CBC's "Battle of the Blades" debuted last night, and the world is a different place. It didn't reinvent competitive reality television or anything; it's basically just "Dancing With the Stars" on skates and with 100-percent less Tom DeLay.
But, at least for the time being, it's going to be quite difficult to watch a Bob Probert or Tie Domi brawl without visions of this couples skating exhibition ice-dancing into our heads.
Congratulations are certainly in order: They managed to make "The Cutting Edge" look like "Fight Club" by comparison.
Alas, territorial broadcasting issues prevent U.S. fans from viewing clips on the CBC site. But AlphaDob1x of YouTube and Icedogfans.com uploaded the opening round skating exhibitions by Domi and Probert, and we know there are just enough masochists in our audience to warrant sharing them here with you.
Coming up, Tie Domi and Bob Probert as you've never seen them, or probably wanted to see them, before.