yet another post about the hockey night in canada theme song, but wait – this one includes the words “homosexual” and “Kelly Hrudey”… though, to be fair, not in the same sentence


UPDATE: Stephen Colbert does a bit on the controversy, and in only two minutes manages to eat a hot dog, wave around a flag (and a gun) and sing about punching beavers in the face. Now that’s versatility! Take that, Flip Wilson.

Look, there’s only so much that any of us should write about what amounts to a jingle (note: does not apply to my 340-page Ph.D thesis: “Subtext, Nitrates and One Man’s Sexual Awakening: An Academic Study of the Oscar Mayer Bologna Song”).

But before we put the controversy over the Hockey Night in Canada theme back in the Tickle Trunk, knock off for the day and go pound back a few and cruise chicks with Finnegan – we invited Casey to come but he offered up some excuse about being “a homosexual, obviously… were you not paying attention as a child?” – I invite you to peruse this blog entry by the daughter of the song’s author, Dolores Claman. It purports to offer the real story of CBC’s behaviour during negotiations over the theme’s rights.

Did you go read it? I’d say it has the ring of truth to it. I’d also say it had the ring of Scott Moore is a big huge doofus to it.

Is there really any doubt what happened here? Moore and CBC got Excited by the reaction to this past season’s Exciting National Contest – during which people from across the country, many of whom could not sing their way out of a sing-even-somewhat-on-key-and-we’ll-let-you-go-free prison, submitted video of themselves committing unspeakable acts of tunelessness upon Stompin’ Tom’s The Hockey Song.

Understandably, CBC executives wanted another Exciting National Contest. Meetings were held. Muffins were eaten. Taxpayer dollars were used as napkins and to make origami versions of Kelly Hrudey’s hairdo. A decision was reached: let’s have an Exciting National Contest to pick a new theme song! It’s perfect!! (Wait! First we’ll have to endure a full week of ridicule and the worst possible publicity in which our lack of respect for hockey tradition and dearth of business acumen is showcased for all to see and laugh at – but other than that, perfect!!)

CBC doesn’t deserve a good idea, but here’s one anyway: forget the Exciting National Contest. Instead, try to salvage some dignity and manufacture some new tradition (which Scott Moore can later desecrate at his convenience) by a) securing the rights to Stompin’ Tom’s The Hockey Song, and b) swiping a page from the TV show Weeds (and one season of Monday Night Football, if memory of Britney Spears gyrating to some verse about the Philadelphia Eagles serves) by having the tune performed each week by a different musical artist – The Hip one Saturday night, Arcade Fire the next, Anne Murray after that and Trooper when some band phones in sick at the last minute and it’s a choice between Trooper and some stray dog outside the studio that howls when you hold a pork chop over its head, and even then the recording engineer will stare at the dog for slightly longer than you might expect, thinking, “Maybe I can work with this…”

People would each week look forward to finding out who’d be singing the opening theme, CBC could release a full CD of Hockey Song covers featuring everyone from Gordon Lightfoot to Feist and Scott Moore could still be a doofus. It’s a win-win-doofus situation.


yet another post about the hockey night in canada theme song, but wait – this one includes the words “homosexual” and “Kelly Hrudey”… though, to be fair, not in the same sentence

  1. Wow, funny and logical. A really good idea; which means it just won’t happen on the CBC.

  2. I always – always – knew that Casey was special. And, at the risk of being branded a brown-nosing suck-up because you linked to my blog, I have to tell you that if there is one thing I’m grateful for in the midst of this whole, stinky debacle, it is that I stumbled over your blog and got to read some of the best writing I’ve read in a long, long time.

  3. I suggest that each ond every one of us send a video (or however they paln to run the stupid contest) to the CBC with an idea for their new jingle! It would seem to sound somewhat, if not exactly, like the one they just bailed on, except that we would be humming it. Or whistling it. Or playing it on a fiddle of some kind. I think you get the idea.

  4. When I heard the breaking news stories, I knew something was missing. The pieces did not add up.

    The blog posting by Dolores Claman’s daughter does. You’re right, it has the clear ring of truth about it.

    Doofus may be too kind a word for Scott Moore. There should be an Exciting National Contest held to come up with his new title.

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