Rigged? Rangers ball blooper at NHL Draft lottery leads to conspiracy theories, jokes

first_imgThe second phase of the NHL’s draft lottery took place on Monday night, with the Rangers ping-ponging their way to the No. 1 overall pick.The lottery was already considered controversial as the Rangers — who played in the qualifying round of the NHL playoffs — likely nabbed phenom Alexis Lafreniere with the top overall pick. The conspiracy theories were ramped up when the Original Six squad’s ball got selected. MORE: Who is Alexis Lafreniere? Canadian forward consensus first-overall pick in 2020 NHL draftFirst off, the guy dropping the balls into the machine did the Rangers’ a little too quickly before commissioner Gary Bettman could verify the logo. He had to pull it back out.Seems legit… 🙄 #nhldraftlottery pic.twitter.com/JcR6w782mz— 𝗠𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝗦𝘁𝗲𝘄𝗮𝗿𝘁 (@realmikeystew) August 10, 2020Twitter then of course weighed in on the weight of the ball, the paint — everything, really — regarding the Rangers getting the franchise’s first-ever No. 1 overall spot since the universal draft was adopted in 1969. Here’s a strong sampling, including a tweet from the one and only Roberto Luongo:New York Rangers ball looks a little heavy 🤔— Strombone (@strombone1) August 10, 2020I don’t like how that guy dropped the rangers ball in there. Rigged??— Tony DeAngelo (@TonyDee07) August 10, 2020OK, we had some fun today. I hope none of you actually believe the NHL rigged the lottery for the Rangers. Here, allow me to present the most compelling evidence available that the NHL has no idea how to fix a lottery drawing: pic.twitter.com/qWSm9H02dI— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) August 10, 2020listening to the sound of the ping pong balls clacking together to determine that the rangers ball made a slightly lower pitched clack, therefore was heavier, proving the nhl draft lottery was in fact rigged pic.twitter.com/ymlqe9G7SA— James Duffy (@TwoTurtleDuffs) August 10, 2020Penguins didn’t win the lottery.. shits rigged @ThatsHockeyTalk— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) August 10, 2020Was the Rangers ping pong ball weighted differently? They “happen” to win the lottery after this?!? Only one he “dropped”. Wow! 🤔🤔🤔 pic.twitter.com/yLQozqYjQl— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) August 10, 2020Jokes aside, this is now NHL lore. Like, the Crosby thing was always innuendo, because it happened behind closed doors. This was on live TV. I both love and hate this, but mostly love it. https://t.co/AyaiUzYatg— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) August 10, 2020 They may not have hit the levels of Sidney Crosby-to-Pittsburgh from back in 2005, nor the New York Knicks’ “frozen envelope” fiasco of 1985, but they were quality.last_img read more