Throw the Snake a Barilkosphere Triumph

NHLThis is a great day for the Barilkosphere. Last night, following Keith Yandle's goal for the Phoenix Coyotes at home against the Detroit Red Wings, a Coyotes fan threw a snake on the ice. Here's the photographic evidence of this epic moment in Barilkosphere history.


You're probably wondering why I'm giving the Barilkosphere credit for this act... @felixpotvin a.k.a. Chemmy from Pension Plan Puppets is the man responsible for this thrown snake, as he used the power of Twitter to essentially invent a movement to combat Detroit's octopus throwing tradition. As it unfolded in real time before my eyes on Twitter, it was fast and furious, but it seems Chemmy wanted Travis Hair from the Coyotes blog Five For Howling to throw a rubber snake on the ice. The Coyotes organization responded in an unfortunate humourless and passionateless manner, promising to eject anyone who dared try such a stunt.

Despite the Coyotes' best efforts to squish the snake, I heard references to Throw The Snake during the game last night and Hockey Night in Canada mentioned it as well.

If you're going to a Coyotes home game during the playoffs, throw the snake. Just do it. The Barilkosphere insists upon it.

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Tiger Woods Reads My Blog

golfFour months ago, I wrote I'm Not a PGA Fan, I'm a Tiger Fan, and this is Crazy. I couldn't believe he'd stop golfing because he got caught cheating on his wife. Here's what I wrote at the time.

Tiger, ya dirty dog, work on that marriage, fix it for your wife and kids, but for heaven's sake, keep golfing. There are records to break, there's history to make, legions of fans to please and me, a Tiger Woods fan who doesn't give a shit about golf.

I always suspected Tiger reads this blog, and now I have proof. Tiger tees off this afternoon at the Masters and suddenly the world gives a shit about golf again. I hope he wins.


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You Have to Root for the New Orleans Saints in Super Bowl XLIV

Super Bowl XLIVUnless you live in Indianapolis, or are related to a member of the Indianapolis Colts, you must root for the New Orleans Saints in today's Super Bowl XLIV.

Four and a half years ago, I wondered how they'd ever play football again in the Louisiana Superdome.

How will they return to playing football in the Louisiana Superdome? The official site of the New Orleans Saints only just put up a reference to the disaster plaguing their home city and tickets are available to see the Giants come to town on September 18. The Superdome, currently a hellhole, will soon return to its normal function, but how can it ever be the same? How can one go there to witness something as frivolous as a football game when is has become home to such unspeakable horrors?

The day I wrote that entry, The Seattle Times ran an article describing the hell that had become of the Louisiana Superdome.

At least two people, including a child, have been raped as the arena darkened at night. At least three people have died, including one man who jumped 50 feet to his death, saying he had nothing left to live for.

There is no sanitation. The stench is overwhelming. The city's water supply, which had held up since Sunday, gave out early yesterday, and toilets in the Dome became inoperable and began to overflow. "There is feces on the walls," said Bryan Hebert, 43, who arrived at the dome Monday. "There is feces all over the place."

This city needs a break. Go Saints.


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13-Year Old QB Commits to USC

schoolDavid Sills of Bear, Delaware made a verbal commitment to Lane Kiffin to play his college football at USC. Sills can't play until 2015, however. You see, Sills is only 13.

When I was 13, I was just figuring out how to throw a spiral. Sills is slightly better than I was. Check out this video.

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The Favre Factor

nflI quit the NFL years ago, but this Sunday I'm going to watch every minute of the NFC championship game. For me, it's all about Brett Favre.

Brett Favre is my kind of player, the epitome of heart, and I've been watching him for the better part of two decades. I became a Favre fan in 1992 and when he led the Packers to a Super Bowl win in 1997, I celebrated like the home team had triumphed. Amazingly, he hasn't missed a single game since '92. He's as durable as he is dominant.

Here are a few entries I've written about Brett Favre over the past seven years.

At 40-years-old, Favre will become the oldest quarterback to start a conference championship game when he takes the field in New Orleans. At 35-years old, I'll be watching my favourite football player of all-time. I'm not ready for this ride to end.


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Randy Moller Goal Calls

radioWhen the Leafs play on CBC, Joe Bowen calls the game for radio. When Joe Bowen is calling the game for television, Dennis Beyak fills in. Both call fine games. That's how we roll in Leafsville.

Florida Panthers games are called by a cat named Randy Moller. After each goal, he drops a pop culture nugget that has to be heard to be appreciated. Randy Moller, I love you.

