Thursday, January 24, 2008

Master of Puppets (Part 2)

Beginning at the 4-minute, 43-second mark of the press conference, Peddie unmistakably begins mouthing along with Fletcher as the incoming GM reads his statement. Cliff says: "I'd like to thank Richard and the board for making me..." and then Peddie's lips start moving "...the custodian of the keys for a period of time. And, I look forward to the challenge, and to a few tough months ahead." Peddie looks away from Fletcher, then turns his attention to the veteran hockey excutive at the 5:09 mark of the video. And, again, he begins mouthing the words Fletcher is speaking....
Judge for yourself:


At 12:37 a.m., January 24, 2008, Blogger Lowetide said...

Does anyone remember the Ronald and Nancy Reagan "we're doing the best we can" moment?

This is a little like it except one can hardly blame a wife for helping her husband in a moment of weakness. Weird, weird looking pc.

Having said that, just because a guy with white hair forgets a strangely-worded quote doesn't mean he can't judge hockey players.

Since Peddie has been irritating me lately I'll suggest it's bad form to come to the aid of someone who not only doesn't need it but can probably run circles around you in almost every aspect of life.

Including career accomplishments.

At 1:15 a.m., January 24, 2008, Anonymous David Johnson said...

Sorry, I don't see it. Peddie's lips were moving but probably only because he just took a drink of water. Honestly, do you really think Fletcher would take this job if he wasn't even allowed to speak his own words? I don't think so.

At 8:07 a.m., January 24, 2008, Anonymous Gerald said...

Honestly, do you really think Fletcher would take this job if he wasn't even allowed to speak his own words?

Do you actually think guys like Fletcher (or Peddie, for that matter) are speaking their own words when they are delivering prepared statements? Prepared statements are honed by professionals of that art.

I would imagine Peddie knew both his and Cliff's statements beckawards and forwards.

Funny clip, though.

At 9:29 a.m., January 24, 2008, Blogger Adam C said...

I enjoyed how, just like the best ventriloquists, Peddie incorporated taking a drink of water into his act.

The best ventriloquists, of course, seldom get caught moving their lips...

At 7:10 p.m., January 24, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prepared statement or not - Peddie obviously had it memorized. Meaning the statement was prepared. Meaning Fletcher was told what to say. Hello?

The irony of Fletcher being introduced with "full autonomy", with Peddie mouthing Fletcher's words is delicious.

The optics are terrible, in my opinion. Would Brian Burke allow a guy like Peddie to write his statements for him?


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