2015 was a wild ride for The Flames with many highs and lows. From blasting the Canucks in the first round of the playoffs, to getting 'roasted' by the Ducks in the second round; from trading for Dougie Hamilton, to the goaltending conundrums of this fall. This team has had a lot of interesting stories to read about. However, through all of that excitement, all of the ups and downs, one thing continuously irked me: every time the Flames lost a game some clever headline writer would say "Team X douses Flames".
This pun needs to be extinguished.
We all love a good pun. They sneak up on you and make you chuckle for a moment when you didn't expect to. But when one is repeated over and over, and starts being used by everyone, it loses becomes much more tedious than humorous. "The Flames ‘doused' again". Yawn. The proliferation of this pun is, of course, not a recent phenomenon. You can find examples going back many years.
Sometimes it's even used in the preview of a game!
It's not just those writers geographically far and away from the team who use it. Even the Calgary Herald has gotten in on the act this season, and so has the Globe and Mail.
Even our friends across SB Nation have also favoured dousing The Flames this season:
How does one even douse Flames with fire, WIIM?
My admittedly quick Google search did find some bright spots out there. CBC has not used it for years, and Sportsnet appears to have dropped it as well.
Look, I appreciate its simplicity. A single short word that communicates what happened. It's not a bad pun once and a while, but we're basically being smothered with it. There doesn't seem to be such a lack of creativity in the opposite situation. When The Flames win they burn, sizzle, roast, and scorch (though let's not talk about that Scorch). So why does losing have to be so literally moribund.
Let's make a resolution that this year that when The Flames lose we can say they are smothered, snuffed, blown out, suppressed, stamped out, or extinguished, but that the days of dousing are over!