Brooks Laich calls Bruce Boudreau "a genius"
When I was visiting Western New York last month, my dad was complaining about the tendency to label NFL coaches "geniuses" after just one or two successful seasons. Which made me think, does anyone actually label coaches "geniuses," or is it just that snarky media members later like to make fun of "so-called geniuses" after things begin to fail. I mean, when was the last time you actually heard someone describe a coach as a "genius" without any irony or sarcasm?
Well, for me, the last time was about two minutes ago, when I listened to Brooks Laich's appearance with the Junkies.
"You know what, I call him a genius," Laich said of Bruce Boudreau. "He's so smart. His hands are all over the game of hockey, and whether he likes it or not, he can't turn it off. He just lives hockey. And he comes in every morning and he says 'Did you see this play in this game, and this game, and this game last night?' And I'm like what are you doing watching all these hockey games, you've got a family, a wife and kids? He goes 'I just love it.'
"And I'm sitting at home watching these hockey games because I've got nothing to do at home. But he can't turn it off. He's just a fan of hockey, and his passion is so great for hockey, he's all over it. And I've always said about him, he can take chicken [stuff] and turn it into chicken soup."
One more word about Laich, if you don't mind. After HBO's 24/7 wrapped up last night, two Caps players almost immediately chimed in on Twitter.
"What an unbelievable show!" John Carlson wrote.
"Great job by HBO," John Erskine agreed.
Laich wouldn't necessarily agree, because he's still insisting he hasn't seen one minute of the show. This is what he told reporters last weekend in Pittsburgh.
"I'm a hockey player," he said. "I'm not an actor. I'm not getting paid by HBO to give them a bunch of lines and do a bunch of scenes and this and that. The most important thing here isn't the spectacle; it's that we win this hockey game. You know? What's gonna be any fun if we have a great big show [and lose]? It's like losing in the Super Bowl. Do you think that's any fun for the losing team?"
I mean, that's the right thing to say the morning of the game, but now, five days later, with the Caps having dramatically triumphed, he could at least sit back and watch a few minutes of HBO, right?
"You know what, I haven't seen two minutes of that show," Laich said on Thursday. "I haven't seen one episode of that show. I haven't seen any of it. I have no interest in what goes on in Pittsburgh's locker room or what those guys with their houses or their coach, no interest whatsoever in any of them. And I see what happens at the rink every day and I live it. So I don't really have a whole lot of reason to watch it."
| January 6, 2011; 4:43 PM ET
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