the fun right out of hockey!!! Recently the NHL has begun fining people in Detroit for throwing the octopus on the ice in Detroit. I’m no Wings fan, but I love tradition and fun. The NHL claims that it is for player safety. Apparently by the time octi hits the ice, his body is gel like and disintegrates *gag* and a player or official could slip. Okay, whatever. Now the NHL is taking aim at Vancouver’s “Green Men.”
If you don’t watch much Canucks hockey, the “Green Men” are two guys, known as Sully and Force, who wear green body stockings to the games. They sit next to the penalty box (cha ching $$) and dance, wave, bring props and generally harass the players of the opposite team who are in the sin bin.
The Green Men are local celebrities and have made it on various national sports shows. You would think the NHL would enjoy the national press and reward the dedication of passionate fans. Of course not. The NHL has now asked Sully and Force to refrain from touching the glass during their antics. Other fans can still bang on the glass as they have been doing for decades, but these particular fans cannot touch the glass. Such party poopers. I will say I am very interested to see how they respond to this.
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This is my favorite:
Maybe it was the cutout of Kerry Underwood in a Canucks jersey that sent the league over the top? It's reported that Vince Vaughn (uber Blackhawks fan during the playoffs) did not think it was funny at all when they did it to him. *wah wah*