Jeff Riger- Exclusive Ozzy Outraged! (With Video)

So by now I’m sure you heard about story of Tommy B, the fan that was kicked out of the Joe and fined 500 dollars for throwing an Octopus onto the ice in the 2nd period of game 2 against the Coyotes Wednesday night. Here is his explanation as he was on the Karsch and Anderson program on Friday….

I walked into the arena with the octopus in a bag and I showed it to the ushers. They said have fun. After the first Wings goal, [and] after 5 octopuses have been tossed, I threw mine. In my hand, asinine, walking from the upper deck to the lower, every guard and security person let me down and said “go.” I walked down 25 seats and tossed it on the ice during the stoppage after the goal and they were cheering me.

You can hear the podcast from Tommy B below

All of a sudden, a guy from there said, “You’re going to jail. Come with me.” Granted, not a thing happened to the prior folks, or any other game. I went down and was charged. Really, it’s AN octopus in Detroit in a hockey game! They kick me out; fined me $500 and I have to go to court. I paid $150 for my ticket [but] now will pay $500 more. That’s $217 a period.

When I asked the cops they were laughing and said [Commissioner Gary] Bettman started the rule at the start of the 2nd period. Really new rules. In between periods.

Bettman, you are terrible. It’s not an airplane. It’s an octopus, although you wouldn’t know [about] tradition.

I had a chance to talk to longtime Wings goalie Chris Osgood who was outraged about the whole sequence of events and had some choice words about Bettman. Watch the entire video below.

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  • tommyb

    Pay his fine VIA paypal

    • tommyb is a clown

      you’re an a-hole.

  • Matt

    Simply facts it is an tradation been here before bateman and be here after he is died gone. Bateman is a totally a&* clown and really does not have clue. People ehy wonder the NHL is in shape that it is. I think 97.1 or Redwings should secretly provide everyone in the staduim octopus so wings score thrown it ice would be nice F-U to Bateman.

    • Michael


  • Rick Williams

    I have a coyote in my freezer that I am throwing on the ice on Saturday.

  • Gary

    Shanahan for commish, Chelios as his back-up

  • From Abdelkader to Zuccarello – 16 April 2011 | The Hockey Writers

    […] The NHL is trying to crack down on the Octopus being thrown in Detroit to the point of telling law enforcement how to do their job. Wings fans are taking it as a call to arms. Only one game has passed in the Red Wings play off run and it will sure get interesting as octopi fly and tinfoil hats come out. Check out the exclusive interview with Red Wings long time goaltender Chris Osgood as he calls out NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman: […]

  • A Call to Arms: Hockeytown Defends Octopus, Tradition « Octopus Thrower | A Detroit Red Wings Blog

    […] As if the Wings fans were not fired up enough about it even some of the team has some choice words about it. A fan favorite in the Hockeytown three time Stanley Cup winning goaltender Chris Osgood as he calls out NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman: […]

  • tiki

    Security should have told Bettman to “go to hell”! All he does is run the NHL owners, it’s not like he’s a politician. Who does he think he is? I still can’t believe us fans have to put up with that little rat for 5 more years!

    Good to see at least two thrown on the ice in Game 2. I’m sure we’ll see a few in Phoenix. Keep it going!

    • Boston

      Well done article that. I’ll make sure to use it weisly.

  • Fan Requests Jury Trial, Charged After Throwing Octopus « CBS Detroit

    […] Red Wings fans aren’t the only ones upset about the incidents. 97.1 The Ticket’s Jeff Riger talked with Chris Osgood, who thinks the whole thing is […]

  • Yamary

    Woah nelly, how about them appels!

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