The flamboyant, talented, and immensely popular disk jockey and television host Jimmy Savile passed away at the age of 84 at his home in Leeds today, and the world is a little bit less colorful as a result.
Savile, who, after receiving a knighthood often went by the monkier “Sir Jimmy,” was an omnipresent figure on British radio and television airwaves from the 1960s through the 80s. His legacy doesn’t stop there, however: the entertainer was also a committed philanthropist, raising millions of pounds for charities, and raised 20 million for the creation of the National Spinal Injury Centre alone. In his lifetime, his charitable efforts topped the £40 million mark.
Rock royalty showered his family with condolences, as expected, but so did the more traditional sort of royalty: “The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall,” read a statement released by Prince Charles’ Clarence House, “are saddened to hear of Jimmy Savile’s death and their thoughts are with his family at this time.” The music world will miss him, but hey – if you’ve got to leave the planet, doing so at a ripe old age with a rich legacy of charitable work and a bevy of A-list friends isn’t too bad.
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has been looking the worse for wear, recently – he suffered cuts to his forehead and lost two teeth. It’s not what you might think from one of rock’s most flamboyant stars, though: the charismatic singer slipped in the shower after several days of food poisoning left him dehydrated and woozy.
After a brief visit to the doctor’s office, Steven was none the worse for wear. Cuts to his forehead were stitched up and his teeth were fixed, leaving him with a clean bill of health. Fortunately for Aerosmith fans, only one concert (in Paraguay) was affected.
As the NHL season heats up, YouTuber tweiss229 brings us a hilarious piece of hockey history (courtesy of a local secondhand store): the full version of 80s classic short “Hockey: The Lighter Side.” It’s very, very silly, and well worth a watch.
Are you listening to the song yet? Turn up your speakers or put on headphones and hit play. OK, good.
The Canucks have picked up a new goal song – “Electric Worry,” by the band Clutch – and it’s become immediately stuck in our heads. If you’ve been to Rogers Arena lately and catch yourself singing “bang, bang… vamanos, vamanos” under your breath, this is why.
Oddly enough, the song was also used in TV ads for the incredibly addictive zombie-shooting co-op multiplayer game Left 4 Dead 2, leaving us wondering… the Canucks would probably do pretty well for themselves in a zombie apocalypse, right?
Montreal Canadiens goaltender Peter Budaj, originally drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in 2001, has taken the tradition of custom art for goalie masks in hockey and run with it. He’s featured such imposing (if geeky) characters on his mask as the Hulk and medieval assassin Altair (of the video game series Assassin’s Creed), but he’s best known for sporting the terrifying visage of longtime Simpsons character Nedward “Ned” Flanders.
The art, done by hockey artist Dave Gunnarson of DaveArt.com, features Ned Flanders as some kind of wizard. It’s worked: last season, Budaj reached 100 career wins in a 4-3 game against the Phoenix Coyotes. Abraca-diddly-abra.
Unlike other sports organizations, having facial hair in the NHL is de rigeur for players–whether it’s a gentlemanly moustache or a flowing wizard’s beard which would make Gandalf blush. On hockey blog What the Hell Is Icing, NBA refugee Bob Gurnett gives us his picks for the top five whiskers currently graces the manly mugs of the NHL’s finest.
Here’s an interesting article. Matt Horner, of hockey blog Five Minutes for fighting, dissects the psychology behind fans referring to their team as “we” and “us.” Using experimental data from a 1974 study, he goes on to show that people are more likely to refer to their team as “we” after a victory, and “they” after a defeat, which might explain the phenomenon of the “bandwagon” every year when a team is doing well in the Stanley Cup finals.
Horner has a reason for this: “People want to be judged positively by others,” he writes, “and they often try to associate themselves with something positive, like a successful sports team. This is especially true when they already feel bad about themselves. By piggybacking on the success of their team they can feel a sense of belonging and enjoy the warm feelings associated with being a part of something successful. It doesn’t matter that they didn’t actually participate in that success. The important thing is that they feel connected to it.”
You’re about to find out! Courtesy of YouTube user lupEND88, here’s a video contrasting Kanye’s hit tracks like “Jesus Walks,” “Stronger,” and “Flashing Lights” with the original source material. It’s often very difficult to hear the original material, as he’s altered it so much, and it’s fascinating to see how diverse his taste is: everything from Luther Vandross and Aretha Franklin to Tommy James and the Shondells. Take a listen:
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The Tampa Bay Lightning have cleaned up nicely. Not in terms of winning games this season (it’s still too early to tell), but literally: their newly renovated Times Forum has opened, and it’s amazing what some paint and new seats can do. That’s not the only thing new about the place – they’ve added a huge pipe organ, and most impressively, Tesla coils which, when operational, will shoot 20-foot bolts of manmade lightning.
Here’s a pic, via Reddit user randude, of one of the new coils:
The renovated Times Forum has lost around 500 seats due to the renovations, but the 19,204 seats remaining provide an even better view of Lightning hockey.
Check out our complete Tampa Bay Lightning schedule on our site if you’d like to see the team in their new venue for yourself!