THE MEADOWS RECREATION CENTRE — It all began in the tiny Caribbean island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, in the mind of composer Anslem Douglas.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs was the first sports team to recognize its value as a raucous stadium anthem in 1998, using Chuck Smooth’s version to accompany their on-field dance: The Dawg Pound Rock.
Bahamian junkanoo group the Baha Men (you see what they did there?) took the single mainstream achieving triple platinum status in the summer of 2000 and winning a Grammy for Best Dance Recording a year later.
In the years that followed, however, Who Let the Dogs Out? was panned as one of the worst things to ever happen to music.
It placed third on a 2007 Rolling Stone survey of the 20 most annoying songs of all time and it was named the worst song ever by music streaming company Spinner in 2008. When the Seattle Mariners and the New York Mets got into a public spat over who owned the song in Major League Baseball, ESPN noted it was kind of “like scientists arguing over who discovered a deadly virus.”
Whatever your feelings about Who Let the Dogs Out?, if you asked that question at The Meadows Rec Centre on Sunday night, there was one answer – Your Puckaneers let the Dawgs out.
PHC dropped Game 2 of winter season 7-2 to the Desert Dawgs Sunday.
It was a mismatch pretty much right from the start.
That there was a blowout in the early going of a rec league season is not unusual. It usually takes the league a little while to place teams, especially new arrivals like the Dawgs, with the right competition.
It’s the way this one went down that left a bit of a sour taste.
You see beer league douchery is a bit like a snowball rolling down a hill — it get’s bigger and bigger as it goes.
Let us explain what we mean with some examples from Sunday:
The toe drag:
— Excessive use of the toe drag in non-contact hockey: mildly douchy. You wouldn’t do that in a real game, where you would find yourself on your back more often than not.
— Excessive use of the toe drag against a team that bills itself as the worst adult hockey team in YEG: pretty douchy. You are playing the worst team, make a pass.
— Excessive use of the toe drag when up 6-1 against a team that bills itself as the worst adult hockey team in YEG: super douchy. Need I say more?
The archery celebration:
— Dropping to a knee after a win and doing an archery pose in any rec hockey game: mildly douchy. Does any beer league win really ever need to be celebrated beyond a few high-fives?
— Dropping to a knee after you win and doing an archery pose while playing a team that bills itself as the worst adult hockey team in YEG: pretty douchy. We get it, you are better than us.
— Dropping to a knee after you with 7-2 against a team that bills itself as the worst adult hockey team in YEG: super douchy. I think this speaks for itself.
We could go on, but you get the point. It’s enough to make the Baha Men proud.
Don’t even get us started on tinted visors. Dirty Mike and the Boys, you know what we mean.
— DirtyMike&TheBoys HC (@DMATBHockeyClub) August 29, 2017
I guess we’ll see where the Dawgs end up this year.
My bet is the league lets them out up to Division 14. Woof, woof, woof, woof.
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PHC is back on the ice Wednesday night against Code Blue.
We’ll see you then!