Get A Piece Of The Rock

mark-scheifele-and-tyler-seguin-rock-paper-scissorsHockey is my favorite of the four major sports. (If hockey is #1, lacrosse is #1a.) The reason for the sports’ vaunted place in my heart is partly for the sport itself, but mostly because of its players. Unlike the NFL, NBA, and MLB, most hockey players aren’t thugs, and they also seem to really enjoy the game.

Two players with dueling superstitions sometimes need to find a resolution to their problem, and Mark Scheifele and Tyler Seguin decided to play a quick game for the right to leave warmup last.

Thursday night’s game between Dallas and Winnipeg featured a cross-ice standoff between Jets center Mark Scheifele and Stars center Tyler Seguin as the pre-game warmup came to an end. Both Scheifele and Seguin wanted to be the last player to leave the ice after warmup, so as Seguin took a knee next to the Stars’ exit and Scheifele stood waiting next to the Jets’ gate, the pair decided to do the only thing that made sense: rock-paper-scissors to decide who had to leave first.

Lest you think that was a best-of-three series, take another look. It took two draws before Scheifele could shake Seguin with a lethal scissors throw, booting Seguin off the ice for good. (H/T – Kevin)

I’m sorry, but that is high-larious!

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3 thoughts on “Get A Piece Of The Rock

  1. Hockey tends to teach players that they’re not the biggest thing, much more so than football or basketball. Think about it — the best forwards play only about 20 minutes of a 60-minute game; the best defensemen play about 25 minutes. And rarely do they play more than 60 seconds at a time — coaches want 30-40 second shifts, except on power plays. Another factor is the Canadian impact — so many of these players are from really small towns, where the townsfolk will brag on you, but not to your face.
    Also, hockey players tend to have a lot more patriotic spirit. Guys get pissed if they aren’t picked to play for the national team if they’re at that level (that even works for U.S. players; witness the hated Phil Kessel).

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  2. Jenn – Agreed, by far.

    EO – Exactly. Kessel was furious he didn’t make the national team, while tools like Kaepernick are sitting for the national anthem. It’s a different world.

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