I don’t know what the opposite of a Bucket List is, but “have an arena full of people roar with approval when I get blasted in the face with a hockey puck” is on mine.
That’s what happened during the third period of Tuesday night’s Ducks/Wild game at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. In this clip (courtesy of Sportress Of Blogitude’s Weed Against Speed, the only Minnesota Wild fan on the entire Internet), Anaheim defenseman Cam Fowler dumps the puck back into the offensive zone, remembering that “dumps” means “hits it as hard as humanly f**king possible” and “the offensive zone” is “referee Dennis LaRue’s shoulder and head area”. The ref goes down like a ton of bricks and the crowd loves it, assumedly because the Wild had gotten a few bad calls early in the game.
LaRue got up and finished the game (like a boss), which leaves us with a question: What is most socially uncomfortable?
1. An Xcel Energy Center full of people thinking it’s awesome that you’ve suffered physical injury because they don’t like the job you’re doing.
2. Me thinking this is hilarious, but being indignant enough to pretend I wouldn’t have cheered too.
3. Sharing this on the Internet so you’ll do numbers 1 or 2.