I'll admit here to having been an on-again, off-again fan of wrestling since I was a child. I usually find it to be entertaining and fun to follow. I was always particularly attracted to the heels, the bad guys. The Rock before he was popular, back when he was Rocky Maivia and joining the Nation of Domination? The best.
Now why do I bring this up? Well because if I didn't know better (and I don't) I'd think Mike Ribeiro took some lessons on how to be a perfect heel.
Making his first regular-season return since he was dealt away from his hometown Montreal Canadiens, Ribeiro relished the evening. He scored one of the Stars' three goals on the night, helping Dallas not only stay in the Western Conference race but add to the misery of the Habs fans.
He was later named the No. 1 star of the night and took one heck of a victory lap for the fans still left in the stands.
Montreal Gazette Habs writer Dave Stubbs dubbed the spectacle a Mickey Mouse act.
To say there are some hard feelings would be fair. His exit wasn't the best and he didn't appreciate the way he was treated by the media on his way out of town. He made that pretty obvious with his comments before Tuesday's game.
“Most of the time the job of the media is to research negative and sell it,” he said. “A lot of times, you get better as you grow and learn the game. A lot of times here, you have to win now. Young kids aren’t [always] ready to win now, [management] gets impatient and trades them.”
He was as straight forward with the media about the Canadiens and the decision to trade him for Janne Niinimaa (and a couple of picks swapped too).
“I’m sure they know they made a mistake,” Ribeiro said with a shrug of the Canadiens’ decision to move him. “But who would have said that I’d play this way? My first game back in six years. People have probably forgotten.”
It didn't sound like during Tuesday's game. And it was pretty obvious that Ribeiro hadn't forgotten either.
Personally, I love this stuff. Nothing is more boring to me than players never showing emotion or any semblance of being controversial in any way. So good for Ribeiro I say for taking the moment and having some fun while sarcastically playing to the Montreal crowd.
Everybody loves a bad guy. Ribz just played it perfectly.