Tuesday Video Theatre

Chief video scout Jarred Friedman checks in with this knee-slapper.

And from the brilliant Down Goes Brown: Other NHL stars who wound up in the doghouse, including this howler:

December, 1995 – In a strong statement that still
resonates to this day, the Montreal Canadiens make it clear to Patrick
Roy that the franchise will simply not tolerate championship-calibre



  1. andrewberkshire says:

    I have no idea what the original video was about, but what a great way to start the day!

  2. Mike Boone says:

    The original video, on Dutch TV, was about a guy who has a medical condition that causes him to speak in that falsetto voice. He may even be a castrato. The host was unable to keep a straight face, and the interview turned into a total debacle.

  3. nick says:

    I’m sure whatever their talking about is quite sad… Can anyone translate?

    With that said… It’s pretty funny to see the guy laughing that hard when there are that many straight faces.

  4. doug19 says:

    After watching part of the Oklahoma Bulldogs game I thought —-“there is not alot of help there”. Max Pacs was poor defensively and contributed to the loss. Nash has size, Alex Henry big gaffs defensively not NHL standard. White wizzed around hit a few people but that was about it.

  5. habs001 says:

    the above video is of a man who has lost his testicles due to medical malpractice

  6. Axeman says:

    No, that is another “joke” version of this video.

    The gentleman in question had his vocal chords messed up during a tonsilectomy (spelling?)

    Here’s a video of an interview with the host:


  7. Propwash says:

    Thats effing funny!


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  8. kempie says:

    I feel like I probably shouldn’t be laughing at this video, but man, I really really did.

  9. SimplymeAndy says:

    What a laugh! Thanks for posting.

    Apparently, that whole show was staged and the host and guests were all actors… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boemerang

    I couldn’t help but laugh to tears when I saw the host burt into laughter after the guy in the audience starts talking…

  10. Sami says:

    Just Hilarious!!!

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Tuesday Video Theatre

Where is this guy when Chris Lee is working hockey games?


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  1. soperman says:

    My friend’s father used to play rugby.  He claimed that “that rugby was a barbarian’s game played by gentlemen but football [soccer] was a gentleman’s game played by barbarians.”  He would not be surprised at seeing this video.  As a soccer fullback I saw my share of red cards but I cannot imagine attacking the ref.


    They traded Halak. Jaroslav Halak. YOU ARE KIDDING ME?

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Tuesday Video Theatre

Two more sleeps, and then …

Interesting stuff on L’Antichambre last night:

• If it comes down to coaching, Jacques Martin has a lot of experience. And during the anxious weeks leading up to the playoffs, Martin had to do some actual coaching: juggling his lineup, shortening his bench, shaking up his forward lines and defence pairings. Bruce Boudreau has been in cruising gear since the season began.

• Bob Hartley, who knows what he’s talking about, says a key will be attacking Washington’s first pass. The Canadiens can’t concede the neutral zone or – heaven help them – the blueline to an offensive juggernaut going against a slow and immobile Habs D.

The Capitals, Hartley added, have no system because they don’t need one. Their system is opening and closing the door at the bench.

• Martin will have to try to get Tomas Plekanec and Andrei Markov on against Alexander Ovechkin. But Dan Bylsma used Hal Gill against the Washington sniper in the playoffs last year, and Pittsburgh contained Ovie.

• Refereeing could be a factor. The refs in the opening round want to impress their supervisors because it’s the playoffs for them, too. Officials who do well in the early rounds get to work – and earn more money – in the later rounds.

So how does a ref do a good job? By calling a game-destroying parade to the box or giving his whistle a bit of a rest for the playoffs?

•  •  •


My favourite play-by-play guy, Gord Miller, is working the Canadiens-Caps series for TSN. And so is my guru, Pierre McGuire.

As was the case for the Olympics, no Don Cherry.

•  •  •

Video scout Jarred Friedman says this one never gets old.



  1. Vid says:

    Will there be a pre-playoff puckcast?

  2. captaink4life says:

    I wouldn’t mind that at all!!


    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  3. habsfanmandy says:

    If only you could ref Habs games…maybe one day.

  4. sidhu says:

    Any Habs fans in DC for the series, feel free to connect with me — I’d
    be happy to meet up! 

  5. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    I remember one of the D-men playing particularly well matched up against Ovie this season, and I think it was Gill…..either him or Hamrlik?

  6. captaink4life says:

    Yah it’s definitely harder then it looks!! It’s easy to make calls from the bench when all you’re doing is watching the puck all the time. A referee has to keep his eye on the puck and make sure there’s no extra curricular activity going on anywhere else on the ice. 

