Habs In Grand Ole Nashville


Canadiens look to make it two in a row tonight in Nashville, and I’m quite upset. Because I’ve heard that the club will be announcing the news that Scott Gomez will become the new stick boy for the team.

I thought he was just fine where he was – on the fifth line.

I was in Nashville once, about 17 years ago, after my marriage had broken up and my brother, who played in a band and lived there, bought me a ticket to come down and forget my troubles for a week. He took me to the Bluebird Cafe (photos) where a great band was playing and legendary singer/songwriter John Prine was sitting at the bar.

Nashville is an old city, with classic brick buildings in their downtown, and unbelievable mansions just outside of town. I went to a recording studio to watch my brother’s girlfriend Michelle Wright record some tracks for an upcoming album, and later, a bunch of us gathered at a restaurant where the studio producer, who used to be in a sixties group called The Beau Brummels, told us about the night they were on the Ed Sullivan Show.

One of the lovely ladies who was there extended her hand to me, and it didn’t look like she wanted to shake, so I kissed it instead. To this day I don’t know if I did the right thing or not.

My brother showed me the Grand Ole Opry, and we went to a bar where Minnesota Fats was giving out stamped autographs for some reason. We also went in the arena that housed the minor league team, before the Preds came to town and before the Bridgestone Arena was built.

It was a fine trip and then I came back to my marriage nightmare.

I’ll be watching the game tonight at a slightly later hour, and so my game report, for what it’s worth, will be slightly late. But I can’t wait to see how the Habs do. Will they be revitalized after the overtime win in Phoenix, or will they fall back into the misery and sloppiness which we’ve seen far too often this season?

Yes, Scott Gomez will play, on the fourth line maybe. Or is it possible that Jacques Martin will give him quality minutes to once again do nothing?

It’s also nice to see Gomez growing his mustache in this Movember month. We appreciate it, Scott, and I thought I’d include a photo for your fans to see:

5 thoughts on “Habs In Grand Ole Nashville”

  1. Hey Dennis, how are ya buddy! Sorry I haven’t been on board for a while but I’ve been pretty busy praying for our Habs and playing with “Frenzy”. Interesting at times to be on stage with three Canuck fans but they don’t know that everytime we do ” House Is A Rockin “, I secretly make a Habs sign with my fingers. Oh no!!! I guess they know now. Oh well. I’ve never been a fan of Gomez and I don’t think he should be wearing number 11. Koivu went through some serious health issues and still performed at his best with no hair on his head. You mentioned the name Minnesota Fats and it instantly reminded me of Fats Domino so Gomez is back and ” Ain’t That A Shame “. Maybe he’ll grow his moustache too long and choke on it one night at dinner and be back on the injured list til July. Anyways…we’re just starting to get it together whereas those ying yangs from Massachusetts are having trouble remembering what to do on the ice. That’s weird…I never experienced a hangover that long. Take care and have fun. GO HABS GO !!!!!!!!

  2. At first I thought that Bluebird photo was from the one in Montreal that burned down (and all those people got killed).

    I don’t know if what you did with that girl was right or not because I’m not an expert in charm by any means. Most of the time I was around girls I felt like a dumbass at the best of times and everything I did felt wrong and stupid.

    I remember once trying a line – nothing sleazy or bad but meant to be charming and cute – and it totally bombed. I wanted to crawl under a rock.

    One mystery of life I’d like explained is why is when you’re single you’re often avoided like the plague but the moment you hook up with someone suddenly girls seem to pop up everywhere and are actually interested.

  3. Darth, it’s true they seem to come around more after you’re not available. I don’t know why that is. Maybe it’s a vibration we put off that they smell on us. Women are a mysterious bunch.

  4. Darth, why having a girlfriend suddenly makes you more attractive to other women is one of life’s mysteries. But this phenomenon applies to much more than just women. When you’re looking for a job all you hear is how you only need more experience. And then you go to a bank asking for a loan and they won’t give you anything. Suddenly you get a job and head hunters start calling to offer you a new one. And once you have some money, banks continuously offer you lines of credit.

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