Going by popularity, the song above is the front-runner for the CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada Anthem Challenge. Titled “Hockey Scores” and created by Logan Aube from Aurora, it is the most viewed, top rated, and most commented-on submission of over 1,000 themes entered thus far. Described by Aube as “a beautiful theme encompassing the heart of hockey,” it is absolutely and irrefutably atrocious, a million times worse than the iconic Hockey Night in Canada theme that the CBC embarrassingly lost to CTV.
And that’s sort of the point. Aube created “Hockey Scores” as a joke, then posted a thread in the Something Awful forums last Thursday, asking for the goons there to help make it popular. (There, he more honestly described the song as “mostly comprised of cat and sheep sounds, baby cries, and gunshots/explosions.”) A week later, with a spectacular animation on YouTube and an advocacy group on Facebook to further the cause, “Hockey Scores” is dominating the competition: almost every other theme uploaded can’t get a rating higher than two out of five, and commenters on Aube’s theme—those not in on the joke—are understandably confused, distressed, and furious.
Sadly, Aube’s submission almost certainly won’t win the contest’s $100,000 (plus 50% royalties) prize and serve as Hockey Night in Canada‘s next theme—semi-finalists, announced on October 4, are not selected solely by popularity and are vetted by a producer and judges—but it’s certainly a valiant effort. Even the CBC seems to think so: when “Hockey Scores” was briefly taken down on July 12, the CBC sent an e-mail to Lowgain clarifying that the move was a mistake on the part of a third-party moderator, and that Aube should “expect no further trouble with your most excellent submission.”
Thanks to Nik Broukhanski for the tip.