Does Anyone Agree with Glenn Healy?

Posted: May 1, 2011 by Dan M in Hockey Night in Canada, Nashville Predators, NHL, Vancouver Canucks
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For the last couple years, two men dressed in green spandex have been irritating penalized opposing players in Vancouver’s Rogers Arena.  Their act has ranged from being a creepy annoyance to doing handstands on their seats.  The guys known as Sully and Force have become the most well-known fans in “super fan suits”, made famous on the show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Vancouver's Green Men and the Kings' Jack Johnson

On Hockey Night in Canada last night, Glenn Healy went off on these two guys, calling them “a circus sideshow.”  He said they are a “pain in the neck to almost every team that plays here [Rogers Arena].”  Isn’t the point of home ice (or field or court) advantage to make it uncomfortable for opposing players?  Healy also said it was not appropriate to “make faces at the players.”  Really? I guess none of the other 18,000 or so fans ever make faces. No, never!

Now, after reported Nashville complaints (which were denied by the team), the Green Men were told through the NHL that they have been told “not to touch the glass anymore”.  I don’t know how “touching the glass” is a violation, let alone how it is going to change anything.  They are still going to do their act.  In that case, should nobody be allowed to touch the glass then?  Does the guy banging on the glass when players are near get in trouble from the league too?

All in all, these guys are having some fun.  They pay good money to sit there and aren’t doing anything distasteful, harmful or endangering.  They aren’t disrupting the game or altering its’ play.  Their antics aren’t during play, blocking other fans’ view of the game; in fact, they seem to help the crowd get pumped up for the Canucks’ forthcoming powerplay.

So, does anyone agree with Glenn Healy?

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