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By Stan Silliman
To Red Wing Fans:  Curb Your Octopi !

         “Is that an octopus in your pants, or are you just happy to see me?”

     That’s your typical greeting among Detroit Red Wings fans, now storming into Pittsburgh for the Stanley Cup finals. 

     Dan Wholey of  Pittsburgh’s Wholey Fish Market is worried. Why?    Dan supports the Red Wings’ opponent, his beloved Pittsburgh Penguins, and he fears the Redwing Fans are going to grab up every octopus in Pittsburgh  and throw them onto the ice at +++++ stadium whenever their team scores.

   Along with fish, Dan sells an occasional octopus at his market.  But not to Red Wings fans during the Stanley Cup finals. So, at the market, he’s now on the lookout for Midwestern accents, Motown Jackets, Red Wing ball caps, and all things Detroit.  For those customers:  All the fish they want, but no octopus.   Dan is checking IDs.

     The fifty-six-year-old Red Wings  tradition, Dan knows, incites both Red Wings players and fans alike.  Wholey doesn’t want to give any edge to the Detroit team .   After all, Penguins and Octopi are natural enemies.  When the Penguins began marching inland -- doing their sly shuffle off the continental shelf—the  Octopi were slithering their own south sea salsa … hand in hand in hand in hand in hand in hand in hand in hand … . 

    How might the Red Wings fans overcome Dan’s oct-block boycott? 
To Red Wing Fans:  Curb Your Octopi ! by Stan Silliman humor sports comedy cartoons articles
    Here’s how:   Walk in with a Pirate hat, saying, “How ‘bout them Stillers, Dan?”     Or, say, “I could go fur a good  eight-legged feesh samitch  so can you  wrap it up in one of them gumbands? ”   And then add, “Thanks.  I’ll be going dahn tahn now.” 

     Dan still looking at you quizzically?  Not quite sure about selling you an octopus?  Just say, “Gimme a pahn of oleo – or do I have to go to the Jynt Iggle?”  Or, maybe, “ I could gofer’n  Arn n’some pillinit shrimp.”  And don’t say, “Can I write  yinz a check?” …because even though you said it right and he’d be ready to take it, your check might be on a Michigan bank.  (And all these good Pittsburgh lessons will go for naught.)
     And, finally, don’t make the mistake of saying, “Give me a soda.”  Be sure you say “pop” or you can kiss your tentacles goodbye.

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