Even after a victory, professional athletes scrutinize their performances and accept criticism for little mistakes and missed opportunities.
But most of these self-evaluations don’t manifest themselves as a staged execution, in which a star player fires an imaginary rifle to kill his teammates. You know, typically ...
We’re not sure if this is an ongoing tradition for Kazzinc Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk, a Kazakhstani ice hockey team that plays in the Russian Major League and counts Evgeni Nabokov and Nik Antropov among its alumni. But here’s what went down after a recent victory, as the players lined up and allowed 24-year-old sniper (literally!) Yevgeni Rymarev to execute them with his hockey stick-turned-rifle.
(The oddness begins around 40 seconds in.)
The grenade toss was one of the greatest moments of hockey prop comedy we’ve ever witnessed. We're just glad no Buckeyes were in the building to witness it.
According to the team’s website (and a hasty translation), the home team was victorious but was “sentenced to death” for mistakes made during the game. Rymarev carried out the sentence with his faux-firearm. From the team:
As a result, all those who did not fulfill the coaching setup, suffered "severe punishment."
Spectators were pleased.
And they didn't even give them a blindfold and a cigarette ...