When fans and mascots go fisticuffs, the Internet wins

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When fans and mascots go fisticuffs, the Internet wins

By Justin Aucoin
WickedGoodSports.com

This past Saturday, an alleged drunken fan jumped Pucky the Whale, the Connecticut Whale AHL team mascot over a bet. Hes now charged with assault and is banned from the XL Center.

Awesome. Hope it was worth it.

Of course, this isnt the first time that a New England hockey mascot had to deal with drunken hockey fan behavior recently. Surely we all remember Kung Fu Lucic Girl who blasted a hole the size of a toddler into a bathroom pillar in the Garden.

Which led to this wonderful commercial.

And it also got us us thinking:

1) How many beers would it take you to be willing to dropkick, say, Wally the Green Monster?

2) What are some other great mascot attacks there were caught on film?

Our lawyers wont allow us to answer question 1, but we can do a quick rundown of question 2.

In no particular order, here are some other great Mascot Attacks.

10. MSU Cheerleader tackles the Wisconsin Mascot

Two things we learned here: 1) Dont steal MSUs flag. 2) If an MSU cheerleader can hit like that, imagine what the linebackers can do.

9. Sean Michaels gives some sweet chin music

This is exactly what most of us probably wants to do to mascots.

8. Dumb high schoolers punch mascot
This is the type of video evidence you dont want to put on the Internet.

7. Ohio University vs. Ohio State Buckeyes
Things are bad when your mascot needs to set the tone for your team.

6. Houston Rockets mascot, Airhead Clutch, gobbles a cheerleader
This is the definition of 'WTF?'

5. Two men attack Sporty
What makes this news story is the fact that they interviewed the guy in his mascot outfit.

4. Oregon Ducks mascot beats down the Houston Cougar
Highly immature; highly hilarious. The taunting and pelvic thrusts by the Duck put this one over the top.

3. Kansas City chief mascot gets 15 yard penalty for piling after the whistle

Totally a 15-yarder. Also, why is the mascot a rat?

2. Barney vs. The Chicken
The heavy weight battle weve all dreamed of.

Apparently they had other run-ins. Who knew there was such a fierce rivalry?

Side note: Theres no better mascot than the Chicken. Hands down, The Best Ever.

1. Ace Ventura kicks the Eagles ass
By far, our favorite.

God, we love Ace.

Julien: 'A lot of problematic things' in Bruins loss to Avalanche

Julien: 'A lot of problematic things' in Bruins loss to Avalanche

BOSTON – The Bruins simply weren’t ready to play on Thursday night when the puck was dropped against the Colorado Avalanche at TD Garden. 

They fell down quickly by a 2-0 score, had a couple of completely inept power plays in the first period that sucked all the game’s momentum away from them and received some subpar goaltending from Anton Khudobin on the way to a 4-2 loss to the lowly Avs. About the only B’s person above reproach in this one was David Pastrnak after scoring a pair of goals in the second period to get Boston back into the game, but it all fell short in a very frustrating, lackadaisical loss to a Western Conference team that isn’t very good. 

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Needless to say B’s coach Claude Julien wasn’t too happy after a loss where the Bruins might have had more success with a smarter approach to holding the puck. 

“There were a lot of problematic things [in the loss]. No doubt that the power play could have helped us in the first period, and failed to do that. They’ve got to be better,” said Julien. “We needed some saves tonight, and we didn’t get them. [Anton Khudobin] has got to be better. 

“A lot of things here that we can be better at, and take responsibility [for]. But at the same time, you got to move on here.  It’s one of those nights that had we been smarter from the get go, we would have had a chance.”

Clearly it was about a lacking group effort when dissecting the loss, and the minus-3 for David Krejci on Thursday night marked back-to-back negative performances from the playmaking Czech center in big spots. The goaltending was shoddy with Anton Khudobin allowing four goals on 22 shots for Colorado, and unable to make plays on a couple of Colorado shots from outside the painted area that built up the Avs lead in the first place. 

But it was also very much about the inability of the Bruins to generate consistent offense outside of David Pastrnak’s offensive burst in the second period, and the complete breakdown of the Boston power play in the opening 20 minutes. The Bruins struggled to enter the zone in their first PP possession of the game, and then allowed a Nathan MacKinnon shorthanded goal after Torey Krug futilely dove at the blue line to try and keep the puck in the offensive zone. 

The Krug misplay at the offensive blue line gave MacKinnon a clear path the net, and he buried a wrist shot past Khudobin to get the one-sided loss rolling. Beyond the costly mistakes that ended up in the back of the net, the Bruins looked sloppy and slow-reacting in their breakouts and more than willing to settle for outside perimeter shots.

That doesn’t exactly make for a winning combo even when it comes against a flawed, underachieving team like Colorado, and especially when it comes less than 24 hours after a hard-fought road game in Washington DC. 

“I think we were still sleeping there early in the game and they were able to capitalize on their opportunities. We couldn’t claw our way back,” said Brad Marchand, who picked up an assist on David Pastrnak’s second goal of the night on a perfect dish for the one-timer. “I think it was definitely a mental [block]. You’re able to battle through that physical fatigue. It was more the mental mistakes and not being prepared right off the hop of the start of the game. Again, that’s kind of where we lost it.”

The sleepwalking Bruins lost Thursday night’s valuable two points as soon as the opening puck was dropped against the Avalanche, of course, and the Bruins never got out of lollygag mode at a time when intensity should have been automatic. 

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Chiefs hold off Raiders 21-13 to take control of AFC West

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THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Chiefs hold off Raiders 21-13 to take control of AFC West

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Tyreek Hill had touchdowns receiving and on a punt return, Kansas City's defense made life miserable for Oakland quarterback Derek Carr, and the Chiefs beat the Raiders 21-13 on a frigid Thursday night to take control of the AFC West.

Charcandrick West also had a touchdown run for the Chiefs (10-3). They moved into a first-place tie with Oakland (10-3) but holds the tiebreaker with two wins over their longtime divisional rival.

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