Hi kids. Sorry about my lack of entertainments for you this week. I've been a busy beaver getting the groundwork laid for Il Tacchino Ciclocross. Now don't get all excited and go register, because you can't. The details on that page are liable to change for a few more weeks, and it isn't open for registration. But I'm letting you know it's there, and that barring natural disaster, we'll open for business on Sunday, September 19, 2010 at 8:00 PM ET. It's going to be a cracker this year. I think we're going to get amazing support from our beer sponsor for master's races. We're going to deal with the pedestrian traffic issue. Yeah, we'll have the Suitcase of Sausage again, and we'll use its contents to compensate some lucky midpack grinders for emptying their Suitcases of Suffering. And the excellent Gallons-to-Ounces will be there to put some funk in your trunk once again.
I'm also working on some new treats. I think we'll probably have a Huffy Toss for valuable prizes. Looks like we may have a moon bounce lined up for the kids. And about four or five other perks that will blow your mind.
One thing bugs me though: when are we in this area going to get around to doing something nice for single speeders? There's a whole crew of riders out there dedicated to the proposition that One Gear Is Enough. I'm talking about the Single Speed Outlaw's Crew, W.U.S.S., and a bunch of less organized boys and girls who bring the heat but leave the derailers at home. They rock at grassroots MTB races; but is there room for them in USAC sanctioned cross? I think there should be, and I believe I'm not alone.
Is that a hint? I dunno. You want to know the answer to that, you better buy me some booze and try to wheedle it out of me. More details to follow soon.
Meanwhile, the musical pickings are going to be scarce. My theme for today is hockey.
Gotta start with the greatest Hockey Team Theme of all time, Brass Bonanza. It's what the Hartford Whalers rolled with for a long time and it has the most pleasantly dated 70's vibe this side of Starsky & Hutch reruns.
That is so good, it's a GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL! Now I'm not a big Bruins fan, but they have a classy horn, and when there's a goal, you gotta get the horn.
They also have a classy theme song.
God that's awesome. Almost enough to make me root for Boston, if I didn't despise most of their fanbase as only a born & bred Yanks, Jints, Rangers Knicks fan can. I'm not all about the Celtic Punk approach to hockey songs though. This one's a good one, and it's old school down to the bone, starting with a reference to Hockey Night In Canada, which pretty much sucks the air out of the Hockey Broadcast Universe. There really isn't another show that can match it on game night, right down to the preposterously Canadian Don Cherry, who I love even when he makes me cringe. It's from Dr. Stompin Tom Connors.
Shit, hockey's such a cool sport even the groundskeeping equipment is a object of desire. as the Gear Daddies will tell you.
You know hockey's awesome when Warren Zevon recorded a great song about it, an ode to a goon who finally... well, listen to it. It's enough to bring a tear to Claude Lemiuex's eyes.
Yeah, that's awesome.
But everybody, everybody who is a hockey fan, knows that there's really only one song that is The Greatest Hockey Song of All Time.
Other than right there, you know there's only one time you get to hear it.
Ps. If you just stood up in your cubicle and started dancing and clapping just now, I won't tell anybody. Yeah, football season is starting and I'm happy about that, but hockey is coming back in a couple months, right about the time that 'cross season turns bitter cold. I can't wait.