Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Bear Whiz Beer!

So... this falls in the "Firing of Random Synapses" category.  I give you the Firesign Theatre...

Bear Whiz Beer is no longer brewed as near as I can tell.  But there was a time in the way-way-back when it was a favorite.  Well check that.  Firesign Theatre was the favorite; I owned every album they ever made at one point in time.  It was part of that left-wing Sensitive Seventies Kinda Guy gestalt, yanno?


So.  BIG hockey day today.  We'll be glued to our teevee beginning at 1300 hrs for the USA - Switzerland game, but the marquee match comes on at 1700 hrs.  I'm speaking of the Canada - Russia game, of course.   I'm VERY sure our Canadian friends don't want to see a replay of this... from our back pages:

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Russia 2, Canada 0

So Россия wins. 2-0. (Россия is MUCH better than “CCCP,” donchya think?) Wow. What a game! Great skating, very physical, excellent goal tending. Nabokov, of the Sharks, played brilliantly in getting the shut-out and the win. Brodeur was simply excellent and it’s a shame he has to lose this game. Brodeur had NO chance on Ovechkin’s goal, and the set-up pass from Kozlov to Ovechkin will be a feature of any Olympic highlight reel yet to be produced. Speaking of Ovechkin, there’s absolutely NO justice in this world if Alexander Ovechkin doesn’t win the Calder Trophy. I know we didn’t get to see Crosby in the Olympics, and that’s too bad. Given the way Team Canada played (dismal power-play, general lack of offense), perhaps Crosby should have been on the team. Oh well, it is what it is, on that count. But Ovechkin has played superbly, and he got the game-winner today.

The last minute theatrics in this game were excellent. Canada pulled its goalie with about a minute left and then Malkin (Russia) gets a game misconduct in front of the Russian net while Canada was swarming in front. It looks like Canada can tie it up at this point, what with a man advantage for the rest of the game, but then Chris Pronger takes a stupid, stupid penalty and Canada’s man advantage is gone. Brodeur returns to the net as the face-off is in the Canadian zone after the penalty. Ten seconds later Kovalev puts it in the net to clinch the game…with 23 seconds left. And the clock runs out. Russia gets Finland next…
Oh my, the Canadian women’s Gold ain’t gonna come near enough to smoothing down the ruffled feathers when Canada goes out in the quarter finals. Ignominy!
Note that the players on the Russian side are nearly all the same. But Team Canada has God's Gift To Hockey playing in these Olympics, so things might could be different this time around.  One never knows, though, and the smart money is probably on Russia.  One thing I DO know... it's gonna be one helluva game.


  1. While the Rusky/Cunuck game may be more of a "marquee' game, I'll be tuning in (via internet at work)and obviously more interested in the USA/Swiss game. The Swiss scare me and it's difficult to beat a team twice in these tournaments.

    GO USA!!!(and Russia, man I can't believe I just wrote that.)

    Off topic; man can we find some new USA Curlers, at least some Skips that don't choke EVERY FREAKIN' match.

  2. I've watched them ALL, Small-Tee. I didn't mean to diminish the US game and I share your opinion about the Swiss. I just hope Hiller is in the same form as he was last evening against Belarus. THAT was a near-run thing, and if Hiller isn't better today the US will blow him way the Hell out of the water.

  3. Not sure I want to see US play the Canucks again...but of course the Swiss won't be a cakewalk.

    Go USA, and bring on the medal roudn.

  4. Well, I know you're watching the game now, it being that time. Go USA! Wish I could see it live, but work (except for when I'm typing this sort of stuff) calls :-)

    "We're All Bozos On This Bus" Classic!

  5. Firesign Theater?

    You're dating yourself. And I think they had a commercial about THAT, too.

  6. What game was this??? Confused over here!

  7. Pat: It looks like there WILL be a re-match, assuming both Canada and the US win their next games.

    Jim: It was a nail-biter, as I mentioned elsewhere.

    WWW: Yeah, I date myself a lot. Wait. Was that a double entendre?

    KC: That game was from the 2006 Olympics, quarterfinals.


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