overview of the site or even the best of its many gems, but check out Chinatown's VE day victory parade
, Bay and Wellington
as it was after a huge fire in 1904, old advertisements
(including some from the disenchanted
), snapshots of a, er, less politically sensitive time
), and — inevitably! — hockey artifacts
. A friend of mine makes a hobby of Toronto's history, and after this search of mine, I better understand her interest. It’s fascinating to see what lies beneath the layers of time
on a surface so familiar
posted by orange swan
on Jul 4, 2006 -
Lightning begin their Stanley Cup Defense
During the lockout and cancelled season, a Tampa Tribune sports writer has been using a popular hockey simulation game to play out the 2004-2005 season, and has been covering each game as if it were real. Yesterday the SimBolts took a 2-0 lead in their first round match, on the strength of Ruslan Fedotenko's hat trick. Final standings
and league leaders
. ¶ The Virtual Ottawa Senators have a 2-0 lead over the SimLeafs. I'll be checking back to see faux Ottawa choke.
posted by KS
on Apr 17, 2005 -
immortalized by The Hip
in the song Fifty Mission Cap
won the cup for the leafs in 1951. Later that summer, he disappeared in a plane crash north of Cochrane, Ontario. In an ironic twist of fate, the Maple Leafs did not win another Stanley Cup until 1962, the same year that his remains were finally found.
, The body of a former NHL first-round draft pick who disappeared in Austria almost 14 years ago has been found frozen in the Alps. Someone tell Gord
, maybe he can get a new song out of this.
posted by Blake
on Jul 22, 2003 -