Well just got my Betamax vcr fixed and job #1 was to watch the Fotiu-Probert incident on tape #57 in my Beta collection.
The only thing wrong with the VCR was the rewind didn't work. But when I opened the tape it was at the end so I couldn't rewind. So off the the repair shop it went( yes , they still have places that even fix Beta's..one of the benefits of living near Los Angeles ).
So in my vcr guide( yes I can find most of my fights ) I knew this was in a block of fights I got from Bob's brother Norm Probert. He taped the PASS (DET cable) and I edited out the fights . Luckily I kept the "incident" and watched it .
It's been a long time since I'd seen it..my first impression was "that's it?"... at some point I'm gonna get this tape converted to DVD -then at some point I'll be able ( with some wizard's help, I'll post it on here...or at least on YOUTUBE.
This is what happened :
JLA home game for the Wings against visiting Calgary. Probert hammers Cal d-man Paul Reinhart
right in front of Fotiu - immediately Fotiu ( 5 feet away at the time of the hit ) drops his gloves and goes after Probert at which point the camera goes away ( this I didn't remember) by the time the camera gets there they are separated (Probie still with his gloves on) and Fotiu going to the box for a roughing penalty.
On the replay they showed when Fotiu dropped his gloves he reached out with his left hand and barely reaches Probert's jersey and releases just as quick ..seeing that Probert didn't want to fight. Twice Mickey Redmond
comments that Probert wasn't afraid just getting to draw a penalty. He mentioned that a week earlier that he attempted the same thing with Wendel Clark
( that great fight at center ice at MLG where Clark fired away and Probert eventually started to fight when it was clear that Clark wasn't gonna stop).
It's still infuriating to see .. really wished they'd gone at it. But that's the way it goes. When I get it copied maybe I can send it to someone on here and they could upload it to youtube. On the same tape is the Geoff Benic Dennis Vial
OHA HW classic..truly one of the best fights I've seen . Gotta get that one uploaded.
Also on the tape was the two incidents with Jack Carlson
(in Min). First he and JK almost go then as Carlson's going to the box he pops Probert - which enrages Probert who desperately tries to get at Carlson. The next one is when behind the play Carlson gets drawn into a penalty after being turned down by Probert.
Some other fun stuff on there:
Nilan (in white MTL ) vs Basil MacRae (DET) in JLA Nilan really beats the pi$$ out of poor old Basil.
B.Wilson and Martinson ..not much, but fun to see Behn in the Stadium (CHI)
Kordic(MTL)- MacRae in Que at center ice pretty even.
When I get this uploaded I'm sure the Fotiu fans will think Probert was scared, worried,etc and the Probert fans will see that he 's just drawing the penalty.
I'm a huge Probert fan and I never cared much for Fotiu( to say the least) - but to me if Bob was afraid or worried or whatever ....why hit a good player (gloves very high) deliberately in front of Fotiu. He knew Fotiu was there and knew he'd take the bait..which NF did. But hell I wish he would've fought him.
On a humorous note: M.Redmond called giant EDM d-man Jeff Bookebomb !!! Awesome