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Yes, I'm a Canucks fan, but I'm in Boston, so I've never been to a Canucks home game. So there I am, watching my TiVo of Wed's game, and the feed that Center Ice is getting is from the Wild's broadcast. And they do something that I haven't really seen a broadcast do: during the intermission, instead of going away to a studio or interviews and stuff for the whole time, they come back and show what's going on in the stadium as they do voice-overs talking about stuff. I'm FFing through this, but suddenly I spy the above, in motion, tootling around above the perimeter of the rink. "Whoa!" I say. "Back that up..."

I can think of few things that could charm me more than the fact that the Canucks have a life-size orca blimp that flies around inside the rink, dropping swag onto the crowd below (t-shirts and stuff). I am further charmed by the fact that it is wearing a Canucks jersey. (There are other pics where you can see the logo on its belly; these shots show it wearing the old jersey design, but the blimp I saw on TV was painted in what look like the Vintage Jersey colors, although I couldn't get an angle to see the logo, to confirm.) I think I have identified a new Job I Wish I Had: Orca Blimp Wrangler.

Also, of course, I wish *I* had me an orca blimp. My brain starts asking logical questions, such as: do you think an orca blimp would be sufficient to lift the weight of a single person? OMG, how great would THAT be?

For more pics of Obie the Orca in his [sic]* natural habitat, go here: http://norburnrc.com/flyingwhales.htm

(The site refers to Obie as a "he". Um, dude. Look at the dorsal fin. That's clearly a girl orca. All the orcas in the Orca Bay Sports & Entertainment Inc.'s logo are girl orcas. The orca on the Canucks *jersey* is a boy orca.)

Speaking of the Canucks.... all I really need to tell you is that as of yesterday, it was entirely, mathematically possible that as of the end of tonight, there would be a FOUR-WAY TIE for first-place in the Northwest Division. (Games in hand are the tiebreaker, though.) As of today, that's no longer true, since the two top teams are playing each other, which means that after tonight, there could merely be a 3-way tie for second place. Still. Madness.


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Mar. 31st, 2006 01:03 pm (UTC)
That blimp is completely adorable! I want to hug it!
Mar. 31st, 2006 01:45 pm (UTC)
do you think an orca blimp would be sufficient to lift the weight of a single person? OMG, how great would THAT be?

You amuse me. :) (thank you. I need to be amused!)
Mar. 31st, 2006 03:05 pm (UTC)
That thing is awesome!

You need one.
Mar. 31st, 2006 03:18 pm (UTC)
hee! that is cool. and yup, you should have one. :)
Mar. 31st, 2006 06:41 pm (UTC)
That is about the cutest thing ever!
Apr. 1st, 2006 07:12 am (UTC)

Is there time for me to book playoff tickets????

Thought not :( Sooooooooooooooo wanna go to the Garage *sniff* Wanna see the blimp. Wanna see the guys. Don't even care if they get hammered. Wah!!!
Apr. 12th, 2006 01:29 pm (UTC)
The scary thing is, right now, we just need them to get INTO the playoffs first! :( !!!!

(I *do* believe they're capable of winning the next three games. Which they absolutely must do. I'm just not quite sure right now whether that alone will do it; I forget whether it's the case now that they also need Edmonton to lose one, or something. Aargh!)
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