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Thursday, May 15, 2003

cherry, on top
The Electronic Entertainment Expo is in full swing, so you just know there's going to be lots of videogame news floating from it. The fun part is where you find it.

Like at Canada's The Sports Network, for instance. They present the frightening concept of outspoken and flamboyant hockey commentator Don Cherry coming at you in digital form on the next hockey videogame you play.

You'd better believe I'd be hitting the mute button on that sucker.

For those that don't know, Cherry is a curmudgeony old cuss who's mouth is matched only by his bizarre wardrobe tastes. (The suit he's wearing in the above photo is probably among the more conservative things in his closet.) Once a player and coach in the NHL, he's now largely just a talking head, albiet a loud one. More or less like Canada's version of Howard Cosell, or, to come up with a contemporary example, Chris Berman. You pretty much either love him or hate him, with no middle ground.

Old-school Don Cherry in a videogame. What's next, a game based on the classic bodybuilding documentary Pumping Iron?? Actually, hold onto your hats, because according to Arnold Schwarzenegger, that could be the case.