Friday, May 18, 2007

Protecting the carpet

She stands sentry after practices and games, guarding the team logo that has been imprinted in the Ottawa Senators' dressing room. When the media hordes descend, notepads and tape recorders and cameras at the ready to record the innermost thoughts of Antoine Vermette, Erin The Intern has to steer them around the centurion character in the middle of the room.

Now, my feeling is this: if you don't want somebody to step on something, you probably shouldn't put it on the floor.
This is one of those goofy "traditions" that more and more NHL teams have begun to take up, and it can make navigating a post-game locker room quite a chore.

When I was in the Capitals dressing room for their final game of the season, the 'don't touch the carpet' rule was in full effect, and anyone seen treading on the giant logo in the centre of the room caught an earful from an ornery Brent Johnson.

I don't know if it was a new rule for the team, or if there were just a lot of first-timers in the room (such as myself), but let's just say the backup was doing a lot of barking.

The best part was, when owner Ted Leonsis strolled into the dressing room to do a few post-game interviews, he stood right in the centre of the logo, and the media throng joined him.


At 3:13 p.m., May 18, 2007, Blogger Nick said...

Maybe if less people had walked on the capitals logo, the wouldn't have lost so much this season.


At 3:31 p.m., May 18, 2007, Blogger Bethany said...

When I was in the Jackets locker room it was the same way. I was warned before I even went in not to step on the logo. Weird traditions.

At 4:00 p.m., May 18, 2007, Anonymous BDH said...

Brent Johnson should be more worried about his .889 save percentage than who's standing on what.

At 4:09 p.m., May 18, 2007, Anonymous ken said...

This is the type of nonsense that makes ordinary people hate pro athletes.

At 4:10 p.m., May 18, 2007, Blogger Nick said...

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At 4:11 p.m., May 18, 2007, Blogger Nick said...

"They're just like you except they're good at hockey"

"And they're crazy about where you walk on the carpet"

At 4:18 p.m., May 18, 2007, Blogger Bethany said...

Haha Nick that was classic.

At 4:22 p.m., May 18, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My insane roommate my freshman year in college was like that. She didn't want anyone walking on the (cream!!!) area rug because they might get fuzz on it. We were supposed to walk around the edges on the bare floor.

So of course everyone else on the hall brought dog and cat hair and dryer lint to the room, and brushed their hair right in the middle to shed all over the carpet. :)

At 4:50 p.m., May 18, 2007, Blogger Dear Lord Stanley said...

The "don't step on the seal" tradition was in full effect at my high school years ago. But they were smart about it. Instead of yelling at people, they put a rope barrier around the thing and forced people to walk around. Worked pretty well.


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