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: