I haven’t been able to keep up with NHL.com’s pun-filled headlines during the last two weeks… mainly because I’ve been busy watching my favorite long-suffering professional ice hockey team vault its way to the top of the NHL standings. And while it may have not been a clever pun… the Los Angeles Kings are making the front page of NHL.com… for all the right reasons… being a potential Stanley Cup team.
Also, one of Woody Allen’s worst films.
You don’t come to Pundays to hear about the incredible early-November success of the Los Angeles Kings. No, you come for puns… and lots of ‘em!!! But after collecting some of the best NHL.com pun headlines over the course of the past two weeks, it got me to thinking… just like the sport of hockey has several different categories of players… Elite Goalie, 4th Line Grinder, Stay at Home Defenseman, Horrible Franchise Crushing Mistake… NHL.com headlines have several different categories of puns. Let’s break them down, shall we?
This is the most simple and most commonly used form of the NHL.com pun headline. You take the name of the team being featured in the recap article and you add a clever end to it… usually bridged with a hyphen.
I can’t wait for the day NHL.com uses “Ovechkin Busts a Cap in Rangers’ Ass.”
THE NAME GAME
This is my favorite type of NHL.com pun headline and I have to think it’s one of the most popular. You take the name of the player who had an incredible game that night… and you go to fucking town with making a pun out of it!
This headline is the best thing to come out of the Kris Versteeg trade.
Also, an excellent summer time drink.
I can’t wait until Winnik scores with a minute left so the headline can be “Minute to Winnik.”
I know there is enough hatred of Sidney Crosby out there for this
headline to go a completely different direction with one simple letter change.
Presenting the first ever NHL.com pun headline ever written expressly for The Royal Half.
Don’t believe me?
THE CULTURE CLUB
No, not that type of Pop Culture.
Pop Culture references are always… well, poppin up in NHL.com pun headlines. There are puns that reflect some of the headline writers’ favorite television shows…
…but they do happen to be huge Mark Harmon fans.
Sometimes, the headline writers will use their favorite songs…
I’ve written 3 Pundays this season and Guns N Roses’ November Rain has now been mentioned twice.
… or even their favorite jam rock band.
And even their favorite… um… fashion magazine can get a mention.
When Borje Salming became the first European player to make an impact in the NHL… with him came the long-standing tradition of incorporating which country a player is born into a clever pun headline.
Another in a long line of pun headlines that should hopefully soon be finished. See what I did there?
And without further ado… the winner of the Punday Headline of the Week, Foreign or Domestic:
Somewhere, Paul Newman is spinning in his grave.
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