Let me start this off by saying that I sincerely hope this is my final non-hockey post of the year; August is by far the slowest news month for hockey fans. Brutal times for hockey bloggers.
Sesame Street is a childhood institution. Its characters are icons. Go through the list: Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie, Gordon, Kermit, the list goes on and on. When I was a youth, Grover ruled the roost. Most skits somehow involved the blue furry monster who made an ass of himself on a regular basis. Remember Super Grover lighting his hair on fire with the rocket strapped to his back? Classic comedy indeed.
Things changed in the late 90's. Along came a red monster named Elmo and Grover's world was destroyed. Elmo played the funny, innocent monster that all kids adored. He was cute, lovable and most importantly, marketable. Tickle Me Elmo sold millions. Grover was Glenn Anderson to Elmo's Gretzky and his air time shrunk dramatically.
These days Grover is nowhere to be seen. I passed a Sesame Street Live semi-truck this morning and all of the muppets where on it, except Grover. He was the king of morning childhood TV and now he's gone. If I were Grover I'd be incredibly bitter, maybe even belligerent. If someone told me there was a workplace shooting at the Children's Television Network, he'd be the first suspect in my mind. Hell, I might even feel sorry for him.