We’ve seen our fair share of local news gaffes over the course of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs. It has been painful to monitor. The Los Angeles Kings have been misidentified as the Sacramento Kings more times than I can count which is truly stunning because of the whole “different sport” issue. Someone named Brad Doty is on track to be nominated for the Conn Smythe by at least one sportscaster. We could go on. I’ll spare you.

It has been a rough few weeks for those of us who enjoy accuracy.

In a refreshing twist this news gaffe isn’t so much a gaffe as it is just flat out awkward. During a mascot fight, the reporter in the Kings apparel begins spanking the the Devils mascot during what is an apparent staged fight. The female anchor’s reaction to the clip on the cutaway is classic cringing shock.

Credit to SBNation for bringing this to my attention.

For those of you who really want to see how mascots throw down, check out this NCAA Football clip.

A life rule to follow is that the Oregon Duck will show us all how it’s done sooner or later.