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Best Of The Web: February 15-22

by Peter Pupello / Tampa Bay Lightning


For the most part, we all know the benefits of living in Florida, and more specifically, the hockey hotbed located in Tampa Bay that Bolts fan affectionately call Hockey Paradise.

So far this season, the Tampa Bay Times Forum has hosted 10 consecutive sellouts, so it appears that everybody is buying in. Everybody.

But occasionally, some just take it too far.

Including, sadly, the Lightning’s very own players.

During training camp last month in Estero, outside of Ft. Myers, Bolts forward Teddy Purcell snapped this photo of defenseman Eric Brewer, who judging by the looks of it, fit in all too well to his surroundings.

At first, Brewer unfortunately received the brunt of playful jabs and verbal jeers from his Lightning teammates and team staff only, before Purcell took it viral over the Internet by posting the photo on Twitter with this accompanying Tweet:

“Breaking News: Tampa signs highly sought after free agent Tommy Bahama to a 5-game tryout. #NiceBlouseBrewer”

Indeed, Brewer received a lot of flak for his fashion faux-pas, but keep in mind, he is 33 years old, while Purcell is still enjoying the stages of his late 20s.

Even at that, Brewer may just be a little ahead of his time.

And by that, like literally 32 years ahead of his time.


In professional sports, it is common for players to scrutinize their own performances just as much as it is for them to identify aspects of their game that are capable of being improved.

Most of these assessments, however, don’t go to extremes, say like, manifesting themselves in staged, often dramatic executions on the ice much to attending fans’ delight. You know, just for a little added entertainment value in the instance that the hockey game itself didn’t quite cut it.

Believe it or not, though, this type of thing does actually happen, granted halfway around the world.

Kazzinc Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk, an ice hockey team from Kazakhstan that plays in the Russian Major League and that counts Evgeni Nabokov and Nik Antropov among its notable alumni, exhibited such a display following a recent victory in which the players lined up and allowed 24-year-old sniper Yevgeni Rymarev to execute them with his hockey stick-turned-rifle.

According to the team’s web site, and following a loose and probably somewhat inaccurate translation, the home team was victorious but was “sentenced to death” for mistakes made during the game.

Rymarev carried out the sentence with his faux-firearm. As a result, those who did not successfully fulfill the coach’s game plan suffered “severe punishment.”

The kicker, of course, is that spectators were pleased and actually applauded at the display.

Now, I know that Artem Anisimov is a pretty decent NHL player, but if things don’t quite work out for him for whatever reason in North America, his services, and post-goal celebrations for that matter, certainly would be welcomed in Kazakhstan.

See for yourself:

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