This must be some kind of record: “singer” Measha Brueggergosman manages to butcher BOTH the American and Canadian anthems before the Senators/Penguins game on March 24, 2012. Not sure who this lady is, but likely she will NOT be invited back to do this again.
Keep an eye out for some of the players trying to keep from laughing while she sings in what can only be described as a bad opera impression. This truly is one of the most Painful Sports Videos we have ever had to watch.
And the NHL wonders why it can’t attract a wider audience.
Look, you can argue that fighting is part of the sport until you’re blue in the face, but only a limited audience really want to see this kind of activity on a regular basis. You fight in basketball, you get ejected. You fight in baseball, you get ejected. You fight in football, you get ejected. You fight in hockey, they make you rest for a couple of minutes and encourage you to go back out on the ice and fight some more.
And to start the game this way? Yeah, families will come in droves for that.
What is it about hockey that brings out the romantic in everyone? This incident happened during a Chicago Blackhawks game to reporter Sarah Kustok. Here’s a transcript of the exchange with “Greg” that gets uncomfortable about about the :46 point in the video:
Greg – You’re so pretty and beautiful. I love you.
Sarah Kustok: “I don’t even know what to say. I’m just going to say thank you. … I don’t know what to say.”
Hockey players are a pretty tough breed and play through all sorts of injuries that they sustain during games. But to get knocked out before play even begins by tripping over one of your own Edmonton Oiler teammates during warm ups? That’s gotta hurt as much as that cut over your eye Taylor Hall.
And we only thought Canadians like their water sports frozen! Apparently the young man in the Canucks jersey lighting the cop car’s gas tank on fire with a rag is none other than Nathan Kotylak a member of Canada’s Junior Water Polo Team. Or he was. Video below of his sobbing apology. Here’s part of the transcript:
I want to apologize for my behaviour as my actions do not reflect who I want to be. I want to apologize to my teachers, fellow students, teammates and the community that I live in. My conduct does not reflect the education and support that I have been given by all of you. I also want to apologize to the Vancouver Canucks organization. What happened on Wednesday night took the spotlight away from the Canucks and the Boston Bruins. They are champions and worked very hard to get to that moment. I am so sorry that I was part of ruining that night. I also want to apologize to the citizens of the City of Vancouver and the Police. My actions do not reflect the respect I have for this great City or the Police.