The Hawks’ Nest


Friday Miscellany
June 5, 2009, 2:52 pm
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I know it’s been a few days since the last post, but judging by the placid comments section it doesn’t appear that an angry mob will be showing up at the Coliseum anytime soon to demand more blog goodness.

But in the interest of keeping things current, here’s a look at what’s going on these days.

-Have you ever been sitting around the house on a quiet night, and thought to yourself, “You know, we need a hockey player around here”? If so, you’re in luck.

If you live in the Milwaukie/Clackamas area and have space in your house, the Winterhawks would like to hear from you. The team is looking for billet families in that area who want to open their homes to Winterhawks players.

Travis Bobbee and Taylor Peters with their billet family

Travis Bobbee and Taylor Peters with their billet family

Billet families provide a home away from home for these young men, and the player becomes a part of the family while he’s here in Portland. Oftentimes,the bonds that are formed last long after the player has moved on.

As a billet family, you’ll receive a stipend to help offset the additional grocery costs of having a player in your home (not that teenagers eat a lot anyway), and season tickets to the Winterhawks.

If you’re interested, call Kyle Gustafson with the Winterhawks at 503-238-6366, ext. 24.

-The guest list keep growing for the First Annual Alumni Association golf tournament. We’re waiting for the final confirmation from another celebrity, but we’re close to announcing that a former NHL All-Star with over 400 career goals will be joining the tournament.

Landing this person is a whale of an achievement, and will be a great addition to a lineup that already includes Paul Gaustad, Brent Peterson, Mike Johnston, Travis Green, Ken Hodge, Connie Madigan, and many others.

The tournament takes place August 10 at Persimmon Country Club in Gresham, and is just $185 per person or $555 for a threesome, with a celebrity rounding out the group.

To register, call Andrea at 503-238-6366, ext. 10.

-Speaking of Gaustad, he was a guest on ESPN 1080 The Fan earlier this week. You can listen to his segment right here.

-Next week the Winterhawks’ brass is heading to Calgary for the annual prospects camp. I know what you’re thinking, “That’s great news! Just like at the bantam draft in Edmonton, the blog will be there and we’ll get real-time updates that are both witty and informative!” 

Sadly, that won’t be the case, as I managed to schedule my vacation at the same time. However, it’s sounding like Andy Kemper will be there at least for part of it, so we will have some updates for you. And at least with Andy, you know his observations will actually mean something.

-Earlier this week, I posted a link to Jerry Moss’ epic fall, along with links to other YouTube classics. However, I made an egregious omission. Sure, the guy falling off the ladder is funny, but as far as I’m concerned, this might be an all-time great (make sure to turn the volume up).

In chronological order, here are my favorite parts of that video:

-The reporter not getting out of the way when having ample time to do so
-The full flip
-“That was a bad idea”
-Having the professionalism to sign off, then immediately doubling over in pain
-The cameraman leaving the camera on while he goes to check on him
-The station not cutting away
-The cameraman’s slow walk to check on the reporter, perhaps best described as “an unconcerned meander”.
-The limp

That one has just about everything. I can’t believe I forgot about it.

-People realize the Kings of Leon have been around a while, right? I mean, this isn’t their first album. Seriously, they’ve been around for years. Where were all these people when they did ‘The Bucket’? Whose bandwagon is bigger right, now the Kings of Leon or Seth Rogen? How many “fans” of Seth Rogen have even heard of Undeclared?

<Getting off pedestal>

See you next week.

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