Thursday, November 29, 2007


He is so great. He is excactly what the flames need. If you are not going to have a good season, you should at least have Jeremy Roenick performing his hilarious on ice spectacles. I was searching the net looking for good articles on Roenick. One article i found was compiling the best video game athletes of all time. JR came in number 2.

2) Jeremy Roenick – NHL ’93, Sega Genesis – The greatest one man show on ice. The Penny Hardaway of hockey video game stars. Roenick was like Sonny Chiba in The Street Fighter – unstoppable. It didn’t matter that the Blackhawks didn’t have anyone else worth mentioning, with the possible exception of Steve Smith. Smith’s pugnacious predilections were good for one fight per game. He was more destructive with his fists than Ivan Drago, and he had a tougher jaw than Rocky Balboa. If you started a fight with Smith, you could get up, casually stroll to the kitchen, grab a Dr. Pepper and some Cheetos, answer the ringing telephone, hit the restroom, saunter back to the television, pick up the controller, languidly tap the C button a few times, and watch as Smith painted the shimmering ice with the blood of yet another opponent foolish enough to engage him in hand to hand combat. But I digress. Roenick was fast, quick, and athletic. He was at once graceful and brutal; poetic and savage. If Smith didn’t bludgeon an opposing star with his fists, Roenick did so with a murderous check. Roenick routinely scored in double figures in goals per game. A hat trick in the first period was a given. Sure, there were better overall teams – the Redwings, Penguins, Rangers, Devils, and Kings, to name a few - but no NHL roster was stocked with enough manpower to overcome the singular talent that was Roenick. And how many other video game athletes have commanded an entire film sequence about their virtual prowess, as did Roenick in Doug Liman’s 1996 Cult Classic Swingers (“Y'know, it's not so much me as Roenick; he's good,” said Vince Vaughn’s character, Trent, as he gleefully spattered the ice with Wayne Gretzky’s blood, and then subjected his opponent to slow motion replays of the carnage)?


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