Montreal - Jan. 2, 2011 - Thank you or reading this. Tell your friends. Tell your enemies too.
Before we squint ahead to 2011, let's remember what we did the last 12 months. We cheered for the inspirational strength exhibited by Joannie Rochette and Anthony Calvillo. We cried for Tony Proudfoot. We were left awestruck by the play of Jaroslav Halak and the Montreal Canadiens as they knocked off the top two teams in their conference. We cheered some more for Sydney Crosby and our country. We shed tears of joy for the beleaguered but never forgotten city of New Orleans. We high fived for San Fransisco as it celebrated its first ever World Series title. We finally moved into the Big League of soccer with the announcement that the Impact will soon join MLS. And Andre Dawson & Dave Van Horne again reminded us how much we miss the Expos. We cried for Tony Proudfoot.
We saw - and heard - way too much of Tiger Woods, Brett Favre, Brad Childress, LeBron James, Colin Campbell, Rob Murphy, Michael Landsberg and Mike Milbury.
We said goodbye and farewell to Ernie Harwell, Bob Sheppard, Don Meredith, Merlin Olsen, Bob Feller, Ron Santo, George Blanda, Bob Probert, Maurice Lucas, Charlie Francis, Don Coryell, Gene Kiniski, Edouard Carpentier, Bobby Kromm, George Steinbrenner, Sparky Anderson, Jim Bibby, Mike Cuellar, Willie Davis, Ralph Houk, Clyde King, Cal McLish, Robin Roberts, Wayne Twitchell, Tom Underwood, Jose Lima, Bobby Thomson, John Wooden, Bud Greenspan, Jim Kelley, Pat Burns, Brendan Burke and Norad Kumaritashvili.
And now, drum roll please, here's what some of our favorite and no-so-favorite people might be receiving in 2011:
Jacques Martin - A bottle of absinthe.
Hab fans - A new system
PK Subban - Two new coaches
Thomas Plekanic - Steroids
Andrei Markov - A hammock
Ron Maclean - A whistle
Mike Milbury - A muzzle
Carey Price - An All Star breather
Alex Auld - Who?
Lou Lamieriello - Severance pay
Kirk Muller - An NHL head coaching job
Pierre McGuire - An NHL GM job
PJ Stock - A needle for his bubble
Don Cherry - A Senate post
Benoit Pouliot - Head & Shoulders
Mike Boone - Sports page column
Montreal Gazette - City columnist
Pat Hickey - W.C. Fields DVD collection
Shane Murphy - Stardom
Club L'Astral - Warmth
Club Soda - Montreal Guitar Summit
Montreal Music Fans - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Tom Waits, Chrissie Hynde, Allman Brothers, The Other Ones, Phish, Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band, Drive By Truckers, Loretta Lynn, Shelby Lynne, Merle Haggard and Lou Reed (playing rock n roll).
Jarome Iginla - A new C
Pierre Gauthier - See above
Brett Favre - Rehab rehab
Colin Campbell - a pink slip; via email
Bruce Boudreau - A BLEEPin' win for a BLEEPin' change in a game BLEEPin' seven. BLEEP.
The Team 990 - A thrilling 10th Anniversary Blow Out. You're all invited.
Happy New Year !