Top 5 Hockey Songs
I love the Olympics. I look forward to them being finished.
Instead of being inspired into exercise by the feats of athleticism, I sit on my couch.
My blood pressure during the 3rd period of the Canada vs. Latvia game climbed uncomfortably high.
Productivity has almost descended into negative levels.
That being said, great job by the Canadian Women today!
As a tribute, my Top 5 Hockey Songs:
5. Kid Rock – Wasting Time (at 0:34)
There are many popular songs with analogies I don’t even pretend to understand, including but not limited to:
Blinded By The Light – “revved up like a deuce?”
Baby Got Back – “I keep my women like Flojo?”
Every so often one resonates and sometimes the source is a pleasant surprise. The man who claims to have (single-handedly, no less) put Detroit City back on the map has my favourite recent simile in song: “I’m in it to win it like Yzerman.” Wasting Time is otherwise unrelated to hockey but that line alone makes the song Top 5 Hockey Song-worthy.
Steve Yzerman, the greatest Captain in the history of professional sports, is also currently serving as the General Manager of the Canadian Men’s Hockey Team. If Canada loses tomorrow, of course every player choice will be criticized and he will be among the many thrown under proverbial buses.
If they win the gold, people will acknowledge (as they should, win or lose) he really did put together a good team.
4. Stompin’ Tom Connors – The Hockey Song
If I wasn’t a hockey fan, I’d think this was one of the more obnoxious songs of all time.
An arena staple/Canadian classic? That makes a hat trick!
3. Tom Cochrane & Red Rider – Big League
Early morning/late night skates on backyard rinks, a hockey dad insisting his son is destined for greatness, the Canadian Dream on ice – derailed by a reckless car crash.
2. The Tragically Hip – 50 Mission Cap
Inspired by a Pro Set hockey card, the story of former Toronto Maple Leaf Bill Barilko. The song lyrics say it all:
“Bill Barilko disappeared that summer. He was on a fishing trip. The last goal he ever scored won the Leafs the Cup. They didn’t win another, ‘til 1962, the year he was discovered.”
Tragic story, great song.
Incidentally, I learned two new Maple Leaf jokes this week. Feel free to replace ‘Leafs’ with a despised team of your choice.
a) If you see a friend wearing a Leaf jersey, compliment him on his golf shirt
b) Feign surprise when saying, “I didn’t think the Leafs had a website, I didn’t realize they could string three ‘w’s together”
1. The Tragically Hip – Fireworks
Frankly, the whole list could be Hip songs; this one is relevant for me on a couple of levels.
i) “Isn’t it amazing what you can accomplish. When you don’t let the nation get in your way.” I believe that’s what happened this year with Team Russia: national expectations got in the way. I agree with Glen Healy and the other commentators who were shocked to see Russia playing its KHL (The domestic hockey league in Russia) players when they had some of the best players in the world sitting on the bench. That includes the most talented player in the world (Datsyuk), the planet’s best pure goal scorer (Ovechkin), and the best player in the universe without the surname Crosby (Malkin). My only guess is that the team/country’s vision was to make a statement, our KHL is a world-class league, and it backfired horribly. I hope we, as a nation, don’t interfere with the Canadians tomorrow!
ii) “You said you didn’t give a ____ about hockey…You were loosening my grip on Bobby Orr.” Another reason the Winter Olympics will be forever special for me? It was during the Salt Lake City Olympics that I started courting the girl who would eventually be my wonderful wife. Though she didn’t curse, she didn’t necessarily give a hoot about hockey! Over the last 12 years, my grip on hockey has been noticeably loosened, my emotional attachment to any given hockey team is now all but non-existent.
With one major exception: Team Canada. So while I’m thankful every day for my best gal, once every 4 years I celebrate another great love…of international hockey.