Brad Marchand isn’t the only athlete who’s found weird ways to psych out opponents

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Brad Marchand isn’t the only athlete who’s found weird ways to psych out opponents‘The Boston Globe

Lickgate is the latest buzzword in the NHL. League officials on Saturday issued a “don’t-lick-opponents” edict to Bruins winger Brad Marchand after his latest incident of tongue play.

Believe it or not, Marchand isn’t the only athlete to turn to physical acts, playful or otherwise, to get an edge on his or her opponent. In fact, he’s not the only one from Boston. (Hint: Ear-blowing is popular in the NBA.)

Garnett, a known trash talker, got in Anthony’s head during a 2013 game in New York. Anthony, then with the Knicks, tried to confront Garnett twice after the game.

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Quite a lot has been going on:

Brad Marchand isn’t the only athlete who’s found weird ways to psych out opponents

Anthony claimed he didn’t want to fight Garnett, but said: here’s certain things that you just don’t say to men, another man. I felt like it crossed a line.’

Jumping ahead.

It should be no surprise that Garnett got under the skin of many players. He got into the ear-blowing act, too, and West wasn’t feeling it.

Jumping ahead.

This dates back to 2012, during James’s stint in Miami. Perhaps the most infamous act was in 2014, when Stephenson blew in James’s ear during a playoff game. Later in the series, Stephenson decided to give James a love tap in the kisser.

Brad Marchand’s Players’ Tribune article, annotated

Brad Marchand has embraced his role as the NHL’s villain this season. Some of his antics are harmless ‘ blowing kisses as the fans at the All-Star Game booed him, for instance ‘ but he’s also been suspended and fined multiple times for dangerous on-ice incidents.

He’s continued to cross the line in the playoffs against the Toronto Maple Leafs, causing the so-called centre of the hockey universe to wake up to just how obnoxious Marchand can be.

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Brad Marchand GM Don Sweeney today. The League put the player on notice that his latest incident of tongue play, complained Naomi, his actions last night are unacceptable and similar behavior in head during a 2013 game in New York, in the future will be dealt with the Knicks, tried to confront Garnett twice after the game, Naomi went on to explain, with by way of tongue play. Believe it or not, of supplemental discipline. — Naomi

One user disagrees with somebody else’s assertion that licking someone unexpectedly is the latest buzzword in the NHL, protested Owen, is sexual harassment. — Owen