Episode Patric Hornqvist (172): Gord Downie Tribute. The NWHL’s Anya Battaligno. Jeff DeAngelis of the Broad Street Bully Podcast.


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  • I play a few of my favourite Tragically Hip songs and talk about Gord Downie’s impact on me.  Anya Battaligno of the NWHL’s Connecticut Whale talks the upcoming season and some big initiatives in women’s hockey this year.  Jeff DeAngelis of the Broad Street Bully podcast gets to boast about the Flyers’ win over the Oilers this week.
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  • World Girls Hockey Weekend
  • Russia tours and plays the NWHL teams
  • Canada vs USA rivalry
  • Effect of the Olympics on the NWHL
  • Lots of NWHL stories

 

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  • Jeff DeAngelis
  • Flyers-Oilers was a bit of a dud game
  • Mike and Jeff commiserate over Andy MacDonald and Kris Russell
  • Latest NHL news

 

Intro/Outro Music Artist: The Tragically Hip Songs: Three Pistols, Looking for a Place to Happen, Fiddler’s Green

 

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Episode Pavel Datsyuk (113): Patrick Roy Resigns. Penny Oleksiak Shines. Gord Downie Sings.


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Episode Summary:

  • Pete heads to an acting audition
  • Jimmy Vesey hits the free agent market. Mike thinks he knows where he will end up.
  • Patrick Roy quits on the Colorado Avalanche and we discuss whether that is good or bad for Colorado.
  • Mike talks about going to the Tragically Hip concert at the ACC
  • World Cup team analysis via Andrew Berkshire
  • We rave over Penny Oleksiak’s incredible Olympics

 

 

 

Intro/Outro Music Artist: The Tragically Hip  Song: Poets

 

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Episode Bobby Orr (104): NHL Stanley Cup Final Preview. World Cup Rosters. Courage for Gord Downie.


We preview the upcoming NHL final between the Sharks and Penguins. Debate some Team Canada Snubs and discuss the Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie’s terrible news. Courage for Gord.

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Episode Summary:

  • Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip.  How their music has affected us and the role it’s played in our lives.
  • Team Canada selections – or non-selections.  Why did Taylor Hall, PK Subban and Kris Letang get left off the team?
  • It’s the Pittsburgh Penguins vs the San Jose Sharks in the NHL Stanley Cup Final
  • Interesting stories – Joe Thornton finally makes it to the final. Phil Kessel makes it to the final, much to Steve Simmons’ chagrin.
  • Relatively unknown goaltender duel – Matt Murray vs. Martin Jones
  • Conn Smythe favourites

Intro/Outro Artist: The Tragically Hip  Song: Courage (for Hugh McLennan)

 

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Courage, My Word!


Today, I listened to a song I’ve probably listened to a thousand times. Courage (for Hugh MacLennan) by the Tragically Hip.

I’ve always liked the line,

there’s no simple explanation
For anything important any of us do
And yea the human tragedy
consists in the necessity
of living with the consequences
Under pressure, under pressure”

I decided to do some research to see if there more to it than just an interesting verse.  As with most of Gord Downie’s lyrics, there is.  Through the website hipmuseum.com, I learned that the line is paraphrased from Canadian author Hugh MacLennan’s book, “The Watch that Ends the Night”.  (Hence the song title)

The passage from the book reads,

“…that there is no simple explanation for anything important any of us do, and that the human tragedy, or the human irony, consists in the necessity of living with the consequences of actions performed under the pressure of compulsions so obscure we do not and cannot understand them.”

Wow. Eloquent. I need to read more of that.

hipmuseum.com provides some interesting background on Hugh MacLennan and the inspiration for his works and also further analysis of lyrics in the song.

To summarize, I listened to a song I’ve heard a thousand times, used Google to research a line I like, read a  passage from a website explaining the line, learned it’s from a Canadian author who sounds like he’d be a good read, go to Chapters.ca and buy the book which will be shipped to my door.

Thank you Internet.