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NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

Posted on: April 15, 2011 5:34 pm
Edited on: April 15, 2011 5:40 pm
For all of downtown Detroit’s troubles, the NHL apparently wants to address what it sees as a major scourge. 

The tradition of tossing octopi on the ice. 

Matt Saler of the blog On the Wings reports the NHL has asked Detroit to enforce a city ordinance, which apparently caused one fan to be ejected from Wednesday’s Game 1 and put him on the hook for a $500 fine:
"Officer Bullock informed me that the enforcement of Municipal Code 38-5-4 is at the request of the NHL. Evidently, police supervisors were informed Wednesday night, either before or during the game, by League representatives that they don’t want anything thrown on the ice. An officer has to witness the throw and nab the thrower on the spot, but it’s something they can and will enforce. Apparently, distance from players is not an issue: any octopus on the ice is grounds for ejection and a fine."

The interesting part is that the Wings are not the ones asking for it. According to Officer Bullock, they’re fine with the tradition, and even like it. And I gather the police aren’t big fans of enforcing it either. It’s up to the officer’s discretion, so it’s possible fans may still get away with it at times. But with NHL officials pushing for it, it’s less safe to throw than it ever has been. Previously, it may have been a bit of an empty threat. Now it has teeth.

According to Yahoo! hockey blog Puck Daddy , NHL spokesman Frank Brown wouldn’t confirm that the league is asking for police to enforce the city code: 
"I don't believe it's anything new, but I'm waiting to hear back from our security. It's a safety issue. You throw stuff on the ice, people get their skates caught in it, they fall down and hurt themselves. It's wrong. That's a problem," said Brown, in a phone interview this afternoon.

The NHL then sent out this statement: 
"NHL security did not direct that this person be arrested or ejected. We do have a prohibition against throwing things to the ice surface since this may cause a delay in game or injury to players or others working on the ice surface."

This eight-legged controversy began to swirl when Deadspin reported an account from the fan who allegedly was the target of police:
All of a sudden, a guy from there said, "You're going to jail. Come with me." Granted, not a thing happened to the prior folks, or any other game. I went down and was charged. Really, it's AN octopus in Detroit in a hockey game! They kick me out, fined me $500 and I have to go to court. I paid $150 for my ticket [but] now will pay $500 more. That's $217 a period.

Although the tradition of throwing an octopus on the ice dates back to 1952, opponents have complained for years that chunks of the sea creature are often left on the surface. That could create a safety concern, although there have been no reports of that any player was injured because of it. The Red Wings were threatened with a $10,000 fine three years ago if famed Zamboni driver Al Sobotka swung any octopi he picked up off the ice. 

-- A.J. Perez

Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: April 19, 2011 2:28 pm

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

the arguement that it doesnt cause any harm is incorrect.  it leaves muck on the ice, it slows down the game, and it clearly gives the wings an advantage.  what if the coyotes decided to throw dead dogs on the ice....or rattlesnakes?  that fact that detroit fans are just trash makes sense that they would want to trash the rink.  tasteless, classless act....but its detroit so every just says "yea...makes sense" and overlooks it.  detroit is already the armpit of america in terms of jobs, crime, housing, drugs, pollution....might as well add sports to the list too.  

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: April 19, 2011 11:24 am

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

Your "facts" about Philly fans contain some truths, some sensationalized half truths, and some flat out lies. Fans did throw snowballs but Rendell was not one of them. Who cares if they booed that vapid moron Sarah Palin, and you can find poor behavior in the cheap seats at all sporting venues in the US. Didn't LA fans just beat an SF fan into a coma opening day? Raider fan stabbed Dolphins fan a few yrs back? The booing Santa story is so overblown and sesationalized it is not worth my time or blogspace to explain to your feeble mind why it was not that big of a deal.

And the clown who thinks that bringing up the DH would set me off because of my NL affiliation could not be more off the mark. I could not give a crap about the DH either way. 

If you really need to continue the "tradition" of lobbing animal carcasses onto the ice, it is time to update since it now takes more games to win it all. Since there are no 16 legged animals, why not throw 4 dead dogs out there? Or maybe 8 chickens with there heads lopped off could run around until they expire? To be honest, I really don't care about this practice because it is just a fish, but I just found it pointless to waste the animal then toss it out. However, feeding it to pigs or taking it over the zoo and feeding the dolphins would be a good idea also.

Since: Jun 11, 2008
Posted on: April 19, 2011 11:22 am

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

i thought the NHL was trying to get goons off the ice not octi-PUSSIES *rimshot*

Since: Jul 7, 2008
Posted on: April 19, 2011 10:18 am

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

I loathe the Red Wings, however it would be a sad day if and when the NHL fines and kicks people out of Detroit for throwing octopi on the ice. It is a tradition, no one gets hurt and people love it. Have some fun and worry about more pressing needs.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2011 11:37 pm

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

My facts are off?  Doubt it.  That was from the Fox affiliate in Philly.  Fair and balanced.

Seriously, Philly fans have a well-deserved rep as being complete jackwagons.   You can say what you want about my "facts," but the fact that there was a jail cell at the Vet is all you need to know about the caliber of person who went to watch the Eagles flounder all over the field.

