Exhausted workers trying to clean a flooded Saddledome needed a bit of levity. Enter the floating head of beloved Flames mascot Harvey the Hound.
CBS Sports collected a number of tweets telling quite the tale from the depths of a flooded Scotiabank Saddledome; apparently, the head of Harvey the Hound startled one unfortunate worker.
Granted, the sight of a massive dog head would be extremely shocking considering the environment workers find themselves in, but it definitely takes the mind off of the horrible flood and immense work to be done.
Here is how it all went down, according to the Twitter feed of the Calgary Sun's Eric Francis:
Harvey the Hound's head was found floating in the middle of the Saddledome today as crews pump out an estimated 300,000,000 gallons of water— Eric Francis (@EricFrancis) June 24, 2013
I've covered a lot of stories but none as disturbing as the fact Harvey the Hound's head was just found floating in middle of Dome #yycflood— Eric Francis (@EricFrancis) June 24, 2013
Flames say bulk of 300 million gallons of water now pumped out of Dome. Oh, and the rest of Harvey the Hound's body still missing #yycflood— Eric Francis (@EricFrancis) June 24, 2013
Worker who found Harvey the Hound's floating head while cleaning Dome: "It scared the hell out of me. His eyes staring at me was creepy."— Eric Francis (@EricFrancis) June 24, 2013
Now, some of you might be thinking there is no way the beloved mascot could ever terrify an adult. Well, here is what the soggy head apparently looked like, via AMP Radio Calgary:
With that, we can guarantee there is one unlucky worker who was cleaning up a dark portion of the arena only to see this terrifying face float by. It's at that moment the Saddledome no doubt filled with expletives to go along with all of that water.
This sad story does have a tinge of happiness, because CBS Sports updated its report to state the Harvey the Hound head that was found was merely a backup. The main one is reportedly safe and sound at another location.
With that, we have a silly story to lighten the mood during recovery efforts for a flood that Fox News reports saw 75,000 residents evacuated from their homes.
Calgary Flames president Ken King paints quite the picture when asked about the dollar amount of the arena's damage:
None whatsoever—I can’t comprehend what it might be. I went back in (Saturday) and it’s a mess. If you put (water as high as Row 8) into perspective...that means if you were a hockey player walking out of the tunnel out onto the ice, you would be under water yourself.
As you can see, there is a great deal more to worry about than just some old mascot head. Still, Harvey the Hound managed to draw attention to the absurd just when dealing with reality really became tough.
It seems the beloved mascot is doing all he can to help Calgary fans, with or without his head.
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