Alright, everybody collectively sigh. There's still no end in sight to the NHL lockout and, unfortunately, that means Ron MacLean and Don Cherry are going to need something new to do for a while. Gentlemen, we have some suggestions for you:
Tonight (September 29), it's Nuit Blanche in Toronto. Instead of heading to CBC's Toronto Broadcast Centre to set up for Hockey Night in Canada, head down for Andrew Kearney's Skylum installation - simulating the experience of a thunderstorm in the Barbara Frum atrium. It promises to be quite the experience...
Don - learn piano:
Perhaps it's time to take up a new hobby. Don, you've got the perfect hand posture to play piano. Look:
Ron - sign up for Twitter:
While Don's learning to play piano properly, you should sign up for Twitter. Don's already done it, and he shows that you don't need to be prolific to gain a lot of followers. One of the most trusted hockey voices in the country - nay, the world - your opinion is valued by every hockey fan in Canada. While you're not hosting Hockey Night, there's no quicker way to get your voice heard. For now, all we have is this parody:
NHL source told me Bettman and Fehr met for lunch today. Source said Bettman promised to pay beforehand, but at the end "forgot his wallet."— Ron MacLean (@RonHNIC) September 20, 2012
Go round to Tom Power's house for a session of NHL 13:
We asked some of the big names of CBC for their hockey rituals during last season's playoffs, and we found out about CBC Radio 2 Morning host Tom Power's love of playing the video game NHL 12. Now onto NHL 13, Tom would love to extend the invitation to the two of you. He said, "you can expect serious smacktalk, treating a video game as if it's an actual game and lots of beer." I'm sold. Check out the trailer - as close as you can get to the real thing?
Don - find more fabric for suits:
Kind enough to let Rick Mercer join you on a previous trip to Fabricland trip back in 2008. We think it might be time for another one. Look at the fun that was had:
Ron - practice your Don Cherry impression:
While Don's out getting more fabric, you can practise your Don Cherry impression. We recommend giving 22 Minutes' Mark Critch a call for tips:
Watch yourselves in a movie:
Tonight on CBC Television, at 8pm, you can see The Wrath of Grapes - the second instalment of The Don Cherry Story. You'll be able to relive some of the most important moments in Hockey Night in Canada's history. Sometimes there's nothing better than a good trip down memory lane. If tonight doesn't work for you, The Don Cherry Story is always available on the CBC Player.
Watch another sport:
Check out the CBC Sports broadcast schedule. Today, it's Sports Day in Canada. That means there's a wealth of sport on CBC Television. For example, the Canadian Womens U-17 team are in action, facing Azerbaijan in World Cup soccer. There's wrestling, there's triathlon and there's even the Redwood Cup - where you can see Canada's best street hockey players:
Go to a taping of Over the Rainbow:
Every Sunday and Monday night for the next six weeks, Over the Rainbow will be continuing the search for a Dorothy for Mirvish's Toronto production of Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Wizard of Oz. And hey, I know the audience guy, I can get you in for free! Each week a guest mentor will join in the fun and frolics, and this is the sort of thing you can expect to see:
Take up rap:
Oh, no, wait. Don's already done that: