This is Gary. We met him down by the glass in San Jose, before the Canucks came out for their warmup. You’ll notice that Gary is wearing a Roberto Luongo jersey with the C on it.
Gary spawned a hearty debate amongst our group (a group which included myself, Skeeter, our wives, San Jose fan Art, and Kari, our Worst Contest Ever winner) over whether or not this was a foul. If you’re wearing a player’s jersey with a C on it, and that player never wore the C, that’s a foul. There’s actually a square on Jersey Foul Bingo
for this exact foul. But Luongo is a special case, right? You see, while Roberto Luongo was
the captain of the Canucks last year, he was forbidden by the NHL from actually wearing the C on his chest because he’s a goalie. By the letter of the letter law, he never wore the jersey Gary is wearing, and that’s a foul. That said, Luongo was
the captain, and probably should have been able to wear the C on the ice. And, as Art pointed out, he actually did, once: in the 08-09 team photo
. Is that enough to give this one a pass?
I’ve never cared for the practice of sneaking pictures of jersey fouls, because I don’t like taking sneaky photos of people and putting them on the Internet in order to make fun of them. Doesn’t seem right. With that in mind, I approached Gary for a fully honest pic, his opinion on the matter, and to find out whether or not he put the C on the jersey himself, perhaps as some sort of protest against a silly league rule. Unfortunately, he couldn’t remember if he bought the jersey that way or not.
Gary was a good sport about the whole thing. He told me that he thought it wasn’t a foul (he was biased). His friend Sandeep, however, agreed with me. “Dude,” Sandeep said, “You’re a foul.”
Maybe he is. What do you guys think?
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