If you have watched Detroit Red Wings hockey anytime after 1952, you know all about the tradition of throwing an octopus on the ice during the playoffs here in Detroit. The past few years, the arenas have been cracking down a bit more on ejecting fans that throw them on the ice, but now there are fines involved!
According to Deadspin.com, Tommy B. was sad even though the Wings won game one of the 2011 playoffs. The reason is city ordinance 38-5-4, “which prohibits throwing objects on the playing area during sporting events.” Tommy not only was ejected but he was fined $500. Now, I have heard of ejections for this before but not the fines. Tommy recounted a night that was not his favorite playoff game in any recent memory:
In my hand, asinine, walking from the upper deck to the lower, every guard and security person let me down and said “go.” I walked down 25 seats and tossed it on the ice during the stoppage after the goal and they were cheering me…All of a sudden, a guy from there said, ‘You’re going to jail. Come with me.’…When I asked the cops they were laughing and said [Commissioner Gary] Bettman started the rule at the start of the 2nd period. Really new rules. In between periods.
Something just doesn’t seem right to me. Read updates from the Red Wings and Tommy’s full account at DeadSpin.com