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Life is not nearly as random as one might think. What's responsible for the Oilers beating the Wings or Dallas tanking against Colorado? It's actually more a question of who. A guy named Herb to be exact. Herb, the God of Sports Upsets. We had a chance to talk to him on Wednesday.
Loose Change: You've had quite the busy couple of weeks.
Herb: Yeah. I started out east and ended up being out in Edmonton on Tuesday.
LC: That was quite coup you pulled for the Oilers.
Herb: It wasn't actually that monumental. We have a long-running account with Detroit, so it was just simply a case of following the pattern.
LC: So what happened with Montreal? It looked as if something huge was brewing and then it just fizzled out.
Herb: After Game 2 in that series I was informed by accounting that their check didn't clear, so naturallyÂ…
LC: Why were all the upsets in the west and nothing in the east?
Herb: Do you know how hard it is to get a connecting flight out of Edmonton?
LC: Do you enjoy your job?
Herb: It's nice to read about your work from time to time but it doesn't have the same security as say, Phil the God of Gimmees.
LC: Any great memories to share with us?
Herb: Working as a consultant on the movie Hoosiers was quite the hoot. I got to meet Gene Hackman.
LC: Do you like working hockey?
Herb: Hockey players are such nice folk, so it's really hard to do my job. Sergei Zubov and I play golf together in the summer, so I'm not looking forward to facing him.
LC: How many Sports Gods are there?
Herb: I don't have an actual number, but it would likely be a dozen or so. Cutbacks have really hurt us recently, although we are expanding in some areas.
Herb: The Sports Phenoms department is really taking off. They just had two hires, Jeremy something and someone else. Y'know, snotty college show-me-the-money types.
LC: So you've been at this job a while?
Herb: You remember back in Troy when Gladius kicked the stuffing out of Shazerra the Great on a lame quad? Remember he had that bad case of gout as well? Probably too young for that. So, yes, I have.
LC: If you were NHL Commissioner for a day, what would you do?
Herb: I'd get rid of the shootout. The pay sucks.
LC: Anything big happening in the second round that you can let us in on?
Herb: Keep a real close eye on Ottawa. You never know what you might seeÂ…
LC: The Sens get upset by Buffalo?
Herb: Oh, Hell no. I'll be playing SpartaCat for Games 2 and 5. I'm not actually working this round.
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