Odd bounces

Milbury, Jones and McHugh get the Seinfeld Photoshop treatment

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If you love it when “the NBA on TNT” super-imposes Charles Barkley’s mug on random photos or simply love the New Jersey Devils-centric Seinfeld episode, then chances are you’ll love seeing Mike Milbury, Liam McHugh and Keith Jones’ faces Photoshopped on the shirtless bodies of those fictional Devils fans:

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Starting from the left, we have McHugh as “David Puddy” (Patrick Warburton), Milbury as Jerry Seinfeld and Jones as “Cosmo Kramer” (Michael Richards). I’d like to think that I’d play the role of George Costanza in this scenario, but maybe that’s just because I might have been better off following his “opposite” strategy when it came to making playoff picks.

Predators fans throw (possibly live) catfish in Game 3

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The Detroit Red Wings fans started (or popularized) it all with octopi. Florida Panthers devotees threw plastic rats into the mix. The twangy atmosphere in Nashville gets even funkier when Predators fans throw their answer to the octopus in the form of southern food staple catfish* but Game 3 introduced a potential new wrinkle.

According to the gang at SB Nation, one of the catfish thrown to the ice might have still been alive. Here are the GIFs that captured the odd spectacle.

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Here’s the GIF that indicates that it might have been alive, according to SBN:

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Here is what Brian Floyd has to say:

“It’s tail is moving and looking all life-like. It would seem to be clinging to life.”

1) Perhaps and 2) weird.

So what do you think? Does that look like a living catfish to you? How do you rate throwing catfish on the fan participation scale? Share your thoughts. (It’s been a strange week of hockey/hunting cross-pollination, hasn’t it?)

* – Do whiskers equal victory or am I over-thinking it?

Braden Holtby doesn’t flinch at slashing motion

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Barring the possibility of home schooling, most people have had this experience. A bully (or you?) fakes a punching motion to see if you (or your pseudo-victim) flinch. Game 7 of the Washington Capitals-Boston Bruins had a grown up hockey version of that moment and like most of the moments in this series, Braden Holtby passed with flying colors.

Watch as he shrugged off Rich Peverley’s fake slashing motion, via this GIF from Sports Nation.

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Here is the full video for your giggling pleasure:

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Win or lose,  I think I speak for most hockey fans when I say that Holtby gained our collective respect. Awesome stuff.

I totally would have flinched.

David Booth channels Teddy Roosevelt in defeat

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As a former member of the Florida Panthers, David Booth isn’t experienced at dealing with playoff defeat – particularly in a passionate environment like Vancouver. It might be interesting to follow him in future situations, however, as the American-born winger reached back to a Theodore Roosevelt* speech as his Twitter response.

Here is the full quote from the beloved former president, via Theodore Roosevelt.org. (Booth paraphrased most of it over six Tweets a couple hours ago.)

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

One would assume that Booth wishes that Teddy was alive today, so he could add extra lines like “No credit goes to the blogger, who criticizes from his mother’s basement.” Although, to be honest, I’d like to think the Bull Moose candidate would come up with something a little more creative.

Obviously, the quote is directed at armchair critics who looked down upon the Canucks’ first round defeat. There might be another interesting reason why Booth used that quote, though; according to Theodore Roosevelt.org, that quote was uttered on April 23, 1910. If Booth was giving an ode to the quote’s 102nd anniversary, then he deserves a ton of extra style points.

Or at least a bear rug.

* – Pictured second from the left in this post’s bizarre main photo.

Predators fans’ answer for the octopus: catfish, of course

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The Nashville Predators play in a market where hockey might seem foreign, but they might just have the cleverness and energy to make up for a lack of “tradition.” Speaking of traditions, much like Phoenix Coyotes fans did with “#throwthesnake,” Predators fans have reacted to the Detroit Red Wings’ octopus-throwing fans by tossing … catfish.

At least one Predators fan chucked the popular Southern seafood staple onto the ice after a Paul Gaustad goal, which opened up the scoring in tonight’s Red Wings-Predators game.

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(Note: I haven’t come across photos of the phenomenon just yet, so feel free to share some in the comments if you happen upon any.)

As #throwthecatfish may or may not pick up social media steam on Twitter, I must ask: is throw the catfish superior to the throw the snake? On one hand, catfish is a more readily edible food* and can be fished out of a body of water, which makes it more closely aligned to the original octopus. On the other hand, throw the snake came first, so it deserves points for being a predecessor of sorts (plus it’s usually of a rubber variety, which is easier on the ice and whoever has to clean it up).

Final thought: is this a sign that we’ll see some plastic rats fly in Florida again? One can only hope.

* – I don’t want to estrange any snake-eating readers.