Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Drinks...on Ice

From New Jersey, a landmark court decision has been reached regarding Drinking 'n Driving. Well, at least as regards Drinking, Driving, & Zambonis.

"Superior Court Judge Joseph Falcone on Monday overturned (John Peragallo's) (Zamboni) license revocation and penalties.

“It’s a vindication for my client,” Peragallo attorney James Porfido said after the hearing. “It’s the right decision.”

Mr. Peragallo, 64, noted at his trial that "he did drink beer and vodka, but not until after he had groomed the ice. However, he told police he had a shot of Sambuca with his breakfast coffee and two Valium-pills before work.". His blood alcohol content was measured at .12 %, 50% higher than Jersey's legal level of .08 %.

What with the NHL's rules tightening up in the last 2 years regarding fisticuffs and other manly indicators of displeasure, it seems it will have to be left up to the Zamboni drivers to provide some bumps and bruises during hockey games. No mention was made if there would be an uptick in ticket prices or if in the future Zambonis would be equipped with the Breathalyzer Interlocks that would prevent an inebriated operator to be operating a fairly large chunk of machinery.

Perhaps the repetitive circling of the Zamboni inside the confines of a rink is just too much to bear without the aid of an alcoholic stimulant. It'll be interesting to see if the case will be appealled, but, in the meantime, stay awake between periods or you may miss the Zamboni that transforms itself into the Christine model as it tools arounf your local ice skating rink.

When I took Driver's Ed in New Jersey, the legal blood-alcohol limit was .15. They even had a hilarious and (obviously) memorable mnemonic:

"Do not drive
Over point one five"

There was no mention of Zambonis in the curriculum at that time.

Just saying.
No wonder the Devils' home games have been so pitiful - it was the ice!
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