Saturday, March 15, 2008

Love and Zambonis

Last night was a perfect night to be at the Shark Tank, also known as HP Pavilion, home of our most awesome San Jose Sharks. The air was crisp, the sky was clear, and a sense of excitement and anticipation was abound as thousands of fans filed towards the arena.

This game was the craziest one I have ever had the pleasure and good fortune to witness. Four goals by the Sharks in the first period, one on a rare penalty shot. Thundering hits, fisticuffs and mayhem. A visit to our section by the beloved mascot Sharkie and his assistant (or "his bitch", as Derek so eloquently noted). The fun did not stop with the antics on the ice.

During the second intermission, the newly-renovated, HD-quality video screen flashed a pretty, heart-laden graphic emblazoned with the words "Kiss Cam". It then proceeded to focus on various couples in the audience, who complied by kissing for the whole arena to see.

When the camera landed on one particularly grumpy looking fellow and his female companion, he waved it off, shaking his head and refusing to comply. His female companion sat, looking embarrassed at the boos and jeers from the crowd. The cameraman, frustrated by the grumpy man's refusal, moved to a different man, a smiling, romantic type, who turned his hat backward and happily kissed his significant other. Then, the camera turned back to the grumpy man.

Grumpy Man had been schooled ! Hat Man had shown him how it was done, and now, it was up to him to prove his manhood. The whole stadium was watching. He could have redeemed himself at that moment, his moment in the spotlight -- but instead, chose to wave off the camera once more.

The stadium echoed with boos. Party pooper, he was.

The last camera shot in the set was a man and a woman, who looked incredulously at the crowd when they recognized themselves on the screen. The woman shook her head in disbelief. The crowd started booing again; was this another party pooper ?

Not quite.

The man pointed at his female companion, and distinctly mouthed,

"She's my sister."

Uncontrollable laughter ensued, from all 17,000 fans in attendance. Of all the couples to focus on, the cameraman had found a sibling pair, enjoying the game together on a Friday night.

Fun times, fun times.


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