Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Why I love hockey players: Volume 1

Every now and then, I'm reminded of why I love this sport and the characters who make hockey so compelling. Thus, the first installment of what I hope to be several issues in the series, "Why I Love Hockey Players."

Take a look at this video tour of the Brindy mansion from an NBC 17 feed. Roddy's crib looks just as you would expect the den of a hockey player to look who enjoys no direct female influence in his life. Almost no furniture to be seen. Other than a sweet kitchen, the Brind 'Amour manse is an 11K square foot Chuck-e-Cheese playground full of kid-friendly foam pits, trampolines, inflatible jumping things from your kid's last birthday party.

The killer is the only piece of real furniture they show in the video. Roddy's rough-hewn log bed. What a hoot. It's the only furniture in the MBR, and it looks like it was crafted by a drunk and blindfolded lumberjack with a chain saw. Only a hockey player would take pride in furniture from the Grizzly Adams collection. Yeah, Shaq has a climate controlled showroom for his Ferraris, but Roddy's got a coffee maker in his bathroom, and a bed that will give you splinters if the "play" gets too rough. Sweeet.

NBA, MLB, and NFL stars seem to know how to litter their lives with the trappings of wealth. If Roddy is any indication, hockey players struggle more with the display of their wealth. I used to see some very pedestrian vehicles at the Rec Zone on Hurricane practice days-lots of pick ups and GMC Yukons. Never saw anything nicer than Staal's (I think) Escalade. Imagine Eric Staal's single guy snake pit right about now. Unpacked luggage from the west coast roadie strewn about the entry hall, a huge HDTV, XBOX 360, surround sound, cable and Direct TV, a folding card table in the dining room and an inflatible camping mattress in the MBR. What a life.

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