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Good morning Ottawa Senators Hockey Club:

Allow me to speak plainly -- I know you'll read this, so permit me to offer a bit of advice to your audio/visual team for tonight: Play Gwen Stefani's The Sweet Escape.

Now I can hear you already: "Silly pseudo-media girl, we already play that song." I know that. Play it again. Play it several times tonight -- specifically the beginning. Here's a refresher:

You may have noticed that the home crowd has *gasp* taken some initiative and has been heard singing along to this portion of the tune during home games. You may have also noticed that this song was playing at the HSBC Arena right before Joe Corvo scored his game-winning OT goal on Saturday. Here's the clip (thanks to Peter Q. for the heads-up). That's your cue. Please, for the love of God, take the ball and run with it. You're on a national stage right now, and you're running out of time to find anything that remotely resembles a unique playoff identity -- and no, Bobby Lalonde doesn't count. I know other teams have played this song. Right now that doesn't matter -- the crowd has shown interest, and the song can be related back to a big playoff moment. And please, don't just play it once while turning the volume down during the relevant portions. News Flash: It doesn't work, and the crowd doesn't like it. Play it, play it loud -- put "Woo Hoo" and "Yee Hoo" respectively up on the screen for all I care, so people know what they're doing. I don't know if you've noticed, but this city can barely hold an "Alfie" chant together. They need all the help they can get, and this is a good start. Trust me.

Thank you,


(As for the rest of you attending tonight's game -- would a "Norwood" chant whenever the puck went wide-right be asking too much? Probably, right?)