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The wait for a new season of Curb Your Enthusiasm has been a long one, and it is clear that show creator/star Larry David has had little trouble keeping himself busy since the last new episode aired in 2017. The Brooklyn, New York native is notorious for working at his own pace on his own schedule — being one of the creators of Seinfeld will afford you that luxury — and it is clear that when he’s not thinking up comedy ideas, the 72-year-old is more than happy to immerse himself into the world of sports.
We’ve seen David on sports shows in the past taking about golf, the New York Jets, and the New York Mets. On Tuesday, he made another appearance on the Michael Kay Show on ESPN Radio New York. This time it was New York Rangers coach David Quinn that had stuck himself into Larry’s mind, with his treatment of rookie forward Kaapo Kakko front and centre.
“Why did he bench Kakko in that third period after he scored?” David asks the panel, as only David can. “First goal in 14 games and an assist, he benches him because he takes a bad penalty. Come on, that’s ridiculous... You don’t think he knows he took a bad penalty? He knows benching him isn’t going to do anything, maybe he’ll get another goal”
Yes, the one and only Larry David, just like you and I, only wants good things for Kaapo Kakko.
The Jan. 2 game against the Calgary Flames is the matchup being referred to in the clip, where Kakko had two points through two periods but played just under 13 minutes of ice time, taking a holding penalty midway through the third.
Maybe you didn’t think David was going to come ready with this level of hockey knowledge, but he’s proven once again that his eye for sports is pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good.
The 10th season of Curb Your Enthusiasm is set to premiere January 19 on HBO.
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