By the way, how many World Series have the Phillies won in 125 years?  2?  The Marlins have won 2 in 19 years.   You can ask both their fans.   And weren't the Phillies the first team to lose 10,000 games?  Thought so.  Eagles?  Throwing up in the SB?

Do they still play hockey in Philly?  And the Sixers sure looked good tonight.  Wade had migranes and the Heat still crushed them.

Plus, didn't it snow in Philly today?  (Maybe not, but close enough.)

Since: Feb 6, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2011 4:45 pm

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

I couldn't possibly write anything that would make you look like a bigger jackass, than what you already posted.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2011 4:26 pm

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

Your Facts on this stuff are completely off. Half of the incidents listed are involving the wrong people. Good cut and paste job. You know nothing about Philly fans, and most people dont, cause the national media spins the stories that arent true.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2011 11:13 am

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

Hmmm.  Bored Guy is from Chicago.  I guess he'll be really bored soon since his team is about to get swept out of the playoffs.  then the Heat will destroy da Bulls and you'll be left crying in your beer at Harry Caray's or the Bily goat Tavern while the Cubs flounder away another year.   Cuck Fhicago Sports.

And for Philly "phans" to come on any message board and say anything about another city's teams is simply laughable.  Here are 12 reason why you shold be restricted from commenting about other teams fans, and why you are all slime:

Worst Philly Sports Fans Moments

The Taser-Gate and Puke-a-mon incidents of recent weeks have only added to Philadelphia's national reputation as the city with the nastiest pro-sports fans.

Philadelphia sports fans are known for their occasional bad behavior. In April, an agitated fan allegedly puked on five people, including a little girl, on purpose at a Phillies game.

Last night, a rowdy teen stopped the Phillies-Cards game by running on the field - only to be met by a cop with a taser.

Here is a look back at some other infamous moments.

1. Criminal Court Installed At The Vet

Violence during games became so bad that Philadelphia installed a court, judge and jail inside Veterans Stadium.

2. Fans Throw Batteries At Dick Allen

Phillies fans in the 1960s upset with comments by Dick Allen, the team's first prominent African-American player, threw batteries at him from the stands. Allen wore a batting helmet on the field.

3. Flyers Fans Attack St. Louis Blues

In 1972, Flyers fans brawled with the Blues fans and head coach in the stands of the Spectrum.

4. Flyers Fans Boo Sarah Palin

Vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is heavily booed by Flyers fans when she is asked to drop a ceremonial puck at a game.

5. General Behavior At The 700 Level

The notorious 700 Level at Veterans Stadium often was the source of fan violence for three decades.

6. Phillies Fans Fight, Boo At World Series Ring Ceremony

Phillies fans boo pitcher Adam Eaton at the ring celebration after they won the World Series, then brawl in Ashburn Alley as the title flag is raised.

7. Fans Boo Donovan McNabb At Draft

Eagles fans travel to Manhattan and boo newly drafted quarterback Donovan McNabb. McNabb and his family still are upset at the incident.

8. Eagles Fans Boo Santa Claus Eagles

In 1968, Eagles fans boo and then pelt a man dressed as Santa Claus who was part of a halftime ceremony. Stories vary on the legendary incident.

In 2003, the same man was asked to appear in the same Santa suit at a Sixers game. He was booed again.

9. Fans Hit Cowboys With Snowballs

Eagles fans, including future governor Ed Rendell, pelt the and coach Jimmy Johnson with snowballs at the Vet.

10. Eagles Fans Cheer Michael Irvin Injury

On Oct. 11, 1999, Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin suffered a career-ending neck injury at the Vet. Fans cheered as Irvin was crumpled on the ground.

11. Phillies Fans Pelt Umps With Bottles

In 1949, the Phillies are forced to forfeit a game with Giants after fans unleash a 15-minute barrage of glass-bottle throwing. They were upset by a call against Phillies' center fielder Rich Ashburn.

12 Fan Steals The Phantic's Head

The Phillie Phanatic's head was stolen during a charity event at the Wachovia Center. After a manhunt, the head was returned and its abductor was charged with theft.

Since: Oct 21, 2010
Posted on: April 17, 2011 11:31 pm

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

By the way, Detroit fan, stop it with the "Detroit tradition" nonsense. No one is interested in Detroit traditions, as Detroit traditions are just what have made Detroit a national garbage dump. Pitching dead animals is the act of a trashy person. Trashy people, trashy traditions, trashy city. Time to put some of your ridiculous traditions to rest and start some new ones. Pitching dead animals onto ice rinks hasn't helped your city crawl out of the trash heap. Maybe, uh, i dunno, maybe staying in school, not shooting kids, and not resolving yourself to be a beggar are more productive traditions to consider.

Since: Oct 21, 2010
Posted on: April 17, 2011 11:22 pm

NHL behind push to eject, fine octopi tossers?

In any sport, if any fan throws a dead animal onto the field of play, that fan should be, at the very least, ejected from the facility. That's it. A simple line to draw.

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