November 16, 2010
Pop sensation Justin Bieber (insert preteen girl shriek here) used to play hockey as a young Canadian lad, wanted to be an NHL player when he grew up and still roots for the Toronto Maple Leafs, which should come in handy during the tortured emo phase he'll eventually enter.
Bieber Fever (yeah, we said it) arrived at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Sunday, sadly without an Eagles home game across the parking lot to make things completely awkward. It's customary when a major celebrity comes to town to shower them with the finest gifts the locals have to offer. And since they ran out of those, Bieber was given a personalized Philadelphia Flyers jersey. (Joke, Philly. We respect the sweater.)
This did not sit well with our friend Travis Hughes on Broad Street Hockey, who reveres the orange and black and labeled this image featuring Scott Hartnell(notes) and Kimmo Timonen(notes) as "the Jersey Foul of the century" for reasons such as:
Here's Bieber, wearing a Yankee hat in Philadelphia. HEY KID. THIS HAPPENED. KIND OF A SENSITIVE SUBJECT.
Hughes noted that former Flyer R.J. Umberger(notes) once gifted a personalized No. 7 (hey, that's Bill Barber's number!) sweater to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger:
At least Roethlisberger is a Super Bowl-winning quarterback, even if he does play in Pittsburgh, and he genuinely looks pleased to have Umberger giving him that gift. I bet its hanging on a wall somewhere in one of his nine houses. Meanwhile, look at Bieber's smug little 11-year-old grin. That Flyers jersey will no doubt wind up in some closet alongside all the other free crap he's been given over the last however-the-hell-long-he's-been-famous.
No. 1 belongs to Bernie Parent, not some stupid-haired little Leafs fan. Whose terrible decision was this, anyway?
Epic. Somewhere, Zac Efron is frantically attempting to light his personalized No. 7 Red Wings sweater on fire before he's discovered ...