Boogers, biting, butt grabbing.
The Philadelphia Flyers are struggling. With just four wins in their last 17 games, the Flyers now sit 13th in the Eastern Conference with 38 points. The hockey is boring. The Wells Fargo Center is quiet. The excitement and entertainment has gone down. It’s just not the Flyers’ hockey we have grown accustomed to watching in the past.
Captain Claude Giroux is doing his best to make sure the fans are still getting some bang for their buck. Over the last week and the past few years, Claude Giroux is becoming one of the weirdest, yet funniest players in the NHL.
The 26-year-old’s antics were most recently on display in Thursday 2-1 shootout loss to the Florida Panthers.
The Flyers’ captain bit into the jersey of defenseman Erik Gudbranson for a few moments as they were about to lineup on a draw. Because why not, right?
The altercation occurred just two days after Giroux appeared to wipe his snot on an official in Tuesday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning (via @NextImpulse).
He is weird, that we know. But he is absolutely hilarious at the same time. It’s so easy to get caught up in the intensity of the game, making it nice to see reminders that it really is just a game. Giroux always find a way to entertain. Whether it’s with highlight-reel plays or strange antics, the fans in Philadelphia love that their young captain is a complete goofball.
claude giroux is the weirdest person in the world. and i love him.— Alexa Bellenzeni (@lexaaabelle) December 19, 2014
If you dont think Giroux's jokes the last couple games aren't funny, you take sports too seriously— Lonis (@lonis119) December 19, 2014
This past week is far from the only time Giroux has proved to be a little strange. We’ve known for a long time that there may be something odd about the superstar.
Claude Giroux was arrested in Ottawa on Canada Day this year after an incident involving a police officer. Reports stated Giroux was arrested for "repeatedly grabbing the buttocks of a male police officer."
The story was absolutely hilarious, as social media blew up with reactions to one of the most entertaining stories of the offseason.
The incident occurred at The Great Canadian Cabin in Ottawa, a bar Giroux has been known to visit in the past. (photos via Gongshow Gear)
He's likely a lot of fun at parties. Let's just say that.
Giroux likes to have fun on and off the ice. Is there anything wrong with that? There shouldn’t be. Just ask Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars, who currently leads the league with 38 points and 23 goals.
Yes, Giroux is weirdly funny, but he's also just a hilarious guy.
Here he is mic’d up during the 2013 season opener vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs, throwing out chirps and cracking jokes.
Whether he is being funny unintentionally or trying to make others laugh, Giroux makes for great entertainment. After all, isn’t that we are all looking for?
Are you not entertained?
His confidence and swagger is on another level.
Claude Giroux is a fan favorite in Philly for a reason. Why be normal when you can stand out? Giroux is strange and it’s hilarious. Flyers fans love it and they are sure to stick with their captain no matter how odd his actions get.
He’s a goofball, but he’s Philly’s goofball.