October 09, 2013

Terry O'Reilly Attacked Superfan Krazy George

In the 1970s the Big Bad Boston Bruins were tough. Real tough. And no one was tougher than Terry O'Reilly. He'd take on anyone in the whole league.

Even a California cheerleader.

In 1975-76, the Bruins visited Oakland to play the California Golden Seals, now a long ago defunct team. During the game, Krazy George, the Seals' hired cheerleader, was banging his drum and taunting the Bruins with his usual antics.

But on this particular he caught Terry O'Reilly in an even more grumpier mood than usual.

Whether Krazy George called him a turkey or banged his drum too loud is unclear, but O'Reilly was upset enough with him to jab him with his stick and chase him away from the penalty box. As Krazy George states in the above video, the incident left George scarred.

The incident only helped to cement Krazy George Henderson's reputation was a superfan. He and his drum would be employed by MLB, NFL, CFL, NCAA and pro soccer leagues as well as the Colorado Rockies, Winnipeg Jets and Edmonton Oilers. In Edmonton he claims to have accidentally invented the wave.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I was at that game. The hapless Seals beat the mighty Bruins 6-5 in a see-saw battle that was unbelievable (the Bruins made it to the Stanley Cup the prior year and lost). My dad, a Boston native, brought my brother, cousin and me -- and the result was one of the rare times we all walked away with smiles however my dad kept saying "that guy is deranged" in reference to Krazy George (never heard the word before but its meaning became quite clear to me from then on).

Every time George banged his drum (two beats) he'd raise his hands and the crowd would cheer. When O'Reilly went after George, his teammates followed him into the stands and George was swallowed up by the ensuing melee.

"Were was George?"

About a minute later you could see him crawl out of the brawl, jump up, and you guessed it.. two beats of the drum and the crowd went nuts.

Being a Bay Area native, I've been to plenty of sporting events but that was the BEST
professional sporting event I EVER attended.

It appeared to be sold out and George and the fans gave the Seals an extra player or two that night -- if twas like that every game, no doubt there would still be the California Seals.

Thanks for the post.