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Pittsburgh running low on bear rental costumes as fans continue to terrorize Bryzgalov

Apr 13, 2012, 2:28 PM EDT

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There have been many ramifications from Ilya Bryzgalov‘s “bears in the forest” comment.

It’s put the Flyers goalie back in the media spotlight, inspired Penguins fans to show up at Game 1 wearing bear outfits and, most importantly, bolstered the Pittsburgh costume rental industry.

More, from the National Post:

“With the bears, the only one I have left is a teddy bear, and people just don’t seem to think that it’s frightening enough,” Nicki Paglieri, manager at a Costume World location in Pittsburgh, said on Friday. “The other ones were good, though.”

The other ones ended up online and on television on Wednesday, when a handful of fans in rented bear costumes tried to unsettle Bryzgalov as he faced their hometown Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarter-final series. It might have helped in the first period, as the Penguins took a quick lead, but the intimidation must have faded as the game wore on, and the Flyers won in overtime.

Paglieri said she fielded at least two more calls for bear costumes on Thursday, with the Penguins preparing to host the Flyers in Game 2 on Friday night. The two bear suits she rented earlier in the week were on three-to-five-day contracts, though, which meant all she had left in stock was the teddy bear — and a penguin suit.

She has successfully rented out the penguin suit.

It should be noted that a full bear costume costs $125, while renting just the head and mittens will run you 50 bucks. Cleaning costs are included in the price, though it’s unlikely any amount of cleaning will erase the smell of “all the disturbing things people do while wearing bear a costume.”

(Image courtesy Crossing Broad.)
  1. dsd3 - Apr 13, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Yeah that worked really well for them last game. And they look really cool, too. I’m sure it must be fun sweating in your seat just to look like an idiot. Pittsburgh typical.

    • miketoasty - Apr 13, 2012 at 2:36 PM

      I guess you have never been to a hockey game before but with a giant brick of ice in the middle it can get pretty cold. Probably feels pretty comfortable with one of those on.

      Oh and Bryz let in 2 very soft goals last game so you can argue that it did help.

      • dsd3 - Apr 13, 2012 at 2:40 PM

        Hahaha, you keep telling yourself that. How many of Fleury’s 4 goals were soft? And who won, btw?

      • bjg5091 - Apr 13, 2012 at 2:43 PM

        Two very soft goals? The only one relatively close to soft was the 3rd one and that was totally a fluke.

      • miketoasty - Apr 13, 2012 at 2:46 PM

        A breakaway, a perfectly aimed shot, a slap pass that had everyone on the ice guessing, and a mistake by Letang. Yes please blame ONE of those goals on Fleury. Philly won, but trust me in Pittsburgh we don’t care, we know what it takes to win a series and a series has never been won in one game, even Flyers fans know being up in a series 3 – 0 isn’t a guarantee.

      • dsd3 - Apr 13, 2012 at 2:51 PM

        None of Bryz’s goals were “soft.” And FYI, you don’t get extra points for scoring soft goals, as your team should know from the fact that they choked away a 3-0 lead.

        Also, how many wins has your franchise goaltender Fleury earned against the Flyers this year? Oh, none? That’s right. Good luck with that. And I mean, he’s only allowed about four goals a game for his last 5 starts, but I’m sure none of those were “soft.”

      • dsd3 - Apr 13, 2012 at 2:53 PM

        My mistake, I believe Fleury had one win out of six games he played against the Flyers this year. My bad.

      • somekat - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:48 PM

        Both Briere’s second goal, and the OT goal were extremely weak. I’ll even give you the OT goal, since it was more the defenseman’s fault, but the 2nd goal was a joke, a high school goalie should of been able to stop that

      • pens5829 - Apr 13, 2012 at 4:18 PM

        How many Flyer goals were gifts?

      • dsd3 - Apr 13, 2012 at 4:22 PM

        pens5829, Fleury must be a very generous man because he sure likes giving gifts to opposing teams.

      • tcclark - Apr 13, 2012 at 4:35 PM

        What was Fleury doing on the Breakaway goal? Briere didn’t deke. He didn’t even shoot a great shot. And yet Fluery rolled over onto his back trying to make a fantastic save when really all he needed to do was keep his body in front of the puck. That goal was totally weak

    • dexterismyhero - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      Totally agree dsd3.

