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February 16, 2006

Air Canada Centre confiscates sign from 10-year-old terrorist: Toronto Maple Leafs fan Brody Smith, 10, had his homemade sign taken away by ACC security before a recent game as it was deemed a potential weapon. Mission accomplished!

posted by wfrazerjr to hockey at 02:49 PM - 33 comments

Wait, is this the onion? I thought canada was the sane country?

posted by justgary at 02:54 PM on February 16

There is nothing sane about MLSEL... Except they host a hell of a hockey game.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 02:56 PM on February 16

Unbelievable! Once again the tail is wagging the dog. Whatever happened to common sense?

posted by Bury Bonds at 03:06 PM on February 16

This is just one more sign of the apocalypse...

posted by wingnut4life at 03:17 PM on February 16

I blame the Senators...I mean, the terrorists. File this story under the (every growing) mountain called "Security folk who like their sense of power and don't interpret the rules very well." In the end, I'm betting this kid gets free tickets to a Leaf game, and they turn out to be better than the previous ones, plus he'll get some signed memorabilia. Wait, is this the onion? I thought canada was the sane country? Well, if it happened in the USA, there would be a follow-up paragraph that explains that the family lawyer is suing ACC for $1.34E06.

posted by grum@work at 03:18 PM on February 16

Yes, because this, of all the things going on in society, is the litmus test for authority gone mad. Right. This happens every day, at every arena, especially in North America. What's news is that someone decided to make a stink about it.

posted by chicobangs at 03:25 PM on February 16

This happens every day, at every arena, especially in North America. Every day at an arena in North America, someone upsets a 10-year-old boy by taking away a homemade sign that clearly is of no danger to him or anyone else? Cite examples, please.

posted by wfrazerjr at 03:30 PM on February 16

Little hoodlum. What was he thinking? He's not gonna get away with that gang activity. Throw the boy in jail!

posted by Desert Dog at 03:39 PM on February 16

File this story under the (every growing) mountain called "Security folk who like their sense of power and don't interpret the rules very well." Obviously, you are not familiar with the out break of deaths at games caused by fans wielding Japanese throwing signs...or the ancient paper-cut-of-death technique.

posted by chris2sy at 03:56 PM on February 16

You can buy 'official' pucks at the local minor league hockey game. I could probably do more damage when one those sucker than a stick.

posted by justgary at 04:02 PM on February 16

wtf? this is outrages canada needs too take it easy

posted by dr.waterfield at 04:02 PM on February 16

You can buy 'official' pucks at the local minor league hockey game. I could probably do more damage when one those sucker than a stick. Or if you go to a baseball game you can get an actual bat. Not that those could be considered dangerous or anything...

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 04:09 PM on February 16

Every day at an arena in North America, someone upsets a 10-year-old boy by taking away a homemade sign that clearly is of no danger to him or anyone else? Cite examples, please. I can't, frazer, because, like I said, people don't generally complain loud enough to make the news. But I would be shocked if this doesn't happen everywhere. Or are you saying that The Air Canada Centre has a continent-wide monopoly on security guards overstepping the bounds of social propriety? Because if that's what you're saying, cite some proof, please, because that sounds a lot more outlandish than my point.

posted by chicobangs at 04:13 PM on February 16

You see the problem is that he could sharpen the stick on the floor and used the elastic on his underwear to shoot the projectile at a Rangers player. Don't you guys watch Mythbusters?

posted by njsk8r20 at 04:16 PM on February 16

You see the problem is that he could sharpen the stick on the floor and used the elastic on his underwear to shoot the projectile at a Rangers player. Don't you guys watch Mythbusters? Anyone knows that without feathers at the other end the projectile will flail harmlessly end over end. Try again mr. smartypants.

posted by justgary at 04:29 PM on February 16

Chico, I didn't start off using the generalizations to make a point, you did, but I get what you're saying. I also agree that there are probably examples of some form of this happening in plenty of places. However, I doubt very seriously there are too many involving a 10-year-old boy with a freaking paint stirrer getting the shakedown. That's just weak, and if I had been the parent, I believe I would have complained long and loud myself. Or I would have quickly sharpened the stick and stabbed one of the guards with it. One or the other.

