Normally, I’d put some stat analysis or some opinion in here, but today– 21 days out from the beginning of the season– let’s just appreciate Brooks Laich.
I had this furry guy as my “21” countdown. Nothing against Brooksie. But lots of great memories watching “Pee Wee” back “in the day”!
Here’s a story about Brooks Laich. It’s no tire-changer, but I think it’s pretty good. So my wife and I come down to DC from NY for the Devils game last February. The one where Ovi scored a trick.
We were feeling pretty good afterwards, so we went to an unnamed bar near the arena. It was full of fans, getting their drink on, but we get a table towards the back and start in on some wings.
I look up, and three or four tables away, there’s this dude who looks awfully familiar. I ask the server, “hey, isn’t that Brooks Laich?” To which I get a blank stare. I explain who he is, and she says, “I dunno, but I’m waiting on him, so I’ll ask.” I jokingly suggest she get an autograph for herself, and drop it.
Meanwhile, Brooksie’s just chilling with some friends, not really getting noticed.
All of a sudden, I look up, and the server’s at his table, pointing in our direction. I look away and start to feel just a tad fan-boyish and embarrassed. Next thing I know, she brings back this napkin that says something like, “To Table #191: Rock on. Your friend, Brooks Laich #21.”
Brooks Laich is a classy, classy guy. That’s it.
He is so decent that if he played in Montreal they’s be screaming “Vive Le Brooksi!!!“…or maybe not, because:
1) He is not (to my knowledge) a Francophone, and
2) He is a mortal human being like you or me…just better.
Wait a minute….Why the &)*%(^+)* am I engaging in speculation over what is NOT!?!?!?
…must be the hockeyless madness of summer finally overtaking me. Let’s just say that I am glad BL21 plays for us and is again healthy.
Peter: Your mission (should you choose to accept it) will be to come up with a single-word neologism which will be defined as: “A temporary state of insanity in a hockey fan, brought about by being (relatively) deprived of hockey games or hockey news for long periods of time”.
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