Fringe Friday – the scary edition

on April 2017 | in Sports | by Dario Passarelli | @Papadart | with No Comments

It’s not Friday the 13th but things are getting a little spooky this week. From a football player to a hockey player to a referee we will cover the political scary to those that are scary good. Enjoy this edition of Fringe Friday – the scary edition.

The Circus that is Gronk

There are few people in this world (and we may be thankful for that) that can command attention on the sporting field of battle as they do in whatever environment they find themselves in. Rob Gronkowski is such an individual and he once again finds himself in front of the spotlight. Let’s just take a look and see what he has done in the past few months. Although he was injured and could not play, his New England Patriots did win the Superbowl and so he captured another ring. A couple of months later he hops over the barricade and interrupts the Andre the Giant Battle Royale at Wrestlemania, helping his real-life friend Mojo Rawley win the tournament. Most people figure that the Gronk is a perfect fit for the circus that is known as wrestling. Turns out, the Gronk is also good at another circus… the White House.

Yes, that was the loveable, generous Gronk asking Press Secretary Sean Spicer if he needed any help. The scary part of this whole episode is not that someone like Gronkowski thinking he could actually help out the White House staff, but that someone in President Trump’s office thinking that Gronkowski will be able to help out the White house staff. Is there such a thing as a Minister of March Break?

Fear the Sens

I have been hyping the local pucks team and rightfully so as the Toronto Maple Leafs have far exceeded expectations this year and during the playoffs. I was fortunate enough though to catch some of the other playoff series and a question immediately pops up. Raise your hand if you picked the Nashville Predators to sweep the Chicago Blackhawks. For those of you with your hand up… you’re lying. Nothing against the Predators at all, but Chicago playing this bad, it seems as unlikely a scenario as the Leafs being this good. Not only were they swept but they were outscored 13-3. But the scariest revelation of this year’s playoffs has to be just how good Ottawa Senators’ Erik Karlsson is.

You can talk about his size, his shot, his puck handling, his vision and his game IQ ad nauseum as it just seems he does everything so well. No one moment captures that more perfectly than that saucer pass from Game 3 though versus the Boston Bruins. In four words, that pass and entire play was RI-DIC-U-LOUS!

Nothing Scary about a beach ball

We tend to give any sort of official a difficult time because well, they are the main reason why our teams lose right? It’s not like it was the fault of the Toronto Raptors for losing Game 3 by 27 pts to the Bucks was it? OK, actually yeah… that was definitely the players fault. But when referees are not secretly plotting to make Toronto teams lose, they do have a hard job and look at what happens when faced with an unusual circumstance.

Is that a monster or an alien or a pregnant referee? Actually, all it is was an NHL referee and a creative solution. So really, there is nothing scary about a beach ball on the ice and there shouldn’t be. However, if you wind up destroying said beach ball as a certain arena employee did… well, it is a little scary to see how the 20,000 angry fans in attendance might react to it.

Some people are just party poopers.

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