Wednesday, March 7, 2012

One of those nights when Sal Paradise was right

While the Missus was out and about on Sunday afternoon I spent a bit of time doing something that has been more enjoyable thus far this season than it has been in some time. I watched the New York Rangers play. Sunday afternoon they were on national television playing against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins. March was no kinder to Beantown in its First Sunday matchup against the Big Apple than February was (as a non-NBA fan I neither count nor acknowledge the outcome of the Knicks and Celtics game). There is a lot of hockey left to play this season - given that the NHL year begins shortly before Columbus Day and ends between Memorial Day and Father's Day but so far, so good for the Broadway Blueshirts.

Perhaps it was because I was still in a New York Rangers state of mind when I woke up on Monday morning that a particular item in the Daily News caught my eye. Apparently while performing his duty as the Zamboni operator during a Pee-Wee League team's practice on January 30, 34 year-old Joel Bruss was better lit than a goal lamp. Four times better lit actually. Bruss was arrested for and charged with DWI after he blew a .32 BAC....while operating the Zamboni at an arena near Minneapolis.

No one was injured during Joel's excellent adventure. In fact, the video of the incident is not without its humorous elements. Specifically, the commentary by the little dudes who were waiting for him to finish cleaning the ice so they could resume play in the following period. Their critique of the generally poor job he did of cleaning up the ice is pretty funny. None of them seemed particularly insightful as to why he was going over the same areas over and over while failing to touch others yet all of them recognized the generally lousy job he was doing.

A newspaper article I read on-line mentioned that Bruss has had at least one prior conviction for drunk driving. The article did not mention whether on that occasion Bruss was behind the wheel of a Zamboni or something else altogether. Another article mentioned that once Bruss successfully completes his sentence, he hopes to catch on with an Italian cruise line as a ship's captain. One of the preceding sentences is nothing other than something I made up for my own amusement. I shall leave it to you to decide which one....

He was drunk and exhausted but he was critically acclaimed and respected
He loved the Golden Gophers but he hated all the drawn out winters
He likes the warm feeling but he's tired of all the dehydration
Most nights were kind of fuzzy but that last night he had total retention


-AK

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