Who was that birthday-cake-to-the-face really meant for last night at the Blazers/Wiz game? It certainly couldn't have been the elderly woman who ended up with it. Could it?? What a tragedy for Blaze. For those of you who weren't there, sometime in the third quarter, I believe, the PA began announcing the evening's birthdays. First up was the name of some guy I've since forgotten. Big screens all cut to Blaze, in the stands, with a birthday cake. He starts ascending the 200 level, headed towards an older woman who's cheering enthusiastically. Suddenly, very very suddenly, Blaze appears to trip, and the woman is completely covered in birthday cake after a direct hit to the face. It seemed that he really did trip. And the tension in the air the second we all realized what happened made it clear that was not the intended outcome. But whose birthday was it? Her husband, sitting beside her (who could clearly be seen mouthing "What the ?????" on the jumbo-tron in th aftermath). Let's hope the Blazers hooked that lady up with some freebies after ruining her night and embarrassing her in front of 20,000. But sympathy aside, that was REALLY funny. Particularly, in the replay, seeing the poor woman cheering and waving her arms so energetically as Blaze approached. She was so happy right until the end. And then, who would have ever thought that a guy in a mascot suit, with a huge perma-grin smile could ever look so ashamed and embarrassed. After apologizing and feebly trying to help clean her up, Blaze retreats down the steps with slumping shoulders and heads directly for the locker room. OUCH. I hope this ends up on YouTube as a study in our ability to both laugh and sympathize simultaneously.