This is from http://www.theonion.com/content/news...ll_ferrell_350
February 21, 2008
NHL Offers Will Ferrell $350 To Do Movie About Hockey
NEW YORK—National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman announced yesterday that the NHL has offered actor/comedian Will Ferrell $350 to write, direct, and star in a sports comedy about the game of hockey. "We deliberated long and hard about spending our entire promotions budget on a single venture, but I think investing in Mr. Ferrell is a wise choice," Bettman told reporters, adding that an 80-minute Will Ferrell hockey movie can give the league more visibility than an 82-game season ever could. "If Mr. Ferrell chooses to take on this project, he will have complete creative control and all the league's resources at his disposal—zambonis, hockey sticks, Wayne Gretzky—whatever he needs to make a funny movie about hockey. The movie doesn't even necessarily have to be about hockey, just so long as there is some hockey in it." Former Saturday Night Live cast member Ferrell reportedly made $20 million for his last film.
Obviously a joke as is 99% of what they do, but really it says a lot about the sport. Hockey needs a kick in the pants of some sort. Mike Eruzione was a household name after 1980 whether you liked hockey or not. Even though he was fictional, men and women know who Roy Hobbs is, whether you are watching Spike TV or WE or Oxygen. Crosby and Ovechkin are great ambassadors for the sport, but the nation/world needs a rallying point bigger than just one player. Whether that's a movie or a player that can transcend the sport, we need something. I hate basketball, but if Michael Jordan ever played in a venue near me, I would have paid to see him play, just to say I did. I've seen some great NHL players play in person, Gretzky, Lemieux, Jagr, LaFontaine, Mogilny, Bure, Ovechkin, Crosby, Roy, Brodeur, Stevens, etc... but these players can only ignite a city or fan base or get fans of a sport talking, but I don't see it getting to the general populace. Michael Jordan had people talking irregardless of what sport they liked. Gretzky did too, I guess, but he's "old hat" (always wanted to say that). Bonds had that chance to be that guy for MLB, but even with his issues, people, not just sports fans had opinions about him and still do. There's no such thing as bad publicity, is there? We need something to get the people's attention, whether its an ambassador going above and beyond outside the rink or a movie that brings people to check out the sport. I don't have the answer, its just my opinion. I know this was sort of random. I just went looking for the FROZEN FOUR or the brackets and had to do a couple of searches to find out who was in. I guess it just stands out more in a hockey deprived area (North East Florida) than it would up north or a place with an NHL franchise or even a NCAA hockey market.
P.S. Can you see the coach in the 3rd Mighty Ducks movie coaching Ovechkin and telling him, "Act like you've scored before."