|Carry The Flag, you big dummy!|
OK, so the Jackets TV coverage has Jody Shelley (who is ELITE and gets better at this every game) in between the benches as their Pee Air McGuire figure. You can hear him stumble and stammer his words out and there is screaming coming from the benches so you know that something is wrong. Like a boss, my immediate reaction is “that better not be one of our guys”. Jeff Rimer says that an official went down even though all four are visible on camera. Rimer is moron. You see a ton of medical personnel—with no time wasted at all—pick up a body and take it back into the locker room and the viewer is watching ALL OF THIS. The Stars players are shaking and crying. The Jackets guys are shook up as well. You could hear a pin drop in the deathly silent American Airlines Arena. There was literally no sound being made. Watching this unfold was super creepy.
Fortunately, we found out a little bit later that Peverley was conscious and on his way to the hospital and that is great to hear because that looked REALLY bad live. I mean, no joke, judging the reactions of his teammates, I thought he died. I was pretty certain that I just watched an athlete die on camera. It turns out that Peverley has a history of heart issues so I hope that he can walk away from the sport and focus more on the future and avoid any more episodes like what happened on Monday night. You have to chuckle when it was revealed that once revived, he asked to go back into the game. That is incredible. I wish him well. That being said…
*Rich Peverley’s heart attack totally fucks up the CBJ’s postseason push, bruh! – We’re going to have to wedge another trip down to Big D some time again during an already compacted final month of the season. Let’s be honest, we were going to crush Dallas on Monday. The first 7 minutes of that game looked like Team Canada vs. one of those little kid teams. I’m not sure that it would have been possible to restart that game after that scene, BUT we’re kind of the victims here. The CBJ are in the Cup-winning business and unnecessary road trips aren’t going to help with that. Oh well, it’s been awhile since the league office made things tough on their signature franchise. I’m used to it by now. I’m starting to think that this could be an inside job. I’m going to need to take a look at that EKG immediately. Or perhaps Richie couldn’t believe that Horton finally scored again. Either way, I smell Kahoots! I’m talking about the strip club now and can we go there?
*Ohio’s state hockey championship ended in a tie – By now, you’ve probably already heard about this travesty (and it is ironic because Drew was talking to me at Barley’s about how entertaining the HS hockey game he went to recently was) from over the weekend. After SEVEN overtimes, the OHSAA ruled the title game between Northview and St. Ignatius a 1-1 tie and that they would be co-champions. The reasoning behind this decision was “player safety” and that makes sense but COME ON. This is for a championship, dammit! I don’t believe that a shoot-out was the answer because a ring should not be awarded based on a skills competition, but they should have at least came back the next day. If anything, neither team should have been named state champion. How can you be #1 if you didn’t win the game? If you ask me, they are both losers. Well, not Northview’s goalie who had 83 saves. EIGHTY THREE! That kid is the real champion! It makes a little more sense after you saw what happened in Dallas the other night that you don’t want kids skating at a high level for four straight hours though.
There we go…some hot hockey takes on this Wednesday (snow coming again!). Hopefully, we can all laugh at Drew and the Sauls for being inferior NHL fans today as long as the CBJ didn’t give another opponent a life-threatening condition last night. Rumor has it that Drool and I met up at the game. Two times in one week? SO HOT! Feel free to talk about whatever you want. You know the rules by now: #1 Always Carry The Flag and #2 Seal Sucks.