It almost seems like every other week you could watch another 'awards' show. I have to admit most of them bore me to death and I rarely watch them. The Grammy's? Blech. The Emmy's? Nah, I'll pass. The ESPY's? Lame. The NHL Award's Show? Yawn. Yet there is one awards show I make sure I watch and that is the Academy Awards for Film, better known as the Oscar's. I'll be honest I am not sure completely why this one doesn't bore me; its basically the same as the rest. Usually they have a funny emcee; in this year's edition it was the voice of Ted and Family Guy, Seth McFarlane (who I thought did a great job by the way) and then all the glitz and glam that Hollywood has to offer. I guess I am always in search of a good movie and figure the Oscar's might help me put together a list. Yet for the first time ever I can say I had a somewhat 'personal' connection to the Oscar's as the short live-action film Curfew won. One of my former students and tennis players, Andrew Napier was an associate producer in the film. I have to admit, its was a huge surprise and I'm immensely proud of him. I am not going to say I got him started or that I inspired his movie career because even as a teenager he was driven like few others are and I cannot take any credit for that. Just to give you an idea, this student had produced an award-winning documentary before his junior year of high school. I guess it just shows anyone, that if you follow your dreams you can make it to the top; even in movies and being a kid from a small rural midwestern town who moves to Los Angeles to make his dream come true and now he plays major part of an Oscar-winning film. Almost sounds like a movie plot doesn't it? So what does this have to do with hockey? What if the NHL had more of Oscar night-like awards as opposed to the lame but predictable awards like the Vezina (best goaltender), Norris (best defenseman) etc. What if it was more like the popular movie website Rottentomatoes.com or the Raspberry Awards? Where it roasts the players, owners, coaches a bit rather than just patting each other on the back? So here is my 1st annual NHL Rotten Tomato awards! Envelopes please...
Best Diver (Actor) - Alexandre Burrows (Vancouver) - Canucks fans won't like it but Burrows is one of the most overly dramatic players in the league. His phantom trips and incessant whining does little to endear him to officials or opposing fans. Yet, he keeps right on diving, because obviously he's good at enough in order to draw a few cheap penalties here and there. Burrows also was nominated for Best Coward too in case you were curious.
Worst Coach (Director) - Guy Boucher (Tampa Bay) - The Lightning are too good to have just 19 points. They have lots of offensive firepower, speed and grit but can't seem to defend a lead to save their lives. Boucher got lots of kudos at first but the only thing Tampa Bay has been consistent with is that its incredibly inconsistent. Adam Oates, Todd McLellan, and Todd Richards all breathed a sigh of relief at not winning in this category.
Worst GM (Producer) - Jay Feaster (Calgary) - I have to admit this one was recently axed Columbus GM's Scott Howson's category to lose from the start, but leave it to Howson to even screw up at being the worst GM in hockey if not all of professional sports. Only his termination spared him from earning this Rotten Tomato award. Feaster takes this one for the simple fact he's in such incredible denial. Instead of taking the opportunities to deal Miikka Kiprusoff and Jarome Iginla and starting a true rebuild he's tried to tidy up a few little pieces around them and then had the audacity to sell it as though the team has 'improved' itself. Sorry, Jay, only YOU believe that and its time you join Howson. Now Iginla looks to be way past his prime and ready for the pasture and that once 'hot' commodity may get you a tiny bit of sympathy at the trade deadline instead of the giant piece for a rebuild that it once would have.
Worst Owner (Executive Producer) - Charles Wong - While I sympathize with him on the arena issue and don't really blame him for taking steps to move the team to the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn in a few years what I don't understand is why don't you just sell the team if you're not interested in fielding a winner. I like the New York Islanders, I admire their scrappy play most nights but why not give this team a few decent free agents and help this cast of youngsters reach the next level? You admitted that buying an NHL team was a mistake, ok, we get that but why not change it? John Tavares, Matt Moulson, Michael Grabner and Mark Streit could use some help and the Islanders have plenty of cap space.
Last Saturday the Wild went to Calgary and for a good portion of the game sort of went through the motions. The Flames are not that good of a team and the Wild still had a chance to win despite its lethargic play, will Minnesota have a repeat performance tonight? You know what they say about sequels...
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