Monday, January 08, 2007

Mascot Power Rankings

I was curious, so I did a little research. In the United States, an estimated 55 people are killed by lightning, 21 or so people are killed by avalanches, and 17 by hurricanes each year. Bruins (bears) kill around one person per year in the U.S., less than one death by shark or panther (mountain lion) happens in the U.S. annually, coyote attacks are incredibly rare and I can't find a single reported death by duck, penguin, thrasher or the ever-frightful maple leaf.

So congrats, Bolts - it looks like you're the NHL's most prolific killers (of course, it could be argued that Senators killed more than 800 Americans last year, but we needn't go there).

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Brilliant, JP. But what about those Canucks?

TLW said...

How many Have died tripping over their Red Wing Shoes?

JP said...

And how many people have been gunned down by our Blackhawk helos? We demand answers!

Tyler said...

I bet lots of people were killed in the Wild....

Earl Sleek said...

Duck-related death.

Had to break that tie with the Maple Leaf.

Great post, though.

JP said...

Hmm... if we allow that one, we'd have to allow all the deaths caused by lightning-ignited fires. And then, of course, the flames really get in on the act.

TLW said...

I think we missed the biggie, how many souls have Devils taken?

TLW said...

Or just Scott Stevens

Fauxrumors said...

1) How many are killed in 'the Nation's Capital each year?
Is D.C. still called the Murder capital of the nation? ; )

http://www.safestreetsdc.com/subpages/murdercap.html

Garrett said...

Just curious on how many people have been clipped by a Nordic. Hmmm....

CD said...

For the record, i fully plan to beat the stuffing out of Slapshot one of these days. That smug bugger keeps knocking the beers out of non-Caps-fans hands and they always land on me. i swear to Buddha, one of the days, i'm knocking that bird out.

Rage said...

My buddy is a Pens fan and he went to the Caps/Pens game and sent me a text message from there (I live in Brooklyn now):

"Your f***ing mascot just gave me a face wash. It's a bird. WTF?"

For that, and that alone, Slapshot is a-ok in my book.

The Peerless said...

How 'bout dem Hurricanes?

Signed,
The Honorable C. Ray "Chocolate City" Nagin
Mayor of New Orleans

gustafsson said...

Fabulous post which surely can be attributed to fantastic research.


and Rage's comment cracked me up.

Nice Job JP!

JP said...

Oooh... nearly one for the Sabres.