Facepalm on the background is an appropriate reaction to your team going to the penalty kill because a player’s underwear is of wrong color.
I knew something was wrong with the “Fear Of Missing Out on Hockey (#FOMOH)” commercial the first time I saw it. I wasn’t sure exactly what it was. Something about two of my favorite players, Brooks Laich and Alex Ovechkin, doing some truly horrible acting in that hospital just didn’t sit well with me.
Then I put it all together. During a commercial break of that awful Caps-Pens game, I realized that Laich is a rule-breaker.
Before the beginning of the season, the NHL announced they would begin to enforce certain equipment rules. Most notable among them was the minor penalty for tucking in a jersey (ATTN: Bad Sasha). Another guideline stated that the exposed undershirt or protection around the neck area must be of the color team’s uniform.
When the announcement was made, I immediately thought of Montreal Canadien Tomas Plekanec, but it turns out he wears a blue turtleneck with the Habs logo on it, which is in compliance with the rules.
Laich’s gray undershirt in the #FOMOH commercial would’ve been a violation.
During games, however, it appears Laich follows the rules.
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