Jock Talk with Joel Charron: Who’s your sports buddy?

 

 

Everyone needs a sports buddy.

You know, that one person that you always get together with to watch games of any magnitude or the first person you text when you hear some big news in the sporting world.

Some of my favorite sports memories happened with my sport buddy right by my side, my best friend, Shaun Thom.

Shaun and I have been friends for about 29 years and in almost three decades of friendship we have shared a plethora of sporting moment as well as developed quite the rivalry between each other.

I credit Shaun for turning me on to hockey in my 20’s; unfortunately I choose a team that would pit us against each other.

You see, Shaun is a Colorado Avalanche fan while I am a Vancouver Canucks fan. Our respected teams are rivals, which in turn has turned us against each other, when it comes to hockey.

Although our teams have never met in the playoffs we have had quite the battle in the regular season.

In 2002, while both living in Lake Louise Alberta, Shaun and I watched the Avs win the Stanley Cup on a very small TV.

In 2003, Shaun and I gathered for a regular season matchup against the Canucks and Avs in which the Avs torched the Canucks 9-3, it was also the game where Todd Bertuzzi sucker punched Steve Moore.

And I sat in misery in 2011 when the Canucks lost to the Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals. To this day when I call Shaun’s phone it shows the picture of Tim Thomas holding the Conn Smythe Trophy.

But not all our hockey memories were pitted against each other. We were side by side singing O’Canada  at the top of our lungs in Lake Louise when Canada won their first Olympic hockey gold medal in 50 years in Salt Lake City.

In 2010 we watch ever Team Canada game together but were unable to meet up for the gold medal game.

We watched the Windsor Spitfires win both their Memorial Cups while eating a massive plate of spaghetti and meatballs and we were both confused as Patrick Kane scored the Blackhawks awkward game-winning goal in 2010.

But it’s not only hockey we get into.

Five years ago I introduced Shaun to fantasy football and he took right to it and would have beat me in our playoffs if it weren’t for a technicality. He still curses Rashard Mendenhall because of it.

Fantasy Football has turned him into a football fan and was right there when Brett Favre threw away a Super Bowl berth against the Saints in 2009.

“I don’t know much about football but I wouldn’t have thrown that ball,’ he said to me.

But perhaps one of my favorite moments happened this past weekend when the Red Sox eliminated the Tigers for the ALCS.

Shaun’s not a baseball fan but watched with me anyways.

What made it so memorable was the way the Red Sox won, a seventh inning Shane Victorino grand slam, oh and it happened to be his birthday as well, which made it that much more special to me.

Shaun and I will always have that bond, sports is just another way that makes that bond stronger, these are just a handful of hundreds of memories I have with him.

The past 29 years have been filled with epic chirps, crazy games, joyous moment and heartbreaking plays. I can’t wait to see what the next 29 years hold.

So I will leave you with these two questions:

Who is your sports buddy and are they as awesome as mine?

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