Ten years ago, I moved to SEC country, and found it absolutely crazy that people spent their entire Saturday on football- pregaming for the tailgate, tailgating, watching the game, post tailgating because it takes for freaking ever to drive away from the stadium. But slowly the love seeped in, and now I think that there are too many awesome sports, and not enough time. It’s college football time, of course, but also MLB postseason, NFL, and now NHL.
Biology- that class where you cram into your short-term memory random animal facts, but the only thing you really remember is ‘kings play cards on fuzzy green stools.” But let’s go back to it, because evidently I suck at it so much, that I thought a ‘saber-toothed tiger’ was a thing.
Hey adults, yeah you, why must you always go dirty with things? Why can’t things just be what they are? Why are we all Freudian worshippers, where every single action we make and thing we say in some way relates to sex? Boomer, of the NHL team the Columbus Blue Jackets, rocked. He was freaking awesome.
If you were alive during the early ’90s, you might remember a movie called “The Mighty Ducks.” It brought in $50 million at the box office, despite getting mostly negative reviews for not being very in-depth, and only appealing to a small age group. It currently has a 15% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Kidnapping is a serious violent crime that has almost 1 million victims in the United States each year. As of 2009, Phoenix had the second highest kidnapping rate in the world, beat by only Mexico City. It’s scary to think that anywhere in the seemingly safe, civilized, and hospitable U.S. would have such a horrid record. So why such a serious topic when this is typically about happy, funny, weird mascots? Up until 1998, the New York Islanders had this mascot, named Nyiles- a tough, hockey-playing, bearded fellow.
In preparation for my trip to Minnesota coming up in a few days, I thought I’d show you all just a little glimpse of the wonders of where I grew up- that glimpse being in mascot form, of course.
In 1925, Tex Rickard, a boxing promoter, got 600 investors to put up a total of $4.75 million dollars for the building of this lil place called Madison Square Garden, which would be the location of the next big boxing match. Soon after, he allowed the New York Americans and Montreal Canadiens to play in this arena, and noticing the huge sellout, decided that he wanted to create his own hockey team, the New York Rangers. His team became wildly popular, and great players from other teams wanted to play for the Rangers. They won their first Stanley Cup in 1927, only their second season as a team.