After falling behind 2-0 early in Wednesday night's Game 4 versus the Anaheim Ducks, the Dallas Stars got on the board thanks to a Jamie Benn goal. They never looked back, scoring thrice more to win the game and even the first round series at two games apiece. Some would probably say Benn's goal kicked off the rally.
But he didn't start the fire. As the Dallas News points out, it wasn't Benn. It was the Rally Belly.
In the stoppage in play just prior to Benn's huge goal, the Dallas cameras found a group of kids up in the stands, one of which immediately lifted his shirt and started doing belly rolls. Proudly. Dedicatedly. Seriously. This kid rolled his belly like the Stars' playoff lives hinged on it.
And it did. Benn scored. Then, six minutes later, Vernon Fiddler scored, at which point the telecast went back to the kid to acknowledge the inspiring presence of the #RallyBelly (and make one Hell of a Goonies reference).
When Cody Eakin scored the eventual game-winner, it was time for the rally belly once again, because of course it was. With the Stars fanbase on the verge of hitting the panic button, this kid turned things around by hitting the belly button.
It takes the heart of a champion to win a playoff series. And also the belly of one. This kid is a hero. If the Stars can punch their ticket to the second round, it's because of his shamelessly undulating torso.
The team knows it, too. The kid, whose name is Jack Milson, has already been given tickets to Game 6, so the Stars can once again thrive on his magic tum-tum, according to his mother, Cara:
Mrs. Milson also put together a Twitter account for her son. Now you can follow his adventures at @starsrallybelly.
But don't just follow it. Join it. #RallyBelly needs to become a thing. The Stars fanbase has been given a moment, and it's time to seize that moment by seizing the hem of your shirt, lifting it up to your chest, and letting that belly roll, roll, roll, as the Stars do the same to their opponents.
All hail the #RallyBelly.
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