    Coaches that strongly voice their opinions about a call get one warning and then they’re tossed. Like anything else in life, you’ll get respect if you give it. 


    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  7. ooder says:

    21.. nice man.. 

    i am 20 and when i watch hockey games, i think the refs have thier head on a swivel..

    keep up the good work… pull a kerry fraser if a coach ever swears at you lol


    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  8. captaink4life says:

    Tell me about it!!

    I’m only 21 so a lot of coaches think they can bully me into calling the game in their favour. Unfortunately for those coaches though, that usually ends with them watching the game from the stands :)


    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  9. ooder says:

    my hat is off to you ma man…

    being a ref is a very hard job that never gets any credit, but alwats gets the short end of the stick


    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  10. MikeL says:

    I can’t stand that guy’s voice. Peter Lombarios is his name I think. He does the Flames games.

    Way back when Sportsnet used to do a few Habs games a year, he did some of them, and he knew nothing. Maybe he’s gotten better, but I’ll always remember him for that.

  11. coachdoug says:

    Could not agree more…Playoffs are a different animal…Given the PP units of both teams that could decide the game or the series…

    Let’s hope Chris Lee’s is at home watching TV in the post season where he should be…

    “Save us Turtleneck Man…We need you now more than ever!”

  12. captaink4life says:

    I’ve only been a minor league hockey referee for two seasons but I can tell you, without a doubt Mr. Boone, that doing a good job in the playoffs means letting the players play. In the majority of games it’s actually quite amazing how the calls (or non-calls) even themselves up as the game goes on. I imagine the hooking/holding infractions will still be enforced quite severely though. After all, this is still the “new” NHL.


    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  13. captaink4life says:

    Who cares what Pleks said, everyone already knows it’s the truth. The media makes a much bigger deal about stories like these than the players do. 


    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  14. moonkid says:

    I hate to nitpick but..

    Ovechkin had something like 16 (or around there) points last year against the Penguins. I don’t know if I’d call that “containing” him.

    Didn’t Green get all kinds of criticism for allowing Crosby to walk all over him? And Crosby had less points than Ovechkin.

    I know there’s more to it than just points, just saying..

  15. longtimehabsfan says:

    Just like last year when all we heard was Chara and Thomas.  Same result?

  16. Habs Fan in Oil Country says:

    I’m not sure on his first name but his last name is Loubardias. He does all the Flames games and can be pretty entertaining at times but like every other announcer can be just as annoying.

  17. arcosenate says:

    At least Plekanec isn’t giving the Caps anything to rally around:


  18. cadoyle says:


    Anybody know the name of the guy who does
    play-by-play on sportsnet sometimes? He did non-Canada games in the
    olympics, says things like ‘SOME kinda save by…”

    You can tell he
    loves his job. He’s my favorite.

  19. jbroderi says:

    No, we still will likely lose in 5, just getting a jump on my therapy. haha


    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  20. rut1212 says:

    I only referee minor hockey, but my supervisors would easily rather I call too many penalties than too few.

  21. jbroderi says:

    Ok, OK, we know we are underdogs, but I just want to shed a little light that “experts” fail to look at.  Wash will likely win in 5 or 6, but there are factors that if things went a certain way, the Habs could come out on top.

    • HEAD TO HEAD MATTERS!!  how can it not??If it doesn’t, then the regular season doesn’t, then nothing matters at all, not even Ovies 50 goals, and its a 50/50 shot for both teams.  Washington could have pounded a short handed habs team 4 times this year if they matched up so well against us, but they didn’t.  I’m not saying that it means we will win, or that it is the most important thing, but IT DOES MATTER, and there is something about our play against them that gives them trouble!!
    • Just a quick note.  The wins against washington were NOT stolen by the goalies either.  We played well as a team!!
    • counting OT losses as full losses, the caps have a winning percentage of .658.  Spread over 7 games, they average 4.6 wins out of 7 games..  pretty good
    • Habs have a winning percentage of .475, or winning an average of 3.3 games per 7 games this year. 
    • the caps have 19 wins in their own division, which is very weak. so if we take out those games played, their winning percentage is .603, or 4.2 games per 7
    • the habs, doing this math by subtracting the southeast stay around the same at 4.51, or 3.16 games out of 7.
    • So, just based on averages, right now, it looks like they are one win apart over 7 games.  Anything can happen in a 7th game, so who knows.
    • Montreal has had success against the caps because the little guys face no neutral zone pressure from the washington D or forwards, who are all still in the Habs zone.  Montreal’s own end is another issue, and that will be where this series is won or lost, but the habs can cycle down low, have actually had a lot of success from there against the Caps, and for a team who generates offense off the rush like montreal, the Caps may have a hard time keeping the puck out of there own net as well.  (we know the habs will have a tough task in that regard)

    I know this is stats for the sake of stats and I am just trying to make myself feel better, but really, there are some interesting facts here.  We are still undersdogs, but stats matter, not just saying the easy thing like caps in 4!!!  That might happen, but I am just saying there is reason to believe, and it isn’t as far fetched as the dinks at the hockey news would leave you to believe!!


