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Ducks Win! Win... win... win... (Echo of apathy)

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James Caan, Ray Liotta, Cuba Gooding Jr., Josh Lucas, Jerry O'Connell, "Snoop Dogg", Jerry Bruckheimer and Mark McGwire. Is this the cast for next summers biggest blockbuster?

No way hockey fans! That's just a sprinkling of the giant mega superstars that attended last nights 1-0 win by the hometown Ducks. The Ducks are now up 2-0 in the series and are poised to bring the Stanley Cup to the West Coast for the first time in 82 years.

Yesterday I said I was going to tune in to see washed up actors, a decent anthem singer, and good hockey. And despite the absence of Emilio Estevez, the game delivered on all three counts.

Last night it was the Canadian anthem's turn to be butchered (arguably the best in the world). You know you chose your career path erroneously when 500 or so Ottawa fans boo their own freakin' anthem.

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Then the Ducks proved that "portly" chicks can do more than have nice hair and suck a golf ball through a garden hose. Apparently they can also belt out a tune like a bat out of hell.

When a singer gives you goose bumps you know you just witnessed a fantastic performance. That, or you need to put a sweater on. Either way, compared to the general feeling of nausea experienced not 2 minutes previous, I was feeling rather good about myself going into Game 2.

Ottawa keeps bitching how they've just played their two worst games of the entire playoffs. Well, perhaps that has something to do with the opposition? Anaheim is no Pittsburgh, New Jersey or Buffalo. And honestly, who would want to be Pittsburgh, New Jersey or Buffalo? Steel, swamps and... ummm... buffalos? Can someone remind me again why Buffalo exists?

If Anaheim just wins one game in Ottawa to go up 3-0 or 3-1, this series is over, figuratively speaking. Well, literally speaking if you listen to the baked skateboarder from Newport Beach.

I suggest you tune in on Saturday at 5 pm to see how the Canadian crowd celebrates their own. The series now switches over on TV to NBC (don't forget Don Cherry will be on). And since I'm on this huge anthem kick, I'm hoping Ottawa brings out the giant police officer guy to do the Canadian side of things. Unfortunately, the highest profile celebrity in the Ottawa crowd will be the Assistant to the Public Works Minister.

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I guess that still beats Estevez.