With the news today that the Matt Barnaby-to-ESPN thing is almost official, I think it's time to welcome our newest Non-Mulleted Television Commentator Overload.
While I know it's going to be a long, hard road towards acceptance -- hey, those are some big shoes to fill -- I'm confident that in the end we'll get along just fine with Matt. Even though he used to play for the Rangers.
But now that things are official, or at least getting closer to becoming so, I decided we should try to get to know Mr. Barnaby a bit better. So in a 4th grade venn-diagram kind of way, we're going to compare and contrast our past and (potentially) present overlords. Enjoy and have a great weekend!
|Name:||Barry Melrose||Matthew Barnaby|
|Birthplace:||Kelvington, SASK||Ottawa, ON|
|NHL career:||1979-1986, 1992-1995 (Coach)||1992-2007|
|NHL Teams:||Kings, Jets, Leafs, Red Wings||Sabres, Penguins, Lightning, Rangers, Avalanche, Blackhawks, Stars|
|Drafted:||36th overall, 1976||83rd overall, 1992|
|Numbers worn:||2, 6, 26||36, 38, 77|
|Broadcast experience:||Do you have to ask?||NHL on TSN|
|Good friend(s):||Bucci, Steve Levy||Rob Ray|
|Identifying Characteristic:||Mullet||Being an ass-kicker|
|Best player ever traded for:||Jamie Hislop||Wayne Primeau|
|Known Enemies:||Humidity||Tie Domi, Lyle Odelein|
|Not afraid to:||Speak his mind||Have dinner with you and then fight you|
|Comparable celebrity:||Chris Berman, if Berman was charismatic and entertaining||Luke Wilson. Maybe.|
|Free association:||Musk, Vidal Sassoon, Don Cherry's Arch-nemesis||I hate the New York Rangers|
|Awesome Nickname they don't have but should:||Lord of Videotape Analysis||Destroyer of Jawbones|
|Occupation, if they didn't play hockey:||Hairstylist||Chiropractor|
|Civilization they most resemble:||America circa 1840. The gold rush was the first thing that came to mind.||Sparta of Ancient Greece. Barnaby could totally be in that movie.|
|Movie role born to play:||Mel Gibson in the Patriot||Fulton Reed in the Mighty Ducks|