December 21, 2009
For the sake of argument, let's say Mike Fisher(notes) of the Ottawa Senators and "American Idol" winner Carrie Underwood started dating at the beginning of January, when Fisher was mired in a career-worst slump. Since then, he's scored 25 goals and 23 assists in roughly 80 games.
To paraphrase Ms. Knowles: If you like it then you better put a ring on it, Mr. Fisher.
So he did: Fisher confirmed that he asked for the country songstress's hand in marriage on Sunday, and she put down her Taylor Swift voodoo doll long enough to say "yes." From Canada's leading gossip columnist, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:
"It's true," said Fisher. "We're both obviously excited and very happy."
The blogosphere had been alive and buzzing since Sunday with rumours the celebrity couple had become engaged. The rumours began spreading after a friend of Underwood's family congratulated the former American Idol and the Senators centre on their upcoming marriage on his Twitter page last night. This morning, a source close to the couple confirmed to the Ottawa Sun that Fisher popped the question and Underwood had accepted the proposal.
Huzzah! Hopefully Hilary Duff didn't drive off the road in her Mercedes-Benz G-class SUV upon hearing that an American singer is engaged to an average NHL center and it's another hockey super-couple ...
The Ottawa Citizen also confirmed the Fisherwood engagement through a family friend, who said Fisher text-messaged confidants last night with the good news. The source was asked why he used text messages; the source responded, "He's a simple guy."
The 6th Sens tracks the engagement story from rumor to Twitter news to confirmation, lamenting that Fisher's relationship with Underwood could lead to a Tony Romo/Jessica Simpson-esque undermining of the Senators' season. This is preposterous, of course, because Fisher is nowhere near as good as Romo and the Senators' luck has traditionally been like breaking a mirror on a black cat under a ladder.
Congrats to the happy couple. We're rooting for either an Ottawa wedding performed by the Right Reverend Jarkko Ruutu(notes) (c'mon, you know he's ordained over the Internet) or a Nashville-based wedding in which the "I do's" consist of hocking a loogie in the same spittoon. Then, when she's officially Carrie Fisher: Gold bikini time.
Oh, and wouldn't you love to see the pre-nup for a couple whose bride-to-be had a hit song called "Before He Cheats"?