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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Avery vs. "Fatso" tonight

It's been an eventful month for Avery the unsavory. It started out with Avery's bizarre but absorbing interview with ESPN tart Rachel Nichols where the super-pest hilariously criticized the NHL's marketing (or lack thereof) and spoke of his troubled youth (dominated by stealing dolls from his babysitters and other telltale sign of latent child self-abuse).

Next came Avery's somewhat anti-climactic return to Madison Square Garden. Despite receiving a heavy dose of boos, it was really just another day at the office for Avery as he pestered the Rangers and the Stars won because of Mike Modano's GWG.

Still, Avery might need riot gear tonight as he pays visit to his nemesis Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils. You may remember Avery's windshield-wiper maneuver from last year's playoffs - it was such a diabolical move that they often-listless powers that be in the NHL immediately passed "The Avery Rule."

(That became the name of one of my fantasy hockey teams, BTW.)

Say what you want about Avery's tactics ... they clearly got into Brodeur's head. So much so that the normally charming goaltender refused to shake Avery's hand once the series was over. He also may have used Avery's "fatso" remark as motivation to increase his aerobic routine over the off-season.

The question is not whether or not Avery will get booed mercilessly by the crowd in Newark, but rather if someone will throw a pair of windshield wipers at him. Never a dull moment with the former Mr. Elisha Cuthbert, is there?


Earl Sleek said...

Wow, are the Stars really 2nd in the Pacific with a 2-3-1 record? Early on, pretty much everything I've written in preview of the Pacific Division has been patently false (well, except the Sharks are good).

The season's still young, of course, but who would have guessed that thus far, Avery would have his head screwed on tighter than teammate Marty Turco? I haven't seen a ton of Stars hockey yet, but Turco's puck-stopping woes have made a mark on one of my fantasy teams.

Ksy92003 said...

A GameDay post about a team other than LA, San Jose, and Anaheim?

This is the worst roadtrip in sports (other than the trip to Alabama to see Dr. James Andrews): go to your former team, the Rangers, and then cross the river and go to the Devils, a team who has the best goaltender in NHL history and wants to slash you with his skate.

Prudential Center should totally give out windshield wipers to all fans. We have the octopus/squid in Detroit, the "Rat Trick" in Florida. Why not?

brokeyard said...

I would say I'd just like to see Avery get smashed in the teeth by someone, but he's the type of guy who would just be motivated to be even more of a prick after that.

hockeychic said...

What has happened to Turco was it shedding the playoff choke moniker that has done him in at the beginnign of the season? Why do the Stars not at least start their backup goalie?

Sean Avery irritates me and I would love to see Brodeur give him the move that Patrick Roy once gave Dino Cicarrelli (sp?).

Sarah said...

Wow, do the Stars ever stink. They have no defense, and their goalie is stinking large. And Avery isn't helping. Folks in Dallas were afraid he'd be a distraction, and I'm starting to think that is true. He's not effective on the ice and his off-ice schtick is worn thin. I get it Sean; you are unique and outspoken. Now do something else, like actually play well or inspire your teammates.

I just don't get the media's fascination with this guy. They obsess over him. I guess they think that is what the fans want. But honestly, he's actually not that interesting.

jamestobrien said...

I'd be a liar if I said that Avery isn't entertaining. Loathsome, but entertaining.

My cable internet and cable TV went out last night, so I missed Avery-Brodeur II. Judging from the score, it was a fairly lopsided affair.