Because of the tremendous response to yesterday’s blog on the blue line, I’m prompted to focus on hockey again today.
Here’s a fun filled piece on my favorite vehicle in sports.
Driving this clunky ice resurfacing vehicle would satisfy nearly every hockey fan’s fantasy.
Who hasn’t yearned to climb behind the wheel of this giant tractor and take charge on the ice.
Perhaps the baddest sports maintenance vehicle on the planet, the Zamboni reaches its top speed at just a mere 9 miles per hour.
In addition, the monster machine sprays and then squeegees 140 degree water and transforms once rutted and scarred ice into a shimmering surface that mirrors polished glass.
Founded by Frank J. Zamboni in Southern California in 1949, the Zamboni ice resurfacing machine has become the standard throughout arenas around the world.
Approximately 200 custom made machines, at a price of $75,000 each, are manufactured each year.
And, in a Peanuts comic strip, a fictional miniature Zamboni once cleaned the ice in a birdbath for Snoopi’s pal Woodstock
This heavy duty “bad to the boni” machine is dear to all who have watched it perfectly restore chunks and grooves in previously pock marked ice.
MIKE – thee ultimate talking head on sports!