In our second edition of Video Wednesday, I thought I’d channel my inner Clint Eastwood and tap into the theme of one of my favorite Spaghetti Westerns, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (FYI if you’ve never seen it Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 97%). I was fortunate that Monday night’s sporting events gave me all the ammo I needed for this edition, so without further ado I give you …..
The Good (awwww)
Monday night in New Orleans saw a fan rush the court during the Knicks-Pelicans tilt and run towards New York’s star Carmelo Anthony. A crazed drunk straight from Bourbon Street? Nope, just a sweet little kid dashing on to the court to hug his hero. Anthony’s reaction was to simply stay calm, and then the young boy casually ran back up to his seats after giving Melo a squeeze.
“I was shocked,” said Anthony.” I didn’t really know who it was until I actually looked over and saw that it was a kid. … I think it was because he was a little kid, they just let him go. Definitely a security issue, though, for sure.”
The Bad (timing that is)
Toronto Maple Leafs netminder Jonathan Bernier may want to find a new way to pass the time when he doesn’t get the starting nod in games. Maybe a good book or crossword puzzle?
Bernier, who received the night off Monday as backup Garret Sparks got the start in Tampa, was killing time on the bench during a time out when a Lightning ice crew member skated into the kill zone of a launched loogie from the seated goaltender. Accidental without question (check out Bernier’s face when he realizes what he did), and the dancing astronaut just adds a little extra “flair” to the whole scene.
FYI Bernier felt so bad he asked to meet the guy post-game to apologize and gave him a signed stick.
And The Ugly (what is wrong with you!?)
Kobe Bryant played his final game in Salt Lake City on Monday night, putting up only five points on 1-for-11 shooting in an embarrassing 123-75 Lakers loss. But the Black Mamba still managed to make Lakers fans happy when he checked out of the game for the final time.
Bryant threw his arm sleeve into the crowd, where a fan caught it and appeared to be….uhm…I’m going with disinterested? Well never fear, Laker superfans one row behind sensed his weakness and wrestled it from his grasp…..only to proceed to then do what anyone else would do in a similar situation. They sniffed it.