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Sunday, January 1, 2012
Trending: Animals on ice can lead to other ideas


Happy New Year! The key to happiness is to learn from our mistakes and anticipate trends so we can be prepared. For instance, clearly the NHL has an alarming trend taking shape after someone threw an actual dead duck on the ice recently when the Anaheim Ducks were playing in San Jose.

Granted, this trend has had a couple of false starts. Seems like some guys have always thrown their hats on the ice to celebrate a hat trick. (Do they get their hats back? I worry about these things.) And Red Wings fans have thrown octopi because nobody worries about cruelty to octopi.

But this dead duck thing is bad. There's always retaliation and there's always copycats, so what may get thrown on to the ice in 2012? (Put down your Twitter account, PETA, we are not advocating anything here, just speculating).

There's an entire zoo in the NHL. Should we fear the tossing of Panthers, Bruins or, yes, Sharks? Granted, sneaking them into the arena might be a challenge but somebody had no trouble getting a dead duck past security. By the way, I do encourage throwing Penguins. They are nasty animals that are just the right size to peck you in just the wrong places. Trust me on this as I have been scarred by a penguin.

And once a trend begins, it just grows and grows. In other words, 2012 could be a dangerous year for Canadians, Rangers and Senators. (Election years are always deadly for Senators, so they've got two things to worry about.)

Our literary chefs have something special cooking for the New Year's Brunch, but while they are dotting the final I's and crossing the last T's, here are few more thoughts to chew upon:

• According to MLB.com, "two 450-gallon fish tanks were installed inside the wall behind" home plate at the new Marlins stadium. Sure, what could go wrong with that?

• When Kurt Busch announced he signed with Phoenix Racing for the 2012 Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR fined him $50,000 and then rescinded the fine and apologized, explaining it was just a "knee-jerk reaction" at hearing his name.