Sunday, February 10, 2008

Nuts About Jerico, Nuts About Hockey

I grew up near a Jericho. But not the one in Kansas that is the focus of the series returns Tuesday night. I got hooked on the series last season. What can I say, I am a sucker for the disaster genre. I was one of those who was disappointed when the show was abruptly canceled. I was not one of the crazed fans who sent nuts to CBS to get them to reverse the decision to cancel.

It all stemmed from one of the later shows from last season. Skeet Ulrich, who plays Jake on the show, having heard the famous story from his father and grandfather about General Anthony McAuliffe's response to the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. Faced with uncertain odds, McAuliffe's one word reply to the Germans was, "NUTS!" In other words, forget it we're not leaving.

Jake utters the same to the town of New Bern, setting the stage for another battle between the two towns. Which will now be fought in a new season, starting on Tuesday. For the loyal viewers of "Jericho" bombarded the CBS studios with thousands of pounds of nuts of all varieties to save the show. And it worked.

Finally, today, because I didn't have anything else to do, the whole family went to the New York Rangers - Washington Capitals game. It was the first game for both of my sons. LBA's response when the Caps scored? "It's too loud" and he would cover his ears. But I did have him chanting, "Let's Go Rangers." It was decided that he may still be too young to learn, "Potvin Sucks." LBA 2.0's impression? He slept through most of it. Even the scoring. Here's a recap. Yeah, and the Caps won. They're doing well and it was a really good game.


Archivalist said...

I tried Jericho when it started, but just couldn't stick with it. I too like the disaster genre, but just couldn't stick with it.

I'm beginning to hate the Caps. That is all.

ADR said...

Hey, the Caps rule the SE! And, contrary to BA, I think they played a rather mediocre game yesterday and got nice two points.

Restaurant Gal said...

I so miss the Caps. Although I hear they are playing down here this week. C-A-P-S, Caps, Caps, Caps.

Brave Astronaut said...

AT - Give it a try. Hey, it's new television. That's something. As for the Caps, well, ADR said it. Mediocre, but two points to put them back in first. It may be the only way they make the playoffs.

ADR - see above. Have you steeled yourself and watched any of the Zednick footage? Nasty with a capital N.

RG - Well howdy, stranger! So good to see you over here. Maybe you should take your new guy to a Caps game. If he likes it, he could be a keeper. :)

david mcmahon said...

Apparently the funniest part was when McAuliffe's response had to be translated for the Germans.

I've actually been to the Battle of the Bulge memorial at Bastogne .... VERY lucky.