On Monday, the website Joe Sports Fan ran a picture of a man at Game 3 of the World Series between the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals. As you can see from the picture below, he was rooting for the Rangers. ….of New York, for some reason.

"Jeez, Gaborik has been invisible tonight."

Well, that same site managed to track the gent down – Doug Hackey (yes, his last name is actually Hackey) – and they had a little interview.

This guy is one interesting, possibly confused cat. Trying to follow his allegiances and rationale is a near impossible mission.

You can read the whole interview here, but below are my favourite parts:

JSF:  Now, back up a second.  Tell me about the attire choice.  You’re  heading out to a baseball game.  You reach into the closet and pull out a  hockey sweater?  Why?

DOUG: My aforementioned  pal asked if I had a Rangers jersey.  I keyed a little too hard on the  individuals words “Rangers” and “jersey” and just said “yep”.  We are both big hockey fans and I returned with the Rangers hockey jersey.  He said, “Are you really going to wear that?” and I said, “Why not?  I’ll  just tell everyone I thought you meant you scored tickets to a hockey  game and I got confused.”

That statement ended up having a prophetic glimmer.  Did I mention we had a few drinks too?

So to clarify, this guys actually just made a legitimate, partially drunken mistake. This wasn’t a joke, or something with a deeper meaning. Just, “Oops, hockey jersey, ah well.” /cracks eleventieth beer

And I should ask: why a prophetic glimmer? Did they eventually score hockey tickets? I need more answers.

JSF:   [....] Let’s move onto some complex inquiries.  I noticed a  captain badge on that hockey sweater.  What’s the name on the back of that puppy?   Gotta be Messier, right?

DOUG:  Not Messier.  I play beer league hockey and my own nickname and number are on the back (HACKEY 37).

Hmm, he does sort of seem like a hockey dude in that he considers his actual last name to be a nickname. Guys called me Bourno, because my Dad was always Bourny. Hockey nicknames, everyone!

And now, for the curveball.

JSF: Okay, so you’re a native Texan and obviously a hockey fan.  Any reason you’re not a fan of the Dallas Stars?

DOUG:  I love the Dallas Stars, are you kidding me?  I am passionate about  hockey and its history.  Your readers will appreciate that I once took a  road trip to see the Blues and the Oilers at the Kiel Center (when it  was still the Kiel Center).  My primary hockey loyalty is with the  Stars!  I also have a Dallas and a Minnesota Stars jersey, but the  Rangers jersey made the most sense.

JSF: Yeah,  because a Dallas Stars jersey at a baseball game would have just been ridiculous, right?

I can’t help but like this guy. A Texan that’s passionate about hockey and its history, and has a North Stars jersey. Very cool. But having two favourite teams? Not as cool. (Also, I can’t imagine many Texas folk choose favourite teams from the state of New York. That assumption comes entirely from watching this “New York City! “Pace” salsa commercial too many times as a kid.)

And last, I leave you with a glowing quote. This post really wasn’t mean to mock the guy, who clearly doesn’t give a damn what anyone thinks, but this one really sums up his self-awareness of the situation:

DOUG:  Ha, not so much. They probably actually thought I was dumb as hell.  Well, I am, but that’s not really the point.


(h/t to Puck Daddy for the link)