Friday, June 25, 2010

Kerrzy's Notebook: Random Friday Thoughts

Taylor vs. Tyler

Well it’s been one of those weeks where I’ve been accumulating blog ideas, but haven’t had the time nor the motivation to put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard, as it were) on any of them.

This one is easy though: the NHL Entry Draft goes today, with the Oilers picking first overall – but will it be Taylor Hall or will it be Tyler Seguin?

It seemed like the general consensus for a while was that the Oilers would go with Seguin because he’s a centre and some people think he might be a better player when we look back on this day in 2015. That has shifted as the big day approached though, and now more and more people have decided that Hall is the way to go.

Let me say this: It’s my opinion that you take the best player available, especially if you’ve got the number one pick – and Taylor Hall is the best player available right now. He’s got an extra year of junior under his belt, he’s a dynamic player, he’s good at both ends of the ice, he plays with a tenacity that I think Oilers fans will admire and he’s got the potential to be a star at the next level.

Hall and Seguin had the exact same number of points this year (Seguin had more goals, but in more games), they’re virtually the same size, they’ll probably both be great players in their own time – but you can only pick one, and for me it has to be Hall.

Don’t worry Oilers fans, there are brighter days ahead…just think, Hall/Seguin, Eberle, Paajarvi-Svensson; there’s some talent on the way!

Upper Body Injury

Remember all that talk about banning the vuvuzela at the World Cup in South Africa?

I think this story qualifies as the craziest vuvuzela story you’ll hear all month: a Cape Town woman named Yvonne Mayer witnessed the dark side of the stadium horn earlier this month when she became the first person to suffer a vuvuzela-related injury.

So what – did someone hit her over the head with one? Did she lose her hearing after attending a game? No and No. Poor Yvonne Mayer ripped her windpipe by blowing too hard.

Mayer told The Daily Mail that she was on her way to the first South Africa game when she decided to have a go with the vuvuzela she was given at work – her first ever blow of the horn. Suddenly, she says, her throat started to hurt.

“[The doctor] said I'd ruptured my throat by blowing too hard, and that perhaps I had been doing it all wrong.”

How embarrassing!

Anyone But England

Still on the topic of the World Cup – music store HMV are being called racists over a recent advertising campaign in Scotland.

The store had “Anyone But England” banners hanging in various stores, with shirts also being sold at the Scotland locations – referring to the fact that a lot of Scots would rather see anyone but the English hoist the hardware on July 11th.

The Daily Mail reports the Campaign for an English Parliament complained to police that the store was “inciting racial hatred” against English people. HMV has since taken down the banners.

I was recently in Scotland for a week visiting family and I saw “Anyone But England” stuff all over the place! How that’s racism I’ll never know though; quite frankly, I think it’s a slap in the fact to all the actual causes that deserve attention. Some Scottish people not cheering for England, and being vocal about it, does not constitute racism.

If Canada somehow failed to qualify for the next Olympic hockey tournament and I wore a shirt that said “Anyone But the USA,” would I be a racist? I don’t think so.

Big Money

This is cute – ESPN reports a minor league baseball team is doing its part to keep LeBron James in Cleveland.

The Lake Erie Crushers of the Frontier League are hosting “Keep LBJ in C-L-E Night,” next week and plan to offer the soon-to-be free agent a contract worth $1,600 per month to sweeten the pot. The deal even includes a host family, to cut down on the commute from Akron to Cleveland.

He’s also welcome to use a luxury suite in the ballpark, which will be renamed “LeBron James Field at All Pro Freight Stadium” for the game. They’re really going all out – the Crushers will wear Cav-themed jerseys with LeBron’s number on the back and anyone with the name LeBron gets free tickets.

It’s a shame that just a day later he’ll more than likely be gone!

Gaga vs. Seinfeld

Speaking of luxury suites and baseball, there’s a bit of an interesting storyline developing in the Big Apple.

Back on June 10th, pop singer Lady Gaga made headlines when she was seen giving the middle finger to photographers and fans at a NY Mets home game – she was allowed to hang out in Jerry Seinfeld’s unoccupied suite for the rest of the game.

Last Friday she caused another stir in the world of baseball, showing up to a NY Yankees game wearing a jersey and a bikini bottom, getting hammered and then talking her way past security and into the clubhouse. The next day, there were reports that Gaga had been banned from ever coming back, but GM Brian Cashman clarified things to ESPN:

“She’s not banned. Celebrities aren’t banned. If Michael Jordan showed up here he would have access [to the clubhouse], but not after a loss.”

Now, if you’re like me, you enjoy yourself some Jerry Seinfeld, and he didn’t disappoint when it comes to talking about this topic. Speaking to a NY radio station, he sounded off, in true Seinfeld fashion, about Ms. Gaga:

“You give people the finger and you get upgraded? Is that the world we're living in now? It's pathetic. And why is she giving the finger? How old is the finger? How'd it even get to be the finger? Somewhere along the line somebody decided this is the bad finger."

“I'm not one of these all-publicity-is-good people. People talk about you need exposure -- you could die of exposure”


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