(Wow, all these posts in a single day! Some days are just better than others!)
Last night it finally happened. Stephen Colbert talked about my home town! No, not Glasgow, Scotland (where I was born, but of which I remember little), but Oshawa, Ontario. Actually "talked" is not entirely right. He dissed Oshawa.
Last year the Saginaw Spirit, a hockey team based in Saginaw, Michigan but playing in the Ontario Hockey League, held a contest to name their secondary mascot, an eagle. Colbert, who portrays himself as over the top patriotic, wanted the eagle named after him. He got it. The mascot is now known as Steagle Cobeagle the Eagle. Due to the name change — and Colbert's updates on the team's progress — the Saginaw Spirit had a big jump in clothing sales. They won their first seven games, too.
Last night Colbert was livid. The Spirit played the Oshawa Generals last month in Oshawa. The Generals won. After the Generals' first goal, Generals fans threw stuffed teddy bears onto the rink (for charity). Colbert is known for his hatred of bears. He took this as an obvious taunt. In retaliation, Colbert ranted against Oshawa.
I laughed my butt off (although that's not saying something, as I am a buttless wonder).
He started by calling the team and city "Oshawa Bin Laden". He mentioned that the Generals were named after General Motors. Oshawa is GM Canada's headquarters, as the McLaughlin Carriage Company became GM Canada (my high school was named after Col. R.S. McLaughlin, founder of the McLaughlin Carriage Company in turn-of-the-century Oshawa). GM was an early sponsor of the team (back in the 1930s). Colbert went on to mention GM's losses in their 3rd quarter earnings report, suggesting that if GM kept bleeding red ink they might have to disassemble the Generals' new arena for spare parts.
He did not suggest that Saginaw Spirit fans throw copies of GM's 3rd quarter earnings report on the rink whenever the Spirt score at home against Oshawa later this month. Nope, not at all. The fact that he announced a link to a PDF of the report was on the Colbert Nation web site was purely coincidental.
If you want to see the clip, you have to be quick. I couldn't find it on YouTube. I did find it on the Comedy Central site, but under a "last night's episode" link. It will probably be gone later tonight. Here's the URL though: http://www.comedycentral.com/shows/
You'll have to scroll down to the video section.
Oh, and when talking about the teddy bears he mentioned the New Orleans Saints. "I have a lot riding on [the Bears'] next game against New Orleans. If saints can't beat bears, God is officially dead."
(Edit: I fixed the bit about the teddy bears, explaining that they were thrown for charity and not to taunt the Saginaw Spirit.)
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