If you haven’t heard of Battle of the Blades, you really should check it out. The show is essentially Dancing with the Stars on ice, with former NHL pros being paired with some of the best Canadian figure skaters, each pair peforming a pairs figure skating routine each week, to a different musical theme. The first season came to a conclusion this week on CBC, with two-time Stanley Cup winner Craig Simpson and Olympic gold medalist Jamie Salé winning the first incarnation of this show.
Of course, no such show is complete without celebrity guest judges, and the second week featured—of course—our favourite Donald S. Cherry. Being freed from the strictures (?) of Hockey Night in Canada, Grapes evidently found himself free to jazz up one of his winter outfits for the occasion. Check out the hat, the bowtie, and the shirt/vest thing with the collar attached. This has got to be the most fabulous wintry 1920s-gangster outfit ever conceived.
Sorry I sat on this one for such a long time before posting it, but I think you’ll agree it was worth it.
Continuing his recent love affair with baseball, Don Cherry threw out the ceremonial first pitch before last week’s World Baseball Classic game in which Italy eliminated Canada by a score of 6-2. The clip was shown during last week’s Coach’s Corner segment; unfortunately Don didn’t turn towards the camera enough to glimpse the full glory of his cap and tie, but at least the crazy red velvet (or whatever) of his suit jacket is visible enough.
In recognition of the Canada-USA game at the World Baseball Classic, Don Cherry presents himself in a sedate black suit (to mourn the Canadian loss?) but spiced up with a baseball-themed tie:
During the segment, Don had some hilarious things to say on the subject of tradition. After last week, Grapes took a bit of a drubbing in the media regarding some stupid and racist things he said about Alexander Ovechkin’s tendency to celebrate goals by jumping up and down and throwing himself into the boards. Well, tonight (after starting off well by saying that Olli Jokinen was Russian—that’s a Finnish name if I’ve ever heard one), Don responded to his critics by bloviating about tradition in baseball as compared to tradition in hockey. If I understand Don’s point correctly, baseball is superior to hockey because it hangs on to its silly traditions longer and takes them more seriously. Add in the requisite amount of racism and xenophobia, plus hilarious winners like a shouted “I know what I’m talking about!”, and voila (or as Grapes would say, “Look”), you’ve got a segment of Coach’s Corner. (What a hypocrite this guy is—he doesn’t like in touch icing, so what, he doesn’t like traditions when they injure Toronto Maple Leafs players? I can’t figure this out.)
Anyway, here’s the video of the incident from tonight’s Coach’s Corner. Enjoy at your peril.
In honour of tomorrow’s Grey Cup (the Canadian equivalent of the Super Bowl, except you get only three downs and the commercials aren’t any good), Don favours us with a tie featuring Mickey Mouse and crew playing football:
Also, on this past Tuesday’s Rick Mercer Report, Don Cherry gave us a glimpse into his wardrobe-creation process—and helps deck out Rick in a truly terrible jacket. Pictures and clips when I get a chance.