Somewhere there’s a village…

Just in time for the playoffs, a song from CBC’s The Irrelevant Show for all the Canadian hockey fans out there – or indeed anyone whose team, in any sport, has lost any final game in any competition.


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9 Responses to Somewhere there’s a village…

  1. 1992-1993 season. Overtime. Game 6. Gretzky high sticks Leafs captain Doug Gilmour, drawing blood. Should be a major, but not even a minor penalty is called. 99 scores the OT winner, extending the series to game 7. LA goes on to win the series and loses in the finals to the Habs.

    Non-call on Gretzky denies Habs-Leafs final. Put that on a T-shirt and send it to a village somewhere.

  2. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    I don’t think anything will ever come close to what Newcastle United did to me in the 90s. They’ve always had a history of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in the last few minutes of a game, but they really, really outdid themselves for a few years there: coming second to Man U (spits) in the Premier League despite being an unprecedented 12 points ahead at one point was the worst, but losing the FA Cup final two years in a row and then the semi-final the year after that came close.

    So yes, the Canucks losing to Boston in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals last year was painful. Very painful. Very very painful. But it was NUFC who scarred me for life.

    Somewhere there’s a village… where Kevin Keegan is worshipped as a God…

    • Mike says:

      Well, as a big United fan (that is Dundee, as distinct from the wee Uniteds down south), the mid to later 80s were a time of constant disappointment for me. A string of Scottish and one UEFA cup final(s) have instilled a near permanent sense of impending doom in me. I’m still not completely sure we’ve really won the Scottish cup twice since then. Ya dancer!

      • Cath@VWXYNot? says:

        “a near permanent sense of impending doom”

        That describes life as a Toon fan perfectly, and is the reason I can never relax during any game ever, even if my team is 12 goals/tries clear with five minutes to go.

        • The problem is, you’ve set your sights too high. If you were a Torquay United fan (and I use that word advisedly) like me, you’d never expect to win anything. Less disappointment that way.

          • Cath@VWXYNot? says:

            I agree – I was much happier when we were consistently dreadful. It’s the hope that kills ya.

  3. Massimo says:

    If you have a chance, go see the Irrelevant Show live — they are a riot. They came to Edmonton this Winter to record one of their shows (I understand it aired in March) at UofA, and we really enjoyed it.

    • Cath@VWXYNot? says:

      I’d love to, but I haven’t seen any Vancouver shows. I listen to the podcast, and they have some really funny sketches. The overall quality has also improved since the first season, when it was decidedly patchy! My favourites so far have been the Stuart Maclean impressions where he gives whimsical but useless directions, or reads ransom notes. Hilarious!

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