November 21, 2009

Anaheim Fans Brawl Over Hockey Stick: When Anaheim Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer gave his hockey stick to a girl in the crowd Thursday night after being named a star of the game, a brawl broke out in the stands because a man grabbed it for himself. "It was for the little girl," Niedermayer told the Los Angeles Times.

posted by rcade to hockey at 08:48 AM - 5 comments

There have been times when I think if we left children to handle matters by themselves, everything would be OK -- sandlot baseball vs. Little League; pickup football vs. Pop Warner. It's when the adults get involved that everything goes wrong.

posted by jjzucal at 10:02 AM on November 21, 2009

Well it's pretty sad, but I can't say I would have done the same thing if some player tried to give my child a souvenir they would covet for their lifetime and some overgrown asshole somehow decided he was entitled to it.

posted by bdaddy at 10:57 AM on November 22, 2009

I can't tell whose side the woman with the ponytail is on - is she trying to defend the moron or is she trying to take the stick away from him?

posted by outonleave at 04:26 PM on November 22, 2009

It looks to me like she's trying to defend the guy to her left (in the gray sweatshirt).

I might sound like a fuddy-duddy for saying this, but hockey's glorification of fighting has always horrified me, and so I find it deliciously ironic to see fans dropping the gloves to fight over a souvenir.

posted by mikemacman at 10:21 PM on November 22, 2009

yea, I was wondering whose side the girl is on as well. Really she's what makes it a "brawl" versus a "fight"...because otherwise it's really Dad vs Asswhipe until she gets involved. If she's wife/gf of asswhipe, then she may actually be less classy than her significant other, which is saying alot.

posted by bdaddy at 10:40 PM on November 22, 2009

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