Oh, Strombo. Who put these roundtable interview combinations together? Tavares, Giroux and Seguin at the same table? It’s awkward. It’s brilliant. It’s the cast of The 40-Year-Old Virgin.
Compared to Sid, Hank and Toews all doing the casual leanback, these guys are more nervous and eager. They’re all sitting forward, shoulders up – they even mimic each other’s postures with their hands. A therapist would have a field day with all the mutual admiration and trying to fit in going on here.
Of course their outfits match too, light button-downs all around. If this were a dinner, the waitress would be spilling water on everyone.
So, John’s teeth aren’t really fixed. Claude didn’t bother with his false tooth. Tyler is perfect, because he’s Tyler – and he’s really likable in this interview. It’s possible I never considered that before. Sorry other guys, but the Western Conference is taking top marks with only half the seats at these roundtables.
[Note from Chuck: Oh, Tyler. Tyler, Tyler, Tyler. I’m a sucker for a guy’s hands and the way that he was talking with them and resting them oh so casually on his biceps throughout the interview – killing me… killing me softly.]
John, of course, is so, so square. How can you not love this guy?! ‘Mild mannered’ doesn’t begin to describe it. No one on his team showboats. No play haunts him. According to Giroux, he is a terrible trash talker. He says “fustration” (no ‘r’) and takes any opening to dig at Giroux. He obviously combed his own hair for this interview and probably has a coat and tie in his bag just in case.
Jana (@jstefanc) said it best: “It’s so weird to see a teacher outside of school.”
From the archives, a picture of 14-year old John in media training:
[Note from Chuck: No media training for Tyler? That explains so much. Did the Bruins not have one? Had I know, I totally would have Katniss-ed that.]
For all the ginger glory, Claude needs to decide what he’s doing with this hair. Long or parted. You can’t pick both, not on one head at the same time. We love the curls and the color but it’s time to commit.
The best part of this, the most revealing difference from the other interview, is how they all reach for the snacks the moment it’s over.
Cheetos for everyone.
We could go for more of these, if Strombo is free. Or he could join in the Google Hangouts that Lindsay, Alison and I do where we watch two hockey games a piece and all talk over each other in shouty caps.Tags: claude giroux, john tavares, strombo, Tyler Seguin