In professional sport, the greatest arms race of all is not the one to push the human body beyond its physical limits, but the one where players constantly one-up each other to see who can come up with the most batshit victory celebration of them all. And in that regard, a new high water mark has been set by pro-hockey side the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes, a NHL mistake who should still be in Hartford wearing Whalers green and blue, are a curious franchise in that they kind of mostly suck ass on the ice but are also somehow extremely fun at the same time.
Case in point, whenever the team manages a win on home ice (reasonably infrequent), the players engage in an ever-morphing victory celebration.
The ritual always starts by leading the crowd in an Icelandic Viking Chop, before the players break into something else. Sometimes it’s a simultaneous sprint to the end of the rink and a jump into the protective glass. Sometimes it’s a slightly clunky human domino run. And then sometimes, like right here, they dig into the old schoolyard playbook and drag out a game of Duck Duck Goose.
The Canes defeated the Vegas Golden Knights at home over the weekend by a score of 5 – 2, and after the win was secured they engaged in a little child-like tomfoolery.
Coupla points: Absolute coward move to not immediately Goose up the team mascot, and playing this game on ice means any chase is basically over before the Goose can get to their feet (blades?).
But that said, the brakes on old mate to pull up on the spot and sit down perfectly cannot be denied. So we may we be dealing with an elite-level Duck here.