And so opening day of 2011 concludes with me plunked on the couch, watching the Winter Classic/Slush Hockey Spectacular with the sound down (no offense, Mike Emrick) while simultaneously playing NHL 2K11 on the iTouch in season mode.
The Bruins are my chosen organ-eye-zation, and thus far, the trades for TATB post-Olympic favorites Jonathan Toews and Ryan Kesler are working out spectacularly, as is the savvy free agent signing of
one-hipped multi-concussed mighty Black Bear Paul Kariya. I don't know, Chiarelli, this GM thing looks pretty easy to me. Hey, I wonder if the Sabres would take Tim Thomas straight up for Ryan Miller . . .
As you can tell, the New Year is off to a rousing start by my standards. But there is a point here amid the nonsense: All of this hockey action served to remind me that I neglected to post Friday's column, which looks at the synergy between NBC's preparation for the Winter Classic and HBO's spectacular four-part "24/7" series leading up to the game with a rollicking behind-the-scenes look at the Penguins and Capitals. I can comfortably say that I've enjoyed "24/7" more than any season of "Hard Knocks," and I love "Hard Knocks."
So that link to the media column is here. One last hockey thought: Give him a month to find his lungs, and I'm pretty sure Mario Lemieux, who is allegedly 45 years old but looks 10 years younger, could outscore any Bruin this season. Check out the embedded video above from "24/7." Damned if he doesn't still have the magic.
Hmm, wonder if he's available on 2K11 . . .
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Also, just as a bit of housekeeping, I'll be blogging all day from the Brian Hoyer Extravaganza at Gillette tomorrow. Be sure to check out Extra Points for all the updates. The Patriots might not play their starters, but ours will be there all day.
About Touching All The Bases
Irreverence and insight from Chad Finn, a Globe/Boston.com sports writer and media columnist. A winner of several national and regional writing awards, he is the founder and sole contributor to the TATB blog, which launched in December 2004. Yes, he realizes how lucky he is.