Yeah, that's probably the best way to sum this past week up. On top of the putrid record the Sens posted this week, illness once again runs amok on the Underground. But as the old saying goes, the show must go on so even with Russell bed ridden with yet another bout of the flu/cold, we found a way to get a show out to you folks. Your cold, clammy, sweaty, feverish host calls in to do his duties this week. With so much to say about the Sens, we felt we didn't have a choice and considering this was a totally new experience for us, we think it turned out pretty good!
Whereas Russell will eventually get better, there are some who are not sure the same can be said for the Senators. 8 games into the season and our boys seem to be going the wrong way. 1 so-so win and 4 losses do not a happy coach make:
Phoenix 3 - Ottawa 6
Bruins 4 - Ottawa 2
Florida 3 - Ottawa 1
Anaheim 4 - Ottawa 3
Ottawa 2 - Toronto 3
Hartsburg has been saying all the right things, seems to understand what ails the team yet these patients of his don't seem to be swallowing his medicine. This was painfully clear in the loss to the Dirty Ones on Saturday when we saw how much farther along the learning curve they are than us. That hurts us to say.
After covering the games, we have a quick back and forth about why things are not going as planned. We seem to agree that though this may not be the most talented team we've ever seen in Ottawa, they certainly should be better than the way they are playing. But there is Hartsburg's dilemma; why does this group of professional hockey players have so much trouble doing the seemingly simple task of playing hard every night, hell, ANY NIGHT, for 60 minutes?
With the fans growing impatient already, pressure mounts on Hartsburg and Murray to get this team on track quickly. And as we discuss, a lot of that impatience stems from the fact that many of this year's problems are last year's problems all over again. That wasn't supposed to happen! Gerber, the defence, no secondary scoring... anyone else sick of hearing about this yet? All we need now is for someone to show up late for practice!
The big catch phrase we've heard over and over from the brain trust has been "accountability". Well, it's time to put your money where your mouth is. With the team bottoming-out against a barely NHL calibre Leafs squad, we talk about it being time to send a strong message and send someone with a higher profile than Donovan to the press box. The time has come and there's no shortage of possible candidates.
Stooli does his News thing, a bunch of e-mails including one from a listener who was not down with a former guest, and one of the worst examples of poetry you will ever hear.
And finally, you will get the details about Shredder's and Russell's upcoming adventure back into the music biz.
For info on how to join Stooli's new dorm, watch for the late night infomercials during the adult movie.