| Video greetings hit the mark
An annual tradition doesn't
The crazy elves of Santa Clara street turned
another rendition of "hockey players can't act" this week with the release of
the Sharks Annual Holiday Video Greeting Cards. As has become a new tradition
in Sharkville, the overly starched Sharks Sports and Entertainment Group has
let their hair down and produced a series of amusing little video messages
tailored for the holidays.
SS&E packages all of the smaller
vignette's into a lengthy video called "This is a Holiday Party". The 6 minute
15 second card packages things around a party setting at Stanley's Bar &
Grill, featuring the broadcast team of Randy Hahn, Drew Remenda, Jamie Baker
and Dan Rusanowsky.
The four talking heads lead into each video with
the accompaniment of some awkward statement by Rusanowsky, the resident hockey
encyclopedia. While these bits are painfully delivered, you have to love the
attempt to make fun of Rusanowsky and his depth of hockey knowledge. His points
are focused on some holiday dribble that his cohorts shun with rolling eyes.
Give the Sharks credit, these spots hit the mark every year. While the
6 minute clip tends to drag on, the segmented portions are down-right
The winner by far goes to Antti Niemi and his "His the
Goalie" spot. The uber-rigid Fin walks the party holding a cactus over his
head, asking people if they want to kiss the goalie. A Sharks executive finally
calls him on his lack of botanistic knowledge, which is capped with a fantastic
response from the Sharks netminder.
Consider the fact that you'll rarely get more than 5
words strung together by Niemi in any post-game interview, and it's easy to see
why his willingness to get in front of a camera is so charming.
the staff that came up with the plot lines credit for coming up with Tomas
Hertl's "Kid's Table" spot. Hertl can't hide the fact that he's still giddy
over the fact that he's playing in the NHL, and his boyish charm oozes in the
video which places him at the kid's table with a couple of young children.
Language is still a work in progress for the Czech, but the humor is
Dan Boyle's "Who Turned Out the Lights" and Brent Burns'
"Snakes on a Train" bits were a bit painful, but Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture
round things out with some bickering over the food table in their "Double
Dipping" spot. Pavelski's claim that Couture has, "the biggest teeth on the
team," is a fantastic (and ironic) jab at his teammate. Who writes this stuff!
All in all, it's another successful year of holiday good cheer from
the Sharks. Slappy fails to make an appearance this season, as does Sharks
captain Joe Thornton, but the video bits are a valiant effort from an
organization that knows how to have a little fun every once in a while.
A worthy gift for any Sharks fan.
Here are the
This is a Holiday Party:
Who Turned Out
Snakes on a
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