August 22, 2011
(Ed. Note: Our series "Puck Daddy's Guilty Pleasures" features puckheads from all walks of life answering questions about their own hockey-related guilty pleasures. It will run daily during the month of August. Have a suggestion for a "Guilty Pleasures" guest blogger? Hit us on email. Enjoy!)
Today's Special Guest: Matthew Wuest, the man behind CapGeek.com, your source for contract info and the race to the salary floor.
1. The Player You Most Love To Hate
2. Other Than Your Own, The Team You Can't Help Rooting For
The Montreal Canadiens. My wife is a Habs fan, down to the Cammalleri No. 13 T-shirt; father-in-law has a seat from the old Montreal Forum; and brother has been a fan since he was a kid. Plus, there's no experience like going to a game in Montreal.
I'll also root for pretty much any underdog or any guy who doesn't get the respect he deserves.
3. Favorite Fight or Brawl of All-Time
A few Gerry Flemming-Rudy Poeschek bouts in the American Hockey League are pretty memorable, too.
4. The Hideous-Looking Hockey Jersey You Secretly Love The Most
The Canadiens' blue-white-and-red striped centennial jerseys with the CAC on the front. I'll grant you they look like flannel pajamas, but, well, they look like flannel pajamas!
5. Your Favorite Hockey Cliché (terminology, traditions, announcer-speak, etc.)
"He has good compete."
Scouts, GMs and coaches love it, apparently unwilling to finish the extra syllables in the word "competitiveness."
Also, giving or not giving "a full 60" is an unquotable phrase in my book of journalism.
6. The Injury You Couldn't Stop Staring At (Non-Skate Lacerations Only)
7. Your Favorite Cheesy Hockey Reference in Popular Culture
"Matt Moulson? I'm better than that clown!"
What I'd love to know is how they decided on him for the joke.
7a. Your Favorite Terrible Hockey Card Or Hockey Action Figure.
Eric Lindros's "Future Superstar" card from 1991.
I was only about 12 years old, and bought about 100 packs of Score cards before finally getting it. I thought it was going to be the next Honus Wagner and make me a million bucks.
8. Finally, What's The Thing You Secretly Respect Gary Bettman For The Most?
Well, he reportedly earned $7.2 million last year, which is about a dollar for every fan who booed him.