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There are worse things than being known as ‘Tinky Winky’ for the rest of your hockey career

Both the Chief and I weighed in on Red Wings prospect Riley Sheahan's arrest after what was most likely the Grand Rapids Griffins' team Halloween party on October 29th. Deadspin is making fun of him. Hockeysverige's Uffe Bodin's taking note of the Tinky Winky arrest. It was mentioned on the local news here in Detroit, too.

I wonder if Sheahan knows how incredibly lucky he is that people are making fun of him, that he only faces severe punishment and possible jail time for a DUI and being "lent" Brendan Smith's license, and I wonder if the teammates who let him leave their party with car keys in hand know how lucky they all are that Sheahan will be mercilessly taunted--and rightly so--wherever the Griffins go for the balance of the AHL season (given that we're incredibly unlikely to see an NHL season).

Probably a plea deal for probation, community service and surrendering the right to operate a motor vehicle for a year or two. A thorough review of the Griffins' unofficial off-ice code of conduct. Probably some stern talkings-to from Jeff Blashill, Jim Nill, Ken Holland, maybe even Mike Ilitch and two people I'd never want to be on the receiving end of a stern lecture from in Jim Paek and Mike Babcock.

No injuries. No obituaries. Tinky Winky got lucky. Incredibly lucky.

This blogger-still-on-hiatus (depression! Not fun! Once the pain I'm in can be tolerated, I'll be back, but today is not my day) may be belaboring the point, but I doubt it, especially given that the Christmas/Hanukkah/New Year/Holiday season is almost upon us--and yes, to hell with it, let this be a PSA.

If you choose to make yourself full of more than holiday cheer, which is completely fine, be better damn sure that you call a cab, have a ride or have a friend like me, who doesn't drink and will happily drive you home. Know your limits, and if you exceed them, know that there is much worse shame in not asking for a lift and picking up your car the next day. Your car looks way better not mangled and broken, and so do you.

As Red Wings and Griffins fans, quite frankly, an entire community and extended family got very, very lucky that one of their own will be reminded of what the diligence of the Grand Rapids Police prevented from happening as opposed to the consequences of what tends to happen.

That is the bottom line in this situation, and it is no laughing matter.

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Rdwings28's avatar

ahhh George, what a blessing you are. No doubt the spanking of one will be a warning to others. it’s important to me living in Grand Rapids as I have more opportunities and desire to go downtown and watch “the boys” this year. It is more rare in our sport than some to have bad news erupt, which is why it travels so far. I believe most of these guys may not even be drinkers, which is good. on to victory.

Posted by Rdwings28 on 11/28/12 at 07:38 AM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

George, hope you feel better soon.

Posted by MsRedWinger from the State where Tigers roam in the Spring on 11/28/12 at 10:39 AM ET


As someone that lived in GR (and Allendale). He is extremely lucky this happened in Kent county and that he won’t be going in front of Judge Post. Picked up a few people from the county jail by the Yellowjacket that had no idea they were going in because of a simple MIP ticket—can only imagine how much time an MIP and DUI would get you from him.

Anyone know what bar the party was at? I know the easiest one to get into with a fake ID (Raggs) closed a while back.

I’d like to say I never snuck into a GR bar at age 20 with someone else’s ID—but that was a regular occurrence; that said, I never drove with a .3 BAC as taxis are much easier to get in GR compared to Detroit—that’s the lesson he needs to learn. I can’t fault him for drinking at a bar with teammates or friends—especially at a Halloween party. But those friends, bartenders, teammates let him down by not taking his keys.

Posted by dca on 11/29/12 at 10:13 PM ET

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