This one comes to me from an alert reader of the Blob.
(OK, so it comes to me from managing editor and hockey fan Sherry Skufca. She still counts as an alert reader).
Anyway ... it seems the NHL is cracking down on a time-honored practice in Detroit.
No, not throwing slimy dead octopi onto the ice. Swinging said octopi around one's head, which is what fabled octopi-cleanup guy Al Sobotka does to get the denizens of the Joe all wound up.
The NHL, citing the likelihood that chunks of treacherous octopus matter will fly off and land on the ice in the process, thereby creating a hazard, has deemed it a $10,000 fine to swing an octopus around one's head.
Personally, I think Gary Bettman's wearing his underwear too tight. I mean, come on, hockey has few enough traditions as it is (let alone fans). What's a little octo-goo when you've got a chance to inject color into a sport no one but Versus will touch?
Hey, if it's octopi the NHL has a problem with, let the fans throw Alaskan king crab on the ice for Sobotka to swing. They can always claim it's an homage to "The Deadliest Catch."
-- Ben Smith