Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Aaron Rome's Teammates Help Him Shave



PITB is all about classic, old-school, screwball comedy, so you know any time someone takes a gob to the gob, we're gonna be all over it. Here's an Aaron Rome postgame interview that comes to an abrupt halt when Kevin Bieksa, Tanner Glass, and Raffi Torres, doing their best Ryan Kesler impressions as they peer from behind the curtain, successfully conspire to smear shaving cream all over Rome's cheeks. It's a well-executed prank, probably because Keith Ballard isn't involved.

The irony is that this is probably the only time the media will ever be interested enough in Aaron Rome to interview him, and his teammates just ruined it. Later, they went out to Red Robin, told the waitress it was Rome's birthday, then threw the free sundae on the ground.

So what's the occasion for such jubilation? In his 100th game with the organization, Rome finally tallied his first goal as a Canuck, a 200-foot empty netter to seal a win in Nashville. This is only the second NHL goal of his career, and clearly, it's been a long time coming: the gleeful response from his teammates as the puck drifts over the goal line is classic. You'd have thought they were in the audience for Oprah's Favourite Things.

While Rome has all the makings of a lifelong NHL journeyman (he flies under the radar, his effort exceeds his talent, he's nearly bald at 27), he's found a home in Vancouver for the meantime. He's made some big contributions to this historic season, spending a substantial chunk of it playing a top four role because of the injuries the Canuck have suffered on the back end. All things considered, Rome probably deserves a look for the year-end unsung hero award, but most of the attention he's received for his tireless effort has been flack for getting so many minutes. Shame on you, everyone.

Anyway, it's nice to see him get a little positive recognition.

16 comments:

  1. I'm seeing playoff beards beginning here.

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  2. Good for Romer! I'm glad to see the good-natured camaraderie among the team.

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  3. I knew Bieksa had to have some roll in it as soon as Murph tweeted about it. I was hoping Ballard was involved somehow but he's just a complete fail at the whole prank thing now, I tried to help but I think he's beyond help.

    My dislike for Rome is well documented, but I'm glad he finally got his first goal as a Canuck. The celebration has to be the best ever for an empty net goal.

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  4. If Ballard had been involved Rome would probably have gotten shaving cream right in his eye and would have had to have his eye flushed. Everyone would be like "WTF Ballard?"

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  5. Everyone already is like, "WTF Ballard"--just for so many different reasons.

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  6. The irony is that this is probably the only time the media will ever be interested enough in Aaron Rome to interview him, and his teammates just ruined it. Later, they went out to Red Robin, told the waitress it was Rome's birthday, then threw the free sundae on the ground.

    The bit about the sundae made me pee a little... very funny. But then I was scrolling down through the last few entries, (to make sure I haven't missed anything) and noticed this> http://passittobulis.blogspot.com/2011/03/i-watched-this-game-canucks-at_26.html
    My world shattered as I learnt, at that very moment, that the creators behind Passittobulis are NOT perfect; they DO make mistakes; and AREN'T highly intelligent hockey loving alien comedy robots programmed with a plethora of random facts and pop culture references but rather, human...

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  7. @JS Topher Uh oh, crap.

    Uhhhhhh.... in our defense, we were joking. We're always joking. Any mistake you ever THINK you notice is actually just a joke you didn't get.

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  8. The Sportsnet crew interviews Rome all the time, mainly because no one else is interviewing him.

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  9. That's true. This is a crew that repeat intermission segments. They're not overly concerned with being topical.

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  10. Calgary home to Anaheim,
    Toulouse Toucan flew there today.
    The Flames just have to win their rest,
    And hope for help along the way.

    I know it is almost too late,
    But Kiprusoff could be right on.
    The Chicken Hawk's so mad at me:
    I want to see Chicago gone.

    I've always thought them arrogant,
    Without respect or graciousness.
    So if the Flames could catch the Hawks,
    The hockey gods I'd surely bless.

    And come the night of April nine,
    If they've a chance of getting in,
    With Vancouver in Calgary,
    Your team might maybe let them win?

    Cinnamon Teal

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