Once in a while, we all do it. We get embarrassed. We wear the lamp shade over our heads way too long! In the morning we try to forget last nights party tricks, as we walk with dignity into work.
Picture sitting in the stands at your local rink. It is around January 23rd, 2014 and the game is the NAHL’s Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees playing against Corpus Christi’s Ice Rays. The game is great and the crowd roars with delight as the players skate with power and devotion.
What is this? You notice something odd on the Killer Bee’s jerseys. You strain your eyes trying to focus on one single shirt but, you cannot. You ask your friend if he notices anything odd or out-of-place with the team and their jerseys but, he looks at you with a smile and a short sigh.
Then it hits you! They are wearing their opponent’s jerseys. It comes out in the paper the next day that the Killer Bee’s equipment staff forgot their jerseys at home. The Ice Rays let them wear their jerseys so they can play the game.
I bet the equipment staff would have loved to wear a lamp shade over their heads during this game! Yes, the Killer Bees wore their opponent’s jerseys but they wore them with dignity and a hint of redness on their cheeks (not due to the ice rink temperature!) I think it was fantastic for the teams to help each other out. It brings out what is good in the game.
For the equipment staff of the Killer Bees- I see in their future a lot of embarrassing moments still to come!
Corpus Christi won the game 2-1