Outdated reference point or not, the anti-apathy sentiment on Superchunk‘s sophomore single “Slack Motherfucker” still seems characteristic of Mac McCaughan 20 years after he wrote it. The recently dormant Superchunk is moving again, and McCaughan also fills his time with Portastatic and co-ownership of Merge Records. As if that wasn’t enough to keep him busy, McCaughan is guest editing magnetmagazine.com this week.
McCaughan: Only if you don’t follow sports will you find it hard to imagine that an ice-hockey team based in North Carolina gets no respect from the rest of the league, probably even in such hockey bastions as freaking San Jose, Calif., and Phoenix, Ariz. But you know what? Fuck those people, because we have the Carolina Hurricanes and won Lord Stanley’s Cup more recently than every other team in the NHL except two. Seeing ice hockey in person will make you into a fan, and so will watching the US of A beat the USSofR in the Olympics when you’re 12 years old, which I did. So here I am with season tickets. Game seven of the 2006 finals series against the Oilers when the ‘Canes won the Cup was the greatest sports-related thing I’ve ever been to; they even let me talk about it on TV once sitting next to Cam Ward and Rod Brind’Amour. It was insane, and guess what? The ‘Canes are back in the playoffs and underdogs to everyone as they were three years ago. We all know what happened then.