But before all that, Steven Colbert marked the beginning of the season last night on his show with the teaser "I'll give you a reason to watch hockey- and it's not the hockey."
I can't find a current clip, but basically, what was suggested in this clip from his show from a while back has come to pass:
It was announced on Colbert's show last night that the Mascot of the Ontario Hockey League club Saginaw Spirit has been named for Colbert. The new mascot, "Steagle Colbeagle the Eagle" is notable for me, mostly for the bitter, drunken hate mail Steagle is sure to recieve from the recently unemployed "Wild Wing Duck" from the formally Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.
Wild Wing: Distraught
The only current NHLer to skate for Saginaw is Chris Thorburn, who was put on wiavers by Buffalo last year and was just picked up by the Pittsburgh Penguins yesterday.
It looks to be a cup of coffee with the big club for Thorburn, but who knows? If the Penguins perform anywhere near last year's record of 22-46-14, well- wherever Thorburn ends up, my guess is it'll be funny.
The Colbert Report re-run, with it's "Steagle Colbeagle the Eagle" footage, airs today on Comedy Central at 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM and 8:30 PM.
I heartily recommend checking out the first two.
At 8:30, I'll be watching hockey.
You know, for the hockey.