It’s an annual tradition for Russian President Vladimir Putin to put up absurd points in an exhibition hockey game. It’s also an annual tradition for the citizens under his rule to shut up and say nothing about it except that, wow, this 66-year-old sure holds his own against former professional players.
Putin put a snowman on the scoreboard today. A cool eight goals. The next highest-total on his team was three goals. One can understand why teammates would be more than willing to share the puck with Vlad. Sometimes it’s important to make business decisions.
A weird thing did happen, though, after the game when Putin was waving to the crowd. He happened to simply trip on the carpet and go down like a desperate winger trying to sell a penalty.
What are the odds of such a blooper, a misstep, happening after lighting the lamp eight times?
Goes to show you that even in the best in the world have an occasional gaffe.