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04-24-2004, 09:06 AM
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At least it wasn't Ozzie Osbourne who sang the national anthems just like his Take me out to the ball game

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04-24-2004, 10:15 AM
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Complete this phrase: HULK HOGAN and HOCKEY go together like _______________
Vaseline and toast?

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04-24-2004, 11:08 AM
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It doesn't reflect on the fact that TB has an awesome hockey team right now, and some great, knowledgeable hockey fans, but it does say something about the organisation and the market that is vaguely disturbing.
Maybe. But what does it say about the Montreal market that after their team is thoroughly dominated in a hockey game the fans must resort to putting down their opposition's choice of pre-game entertainment and characterizing an entire demographic as a bunch of lowbrow philistines in order to salvage their own self-esteem?

Probably nothing. Just like Hulk Hogan's performance at last night's game is virtually meaningless in terms of illustrating anything relevant about the general Tampa Bay area and/or its population.

He's just a local celebrity. That's all. There's no difference between Tampa having Hulk Hogan fire up the crowd before a game and Detroit having Alto Reed (the sax player from Bob Seeger's Silver Bullet Band) do the same. Happens all over the NHL all the time. Previously this season, we've had baseball and football stars, movie actors and famous musicians from the Bay area do the same. (Hell, when the Habs were in town in January we had some Quebecois clowns from Cirque du Soleil do a warm-up act.) Hulk Hogan simply seemed to "bring good luck" last time out, so they brought him back.

Is Hogan a moron? Sure. Is pro wrestling a joke? Of course it is. But if you think any of that is lost on the average Tampa citizen, you're dead wrong.

I'm as bothered as anyone by the fact that the NHL has allowed its on-ice product to devolve into such a desperate state that they feel it's necessary to "sell" it with sideshow acts and spectacles. If it was up to me, there'd be no celebs, no cheerleaders, no giveaways, no T-shirts being shot into the stands, no loud rock music during stoppages (just a lone organist), no JumboTron graphics (except for maybe replays), no strobe lights, no dramatic intro music, no luxury suites, no advertising on the boards (or anywhere else for that matter), etc., etc., etc.

But it's not up to me. And I can either accept that NHL hockey is what it is or I can go find another hobby. Hardcore fans like ourselves may choose to romanticize it, but in the grand scheme of things the NHL is in the entertainment business. It's show biz, plain and simple.

If they want to bring in Hulk Hogan to fill a few more rows with casual fans, who cares? Doesn't affect the game one iota. And the game is all that matters.

To some of us, anyway.

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Complete this phrase: HULK HOGAN and HOCKEY go together like _______________
- Frasier and a bald head

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04-24-2004, 11:25 AM
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Tuna fish an meatballs????

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Maybe. But what does it say about the Montreal market that after their team is thoroughly dominated in a hockey game the fans must resort to putting down their opposition's choice of pre-game entertainment and characterizing an entire demographic as a bunch of lowbrow philistines in order to salvage their own self-esteem?
Well, for me at least, it had nothing to do with the outcome of the game. I was thinking it was pretty shocking from the beginning. I can't recall seeing anything comparable

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And i thought the hulkster was a hab fan...
I should change my avatar then

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04-24-2004, 12:15 PM
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And i thought the hulkster was a hab fan...
I should change my avatar then
Ha! That's funny, I forgot all about your avatar Lewis! You better write him a letter.

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And i thought the hulkster was a hab fan...
I should change my avatar then
I mean lets be honest... You should have known that The hulkster was never gonna be a Habs fan.. could you imagine him going to the Bell in the Winter like that???? He'd have nipples like the Effiel Tower!!!!!

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Team GB and Pool A World Championship Hockey....

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Team GB and Pool A World Championship Hockey....
It's only a matter of time English Hab.

OT: CBCNewsworld has recently been running a great mini-documentary on the Cambridge-Oxford hockey rivalry. It's basically two all-Canadian teams who have a game once a year and have been doing so for decades. Sounds awesome.

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It's only a matter of time English Hab.

OT: CBCNewsworld has recently been running a great mini-documentary on the Cambridge-Oxford hockey rivalry. It's basically two all-Canadian teams who have a game once a year and have been doing so for decades. Sounds awesome.
It wouldn't surprise me... the only College sport we ever see on our TV's is either the Varsity Boat race.. or the Varsity Rugby game.... Cambridge V Oxford..... it kills me... I played both Rugby and Basketball for my University and never even got close to getting on a TV screen.. I hate English College sport... Though either way i'm sure one day.... the way our Education system is going we'll end up with a North American College sport system... how else are we gonna make any money in colleges in the UK?????


oh look theres another one...

United Kingdom Univeristy Sports and TV Appearances....

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Joe Thornton and the playoffs
::chuckle::

We have a winner.

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Maybe. But what does it say about the Montreal market that after their team is thoroughly dominated in a hockey game the fans must resort to putting down their opposition's choice of pre-game entertainment and characterizing an entire demographic as a bunch of lowbrow philistines in order to salvage their own self-esteem?
To be honest, I didn't notice any Habs fans doing that. At least not here. Maybe some did, I dunno.

But that's kind of the point. From our respective ivory towers, we all know it means nothing, and doesn't reflect on the actual team or the game which is all that matters. Us Habs fans, I think we'd criticise the choice of pre-game entertainment just about as critically whether we won or lost, whether it was Hulk Hogan or Celine Dion, if we felt it was rubbish and somehow slightly embarrassing, and not hold it against the on-ice product or the average Tampa Bayian in any way. It *does* say something about how the Lightning is trying to market its product, though, and that would bother me a whole lot more if I was a Tampa fan than it does now as a mere curiosity for a Habs fan.

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The Leafs and the Cup.

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Pierre Dagenais and "good"?

Czerkawski and Montreal?

Saran wrap and toilet bowls?



thank god CBC cut away from that, I was in shock when I saw him begin to speak. That was horrible.

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- Frasier and a bald head
Wait a second... Frasier? As in Kelsey Grammer? Hmmmm....

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That's what I thought too!

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Wait a second... Frasier? As in Kelsey Grammer? Hmmmm....
LOL oops I meant Frasier the ref...
Frasier in the show is cool, the ref isn't :mad:

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Hulk Hogan and hockey go together like.........Hulk Hogan and hockey.

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Anna Kournikova and tennis?
Since she went to tennis school down here, maybe we can get her for the next game.

Me thinks you are spending way too much time worring about who does the introduction for the game. You ought to worry about your team.

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