Jason LaBarbera, a career backup goalie on his third team in as many seasons in the league (fourth overall), is just a couple months shy of his 30th birthday and doesn’t show any signs of being a big-time goalkeeper. Only the more ardent NHL fans would know off the top of their heads who LaBarbera is. But it’s time to know him for, well, what’s on the top of his head.
That’s LaBarbera’s goalie mask this season, and if you’re wondering, yes, that is the Ultimate Warrior on LaBarbera’s mask. Less immediately obvious but no less awesome: that’s also Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder on one side. More views of the mask and the mask it usurps as “best in the NHL,” according to the imaginary Things I Just Decided Institute, after the break.
HOME RUN DERBY reports that Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan last night dropped a wrecking ball on Eddie Vedder’s Cubs-themed song “All The Way!“, which was released just before the Dodgers dispatched the North Siders in an embarrassing three-game sweep.
(Eddie Vedder, Billy Corgan slapfight for Bull Durham’s affection)
Chicagoan Corgan, during a break in his show last night at the Chicago Theater said,
If … If … IF … the Cubs did have a chance this last year that just passed … F—in’ Eddie Vedder killed that sh– dead. Last I checked Eddie ain’t living here, Okay?
Eddie ain’t living here to write a song about my f—in’ team.
I’ve been a fan of Oasis for some time now, which usually brings with it plenty of well-deserved abuse from my friends, family and non-stuffed pets. I’m well aware the band was over about 10 years ago, much like Pearl Jam. Yeah, Eddie Vedder’s first 2-3 album offerings were worthwhile, but Pearl Jam hasn’t produced a good record since Tommy Lasorda said something interesting.
Perhaps in an effort to maintain relevancy (and hold off an impending tour of Indian Casinos), Vedder, who grew up in Chicago, has penned a song about the Cubs. BILLBOARD reports today that bootlegs of the tune are apparently circulating on the web. Read more…
The Seattle Seahawks are going to partake in an interesting experiment this season: they’re going to play without ANY wide receivers at all. Unfortunately for those fans in the Pacific Northwest, this new experiment isn’t by design. After already losing a quartet of receivers to a variety of ailments, the team lost another two today.
The tough day started when Seneca Wallace limped off the field during warm-ups after straining his calf muscle. Things only got worse after the Seahawks first offensive play against the 49ers, when Logan Payne made a 14-yard catch and had to be helped off the field after a nasty hit on his knee.