posted by wfrazerjr at 04:38 PM on February 16

Or if you go to a baseball game you can get an actual bat. Not that those could be considered dangerous or anything... Back in the day my dad used to take the bat he got at Tiger games with him went he went on strike with the Teamsters. Of course it didn't do him any good since he said they were cursed and no matter how hard you tried you couldn't hit anything with them. Maybe they were afraid the kid would hurt their feelings? Awwww.......

posted by commander cody at 04:44 PM on February 16

Gosh. Whoever did this to the kid really needs to go sit in the corner until they come up with some freakin' sense. Incroyable.

posted by gspm at 04:51 PM on February 16

"In the present global climate we live in, these changes are necessary measures that support providing fans with a great environment," Kamath said. are you friggin kidding me. these post 9/11 security measures have gotten a little out of hand. only macgyver could possibly blow up an arena with a paint stir stick

posted by erkno11 at 05:11 PM on February 16

I wonder if Dick Cheney could get in with a shotgun?

posted by dandy491 at 05:23 PM on February 16

I wonder if Dick Cheney could get in with a shotgun? posted by dandy491 at 5:23 PM CST on February 16 Sure he could. After all he's the Preside...ummm...I mean "vice" President, so he can do whatever he wants. "Laws? I don't have to obey no steenkin' Laws!"

posted by commander cody at 05:31 PM on February 16

I say we invade Canada!

posted by miller at 11:09 PM on February 16

I say we invade Canada! posted by miller at 11:09 PM CST on February 16 Sounds good to me! I have family up there in the great white north that I haven't seen in years!

posted by commander cody at 11:28 PM on February 16

Damn, what happened to taking octopus to games in Detroit? Next game in Toronto I am taking live lobsters!

posted by Taimaishu at 02:29 AM on February 17

When was Canada last attacket by terrorist or another country. I don't even think they sided with the US when they invaded Iraq. What the hell are they so afraid of.....Ty Domi?

posted by kjones00 at 03:35 AM on February 17

Try again mr. smartypants. I wish I had something else to try but that's all the sarcasm I got on this subject. However the mythbuster's did not use feathers on thier sharpened plastic spoons. I just don't understand how people can get in with brooms and homemade stanley cups yet this kid can't take his sign that is obviously a piece of memorabilia w/ signatures.

posted by njsk8r20 at 07:55 AM on February 17

Like the Leafs can really afford to alienate anybody foolish enough to support them. Good Lord.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 08:13 AM on February 17

Like the Leafs can really afford to alienate anybody foolish enough to support them. Good Lord. Oh please. There are enough of us gullible die-hard Leaf fans that they could slay all of the crowd at a Leaf game and still fill up the arena for the next game. If sucking most magnificiently in the 1980s wasn't enough to kill fan interest, moronic security guards won't do it. When was Canada last attacket by terrorist or another country 1985

posted by grum@work at 08:36 AM on February 17

The new security rules came from the NHL and the NBA, so let's not blame Canada, MLSE, ACC, or anti-terrorism mentality. It's the leagues protecting their asses from potential lawsuits...nothing more. And the Sun is a sensationalistic rag that should only be read for it's sports section.

posted by rocket88 at 09:46 AM on February 17

And the Sun is a sensationalistic rag that should only be read for it's sports section. You never know: maybe Paul Martin really does eat babies.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:07 AM on February 17

Just being a Leafs fan should be enough to allow the kid in with a stick. Just so he can beat other Leafs fans about the head and shoulders. In all seriousness,c'mon!!he's a friggin kid!!

posted by GoBirds at 11:26 AM on February 17

he's a friggin kid Thinking like that lets the terrorists win.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 01:18 PM on February 17

he's a friggin kid Have you ever watched the history channel or even the news? Kids can be suicide bombers and they fight as soldiers in many countries. Just because Americans have low opinions on the capabilities of children does not mean that opinion is shared worldwide.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 04:07 PM on February 17

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