August 05, 2009
Our series "5 Reasons I Love Hockey" features puckheads from all walks of life revealing five things that either made them a fan or that keep them watching hockey. It will run every weekday through August. Enjoy.
Comedian Bill Burr was a featured performer on "Chappelle's Show," and you might know him from appearances on David Letterman, HBO and "The Opie and Anthony Show."
During the Stanley Cup playoffs last season, Burr was drafted by NHL.com as a celebrity blogger for the Boston Bruins (he grew up outside of Boston). That's where Burr arrived on our radar, via some rather candid assessments of Carolina Hurricanes fans:
At a Hurricanes game, after every stoppage of play, when you look up to the scoreboard, they explain things like "icing" and "offsides." I know that sounds crazy but they did that in Nashville, and their state borders North Carolina. So there ya' go.
(If you think any or all of this resentment toward Carolina has to do with the last 37 Cup-less years in Boston, all I can say is that I'm not available for comment at this time.)
I'm also guessing that there is some sort of advertisement about an upcoming rodeo or a gun show. If someone on the Whalers, I mean the Hurricanes, gets a hat trick, everyone gets a free side order of hash browns at the Waffle House.
OK, so Scott Walker(notes) may have exacted a measure of revenge on Burr and the Bostonians. But that hasn't dampened his puckhead passion. We asked for five reasons he loves hockey; Burr gave us 13 because five "wasn't enough."
Here's Bill Burr's 13 Reasons He Loves Hockey ...
1. Tie Domi knocking out Ulf Samuelson.
2. Bruins vs. Canadiens.
3. Going to a game in the old Boston Garden and seeing a banner that read, "Quebec has no diques."
4. I can follow the sport without ever having to watch ESPN.
5. There are three periods instead of two halves.
6. Five minutes for fighting.
7. People who can't see the puck.
8. The old Adams Division.
9. Singing the Canadian national anthem.
10. The Winnipeg Jets, Minnesota North Stars, Quebec Nordiques and Hartford Whalers.
11. Homer announcers. (Ed. Note: From a Bruins fan? Really?)
12. Backyard rinks.
13. It's a rogue sport that will never catch on to the level of the other big three leagues, so it will always be cool to watch.
Oh, and an additional thought from Burr:
Here's a thought I had the other day about hockey: In baseball they have had this great movement to build throwback ball parks and bring the fans closer to the game. I would love to see an NHL team build a modern day version of Maple Leaf Gardens, Boston Garden or the Chicago Stadium. I want to be in the upper deck and feel like I'm going to fall onto the ice like the old days.
I was talking to someone about it and he said it had to do with fire codes. I guess those old stadiums were too steep for the fat [expletives] of today.
Check out more from Bill Burr at his Web site, including tour dates. Thanks to Bill for helping out with our project.
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