If you look closely at my contract here at The Score, it states that one of my job responsibilities is to “mock players and teams to the best of my ability when the situation arises”. Alright, it doesn’t actually say that, it’s one of those unwritten clauses that I take quite seriously (just ask any Leafs fan who listens to The Backhand Shelf podcast). However for some reason, I have not been able to exercise this clause when it comes to Scotty Gomez. Scoring droughts suck, they suck even more when you play in Montreal, and when they longer than a year it’s downright sad. I have to admit that I have felt sorry for Gomez during that 369 day goaless period. I have never met or interviewed the man, but he just seems like he would be a nice guy, and it wasn’t like he was trying not to score. So when he scored last night I had a I want Rudy to dress in my place/Daniel Larusso’s gonna fight/Adrian we did it type feeling. All that being said, 369 days is a long friggen time! So in the nicest way possible, here are things that have happened between Scotty Gomez goals.
Between Gomez goals: Nate Dogg, Elizabeth Taylor, Randy Macho Man Savage, Joe Frazier and Steve Jobs all passed away.
Between Gomez goals: Prince William married Kate Middleton. Not sure if Gomez got up bright and early to watch the wedding or not, but I’m sure he was a bit jealous because he knew that the Prince would probably score that night (in a very proper Royal type way at least).
Between Gomez Goals: Charlie Sheen went from being known as a drug abusing hardcore partying actor, to a CRAZY drug abusing, hardcore partying out of work actor. #winning
Between Gomez goals: Kim Kardashain and Kris Humphries got married and divorced (ok, to be fair that one only took 72 days. There are a ton of players in the NHL who have gone 72 days without scoring. Although I’m sure they shoot on their own net when they are home by themselves)
Between Gomez goals: Barack Obama scores a goal of his own, announcing that Osama bin Laden has been killed.
Between Gomez goals: Sidney Crosby played a grand total of 8 games.
Between Gomez goals: Between Colin Campbell and Brendan Shanahan, 221 games in suspensions have been handed out.
Between Gomez goals: The Thrashers are no more, and The Jets 2.0 are born
Between Gomez goals: Peter Forsberg made a comeback, played 2 games, then retired. Gomez had to be happy that he didn’t score in those two games
Between Gomez goals: The Backhand Shelf Blog and podcast are born
Let’s head to the links
Between Gomez goals, THIS site had to make some changes
Steve Yzerman not going to play in alumni game????? I refuse to accept this laying down (Detroit news)
Speaking of the Red Wings, Mike Babcock thinks Nicklas Lidstrom will be back next year (Macomb Daily)
The Howe family says they have no plans to donate Mr Hockey’s brain for concussion research (Pro Hockey Talk)
Could the Stars be big movers at the deadline? (The Fourth Period)
As always Katie Baker from Grantland does a great job combining the week in the NHL into one funny entertaining piece
John Tortorella has an idea (The Sporting News)
Tim Thomas has left the building (Days of Y’Orr)
and how could I not end with this video???