Two seemingly unfortunate things came together in a fortuitous convergence on opening night. First, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o was duped into falling in love with a fake girlfriend over the internet. Next, the Dallas Stars were unable to sell out their opening night game. The Stars game day staff was able to turn those negatives into a positive though, as they got a killer jab at an obviously troubled young man by using their flagging ticket sales as part of the punchline!
The joke was well received, which is great for a the marketing team and everyone involved with the Stars. I anticipate that they will try to milk this joke for all it's worth. I fully anticipate the following Jumbotron welcomes to show up in Dallas at some point this sesaon.
- Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and an honest lawyer
- Visiting fans of the Phoenix Coyotes
- Train fan club
- Abominable Snowman
- Residents of the city of Atlantis. All 18,532 of them.
I expect a season full of sick burns by the Dallas Stars this year. Nothing worse than getting slammed by a sport you don't play in a state that is 1000 miles from you, right Manti?