Fan request: A Fox. A red fox, to be exact, the most widespread species of fox in the world!
Yet another installment in my on-going 8-Bit Muppets series, Bert and Ernie! When I was a child, Bert and Ernie were the faces of the Sesame Street franchise.
In honour of Harold Ramis, here are the 8-Bit Ghostbusters.
I hope that, at some point soon, Harold Ramis pays a visit to Dan Aykroyd as a full-torso apparition, or at least a focused, non-terminal, repeating phantasm.
In honour of the launch of the WWE Network, here are some old-school wrestlers in the new character template I showed you the other day!
The Gold Medal Game just ended, calling a close to the 2014 Sochi Olympics. So, to commemorate this, here are all of the jerseys worn during the past two weeks of competition!
These Olympics were significant for several reasons. First, Canada retained its gold medal championships against some pretty stiff competition; the Canada-US final for the women’s gold was one of the best hockey games I have ever watched. With the men’s win in particular, it marks the first time since the fall of the Soviet Union that a team has retained the gold medal. It also makes Team Canada’s men the most successful Olympic hockey team since the fall of the Soviet Union, winning three.
The Gold Medal Game had to come down to Canada vs. Sweden. The two most dominant teams of the post-Soviet era, of the NHL era. Which brings us to the second reason why these Olympics were significant: this may be the last time NHL players will represent their respective nations on the Olympic stage. While this question ALWAYS comes up, I don’t think that it has been more pressing than it is now. Several star players are returning from Sochi pretty banged up; a couple of them are done for the season. And while I’m certain that the players themselves would do it again in a heartbeat, the owners of the teams they play for may not share their sense of patriotic duty.
Will the Pros make it to South Korea? Or will the hockey powers of the world be represented by amateurs, like it used to be, 20 years ago? We shall see in four years’ time.
For those of you who have been keeping up with the past 16 days of updates, I hope the experience has been an enjoyable one. And for those of you who care NOT for sports, I promise that I will draw some not-sports things for you soon.
Today, February 22nd, marks the 34th anniversary of one of the biggest upsets in sports history, the ‘Miracle on Ice,’ in which a bunch of American college kids beat the greatest hockey team ever assembled, the Soviet Red Army in Olympic Hockey at Lake Placid, New York.
I watched a National Geographic documentary on the 1980s, and it credited the Miracle On Ice as the moment in which the cynicism of the 1970s was shattered, and Americans started feeling proud of their country again. Being a Canadian, I only know of the Miracle on Ice through a third-party perspective (we have the Summit Series up here), but I do enjoy turning points in history.
And guess what! You can wear this design on your torso! Click the picture to buy the T-Shirt!
Day Fourteen of the 2014 Sochi Olympics features the host nation, Team Russia! The Russians are synonymous with hockey dominance, most notably from the days of the Red Army team. And yet, in recent years, Team Russia has struggled to even contend for a medal, despite its sheer amount of star power. Their jerseys are a combination of the traditional and the bizarre. Their red jerseys are in line with Team Russia’s post-Soviet look, but their whites… their whites are just strange, what with the enlarged two-headed eagle emblem. It might have also contributed a bit to their poor performance this year, since they failed to win a single game while wearing it.
This concludes my 14-part series of 8-Bit Olympic Hockey Jerseys. I will have a couple of follow-ups, including a special treat for tomorrow!