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April 21 2005

Even the NHL respects Buffy! Funny little mention of BtVS in an article about the lack of a National Hockey League this year.

"The NHL playoffs are that drop-dead gorgeous blonde, the AHL playoffs her quirky friend. Instead of Buffy, we're getting Willow."

Now, I think they must be referring to early seasons of Willow because a lot of people found Willow to be equally NHL Playoffs worthy as Buffy as the show went on! ;^)

I just thought it was funny to see BtVS referenced in this way in a hockey article of all things but that just shows how mainstream the show is and how much it is immersed in our culture.

I was about to comment and then read your "More" bit, FF. Bit rough on Willow if it is an overall refernce because, in a lot of ways (especially "Grave" and "Chosen") Willow kicked far greater ass than Buffy! Much kinder reference if, as you say, it refers to early Willow!
Hee, funny reference. And that second fiddle label is kinda how I've always seen Willow, even in later years, and why she fought so hard against it, thus going all controlling and then dark and filled with magic!crack.

Erm, sorry, Willow issues here :)
Living on a different continent and a bit confused if I understand this correctly the NHL is a bunch of girls? :)
A little bit light. Sorry Firefly.
Actually, the real importance of this little throwaway comment is the assumption, correctly I might add, that the reader will know what is being referred to. So, this means that Buffy and Willow are so much a part of the culture that the average person will understand the context of the comment.

BUt I agree, I rather ahve Willow any day. I lurv Alyson Hannigan, a great actor- see VM "Hot Dogs" for recent work...
I was disappointed when SMG was a guest voice on The Simpsons and there was no Buffy reference, however arcane, that I was able to discern. Because, there are at least a few Simpsons references on Buffy and Angel (when Willow calls herself Cletus the Slackjawed Yokel, and when Cordy tells Lindsey that his epidermis is showing.) These type of cultural references placed both shows more solidly in the "real" world...helped make the characters more credible and believable.
Living on a different continent and a bit confused if I understand this correctly the NHL is a bunch of girls? :)

If the NHL was a bunch of girls, we would have had hockey this year!!!
"Living on a different continent and a bit confused if I understand this correctly the NHL is a bunch of girls? :) "

Hi Miranda LOL :) The NHL stands for National Hockey League. To Canadians hockey is a national religion, kind of like football (soccer) is to the rest of the world. I think as Buffyfans, we can understand the writer's pain. The entire NHL season (August to June) of this year was cancelled due to a contract dispute between players and the owners. April is when the playoffs to determine top team begins.
A little bit light. Sorry Firefly.
Madhatter

Actually, the real importance of this little throwaway comment is the assumption, correctly I might add, that the reader will know what is being referred to. So, this means that Buffy and Willow are so much a part of the culture that the average person will understand the context of the comment.
Dana5140

Madhatter, I did say in my initial post that I put this because of how this article shows how much BtVS is immersed in popular culture. Plus I just thought it was funny to see a Buffy reference in a hockey article of all things. Dana5140 nailed it perfectly with her comment. I'm sure if the mods think it is too light they'll delete it.

As for Willow being a second fiddle to Buffy, well, I think that is how Willow has always felt about herself and that is what led to her troubles in season six. I don't think Buffy ever felt that way, and I don't think Oz or Tara ever saw her that way either.

Frankly, I prefer early Willow over later seasons Willow just because she was so sweet and innocent and I felt, at times, in the later seasons she became a very self-centered person. I still adored her but I really missed that innocent and naive girl that she once was.
Absolutely right, Dana5140 - to use just Buffy's and Willow's first names shows that they're in the same league as Madonna, Cher, er...Britney...well, you get the picture.
Removing foot from mouth. Sorry, Firefly Flanatic. I misunderstood the topic. My fault.
NHL + Whedonesque = Not Good.
And I, being Dana5140, am really a guy. Of the male sex. Truth! :-)
Sorry Dana, I have a niece with the name Dana and I automatically attribute the name to a girl even though I know it is also a male name (and was a male name first).
Not a problem, happens all the time, and I used to be married to Randee, and am now married to Gail, so there is never an end to the confusion.

And as a former Detroiter, NHL, get your ass in gear! Be as good as Willow, for she rules. With Tara, that is. :-)

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