If you don't know the song, here's the Youtube link:
More than just the song, it makes me think about the 21 gun salute they do near the end.
For those about to rock, we salute you...BANG, BANG, BANG (21 times).
I saw them play that song live many moons ago, and to say the cannons firing was deafening would be the understatement of the millennium! The drama of the gun blasts, however, can in a lot of ways, be compared to the potential (probable?) backlash that is sure to come no matter who the Canadiens hire to run this team.
For those about to rock, we salute you...cue the series of fan heads exploding.
Let's wait and see
According to TSN (and several other sources), the Canadiens have interviewed Pierre McGuire and Marc Bergevin (among others). But what is salient is that these two seem to be the two finalists. At least unofficially they do.
Click here to read the TSN piece.
I wrote about the virtues of Bergevin a few weeks ago, and there is no question that he is widely considered to be a prime candidate for this or any potential GM job. When it comes to McGuire, on the other hand, I haven't seen or heard of another candidate who is such a polarizing figure.
Many are staunch McGuire supporters (mostly on TSN radio 990) and feel he is the best man for the job, while others, (mostly in the Twitterverse) feel he would be the worst thing to happen to the Habs since Rejean Houle.
While it remains to be seen who will ultimately be chosen, my money says it will be McGuire. Why? Well, to be honest, I just get a feel that he'll be the guy, and for no other reason. I also happen to think that he is an excellent candidate—a statement that is sure to open the flame-flood gates!
Personal preferences aside, my Hockeybuzz colleague, Eric Engels, wrote a brilliant piece on the matter this morning.
If you haven't yet read it, now's the time to check it out. Not only does Eric clearly lay out the many challenges and decisions that any incoming GM will have to make, but he makes an even more important point.
And that is that regardless of who is chosen, it is important that fans do not rush to judgement.
Most people know nothing of the inner workings of these GM interviews and, more importantly, don't know what either Bergervin or McGuire's plans would be upon being named GM. The assessments of Bergevin and McGuire, from the public, are mostly based on liking or disliking their personalities and/or their existing bodies of work.
Make no mistake, however, that Geoff Molson and Serge Savard are no idiots. They are not going to put someone in the GM's chair unless they truly feel he is the best man available for the job. So whoever they chose, we have to believe that the two-headed GM selection committee feels they have the best plan to get this team to the promised land.
And, so far, Molson has been a man of his word and seems like he is doing whatever is in his power to make this team a winner.
So, to Engels' point, let's wait and see what the incoming GM plans to do and how their plan unfolds before deciding that they are a good or bad choice for the job.
Or, in other words, for those about to rock...breath through the nose first.
Kamal is a freelance writer, Senior Writer/Editor-in-Chief of HabsAddict.com, Montreal Canadiens Blogger on Hockeybuzz.com and featured columnist on PowerScoutHockey.com. Kamal is also a regular on-air contributor on TSN 990, CJAD, and LiveSport New Zealand.
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