Radek Bonk’s name still resonates with NHL pundits
The mule is gone. The name lives on.
Radek Bonk, who scored 42 goals at the age of 17 for the Las Vegas Thunder of the International Hockey League and was so popular with the Ottawa Senators that a website named after his distinctive hairstyle – Bonk’s Mullet – Continuing to this day, makes quite a run in ESPN.com’s biggest NHL name rack.
In fact, Bonk (representing the modern international region) made it all the way to the names game final on the backing of ESPN hockey writer Greg Wyshynski before losing to Guy Lafleur. Greg McKegg (Modern North American Region) and Hakan Loob (Actual Objects Region) completed Wyshynski’s last four.
In a major upheaval, sixth-seeded Bonk defeated seed Miroslav Satan in one of Wyshynski’s regional finals.
The hockey guru writes: “The last two are, to me, the essence of the National Hockey League. You have the poetic blossoming of Guy Lafleur, a French-Canadian name that floats in the air, leaving a faint smell of maple and cigarettes. You have the brutal strength of Radek Bonk, a name that metaphorically bludgeons you.
“Radek Bonk sounds like noises created by a real hockey game.”
– Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) 23 May 2018
Sachin Chandan, who would also have been a good name for a hockey player but who, in fact, is an ESPN seeker, also took Bonk to the final before losing to Loob.
A Bonk supporter wrote on Twitter: “Bonk has been robbed! It was rigged from the start! Massive amounts of fraud! “
Another wrote: “Oh (expletive). (Just) wait for @ Bonk’sMullet to see this.
Bonk has been robbed! It was rigged from the start! Massive massive amounts of fraud! (But seriously, how does Bonk not win this?)
– El Guapo (@DrHorrablySexy) December 9, 2020
Zarley Zalapski has been robbed. It’s hard enough to have a last name that starts with a Z, but so does her first name. Imagine all the things growing up right where they’re listed alphabetically, poor guy. He deserved this.
– Paul Zarnett (@paulzarnett) December 9, 2020
Around the horn
– After Hawaii’s 28-14 win over Houston in the New Mexico Bowl played in Frisco, TX, Mountain West tweeted that the conference is now 5-0 in bowl games against the American Athletic Conference.
MWC media darling Boise State is considering switching to AAC. If you didn’t know better, you might have thought that Colorado Springs headquarters was sending a subtle reminder that the turf of the field on the other side of the football fence isn’t always bluer.
– Mountain West (@MountainWest) December 25, 2020
– To commemorate FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, breaking Pelé’s long-standing record with his 644th career club football goal, Budweiser sent a bottle of foam to each of Messi’s goalkeeper victims with the goal number that he cleared Messi up front.
If the King of Beers had done the same for the former king of scorers, Alan Mayer would have been spared such good-natured ignominy. Mayer was the short-lived Las Vegas Quicksilvers goaltender on April 9, 1977 and recorded a clean sheet against Pele and the New York Cosmos.
It was the first North American Soccer League game played at Sam Boyd Stadium. Despite the presence of the magnetic Pelé, it attracted only 11,896 people.
Eusebio was in the lineup for Las Vegas. The Portuguese sniper also went scoreless. The only goal of the match was scored by Victor Arbelaez, a former football coach of Bishop Gorman who died in 2007 at the age of 54.
To celebrate Messi’s record: @Budweiser send a personalized bottle to every goalkeeper Messi has scored in his career, with some GKs getting more than one. All bottles will include a different number, which would refer to Messi’s goal tally. #FCB 🇦🇷⚡️ pic.twitter.com/MErc9ui4AI
– Reshad Rahman (@HagridFCB) December 24, 2020
– Here’s the bare truth about Gritty, the official and somewhat spooky Philadelphia Flyers mascot who has been described as an acidic trip: He was cleared to return to the ice (except for a positive COVID test) by the Philadelphia Health Department, as as well as the NHL, after a petition drew more than 10,000 signatures and a letter of support from a pornographic website.
A Stripchat vice president wrote that if Gritty wasn’t allowed to cheer on the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center, he was willing to offer her space on the site’s home page. In the letter, Stripchat claimed to have attracted 906,181,416 new users in 2020, none of whom, presumably, seemed terribly interested in running the Zamboni.
Porn Site Makes Flyers Mascot Offer @GrittyNHL to watch live matches in 20-21.
“We want to make you a global superstar. … The Philly Phanatic can even join your stream. “
Gritty is currently asking the NHL to allow him to attend games this season pic.twitter.com/IxTJk6kK5T
– Mark J. Burns (@ markjburns88) December 23, 2020
I can’t seem to get over Gritty’s face shield. https://t.co/1aIJxf0NzF
– Kristen Rodgers (@KristenERodgers) May 12, 2020
If you were one of those who kept a Cal Ripken-style streak alive while watching “A Christmas Story” this year, it’s possible (but unlikely) that you noticed a scene in which three baseball cards are stuck to the top. wall above Ralphie’s bed.
Even smarter is the sight of a Twitter user named Tom Shiber, who, after posting a larger image of the cards, revealed their origins: a 1940 Play Ball image of New York Giants outfielder Johnny Rucker and cards. tobacco T206 featuring pitcher Ed Ruelbach, who threw a hit for the Chicago Cubs in the 1906 World Series; and Jimmy Hart, an obscure 1901 Baltimore Orioles infielder who was the first American League player to be suspended for hitting a referee.
I challenge you to come up with a better trivial question.
I’ve seen A Christmas Story 372 times, but it wasn’t until last year that I noticed Ralphie’s vintage baseball cards on his headboard. @SABRbbcards @baseballcardESP @WaxPackGods @wthballs @sportcardbacks @bsblcardvandals @baseballinpix @CardboardHistry @prewarcards @cardgrader pic.twitter.com/UcSrOZZv8L