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2-Minutes for Inappropriate Use of Song


I'm awarding TSN a 2-minute penalty for the inappropriate use of a song during one of their promos.  Just before this third period of the Penguins / Capitals game, I sat through yet another promo for their 2009 NHL playoff coverage.  The visuals were set to Filter's "Hey Man, Nice Shot."

Why the penalty?  Because the shot in "Hey Man, Nice Shot" wasn't a puck on net but a bullet to Budd Dwyer's brain.  From Wikipedia:

The song became notorious, as it was believed to be honoring the January 22, 1987, public suicide of Pennsylvania state treasurer Budd Dwyer, who shot himself during a press conference with a .357 Magnum. A May 1996 interview with Filter in Addicted to Noise magazine and an official statement by the band confirmed this. Filter later gave the following statement:
The song 'Hey Man Nice Shot' is a reaction to a well-documented public suicide. It is not a celebration or glorification of taking one's own life. The phrase 'hey man, nice shot' is a reference to the final act itself, an expression of guts and determination of a person standing up for what they believe is right. We are extremely sensitive and respectful to the family and friends of Mr. Dwyer. We have both lost friends to suicide and felt nothing but sympathy and loss for the victims, and those involved in such a tragedy.

You can read more about Budd Dwyer here.

Still a great tune, though.

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