      At least get a Grizzly suit. A 2 year old wouldn’t be scared of that bear.

      Hey, why don’t you dress like Penguns?


  2. Stiller43 - Apr 13, 2012 at 2:32 PM


    • napoleonblownapart6887 - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:31 PM

      Completely agree – this is really fun. The real question, is where is beard-kid???

  3. hockeyflow33 - Apr 13, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Absolutely hilarious

  4. Stiller43 - Apr 13, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    You need to proofread, but hilarious.

  5. bergeronforselke - Apr 13, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Funny but the men in green tights are funnier

  6. mojosmagic - Apr 13, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Pens fans are lost in the woods. At least put on a ferocious bear costume not one that makes you like Teddy, Yogi or Bernstein.

  7. govtminion - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    …I’m starting to think Bryz might be an evil genius. What’s he afraid of? Well, he could give a serious answer- or he could say something ridiculous like ‘bears in the woods’.

    Now, opposing fans are dressing in silly bear costumes to try to mess with him… could it be he did this for his own amusement’s sake? If he’d said ‘trout’ would people be wearing fish costumes?

    Unlikely, yes, but… it makes one wonder.

    • dsd3 - Apr 13, 2012 at 4:20 PM

      Haha, too bad he didn’t say trout, because fish costumes would be so much more hilarious.

    • alexb64 - Apr 13, 2012 at 6:05 PM

      Apparently he’s not kidding about it. I read a thing from HNIC where it was something about when he was a kid in Sibera a few of his friends were killed by bears.

  8. sgtr0c - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    The Philly paper this morning said that Jagr tweeted he wished Bryz said that he was afraid of naked ladies…. Hubba hubba

  9. darenpuppa31 - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Some people are taking an article about people wearing bear costumes a little too seriously…

  10. philly4lyfe - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Bear costumes are serious bryzness!!

    • danphipps01 - Apr 13, 2012 at 5:09 PM

      Thank you. This thread needed that. =D

  11. ironcity6pak - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    They need bear on the ice for the warm up skate

  12. cableguymike - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    You left out the best part. This tweet by JJ:

  13. jwaz8 - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Hulk hogan – not enough
    Bears – not enough
    Naked ladies – who cares? that would be sweet!

  14. punkrulz24 - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    I don’t get it… Bryz makes an off the wall statement, so the entire city of Pittsburgh is out to get bear costumes rented to “try to get into his head”… Do they legitimately believe that this is going to scare and distract Bryz?

    I’m afraid of bees but someone in a bee costume isn’t gonna scare me. Let alone cute cuddly ones. This begs to question: Who is really in who’s head? Bryz is coming off like a regular Professor X the way Pittsburgh has responded.

    • cableguymike - Apr 13, 2012 at 4:01 PM

      It’s all in good fun and it makes the series more entertaining.

      Now about those beautiful naked women that he’s supposedly afraid of…time to step up Pittsburgh!

      • punkrulz24 - Apr 13, 2012 at 4:07 PM

        Haha yeah I know. Sorry, just reading some of the comments on here that come from certain Pittsburgh fans makes me re-think things regarding the city. I guarantee we’d do the same silly things here in Philly. Jag’s is definitely onto something… Pittsburgh needs to deliver!

    • dsd3 - Apr 13, 2012 at 4:19 PM

      Well said. I love the smug attitude they have, as if Bryz is really concerned about a bunch of idiots dressed up in furry costumes. If anything, he’s probably laughing at them for looking stupid.

      • govtminion - Apr 13, 2012 at 4:25 PM

        I don’t know… I’M pretty terrified of furries, so maybe Bryz really was being honest.

      • revansrevenant - Apr 13, 2012 at 8:26 PM

        You have never been to a furry convention. I went to one once, because I lost a bet, and it was terrifying. I didn’t go to the bathroom all weekend, it wasn’t safe. It’s never safe.

  15. billobrienschindimple - Apr 13, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    There is a very real reason Bryz is scared of bears. Check out the DVE podcast from Wed. morning. Flyers beat writer tells the story.

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