Friday, December 04, 2009

Prepping For The Night

RDS Top 100, Celebrations (and a Game?)

You remember voting for players 91-100, right? About 22 months ago?

Well RDS is revealing the top 100 players as determined by their "democratic" vote.

After they got first choice on chunking players into the 100, then by groups of ten, RDS gave us the wonderful opportunity to select how to order the players within the top 10 (or in the case of the top 20, the whole top 20).

I do mock, but let's face it, at least they asked you. Some people just go ahead an publish these things, as if they have some sort of authority on the matter.

As it is such a fun occasion (well, admit that it is for guys who spent far too long making their own lists), I thought I'd share with you some other dissections of the top 100 Canadiens of all-time that should prime you right up for the RDS (I mean fans') verdict.

To start with, I wanted to share a few more lists with you. Below is a spreadsheet that contains the top 100 lists from Lions in Winter, Eyes on the Prize, Habs World, Ken Campbell's outrageously named "Habs Heroes: The Definitive List of the 100 Greatest Canadiens Ever" and one Ryan Coke's more off-beat (and by off-beat I mean Lyle Odelein is on the list) foray into the game. For those who thought we were mad with some of the inclusions we made, take heart in seeing that at the end of the day the authors of other blogs go just as mad in the course of list-making activities.

If you still haven't had your fill, then you'll want to use whatever spare minutes you have checking out the following sites to sate your historical urges:

Joe Pelletier's Greatest Hockey Legends – with profiles, stories and more

Puck Daddy – with a more humorous look at this night/year/5 years of celebration

Eyes on the Prize – with a list of links to his excellent in-depth articles on so many of the topics from across the century

Enjoy the coverage tonight. Enjoy the ceremonies and the history. I'd say enjoy the game, but that'd be a bit rich.

Happy century, see you tomorrow.

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