    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  22. coachdoug says:

    Great Clip…

    One of my buddies at the Pentagon might be able to get me tickets to one of the games at the Verizon center but I have had some bad experiences there with the Habs…


    Go Habs Go!

  23. Iceberg84 says:

    I’d save the Any Given Sunday speech until they’re down a few games. In the meantime, I want to telepathically send the habs the Alec Baldwin speech from Glengarry Glenross.

    I think it’s more appropriate for professional athletes making as much money as they are :D.

    Also, I expect to see the Henry V speech when they’re down 3 games! That one pumps me up every time.

  24. arcosenate says:

    Sticking with Jack Burton in Big Trouble in Little China.

    I can see the Habs preparing for game 1 just like this:




  25. jbroderi says:

    If we’re not back by dawn,      call the president..

    what a great movie

    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  26. Ian Cobb says:


    The fun part of the season is about to begin
    and the NHL, fan’s, including the gloom and doom people are in for a
    bit of a shock.

    It has taken 82 games to put this train wrecked
    team back on it’s tracks. We have suffered many serious injuries
    through out the season. It was a constant interchange of players, up
    and down from Hamilton. But this was a fantastic opportunity for the
    club to evaluate different players working into the new coaches style
    of game plans against the many different game plans of the opposition
    on a given night.

    Much has been tested and learned over the
    coarse of this year. Now it comes down to putting it all together
    against the number one seeded team in the conference. This round of the
    playoffs will be one of this franchise’s turning points in how we are
    to proceed in future years. After this round we will know for sure who
    will or won’t stay on with the organisation, both players and coaches
    as we develop into a winning club long term again.

    As fans, we
    deserve results on the ice after years of support, love and our cash
    flow. This present roster is very much better than our record over the
    year. I believe if the coaches implement the correct game plan against
    the Caps, the players will respond accordingly and will defeat this
    high scoring machine.

    It is all about constant effort with
    confidence for 3 full periods or more if necessary. We need to use the
    whole bench if we are to succeed, not only our top guns. We need to use
    our legs at full power every Minuit, no floaters this time of year, and
    bump bodies at every opportunity. No need to put someone through the
    boards, just make clean contact finishing our checks slowing down the
    big “O”. Control the puck on our sticks by competing hard for it at all
    times and winning face offs. Fresh legs and constant pressure will win
    the day.

    Our Habs can and will win this round in 6 games.!

    Get ready for a much longer play off season than what most people expect boys and girls.

  27. Les-Habitants says:

    Against a big forward corp like Washington has, I’m not sure about putting MAB in for OB.  I realize that MAB can bring the puck up ice a whole lot better than OB ever will, but MAB also coughs up the puck at the most inopportune times and his defensive game is suspect.  OB’s size would be really useful back there, and he really is the only D we have that plays the body and is physical.  Both Gorges and Hammer are gritty players, but neither lay out any hits that would make a guy like Knuble think twice about going into the corners. 


    We are going to need both Kostitsyns to bring their A game.  If Andrei re-gains that form we saw him show right before he got injured, he can create a lot of space for Pleks and Cammy.  Sergei’s passing ability compliments the 3rd line – but both need to wake up, and ASAP.


    Finally, any word on Metro?  As a 4th line center, he currently has more upside the Lapierre.  Not that I would knock Lapierre out of the lineup, but Metro’s addition makes the 4th line better, be it with Darche, Lapierre, Pyatt, or MAB on his wings.

  28. Arrow77 says:

    Another thing to consider is that whoever plays with Markov has good chances of facing the Ovechkin line. On one hand, I don’t think anyone on our team who has the skill to face an athlete like Ovechkin other than Markov, but on the other hand Bergeron isn’t good enough for top-pairing duties and O’Byrne was just benched by Martin (great timing, by the way…).

    Our best hope would be to use some black magic to take a few years off Hamrlik and Spacek.

