Now that I have your attention -- well, actually this post actually is about underpants. There was no need to shout it. I think I was just excited.
On Sunday, April 13, when many Americans will be celebrating Palm Sunday, the Bakersfield Condors, ECHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, will be hosting the first ever "Undie Sunday". It is no less holy.
The event is not unlike the teddy bear toss, except with underwear. Bring ginch! Chuck it on the ice!
There are rules, of course. Just because people are throwing underwear around willy-nilly doesn't mean there's no room for decorum.
First of all, for the purposes of the rhyme, when it's preceded by the word "undie", Sunday, will be pronounced with a cockney lilt: sundee. Anyone heard pronouncing it Sunday will be tased and evicted. (That last part's probably not true.)
The flight of the unmentionables will take place after the Condors score their first goal, much like the teddy bear toss.
And speaking of teddies, those are probably an acceptable item to throw. You can throw "bras, boxers, briefs, long johns, diapers, socks, undershirts and the like". The Condors would simply prefer that, whatever it is, it's new, because, you know, gross. In fact, it will fly a lot better -- and it will be easier to verify as new -- if it's still in the packaging.
Finally, all of the thrown items will be donated to those in need.
“In talking with local non-profits, it is quite clear that there is a need of undergarments for the economically challenged,” Condors Team President Matthew Riley said in the release. “We thought this would be a fun way to bring attention to that fact, and hopefully raise some significant donations. Who doesn’t like to throw things on the ice? Teddy Bear Toss is obviously a great tradition, so why not start another one?”
This is a great idea. It's also amusing to us that it's been dreamed up by an affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, who have seen more apparel hit the ice this season than any other NHL season. Taylor Hall earned a bra for his hat trick in early December. And last month, someone threw a Hemsky jersey onto the ice in disgust.