Tuesday, February 06, 2007

"Conserve your precious hatred for the game."

Hey all.

There was only one game on last night, so today is a pretty good day to get some suggestions for Jen, our burgeoning American hockey fan. The category she's writing on this week is "hockey movies and television shows she needs to see."

Obviously, the big two are Slap Shot and Youngblood, but what else is out there?

Anybody remember that two-on-none breakaway from the opening credits of the Hogan Family?

This used to piss the shit out of me as a kid- watch Jason Bateman and some other asshole slam dunk it on this poor goalie.

Where in God's name was the defense?

He clearly wasn't skating hard enough to break a sweat, or even mess up his hair under the helmet, so I suspect he was playing against very young children, or the developmentally disabled.

What a dick.

By the way, the example that Bateman's Dad sets by leaping out of his seat and roaring his approval for such an obvious mismatch could very well have laid the foundation for the rash of violent, thuggish hockey dads that made news in the decades to follow.

Nice work, Hogan family.

There is blood on your hands.

Certainly, this early Simpsons episode has got to be on the list.



vh2k6 said...

D3. She needs to see the perils of a gold medal national juniors team's struggles with JV hockey in high school.

Alec said...

Some of the defining moments of my childhood were watching Don Cherry's Rock 'em Sock 'em Hockey. This will give Jen a feel of the history. all ofthose were from the 70's and 80's.

Ritch- Valerie's family? what about the hockey snapshot in the intro of MacGyver

Margee said...

I don't think I can thank you enough for posting the opening of the Hogan Family. That pretty much made my day.

How about the hockey scene in Wayne's World? Garth was woefully out of position throughout.

Margee said...

Also, the Cutting Edge, so she can see how figure skating and hockey differ, while enjoying a tasty romance. Before this movie, I thought they were the same. But it turns out they are very different.

Ben said...

In order to truly understand the game, Jen needs to find and watch the 2003 episode of "Whoopi" that featured cameos by Scott Stevens, Anson Carter, Darius Kasparaitis, Scott Gomez and Jay Pandolfo.

There is no better way to honor the sport than by watching a crap sitcom starring Whoopi Goldberg as a "cigarette-smoking, alcohol-drinking, menopausal and especially opinionated hotelier."

Ben said...

Also, a very funny moment in that classic Simpsons episode...when the puck is dribbling towards Milhouse, you can see a linesman in the background with his arms outstretched, signalling an onside play.

will said...

"miracle." kurt russell is herb brooks reincarnated...even though he wasn't dead at the time.

Desdemona said...

"The Rocket", which came out last year. (LeCavalier plays Jean Beliveau, Ian Laperrierre is "Boom Boom" Geoffrion, Phillippe Sauve is Jim Henry, Mike Ricci is Elmer Lach, Sean Avery is Bob Dill - and so on.)

Rachael said...

Strange Brew for sure! Nothing like watching Bob and Doug Mackenzie up against a brewery. Oh, and there's some hockey in there too :)

I haven't seen it, but I've heard enough about Bon Cop, Bad Cop to know that it's pretty good, plus they apparently make fun of Bettman alot.

WD to Evers to Chance said...

Should we just send her off to Continental Airlines arena to watch live NHL hockey with 756 other people?