In your face, Kanye West! As it turns out, our president does, indeed, care about the people of New Orle- … oh, not that hurricane. Instead, members of the 2006 Stanley Cup-winning Carolina Hurricanes will finally get to meet President Bush in a White House ceremony scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday. Highlights from the press release: Media members who are U.S. citizens that wish to attend will be “required to provide their date of birth and Social Security Number.” And, sadly, this is not open to the public. Otherwise it could have made a fantastic Coors Light commercial. No word yet on whether the Prez and Rod Brind’amour will drink Molson from the cup. Also, there has so far been no substance to the rumor that Bush was rooting hard for the Oilers in the cup finals. (And thanks to colleague Jay Weiner for the heads up on this story).
If you thought a Wednesday night All-Star game on a channel many people still can’t find would equal a ratings bonanza, well, you were sorely mistaken. The NHL All-Star game had a 0.7 rating — which means 484,000 households watched the West slather goals all over the East in a 12-9 victory. We’re not sure, but we think that’s neck-and-neck with our old cable access TV show. What, you don’t remember Purple Funk?
Slate.com has a compelling piece about how Rory Fitzpatrick, the write-in candidate whose candidacy for the NHL All-Star game became an Interweb phenomenon, was shut out in final voting by the big, bad league. But only after some shady transactions by folks who know far more about computers than we do pushed his total up, up and away like a beautiful balloon. Seriously, sometimes computers make our head hurt. Sometimes, we just want a hug.
Mark it zero: The Wild was blanked 3-0 in Calgary and fell to 0-10-1 in its past 11 road games. In fact, Minnesota’s last regulation road victory was Oct. 21 in San Jose. This road thing is past the point of ridiculous.
It’s a league game, Smokey: The Mavs beat the Jazz 108-105 in what seemed to be somewhat of a Western Conference statement game. Dirk Nowitzki had a season-high 38 and Jerry Stackhouse was tossed after his second flagrant foul.
Also, my rug was stolen: The write-in campaign for Rory Fitzpatrick yielded about 550,000 votes for the journeyman Canucks defender — about 23,000 short of what he needed to make the All-Star game. It was a good time while it lasted.
Donny, these men are nihilists: Tom Coughlin, who oversaw the train wreck of a Giants football season that somehow yielded a playoff spot, might get one more chance to lead this club, sources say. Oh, that sound you just heard? Eli Manning punching a wall.
In this case, “the man” is Randy Carlyle and Rory is, well, Rory Fitzpatrick, the Vancouver Canucks’ journeyman defenseman who is the subject of an intense internet voting surge trying to get him into the NHL All-Star game. Carlyle said yesterday that even if Rory makes it — voting is over, but the final tally hasn’t been released — he might not see much ice time. Thus we can only conclude one thing: Randy Carlyle rues the day Al Gore invented the Internet.