GOIN’ BANANAS: BASEBALL COVERS UPS NHL’S CANADIAN BLACK EYE

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LONDON, ONTARIO – Blame it on baseball. If it weren’t for the most exciting and most pressure-packed week in baseball history, one that saw The Curse Of The Cup come alive, Detroit and Philly would still be on the back pages, but not for the Tigers and Phillies. Instead, we’d be rightfully flooded with reports of Canadians Gone Wild[ing] during an exhibition between two other teams from Motown and the City Of Brotherly Love; the Detroit Wings and Philadelphia Flyers. To be specific, our polite neighbors to the north were nothing of the sort at the John LaBatt Centre.

Borrowing from Thursday’s Bunt-gate piece, I’ll call this cover-up of the NHL’s latest black eye,  Banana-gate.  For those of you caught up in the baseball vortex, Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers, an African-Canadian(?), was the target of a wayward banana thrown from the London, Ontario crowd during the overtime shootout.

There is little doubt about the intent of the banana toss and unfortunately, the NHL is no stranger to this behavior. If I recall correctly, goaltender Kevin Weekes, was once on the receiving end of the yellow fruit in Montreal. Since the event took place Quebec’s hockey heaven, there wasn’t as much of an outcry as in the Simmonds case – which wasn’t much to begin with. Either way, it’s unfortunate because both players are Canadian-born. Side Note: NY Ranger goalie Eddie Mio had a fish thrown his way that landed in the net after a failed glove save, but that can’t be cited as a precedent.

What’s next, Canada? A box of Carr’s Table Water Crackers being thrown at a 7-foot white center at Toronto Raptors game? Or will you try to hire mascot that shows up at Florida Panthers hockey games – courtesy of the Tampa Bay Rays? Since the recent NHL event, I don’t imagine we’ll be seeing this guy at hockey games but baseball is a different story… Get the puck out of here with that!

NFL Picks: 3-3 last week. This week: Pittsburgh +4 San Diego -8, Jacksonville +7 ½, Den/GB UNDER 46 ½.

West Coast Craig, tomorrow.

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A man amongst men. Cheesy Bruin kicked cancer to the curb - twice. The Cheese Man's a big, tough teddy-bear who survived the Bronx despite being an unabashed Boston Bruins fan and Sargent-At-Arms for Angry Ward's Urban Spur Posse. Nuff said. Doctors have taken most of this throat and had to make him a new tongue from thigh-meat (his own) and still he won't shut up about the Bruins, Cowboys, Pirates and Cleveland Cavaliers. And yes, his kids do love him.
  • Anonymous

    A hundred bucks to the first person to pull of Bruin’s Carr’s Table Water Cracker stunt. That is inspired. I like Jacksonville outright.

    • Cheesybruin

      The editors/censors really chopped me up today.  There was mention of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon Banana Splits which would have illicited some responses.  Saints are on the road 4 of next 5 weeks against far less superior teams and will be knocking out many people in King of the Hill pools.  I’m thinking they lose at least twice during this stretch!

      • http://twitter.com/TheTallMatt TheTallMatt

        Guy, I saw your stuff before chopping & Sharpton would have shuddered the doors!

        • Anonymous

          No such thing as bad publicity.

    • Junior

      real money or MTM money? I gotta make sure you know.

  • AlanSmithee

    “CANADA GONE CRACKERS!” That would be the headline.

    • Cheesybruin

      I like your headline but if I’m correct the French Canadians call crackers “biscuits” which opens the forum for an appropriate header.  Welcome to Sundays, Al.

  • Opium Den

    WAS IT A WHOLE BANANA OR JUST A BANANA PEEL?  HEY, I LIKE DETAILS.  UNFORTUNATELY CHEESE BRUIN, HOCKEY IS LIKE THE DIRTY STEPCHILD OF THE U.S.NO ONE CARES!!!  I LIKE HOCKEY, THE SPORT IS JUST NOT AS POPULAR AS FOOTBALL(SORRY FOR ALL THOSE ON DIFFERENT CONTINENTS, AMERICAN FOOTBALL!), BASKETBALL, BASEBALL, OR EVEN SOCCER. SPEAKING OF SOCCER, I HAVE SEEN AN ABNORMAL INFLUX OF MEXICANS IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD PLAYING SOCCER EVERY DAY.  CAN SOMEONE PLEASE CALL THE IMMIGRATION OFFICE(LA MIGRA!).  THEY CAN’T ALL BE LEGAL, CAN THEY???  I THINK THERE GIVING OUT TACOS AND SOMBREROS SOMEWHERE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.  WHERE DID THEY ALL COME FROM?  DON’T GET ME WRONG.  THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH MEXICANS, I LOVE A GOOD FAJITA AS MUCH AS THE NEXT GUY.  IN THE SPIRIT OF MAKING PICKS, THE PACK -13 1/2.  LOCK IT UP!!!!

