5 Fun, Great Things From This Past Week

It’s May 1. Which means your Twitter timeline will be flooded with that Justin Timberlake meme. Instead, may I suggest using this one. Bonus points because your non-hockey friends will be like “????????”

Now, in no particular order, here are the five best things that happened in the past week.

1 Polite Canadians Singing Another Country's Anthem

EDMONTON, AB - APRIL 12: Edmonton Oilers fans cheer on their team against the San Jose Sharks in Game One of the Western Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place on April 12, 2017 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)

Before Oilers-Ducks Game 3, there were mic issues during the Star Spangled Banner … but something amazing happened.

The entire crowd took over, belting out the American national anthem.

The game was in Edmonton. Alberta. Canada.

The entire arena. Singing the anthem.

That was pretty great.

Of course, they did the same thing for O Canada. In fact, this is becoming so iconic that the anthem singer is getting noticed for it.

2 Chris Cuthbert

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 23: T.V. Analysts Jim Fox (L) and Chris Cuthbert (R) of the Los Angeles Kings broadcast team pose for a photo prior to the game between the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on January 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rebecca Taylor/NHLI via Getty Images)
Jim Fox (L) and Chris Cuthbert (R)

We’ve got some pretty great play-by-play announcers in New York City (and I’m not just saying that because they are my colleagues … OK maybe I am. I’m really buttering them up so they come on my podcast).

With that said, can I just say how great it is to hear Chris Cuthbert’s voice again? Growing up in Canada he was/is the primary voice of the CFL, and one of the stalwarts of hockey. It’s nice to watch these playoff hockey broadcasts and hear that distinct call that only “CC” can deliver. Speaking of Mr. Cuthbert, when he was throwing back to the studio, he gave a nice shout out to my MSG Hockey Show colleague Anson Carter (doing analyst work all playoffs with NBC). This leads me to …

3 The "Anson Carter head shave" cheer at RangersTown Square

April 16, 2017: The New York Rangers face the Montreal Canadiens during the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Throughout the playoffs, I’ve been hosting the festivities at #RangersTown Square. What a blast it is meeting and interacting with Rangers fans. It’s truly a ton of fun.

For the second round, the Square has expanded to include a giant outdoor screen so fans can come together and watch the game. As I was wrapping up before Game 1, behind me was the NBC studio feed, and out of the corner of my eye I noticed Anson, head completely shaved (this ruins pleas of myself and co-host Will Reeve to bring back the dreads, by the way. Trust me, we tried!). I stopped what I was saying, turned around, saw the shaved head, turned back to the crowd … did a double take … the crowd caught on and just cheered. It was a pretty funny moment.

4 Devils Fan Twitter

New Jersey’s only major pro sports team will select No. 1Β in the NHL draft for the first time in its history (if you don’t count the Colorado Rockies).

Take: If the team stays more or less the same this offseason, No. 1 pick succeeds with the team and they sign a big d-man in the offseason, like say a Kevin Shattenkirk, that team is making the playoffs.

(I wrote that solely to say “I told you so” if/when it happens, obviously)

I don’t think I’ve seen the Puddy meme used this much in a long time

5 Vir Das

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 10: Actor/ comedian Vir Das visits the SiriusXM Studios on March 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

If you are a comedy fan, look him up. His first Netflix special just dropped, and it’s hilarious. Great delivery, solid punchlines, works the crowd effortlessly, Vir Das is the real deal.

This special cuts between two performances: One in a large stadium in India, the other in a small club in New York City. It’s a perfect juxtaposition: An established star on one side of the world (with over 5 million followers, by the way), moving all the way to the other side of the world to further chase the dream. The final scene of the special was powerful and fitting.