Wise words from a decent man.
That’s the promise given before you scroll the Twitter feed for sports fan Tony X. (@soloucity), whose following has skyrocketed something crazy since the St. Louis man discovered hockey, and the hockey community — including Vladimir Tarasenko and Roberto Luongo — discovered him.
On April 24, just over 1,000 people were treated to Tony’s wisdom. By April 28? More than 65,000, and climbing.
Anthony Holmes, probably the greatest fan to live-tweet a hockey game, has become so popular so quickly, he landed on Good Morning America Thursday, and Blues legend Brett Hull invited him to his first game. Watch:
“I knew zero about hockey,” Holmes, 26, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I’d never even watched a game before the other night. Honestly, I was looking for the Cardinals game to watch them.
“Hockey got pretty exciting real quick. It was just nonstop action – it was like I was almost having a panic attack every time somebody shot at the goal. Football is exciting, but after every play they take a break. Hockey never stops. It just never stops.”
To read Tony’s tweets, which began during the epic Blues-Blackhawks series, is to see the game through clear eyes. Just a sampler plate of his SFW gems:
Tony has already engaged in a brilliant interaction with Luongo and ordered a Tarasenko sweater after the Blues sniper suggested he get one:
I wanna get a jersey of a underdog…like a dude who never plays and when his # gets called he can't even find his stick
— Tony X. (@soIoucity) April 27, 2016
— Vladimir Tarasenko (@tara9191) April 28, 2016
What an awesome story of playoff excitement winning over a new fan. Tony even has his outfit all picked out for Scottrade Center on Tuesday:
Oh, and about that no-playoff-teams-thing, Canada? We can take solace in knowing that Tony X., may soon be one of us: