First off, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. And now everyone must be wondering if I am in a turkey coma by the title of this article and well there is a reasoning behind my madness!
We all know how the Patriots and Gronkowski are linked together but how do they link to AHL? Well enough funny business on my part and here is the story line for Thanksgiving.
When they heard that Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski was fined $7,500 for a celebratory touchdown spike against the Jets, the AHL’s Worcester Sharks jumped into action. They offered to foot the tab in exchange for a service — Gronkowski spiking a ceremonial puck in advance of their game against Providence on Feb. 24.
“The Sharks would be more than happy to reimburse Gronkowski to spike the puck before a Worcester Sharks game,” said team president Michael A. Mudd. “Sharks fans are Patriots fans and I know that they would enjoy watching Gronkowski show us how to properly spike a puck at center ice and sign some autographs. I hope Rob takes us up on the offer.”
Yesterday, Gronkowski agreed to participate.
“The Sharks are really excited that Gronkowski took us up on our offer,” Mudd said in a press release. “This is a win-win for everyone.”
“When Gronk scores — it was like his eighth touchdown of the year — he spikes the ball and he deflates the ball,” Pats QB Tom Brady told NESN. “I love that, because I like the deflated ball. But I feel bad for that football, because he puts everything he can into those spikes.”
Well, a win-win for everybody but the Worcester ice crew. Gronkowski’s spikes are violent. And this is one hell of a way to have a merger between the AHL/NHL and the NFL. I am sure that this is going to be an epic scene in February.