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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

The NHL Awards Cuba Gooding Jr. Show

The NHL Awards took place tonight as the NHL honored its best from the past season. It was a good night overall for the most part. Sidney Crosby took home three pieces of hardware on the evening as seen to the left. Patrice Bergeron also won three times, capturing the Selke Trophy, the NHL Player Foundation Award, and he was announced as the player who would grace the cover of EA Sports' NHL '15. There were other winners that got some hardware, but one man stole the show with his appearance.

Now you might be thinking that an NHL legend showed up to wow the crowd. Maybe it was a major Hollywood movie star. Or maybe it was former A-lister Cuba Gooding Jr. Mr. Gooding is a regular at Los Angeles Kings games, so he's a hockey fan. This is literally eight minutes of Mr. Gooding making network executives uncomfortable.
Is it just me, or does it seem like Cuba Gooding Jr. has a case of Tourette's? Why was he randomly screaming out names and words? It felt like he was summoning his character, Rod Tidwell, from Jerry Maguire with all the hooting and hollering he was doing.

Don't get me wrong: I like Cuba Gooding Jr., but this was weird. I appreciate that he was livening up a rather dull show, but this felt uncomfortable at times. Like when he accused Mark Messier for touching his posterior. I'm not sure what he was trying to do, but it's easy not to get hired in Hollywood when you act a little crazy.

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

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