Backin' Up the Backup
| It used to be a great pre-season debate among Canucks’ fans: who do you think will be the Canucks’ MVP this year?
But with all due respect to the rest of the roster, Roberto Luongo’s name was already being engraved on the Cyclone Taylor Award before the season even began. So with the Canucks’ number one netminder back in net Tuesday night against the New Jersey Devils, it’s worth noting the job his backup has done in Luongo’s absence this season.
Curtis Sanford has started seven games this season, and has done a formidable job for the most part. He’s 4-2-1 with a 2.63 goals against average, and he’s stopped nearly 91% of the shots he’s faced thus far. Most importantly, when Sanford is called into action, you don’t get the sense the team is handing two points away. He’s convinced both his teammates and the fans that he will do enough to give the Canucks a chance to win, an intangible that other backup goalies have struggled with in this city.
THE OTHER DUKES
If you grew up in the 80’s like I did, you were probably a Dukes of Hazzard fan at some point. Bo and Luke Duke ripped around Hazzard County in the General Lee foiling Boss Hogg’s underhanded schemes, much to the chagrin of Deputy Rosco P. Coltrane. The show was a huge hit, and so were the resulting merchandise sales. In fact, Dukes’ swag was so lucrative, that actors John Schneider (Bo) and Tom Wopat (Luke) walked off the show in the spring of 1982 over a dispute at how the loot was being divvied up.
Unable to reach an agreement, the show cast Byron Cherry and Christopher Mayer as Coy and Vance Duke, cousins who’d come back to Hazzard while Bo and Luke were pursuing their NASCAR dream. Too bad Coy and Vance weren’t even worthy of shining Bo and Luke’s boots, and not even Daisy Duke and her signature shorts could keep ratings up. Fortunately, Bo and Luke rejoined the show in February of 1983, creating many more childhood memories for me and countless others.
TOO BAD THEY MADE TWO
When someone in Hollywood sees a chance to cash in on a box office hit, they go for it almost without exception. Not that any of these flicks took home many (or any) Oscars, but they should never have made sequels when the original stars decided to bail on the follow-up project.
Predator 2: Why did the original Predator work? Because you had Arnold Schwarzenegger as the main character hunting down an alien assassin in the jungle! Heck, you even had Carl Weathers in the cast with his street cred from the Rocky series. So when Arnie bails on the sequel you replace him with Danny Glover and bring the alien to the city? I can’t understand what went wrong. I know some people dug it, but I’m not on that list.
Teen Wolf Too: Sure, you think it’s cheesy now, but Michael J. Fox turned a pretty hokey concept into a decent success in the original Teen Wolf. But when the guy who made it work says no, do you really want to go double or nothing with Jason Bateman? Years later, he was good in the TV series Arrested Development, but I don’t think he’s real proud to have credits as Todd Howard in Teen Wolf Too on his resume.
Speed 2: Keanu Reeves wasn’t preparing any acceptance speeches after his work with Sandra Bullock in the original, but it was well-received by the general public despite the obvious impracticalities in the plot. If you saw the remake in the theatre, chances are you have a story about asking the manager for a refund. I was fortunate enough to only view a portion of this tragedy when it was shown on television. Jason Patric made Reeves look like Jack Nicholson by comparison. If you’re looking for the point at which Sandra Bullock’s star began to fade, you can point to this flick in 1997.
THE RESULTS ARE IN: YOU’RE OUT!
John Turner and Kim Campbell are both on the list of former Canadian Prime Ministers, but both failed miserably in taking over for the leaders they replaced.
Turner took over as Prime Minister in 1984 when Pierre Trudeau decided to hang ‘em up. Trudeau had fallen out of favour in the polls and stepped down accordingly. Rather than take another year to rebuild the Liberals’ tainted reputation, Turner called an election just a few months after taking the job. Brian Mulroney’s Conservatives smoked the Liberals at the polls and Turner’s days were done.
Kim Campbell returned the favour almost a decade later. Campbell replaced Mulroney as Prime Minister in 1993, again when the party in power had lost popularity across the country. However, Campbell was able to regain a lot of support in her campaign until she made a fatal error. Campbell approved an advertisement that took a shot at the way Liberal leader Jean Chretien spoke. Too bad for Campbell that Chretien’s irregular mouth movements were the result of a facial paralysis. Voters hammered her at the polls for the cheap shot and the Liberals were back in power.