Wednesday, June 08, 2011
I'm old enough that I remember when Mel Gibson began to make his name. Mad Max and Gallipoli. Fantastic movies and the young Gibson was a charismatic star in the making. He ended up becoming one of the biggest names in Hollywood for year, very popular, gave the impression of a guy you might go for a beer with. And then Mel went off the rails. Not sure if it was everything gone to his head or if it was just a case of the facade being peeled back, most likely the latter, considering some of Gibson's outrageous comments and actions. Paranoia, racism and violence tend to be symptoms of a sick soul methinks, not of a guy spoiled by Hollywood.
That's the starmaking machine for you though. Gibson, I think, is a pretty simple guy, he likes his pints and his practical jokes. His movies are dressed up revenge fantasies, using historical figures as a backdrop. Watched We Were Soldiers Once last night, fighting a losing battle with insomnia. I'm familiar with the story, read the book, and it didn't need any Hollywood dressing up (as my old man calls it, Hollywood BS) to make it any more compelling or dramatic. But nooooo, they had to dress it up. Gibson leading his men in dramatic charges, traipsing about the perimeter as the battle rages about, dramatic killshots fraught with meaning, all the while twitchy and bug eyed. I kept expecting Danny Glover to pop out of a foxhole to yell that he was getting too old for this shit.
Now Mel Gibson probably doesn't give a shit what a guy like me thinks but I could not take any of that movie seriously for a second. I just kept thinking what a mess he is. And so maybe Mel Gibson should care, you know what they say, you're ok as long as they aren't laughing at you.
What is he doing these days anyhow?
Probably drinking Guinness out of a supermodel's vagina, the bastard. So much for karma, eh?
Of course that was the theme for my last post and strangely enough, for one night at least, the worm turned. Whether it means anything or not other than the Bruins making the series two to one we will find tonight. Game three had the whiff of the Chicago series to it and if the Bruins, like Chicago, have figured it out, then this could go a long way and it could end up poorly for Vancouver. If the Sedins disappear and Luongo falters well then ....
Of course lost in all of the swirl of shit flying around game three is the fact that the Canucks had the run of it in the first period, even with the Rome major to kill. A goal or two and we might be fitting them for rings.
So it goes though. Does anyone remember that both of these clubs faced sudden death OT in game seven in the first round? I certainly do. Either club loses and my pool chances are shot to hell. As it is I started behind and then slowly crept up, passing each person in turn until I arrived in the final, five points out of first, seven players left, my remaining opponent down to two, one of whom, Horton, is now gone. We started last game even and two periods in, despite my advantage remained so (he has Krejci). By the end of the game I was four up and I'm looking fine now. I'm not in a pool every year but last time (and only time) I won one was in 1989, which also happened to be one of the first I was in. It came pretty easy and I figured I'd be in the money every year but time has taught me that this is not the case and so I am really enjoying it this time. There's some guys who are in pools every year and never get a chance to win it all. ;)
So with that looking wrapped up (inviting disaster I know) its time to just sit back and enjoy the series and really this has been a fantastic series to watch when it comes to entertainment. Game one decided at the end of the game, game two decided at the beginning of OT and last game featuring temperatures rising. The Canucks irk people. When is the last time a club in the Finals inspired such derision? Now I'm with Hank Sedin, I'm sure they don't care how they are viewed and they certainly won't if they win it all and I can understand that but man do people hate these guys. Its really something.
That brings me to the CBC and its not news but the homerism has reached new heights. Last game one would have thought that the antics of Lucic and Recchi were far beyond the bounds based on the comments coming from the broadcast crew yet little said about the work of Burrows and Lapierre and Torres and others. (Although to be fair the whole Lapierre finger thing in G2 was fucking funny). Now I grew up on HNIC but I am getting to the point where I can barely stand it and I never thought I would say that but TSN has it all over them in terms of commentary and analysis and even a shouting maddening Pierre Maguire has it over most of the boys on the CBC and I can't even believe I said that. Having suffered through Kevin Weekes the past couple of years (and I have vowed to go mute or with the radio next season when watching the Oilers on CBC) I really am no longer surprised at how poor HNIC has become. The spouting of cliches and nonsense (did you catch Stock and Hrudey affirming that going on the PK early in the game is better than going on the PP?) and the root root root for one team coming from the booth makes me wonder if it may be time to see TSN take the franchise over.
Because its fucking terrible. Cherry is the best part of the broadcast now and he's a mental case.
Back to the whole fingers thing and all that I have to say is good on Julien for admonishing his players and following up on what he believed in. I kind of wish Vigneault would take a similar stand but I understand why he does not, his team plays best on that edge and he can't really pull them back now. Anyhow good on Julien for backing up his earlier words. Easy to cheer for a guy like that and easy to cheer for Tim Thomas too. What an engaging and entertaining player eh? That hit on Sedin has to be play of the year.
If there were hockey gods you'd have to believe that the Bruins will come out on top tonight, no? Based on how the Canucks have gone off the rails and Horton has been knocked out of the series in exchange for Aaron Rome, karma has to favour the Bruins.
But we all know my thoughts on karma now don't we? It won't be karma that does the Canucks in, if anything does. It will be Andrew Alberts in the lineup and Dan Hamhuis not and Tim Thomas stopping the puck and Rich Peverley or Michael Ryder stepping in for Horton and doing a job.
Posted by Black Dog at 3:00 PM