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April 22, 2008

What Is This Country Coming To?

This is how freedom dies:

Details were scarce Friday, but the Wings have been told by the NHL that head octopus wrangler Al Sobotka no longer may swing the mollusks over his head while removing them from the ice at Joe Louis Arena. If he (or anyone else) does, the team will be fined $10,000.

That's $1,250 per tentacle.

In an e-mail to the Free Press, NHL spokesman Frank Brown gave this explanation: "Because matter flies off the octopus and gets on the ice when he does it." The Wings wouldn't comment.

Ducks general manager Brian Burke complained about Sobotka's swinging last year. Before Friday's game, an octopus landed on the ice, as usual, and Nashville defenseman Greg Zanon whacked it aside with his stick.

First the Ass of Life crack.
And now this.

We're going to bed...

Posted by Cassandra at April 22, 2008 12:32 PM

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Some traditions just should not be messed with....

Posted by: Cop the Truth at April 23, 2008 02:35 AM


All I know is, the calamari at "Quinn's - almost by the sea" in Kona...is to die for.

Posted by: camojack at April 23, 2008 03:50 AM

Yesterdays commentary cracked me up... though this one has me up in arms.

This tragedy on ice could become a treat with but a small amount of preparation and the following ingredients;

* Clean Zamboni's snow tank to retrieve 2 1/4 pounds (1 kilo) octopus, preferably small, from the neutral zone

* 2 cups (1/2 liter) strong red wine vinegar

* 2 cups (1/2 liter) water (bypass water of life until further notice)

* Olive oil

* 3 cloves garlic, minced

* 3 tablespoons parsley, minced

* Salt & freshly ground pepper

Clean octopus, place octopus in a pot with the vinegar and the water. Salt the pot, bring it to a boil, cover and simmer the octopus until it's tender.

Drain the octopus, trim the suckers (too chewy) from the tentacles and dice the octopus placing pieces in a bowl. Season with the minced herbs, salt and pepper to taste, pour in a generous amount of olive oil, serve to significant other with moonlight, Barry White and a fine wine.

Posted by: bthun at April 23, 2008 07:30 AM

As a Redwings hater, cool. ;) (Hockeytown my...)

Bassturds go around hiring everyone's talent away for the last 15 years(Chelios, Shannahan, Hull, Schnieder(yeah, he left), et-gaah-dam-cetera) I don't mind a little pay back by the league. The Redwings are the Yankees of hockey. ANything bad that happens to them is fair(except for the permanent injury thing to Vlad the Impaler, that's just wrong).

Posted by: ry at April 23, 2008 07:21 PM

The "Ass of Life crack"? Seriously? You just wrote that?

Posted by: TigerHawk at April 23, 2008 10:50 PM

I wondered if anyone was going to say anything about that :p

Posted by: Cassandra at April 24, 2008 06:12 AM