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I'm Not a PGA Fan, I'm a Tiger Fan, and this is Crazy

golfI've never been a golf fan. I don't play the sport at all and I don't follow the PGA. Having admitted that, I've been a big Tiger Woods fan since he was an amateur.

I just revisited every entry on this blog that includes the keyword "Tiger Woods". There were 25. That's a lot of entries to be written by a guy who doesn't golf and doesn't give a rat's ass about golf. Heck, in the pre-YouTube era, I was sharing that shot Tiger made on the 16th hole of The Masters in 2005 as a WMV file. That's right, Tiger got me to share a WMV file.

In 2006, I wondered if Tiger Woods might be the greatest athlete of all-time. Not the greatest golfer, but the greatest athlete in any sport. Yes, I spoke of Tiger Woods and Wayne Gretzky with the same honoured tone.

A couple of summers ago, I actually threw all of my Tiger Woods thoughts into an entry I entitled "My Thoughts on Tiger Woods".

I love the idea that someone we watched, someone during our lifetime is the best there ever was. I rooted for Michael Jordan and I rooted for Wayne Gretzky. Athletes like Tiger come around once in a lifetime and it seems foolish and unnatural to root against them unless they're complete jerks, Barry Bonds style. Hell, for a while I even rooted for him.

And hell, I'm still rooting for Tiger Woods. And no, I never bought that car crash story where Elin drags him from the vehicle. Not for a second. And I'm aware of his chronic infidelity and love of the ladies. The man's a dog, but he's the best damn golfer in the history of the world and the only guy who could get me to write 25 entries about a sport I don't care about. Ask me how many entries I've written about rugby or cricket or polo?

Tiger's fall from grace is unprecedented. A month ago, he was a god. Today, his sponsors are dropping like flies and his career is officially on-hold. This is crazy.

Tiger, ya dirty dog, work on that marriage, fix it for your wife and kids, but for heaven's sake, keep golfing. There are records to break, there's history to make, legions of fans to please and me, a Tiger Woods fan who doesn't give a shit about golf.


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Niedermayer's Sick and Classy Ducks Fans

puckScott Niedermayer was named first star the other night after scoring the overtime winner for the Anaheim Ducks. He then tossed his stick to a little girl in the stands. That's when all hell broke lose.

Stay classy, Ducks fans.

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An Ode to Brendan Shanahan: My Favourite Non-Leaf Retires

PuckBrendan Shanahan holds the NHL record for Gordie Howe hat tricks. He recorded 17 Gordie Howe hat tricks during his hall of fame career, 15 more than Gordie himself. He also holds the distinction of being my favourite player who never donned the Maple Leafs' blue and white.

Admittedly, I was predisposed to liking him. I attended Michael Power High School in Etobicoke, Shanahan's school. Several teachers spoke highly of Shanny, and even his siblings taught there. He must have had a lot of siblings, because his siblings were also teaching at St. Cecilia's primary school, another school I attended. Like Shanahan, I rode the red rocket to Power where he was a legend.

Although I was predisposed to liking him, he made it easy to root for him in a way I've never rooted for a non-Leaf. He was a deadly sniper, scoring 656 goals, and he was a natural born leader, winning three Stanley Cups and an Olympic gold medal. He was also incredibly consistent, scoring 20 or more goals in 19 consecutive years. And, as his Gordie Howe hat tricks attest, he was one tough sonufabitch.

Shanahan announced his retirement today, and I'm going to miss him dearly. Nobody did it better.


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Nordiques and Jets: Bring Them Back

NHLOn this Thanksgiving Monday, I'm thankful that I've never had to see I team I love move away. My Leafs are still here, my Jays are still here, my Raptors are still here... I've never had to experience what fans of the Vancouver Grizzlies, Montreal Expos, Quebec Nordiques and Winnipeg Jets have. I've never had to have my heart ripped from my body. I can't imagine what that would feel like.

In the mid-90s, the NHL's Quebec Nordiques and Winnipeg Jets left their cities for Colorado and Phoenix. Now there's chatter that the NHL will consider returning teams to Quebec and Winnipeg, with a second team for southern Ontario also under consideration.

"We do have an interest in returning teams to Canadian cities that have hosted and supported NHL teams historically," deputy commissioner Bill Daly told the Toronto Star in an email.

"Both Winnipeg and Quebec City have done that, so we'll see how things transpire. That doesn't mean southern Ontario won't or can't be considered. It will be."

On behalf of all Nordiques and Jets fans across this country, I sincerely hope the NHL does whatever it can to bring them back.


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