The Calder Cup - Holy Grail

(Tony Romano/PopeSteve XXLVII)

Some twenty-five years before the Bridgeport Sound Tigers became a team, I and many others enjoyed the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail. There is one memorable scene in that movie that represents this years’ team showing their heart and determination to win.

In the film, King Arthur (Jack Capuano) is travelling through a forest when he enters a clearing and observes a fight taking place between a Black Knight (The Sound Tigers) and a Green Knight (insert team) by a bridge over a small stream. Arthur congratulates the Black Knight for his victory and offers him a place at Arthur's round table, but the Black Knight only stands still, holding his sword, and makes no response until Arthur moves to cross the bridge. The Black Knight then refuses to stand aside. Reluctantly, Arthur fights the Black Knight and, after a short battle, the Knight's left arm (David Ullstrom) is severed.

Even at this the Knight refuses to stand aside, insisting "'Tis but a scratch," later insisting that he has "had worse," and fights on while holding his sword with his remaining arm. Next his right arm (Casey Cizikas) is cut off, but the knight still does not concede. As the Knight is literally disarmed, Arthur assumes the fight is over and kneels to offer a prayer to God. The Black Knight interrupts Arthur's prayer of thanks by kicking him in the side of the head and accusing him of cowardice.

When Arthur points out the Black Knight's injuries, the Knight insists "It's just a flesh wound!" In response to the continued kicks and insults, Arthur chops off the Black Knight's right leg (Aaron Ness). At this point, the Knight still will not admit to defeat, instead he replies by saying, "Right, I’ll do you for that," and attempts to ram his body into Arthur's, by hopping on his left leg.

Arthur is incredulous at the Black Knight's persistence, and angrily asks the Black Knight if he is going to "bleed on me" to win. The Black Knight replies by saying, "I'm invincible!" to which Arthur replies "You're a loony!" With an air of resignation, Arthur finally cuts off the left leg (player to be named) as well and sheathes his sword.

With the Black Knight now reduced to a mere stump of a man, he says, "All right, we'll call it a draw." Arthur then rides away, leaving the Black Knight's limbless torso screaming threats at him ("Running away, eh? You yellow bastards! Come back here and take what's coming to ya! I'll bite your legs off!".) Such is the heart of this years team. While all four chambers of the heart (Haley, Gillies, Oleksy and Riley) are providing the energy for the team, arms and weapons are needed.

Tuesday night the Sound Tigers won their game against the Worcester Sharks with two goals by Rhett Rakhshani celebrating his 24th birthday in style. Team captain Jeremy Colliton (injured in last night's contest ) can also be counted on for some goals. To make any kind of a run in the playoffs the team will need secondary scoring and my money is on a kid from Long Island.

From Smithtown L.I., Tony Romano has long dreamed of being an Islander. Drafted by New Jersey in 2006, he has produced whenever called upon this year (seven assists in four games). Tony has the speed of Grabner and when paired with top liners will put up numbers. It will take some production from Tony and others to make a deep run in this years playoffs and bring a new banner to The Webster Bank Arena and that place of honor is reserved. Go Tigers!


-Mike Flannery

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