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Jets fans singing B-side of Get Back

Good morning, folks.

As I was watching the Winnipeg Jets lose another game on Monday night — this time to the lowly Arizona Coyotes — I was trying to think what I might write today about the local NHL hockey team.

I pondered a story about how at no point during the game, despite the wide advantage in shots by the home team, did I think the Jets were actually going to win: it’s just been like that lately.

I pondered a yarn about how it appears very few people in the stands — and as Mike McIntyre wrote this week, there are fewer of those these days — seemed to feel the Jets were going to win either: man, is it quiet in the downtown rink these days.

I also thought about perhaps writing how I generally defer to the decisions Paul Maurice makes about the team — afterall, he’s coached 1,678 more games in the NHL than I have — but if there’s one thing I often think about when watching the Jets, is they seem to play better when the reins are loosened a bit on their offensive game. I sometimes think the bench boss’s commitment to defence first and having his team play a grinding style of game stifles the creativity of its many uber-skilled players. As someone texted me on Monday: it’s like he’s trying to turn a Lambo into a Ford Escape. I think they’d like to be somewhere in the middle of those two fine automobiles; perhaps an Acura MDX. But whatever vehicle you might want to compare them to, it’s clearly not firing on all cylinders. Perhaps PoMo needs to let them put the pedal to the metal a little more often.

I also considered writing that perhaps the team needs an infusion of youth. Again, that kinda goes against the grain of the coach’s settings, but most teams in the NHL these days have one or more youngsters — under-22 types — who make up for their inexperience with quickness and youthful enthusiasm. The Jets have at least a trio of them on the farm in Ville Heinola, Cole Perfetti and David Gustafsson. Frankly, the Jets vets look slow these days: would it really hurt to have someone like Perfetti called up for a stint, even if you just use him on the power play?

But eventually, I decided to write about none of the above. After all, I think most of you are tired of hearing what might be wrong with the Jets and are just waiting/hoping for them to get back to where they once belonged.

Get back, get back

Get back to where you once belonged

In case you don’t see where I’m headed here: In between watching Jets games the last week, I’ve also been watching the terrific new documentary series titled The Beatles: Get Back. Unlike Monday’s yawner, this is must-see TV, folks.

Directed and produced by Peter Jackson — he’s the guy who made the Lord of the Rings trilogy — the three-part, eight-hour doc that is streaming on Disney+ is culled from dozens of hours of footage and audio recorded as the band worked on the songs released in the 1970 film and album Let It Be. It is full of insights into the inner workings of one of the greatest — if not the greatest — rock-and-roll bands of all time.

From left, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and George Harrison in "The Beatles: Get Back." (Courtesy Apple Corps Ltd./Disney+/TNS)

The only thing that captured my attention as much as hockey did when I was a 10-year-old was music — and the Beatles were at the top of my hit list.

My memories of watching the Boston Bruins win Stanley Cups are only matched by my recollections of listening to 45s over and over, so that I could write down the lyrics and then later sing along.

Former Free Press columnist Paul Wiecek and I used to debate whether or not The Beatles were the greatest band of all-time. He was more of a Pink Floyd and Grateful Dead kinda guy and was of the opinion that any band that had written songs like Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da; Yellow Submarine and Octopus’s Garden could hardly be considered one of the all-time greats.

Personally, I kinda like those catchy tunes and I cite to him the rest of their catalogue of classic songs like Hey Jude, Sergeant Pepper, Strawberry Fields, A Day in the Life, Come Together, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Let it Be, In My Life, Yesterday, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Ticket to Ride, Revolution and Happiness is a Warm Gun — to name just a few.

And then of course, while I’ll always believe Bobby Orr was the best hockey player of all-time, it’s also my opinion that the greatest rock and roll song of all-time is Get Back.

There are far too many moments in the series for me to convey to you here in this space, but one sequence in the opening episode — watching Paul McCartney give birth to Get Back as Ringo Starr and George Harrison watch in awe — was mesmerizing.

The series wraps with the full 42-minute concert the band performed from the rooftop of their Saville Row headquarters in London. Yes, they passed the audition.

The Jets had the day off on Tuesday and will have two days of practice prior to their next game on Friday night vs the New Jersey Devils. I can imagine plenty of Jets fans singing the B-side of Get Back leading up to the game:

Don't let me down

Don't let me down

As always folks, you can reach me by replying to this mailing or by sending me an email here.

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