I don't think I've picked on Satan's Team since they were eliminated from the playoffs last spring, but the Vancouver Canucks are back in the news again.
The Winter Olympics start in Vancouver in a couple of weeks, and the hockey venue, of course, is GM Place, normally the home of the Canucks and their knuckle-dragging, foul-smelling fans. The building has to be extensively remodeled (for example, 14 locker rooms are needed for all of the different teams that will be competing) and then brought back to normal after the games, and all of this entails a lot of work that will keep the Canucks out of the building for an extended period of time.
The Canucks left home Thursday for a 14-game, 13-city road trip that will last 42 days. They will play eight games over the next 14 days, take a two-week Olympic break, then play another six games over nine days until they return home around March 11. Personally, I don't think it couldn't happen to a better team. Enjoy the road, slugs.
I wasn't going to write about it until the Canucks' Rick Rypien gave a reporter one of the dumbest quotes I've ever read. Granted, athletes say a lot of stupid things along the lines of, "Well, if we can score more than they do, we've got a chance to win," but this one really takes the cake. Here's Rypien on the subject of the road trip:
"I don't think people realize, with this road trip there's a lot of traveling, a lot of being on planes, a lot of jumping from one place to another right after you play and getting ready for the next game."
Ah, actually Rick, most people DO realize that road trips involve traveling, flying and playing in different cities. But thanks for the insight. The schoolteachers in your hometown of Coleman, Alberta, must be so proud.