For those that don’t know what James Duthie was sheepishly “rapping” during the second intermission of the Pens/Flyers game on Sunday, or what the announcers are referring to every time Scott Hartnell lands on the seat of his pants, allow me to shed some light.
Love him or hate him, Scotty Hartnell brings charisma to the ice. Whether it’s his reddish-brown flowing locks, his tough gritty play, or his comical sense of humour, he definitely is a player that stands out from the crowd. Or sits down in Scott’s case. He is a likeable guy that gets that type of cult following by fans that love to cheer for the hard-working underdog. Kind of like Tie Domi did in Toronto. Well it was one of those “cult fans” that noticed something peculiar about Scott Hartnell while he’s on the ice. Apparently, he loses his balance a lot. So for fun, that Hartnell fan (Seth Hastings) decided it would be funny to start a site that counts how many times Scott Hartnell falls down. Well just like Hartnell’s career this year, the site took off.
Scott has always had a good sense of humour, and when he first heard about Hartnell down, not only did he think it was funny, but he wanted to get involved. He proceeded to get a hold of the creator through twitter, and with his help, launched phase 2 of Hartnell Down. For “phase 2” Scott signed off on a website, and clothing line, designed to raise money for his favorite charities in which he donates regularly. His charities mainly involve helping underprivileged kids play hockey, and growing hockey in smaller communities. Here is the link to his website. You can also get there from the above address by simply clicking “enter #hartnelldown”.
The site has received a lot of publicity since it’s creation this year, but has really caught fire lately with all of the buzz surrounding the Flyers and this year’s playoffs. So now is a perfect time to stop by the site, check out the Hartnell Down playoff meter, the campaign to get a Flyer on the cover of NHL 13, purchase some swag for charity (my favorite is the Hart Trick shirt), or just check out news or tweets from Hartsy himself. There is also a rap that was created about Hartnell Down, which I’m sure is now set to go viral. (It is also available on iTunes)
Here at Last Word On Sports, we support Scotty’s cause, and embrace the Hartnell Down phenomenon!
…and that is the last word.