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Cherry Tells It Like It Is

And I love it! I'm still laughing. Don Cherry and Brett Hull are great together.

Just in case you missed it:

Finally, a hockey intermission show on U.S. television you don't want to miss. Too bad it may never happen again.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 5, 2007; 8:28 AM ET
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That was awesome. Finally, someone reminds Clement that he may be a nice guy now, but not in his plying days.

I would say "Cherry for Commissioner" but he would probably ban Europeans, which is no good.

Seriously, too bad he kept picking on NBC; now we'll have to wait unti ESPN picks up the games to see him again, if any of us are still alive by then.

Posted by: old time hockey | June 5, 2007 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Want to sell hockey in the US?

Put Don Cherry on TV on a regular basis.

Posted by: Kim | June 5, 2007 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Hull + Ferraro = lame, cliched

Hull + Cherry = AWESOME

Posted by: scott | June 5, 2007 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Hull is merely a Cherry wanna be... ban visors? That would be a gigantic step backward. I'm all for reducing the size of shoulder/elbow pads but getting rid of visors is misguided machismo.

Posted by: Outlaw visors? | June 5, 2007 9:45 AM | Report abuse

I wish Don Cherry was my grandfather.

Posted by: Brandon | June 5, 2007 9:50 AM | Report abuse

He actually got Brett Hull to shut up when he was trying to rant on something... You never see Ferraro or Clement succeed at that.

I sincerly hope they bring him back, that was great.

Posted by: Murshawursha | June 5, 2007 11:04 AM | Report abuse

I wish someone was filming Bettman while Grapes was see his face would have been priceless.

I'm not sure I understand why Hull doesn't want visors, but the rest of the time everything was right on.

Posted by: JS | June 5, 2007 11:41 AM | Report abuse

The handful of non-hockey viewers who stumbled across that segment while randomly flipping channels must have wondered who exactly is this septuagenarian pimp who rants about fighting and Swedish women. I think they should give him Paula's job on American Idol.

Posted by: sec. 404 | June 5, 2007 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Hull seems to try and steal Cherry's usual ideas and say them before Grapes got the chance.

Posted by: odessa steps magazine | June 5, 2007 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Cherry was great and actually drew more hype than the actual game so NBC must bring him back for the rest of the series which better last more than one more game since its been an entertaining series

Posted by: awesome | June 5, 2007 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Cherry was great and actually drew more hype than the actual game so NBC must bring him back for the rest of the series which better last more than one more game since its been an entertaining series

Posted by: awesome | June 5, 2007 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Great segment despite the fact that Hull was brown nosing the whole time.

Loved it when Cherry made him shut up with the foot in the crease comment.

Posted by: Graham | June 5, 2007 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, the U.S. and NBC are too politically correct to want that kind of exposure. I also liked how Cherry brought up the foot in the crease incident. Hull's been getting battered about that this off season. I like that.

What's with Hull not liking visors? I never realized what a tool he was.

Posted by: Cherry Picking | June 5, 2007 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Hull doesn't like visors because, simply put, they prevent players from getting punched in the face when they go over the line. The theory he's advancing is that fighting plays a legitimate role in hockey, which is to help deter or self-police cheap stickwork/shots, to give skill players more time and space on the ice than they would otherwise have. According to this theory, players should be taking their chances and not wearing gear that limits the risk of a punch in the nose.

Posted by: Fred | June 5, 2007 4:42 PM | Report abuse

What cherry and hull want they can find in wrestling. Does anyone who appreciates the game really wants fighting? I suggest MMA or ultimate fighting for that type of sport. I would also suggest a circus rather than a baseball game to watch clowns. American sport games are losing their true value because of this ridiculous view that fans need other entertainment besides the game they paid to view. Good grief, I thought Colonel Sanders was dead, it is time to move on and throw the garbage away

Posted by: nuts | June 5, 2007 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Fighting absolutely has a place in hockey. Its fairly obvious.

Posted by: Graham | June 5, 2007 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Don Cherry is the only person that speaks for the hockey fans. Ultimate fighting and pro wrestling is on TV everyday, yet Bentman thinks fans dont want to see it? Kids dont even see fights at the game because everyone stands up (and goes crazy) and they are glued to their cotton candy anyways. My wife loves the fights more than anything else in hockey. Don Cherry for president.

Posted by: Dave Cement Head Semenko | June 6, 2007 12:09 AM | Report abuse

Well done "nuts", you win the pussy of the day award

Posted by: AP | June 6, 2007 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Love Grapes and the BIGGEST mistake the Washington franchise has EVER made is not hiring him as head coach. Nice move Abe!

Posted by: caphcky | June 6, 2007 5:46 PM | Report abuse

"Well done "nuts", you win the pussy of the day award

Posted by: AP | June 6, 2007 01:43 PM"

You're pathetic.

This is the kind of knuckle-dragging, macho BS that holds the sport back. It's no wonder that hockey in the Olympics pulls WAY bigger TV numbers than the NHL. Hockey is a fantastic game that is straining to outgrow the provincialism and violence that have plagued its past. When it breaks free of this lowbrow crap, the sky's the limit.

Don Cherry is a bigot; his act plays to the xenophobia in some Canadians who resent the hell out of Europeans teaching them new tricks in THEIR game. Remember that the first wave of Euros in the 70s and early 80s were taunted and abused by their Canadian teammates. Teemu Selanne is a great example of how the influx of European players -- he's from Finland, AP -- has made the sport more exciting.

Cherry and, sad to say, Brett Hull are clinging to the past. They're dinosaurs and they know it. In the next 20 years, the game will get MORE international, not less. And the game play will have MORE speed and creativity and LESS fighting and on-ice thuggery. It's the only way the sport can grow its appeal beyond the territory of the original six.

AP, you can have your NHL: a regional irrelevance (see lacrosse) that has one of its championship games pre-empted by a horse race and that only makes headlines when one of its players gets arrested for assault -- DURING THE GAME.

I'm ready for the brave new world of hockey: a global sport full of flash and excitement, speed and dazzling plays, where internationally recognized superstars blend their talents and perform in perfect cohesion toward a common goal.

I can't wait.

Posted by: Jacques Plante | June 7, 2007 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Well done Jacques - you are the runner up pussy of the day.

Nuts' post and my reply dealt with the fighting. Not Cherry's xenophobia. I welcome players from anywhere, especially the likes of Selanne who really bring something to the game. The internationalization of the game is one of the best things that has happened to hockey. It is, however, a completely separate issue than fighting.

Posted by: AP | June 8, 2007 11:15 AM | Report abuse

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