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Friday, March 20, 2021

en fuego
Washington Capitals winger Alexander Ovechkin caused a predictable NHL talking-heads ruckus over his 50th-goal “hockey stick on fire” celebration during the 5-2 Caps win over the Lightning:

Here’s what I’m wondering:

Taking into account that this happened on the road at Tampa Bay, do you think that, somehow, Ovechkin knew that the name “Tampa” is derived from the Calusa Indian word for “sticks of fire”, and thus intentionally chose that “stick on fire” motif?

Unlikely, I know. But if that’s somehow true, I’m duly impressed that Alex O would take the time to research the local history, and incorporate it into his on-ice choreography. Makes the premeditated NFL-endzone dance vibe more palatable.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 03/20/2009 01:09:31 PM
Category: Florida Livin', Hockey
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Recently I was reminded of a favorite expression that I’d come across a few times in the past:

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery.
And today? Today is a gift.
That’s why we call it the present.

Slightly sappy, but the wordplay scores big points in my book.

I’d probably heard it most often from, of all people, Mike Ditka during his ESPN screentime. He always invokes it while complaining about some player or other’s effort on the football field…

Not that Ditka ever claimed to have formulated it. In reality, this phrase was coined by the late Nigerian musician Babatunde Olatunji.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 03/20/2009 12:15:27 PM
Category: Celebrity, Pop Culture, Wordsmithing
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