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Loose Change: Radio Ga-Ga

Perhaps man wasn't meant to multi-task. More to the point, perhaps this man wasn't meant to multi-task.

As if eating Cheerios while soaking my feet wasn't enough, I decide to up the ante by adding two more elements to the equation. In this corner, a TV tuned to NHL hockey. In this corner, headphones blasting the jovial sounds of the season.

The combination seemed benign enough, but the results are a tad more interesting:

I'm dream-ing of a big slug-fest,

Just like the ones I used to know.

Where no words are spo-ken 'cause their teeth are bro-ken,

The pretty blood trails in the snow.

(Funny, I don't remember the words exactly like that)

Dashing through the League

In more wide-open play;

Little guys with speed

Laughing all the way.

Whis-tles blow with ease

They finally got it right

O what fun it is to see

The box filled night by night

(A catchy little ditty, that one)

We Three Kings, of Los Angeles are,

Won-dering what he has planned for that tar.

U-S-A hockey, a-bout to get rock-y

Roe-nick's a pissed off star.

(Seems plausible)

On the Seventh Day of Christmas, Mike Milbury gave to me,

Young Jason Spez-za,

Big Todd Ber-tuzzi,

J.P. Du-mont!

Ol-li Jo-ki-nen,

Wade Red-den,

Brew-er and Mc-Cabe

And Luongo essentially for Free.

(No partridge? No pear tree? Not even Per Joos)

Sil-ver Mug, Sil-ver Mug

You have beach-front space near the city.

Stum-b-ling, Stum-b-ling,

Soon you'll be leaving the Bay.

(Songs as metaphors for life. What a concept)

Oh, the le-vel of play is frightful,

But their fans are so de-lightful,

They have so much room to grow,

Columbus blows, Columbus blows, Columbus blows.

(Door #1: Chimes. Door #2: Chimera)

You better watch out, you better not cry,

You just signed a lout, I'm telling you why,

The salary cap's af-fecting your town.

He's making a list, checking it twice,

Gonna find out who's allowed on the ice,

The salary cap's af-fecting your town.It sees you've spent too much dough,

It sees you when you broke the bank

It sees your team's much wea-ker.

It sees your team's a-bout to tank.

O, You better watch out, get ready to cry,

Your team's almost out, I'm telling you why,

The salary cap's af-fecting your town.

(I think it has “Instant Classic” written all over it)

Charlie Teljeur, creator of THN's hockeysockpuppettheatre, brings you Loose Change every Tuesday and Thursday, only on

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