Remember when being “catfished” meant that you were the victim of an online seduction hoax?
If you don’t, just ask Manti Te’o about it.
Well, forget that MTV-like kerfuffle, because thanks to one diabolical Nashville Predators fan, the term has taken on a whole new meaning.
In case you didn’t hear this story, for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Predators and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday, a hockey devotee named Jake Waddell, of Ohio, decided to:
- Purchase a catfish
- Refrigerate it to keep it from rotting
- Transport it to Pittsburgh from Ohio
- Flatten it with his truck to reduce its size
- Store it in between two layers of underwear to gain entry with it into the arena
- Wait for his opportunity to be near the glass surrounding the ice
- Throw catfish
Throwing catfish onto the ice is a common practice at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. If you think it’s weird, note that in Detroit, they throw octopi.
The fan was then promptly ejected and charged with three misdemeanors.
But the conviction and dedication that this fan showed to complete his scheme is definitely worthy of rebranding the term “catfishing.” Especially when it’ previously accepted definition was pretty dumb to begin with. Bravo sir.
But let’s move from Nashville to Baghdad. The two epicenters of country music.
While everyone is still grieving and mourning the Manchester terrorist attacks, it’s easy to forget that terrorist attacks happen with even greater frequency in the East than the West. In the past several days alone, terrorist attacks by ISIS have caused double digit casualties in Egypt, Iraq and Afghanistan.
The attack in Baghdad on Tuesday occurred at a popular ice cream shop, where parents with their kids often visit, especially during Ramadan to break their fast. More than 30 people were killed.
This tragedy has barely been mentioned in the U.S., even though, like Manchester, it resulted in the death of innocent children who were just doing things that kids like to do. Instead of going to a pop concert, they were eating ice cream.
Now I’m not going to judge anyone for the fact that one attack received publicity over another, or scrutinize why that happens in the first place, I just wanted to make sure that people who didn’t get the chance to hear about it are now aware.
Speaking of Manchester, Ariana Grande has responded to terror in a big way, first posting an inspiring message on social media, and then announcing that she will be returning to the city this Sunday alongside Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Pharrell Williams, Usher and more for a benefit concert for the victims’ families.
We will never stop terror. But we we can do is show that it will cause us to live in fear.
When terror happens, we come back with even greater kindness than we showed before the attack.
Terrorists may accomplish their goal of ending lives, but they will never achieve their desire of breaking us down as human beings.
And more importantly, they will never stop us from living in a world where a man can freely walk into a hockey arena and toss a catfish onto the ice.