Friday, February 05, 2010

The Danger(ously Silly) Zone

My friend Miles recently posted the video clip found below on his blog. It's the fire-up-the-crowd video that plays on the scoreboard prior to University of Alaska-Fairbanks hockey games.

I went to YouTube for the embedding code (because I love all of you so much), and there I fell into a wormhole. First, there are two previous versions of this opening. One of them is pretty similar in theme -- but different enough in specifics to definitely be worth watching. It's labeled as the "director's cut" on YouTube, where I also learn that "Danger Zone" was considered "too '80s" by some of the powers that be, and it was replaced in the final version by . . . "Dr. Feelgood" by Motley Crue. Yes, much more timely.

The other one, from 2006-2007, makes hilarious use of Google Earth (or some facsimile) to slowly -- very slowly -- pan in on the team's arena. Kind of hard to get pumped up by slowly drifting through cartoon clouds. But once we reach Earth, things liven up, including a showdown between the bear and a red hawk. The mascot that the bear fights evidently changed based on the given night's opponent. And "fights" is a strong term. It's more like, the mascot that the bear swipes at and floats past. (One YouTube commenter: "The bird´╗┐ should have at least exploded. Still good though.") Here it is:

The best thing about all this -- better than polar bears dropping bombs into volcanoes? OK, probably not -- is that the team is not the Bears, but the Nanooks. I suppose this clip, from the groundbreaking 1922 documentary Nanook of the North wouldn't have the same effect on the crowd:



Blogger Kraig Smith said...

Oh wow---that's fantastic. The bear destroys THE WORLD. I would also like to take this opportunity to point out that a certain person, now a FOX News commentator, was Governor of this state. Coincidence?

10:03 PM  

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