    • Cheesybruin

      DEE-NICE IN THE HOUSE!!!!  UP HERE IN WHITE-LANDIA I DO MISS THE DIVERSITY.  TOO MANY HOUSEWIVES RUNNING AROUND IN RIDING BOOTS AND PANTS SIPPING THEIR FANCY COFFEES ON THE WAY OR BACK FROM EQUESTRIAN EVENTS.  I LIKE A GOOD TAMALE MYSELF BUT THEY’RE HARDER TO FIND UP HERE THEN A MEXICAN.  HOCKEY RULES.  IT WAS A WHOLE BANANA.

      • Marty

        Okay, so Cheesybruin and Opium Den are the same person?

        • Cheesybruin

          Same neighborhood upbringing, same sensibilities, different person. 

      • Opium Den

        I WOULD HAVE PUT A 9MM TO MY TEMPLE A LONG TIME AGO.  NO HISPANIC WOMEN & NO BLACK WOMEN.  I.M GONNA HAVE TO DO SOMETHING TO HELP U OUT GATOQUESO!!  2 KEY PHRASES FOR TODAY.  “LET’S GO TIGERS!” & #@$& THE YANKEES!

    • Marty

      I’m down with OPD.

      • Opium Den

        THAT’S GOOD TO HEAR MARTY!!  REMEMBER THE 2 KEY PHRASES FOR TODAY!!!

  • Anonymous

    Maybe they threw the banana peel hoping he’d slip.

    • Cheesybruin

      As Maxwell Smart would say, “The old banana on the ice trick, 99! ”

      • Sams A Fan

        I couldn’t see the banana in the video.  Did he miss it by that much?

        • Cheesybruin

          Thanks for bringing some CHAOS to the site today.

          • Anonymous

            I haven’t gotten on the Smart bandwagon yet. Sorry about that, Chief.

            Hey!

  • http://twitter.com/Lori_Levine LoriLevine

    You boys are all fixated on a banana. I find that a-peeling.

    • Cheesybruin

      I had mentioned how tennis players are always wolfing down a banana during a break or changeover and was hoping somebody out there had a picture of Anna Kornikova doing likewise.  I thought a banana might get your attention LL.

      • Johnny Rox

        Wayne Simmons is a DICK! But he IS Canadian, so I understand. However, throwing a banana at him while he’s in the act of shooting a penalty shot is BEYOND rude! They should’ve waited til he was done, THEN thrown the banana!!!

        If you offend easily, I’m NOT your guy!

        GO YANKS!
        GO JETS!
        GO GO THOMAS!
        Oops, sorry. I’ve got young kids.

  • Anonymous

    Look at all these avatars! Mattville has gone bananas! And Cheesy Bruin, with all due respect, TheTallMatt is right on the money!

    • Cheesybruin

      I REALLY thought the undertones, if any, were very benign.  I was merely pointing out bananas and their place in sports. I still love you guys.

      • Anonymous

        You and the Bruins are going straight to HE-Double Hockey Sticks, mister!!! (If it were Sweeps Week, we’d have let your comments fly, by the way)…

  • Anonymous

    I thought the Vikings were bad? I can smell the Rams from here.

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    U

  • Anonymous

    You know what they say about guys that type in all caps…

    • Opium Den

      NO, I DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT ME!!!  ENLIGHTEN ME POR FAVOR???

  • Marty

    What’s wrong with this photo?

    • Anonymous

      No people at the game? 12 men on the field? Both?

  • http://twitter.com/CheesyBruin Cheesy Bruin

    All you need to know about Yanks rally in 9th was Posada and Andruw Jones were in the middle of it.  ‘Nuff said!

  • Anonymous

    Did the Yankees lose today? I didn’t even see the game. How is this even possible?

  • Opium Den

    YANKEES LOSE!!!! DAAAAA!!! YANKEES LOSE!!!!  I THOUGHT A LITTLE CHARLIE STEINER WAS IN ORDER THERE ANGRYWARD!!! 

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