  29. mrhabby says:

    ” Mab’s defensive game suspect” How about his defensive game just sucks..its deplorable. He is just pushed off the puck very easily..its embarrassing. i could go on and on but why bother.

    Hartley is so right. the series will be decided by the habs not giving up the neutral zone. if we do expect the CAPS to walk over us. our defense is so suspect except for markov/ gill. i expect the caps to spend alot of time in our end wearing our dmen down as access to our zone will eventually be given up.

    I suspect JM will try and play a passive, defensive game as he does not want to trade punches with the caps. tight checking and try and stay on top of there players… problem is caps players on average are so much bigger than the habs players. they will wear us down sooner or later.

    we have to stay out of the box, keep turnovers at a minimum and keep play to the outside and halak or price have to stand on there heads. we could steal a couple of games thats about it.


  30. savhabsman says:

    I was alive in 71, altough barely.  My best joy was mother’s milk at
    the time.  Mr. Boone is drawing upon that team as a basis of comparison
    for our current team.  I just don’t see it.  I don’t see J. Halak being
    Ken Dryden, but keep in mind, I didn’t see Dryden being Dryden that
    year.  I truly believe that Price is going to realize his potential one
    day when he learns how to be a pro off the ice and when his maturation
    process is complete.  There’s no way that’ll happen during these
    playoffs.  Halak would have to really bomb in D.C. for Price to even get
    a sniff at the net in Montreal. 

    If you’re seeing what I’m
    seeing, there’s no way, motivational speeches or not, this team gets out
    of the first round.  I’ve enjoyed the year, however, as they made the
    playoffs with significant injuries.  Is the future any brighter,
    though?  Are we always going to be satisfied to just make the playoffs?
    Why can’t this team seem to be able to develop players like Parise, or
    Carter just to name a couple in Andrei’s draft class.  Why can’t we ever
    have a stalwart up the middle like a Staal or an earlier Lecavalier?

    F sakes, turnover factory MAB is getting twenty plus minutes of ice. 
    Isn’t that really cutting into O’Byrne’s development? Wasn’t 20 starting
    to come into his own?  He is rewarded by enjoying the game from a
    pretty good seat.  Martin shortening his bench is coaching?  When Guy
    rolled four lines he was a good coach and he was one of the reasons why
    we didn’t have injuries in 2008.  Is this some sort of paradox we learn
    to survive?

    Somebody please show me the direction the club is
    going and reassure me that we will be at least a serious contender for
    the cup in a couple of years at least. 

  31. mrhabby says:

    i am optimistic that Boucher will be the real deal when he is called up to replace JM and some of the players he has will follow him to the show. as far as drafting is concerned its a crap shoot at best….

  32. jbroderi says:

    it wasn’t experience in winning, just showing up.   Jm wins hands down.


    Who would you take in a cheesburger eat-off though??


    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  33. jbroderi says:

    It is really simple why the habs have had success against washington all year.  montreal creates off turnovers and rushes.  washington can’t stop the speed of the forwards, we get one or two shots on theo, the puck goes in.  we will be in tough, but if our scoreers can score and the defense and goalies play well, we have a shot


    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  34. SeriousFan09 says:

    Did Boone just cheer that we’re going to get Pierre Mcguire for colour commentary?

    Oh well, at least everyone’s got 4-7 game to do this Mcguire Drinking Game

    Look forward to hearing about Mike Green’s uncle’s brother’s third cousin’s pizza shop that Pierre stopped by once rather than describing the play on the ice.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  35. jbroderi says:

    Boone loves the guy!  Will be good to hear old gord though.. I like him. 


    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  36. habsfanmandy says:

    double post

  37. habsfanmandy says:

    I don’t know what Boone sees in this guy…. when he covered Habs games, especially recently, he was crawling on my last nerve with his idiotic, homoerotic, anti-Habitants remarks.

    We love Boone, but Boone: we don’t love Pierre.

    Watching RDS (which I would do) isn’t possible, other family members don’t understand French well enough, would rather hear English even if it means Bob Cole or McGuire. Unless, of course, the opposing team scores, then we automatically switch to French. Then switch right back when they score again. Oh well.

    Go HABS Go!

  38. coachdoug says:

    Not usually but I think playoff tickets will be a little harder…This year their attendence went up again…

    “Save us Turtleneck Man…We need you now more than ever!”

  39. Willy the bum says:

    Just like Jack Burton used to say: “What the hell.”

    One of the best!

  40. habsfanmandy says:

    LMAO! That is HILARIOUS!!

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