Jan 14, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mark Barberio (8) in action against the New York Rangers during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Arrggh, There Be Pirates on the Tampa Bay Lightning

Jan 19, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defensemen Mark Barberio (8) skates with the puck against the Carolina Hurricanes in the third period at PNC Arena. Tampa Bay won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

I don’t know about you, but the first thing I did when I got to the Tampa Bay Times Forum Thursday night was to run over to the nearest open viewing corner to watch the team during warm-ups and see if Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mark Barberio had cut his hair. By now, we all know the story of how he had promised he’d visit the barber after he scored his first NHL goal, which was a glorious one during the Bolts’ win over Carolina last Sunday.  I was half disappointed and half relieved that his long hair was still cascading from his helmet.

It may seem like he’s finding it difficult to lose the locks, but he’s actually working out the details for a charitable donation of sorts, about which Barberio said, “I think it’ll be good, at least give the hair some meaning.”  I think that’s a great way to handle it; I just hope he’s not going the way Vincent LeCavalier did when he shaved his head for charity.

Why? Because I’m  reminded of the story of Samson and Delilah, who lost his strength when she shaved his head and turned him over to the Philistines.

With the excellent way Barberio’s settled down and been progressing since the beginning of the season, I certainly hope his strength, speed, and scoring all keep on improving as well and aren’t dependent on that hair.  In my mind’s eye, though, I cannot imagine him carrying the same persona with a short coif (just go look it up and learn a new word today-who says hockey can’t be educational?), so I think he should keep some length for that bit of scalawag that fuels his fire.

Presently, he looks like a pirate (seems fitting, what with Tampa’s Gasparilla pirate festival right around the corner) so I’ve named him the Dread Pirate Barberio, with a nod to the pirate of “The Princess Bride” movie.  (Oh, you know you’ve watched that movie!  I’ll bet you’re repeating some of it’s great lines right now:  “Socrates? Plato? Morons!”  “My name is Inigo Montoya; you killed my father. Prepare to die.”)

Otherwise he’s just the next GQ guy on the ice.

With my apologies to Rangers G Henrik Lundqvist, of course, who is the GQ-est of them all, and he’s that’s just fine.  (Husband does not understand that reference, but we get it, don’t we, ladies.)

On a separate note:  Today’s headline in the Tampa Bay Times was “Stamkos Rises Unharmed After Spill.”   Like Lazarus rising from the dead…

BTW:  Shhhh, don’t tell anyone:   We didn’t have anyone injured during last night’s win against Ottawa.  {{{Go Bolts!}}}


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