Could the green be going in Vancouver?
The green, of course, are the famed Green Men, “Force” and “Sully”, who sit clad in spandex next to the opposing penalty box at Canucks games. They have gained plenty of attention in the last two seasons with their taunting tactics when opponents enter the sin bin, including such things as handstands, Wild dances and cutouts of famous opposing fans in Canucks clothes.
Check out this most recent one with Carrie Underwood, wife of Nashville’s Mike Fisher, with a Vancouver sweater on.
Well, news has leaked out that a complaint has been filed with the NHL to curb the duo’s dancing and actions. Many are speculating the complaint came from the Predators considering the timing of it all. TV analyst and former goaltender Glenn Healy is saying the complaint did, in fact, come from the Predators.
But Healy, who has become the point man on this story, was again incredulously discussing it on TEAM 1040 Monday morning. Still offended with [the Green Men], he said Nashville issued a former complaint and, as a result: "The rule has been laid out."
So what have the two now controversial men been told? Apparently to back off on the glass touching and to stop the handstands.
Now, Botchford says the two are headed to Smashville for Games 3 and 4, although no word on where they will be sitting.
If this complaint did, indeed, come from the Predators, then mission accomplished for the superfans. Admittedly, they are trying to get the other team out of sorts with their antics, take them “out of the zone,” as one says.
I say no harm, no foul. They are paying customers and aren’t crossing any lines from what I can tell. It’s no different than fans slapping the board every single time the puck is played in front of them. Every time .
-- Brian Stubits