Coming into tonight's game, the Gwinnett Gladiators had their backs against the wall, down 2-0 in the five-game second round against the South Carolina Stingrays. The Gladiators won the game. I thought they won because they worked hard and got good goaltending. But I was wrong -- it was because Myles Stoesz broke out his lucky shoes. His white snakeskin loafers.
Stoesz modeled the shoes in the weight/storage room of the Gladiators locker room, prompting cat-calls by teammates riding bikes nearby. He said he subscribes to the "look good, feel good, play good" theory of hockey, but since he's currently a scratch, in this case he said it was the "look good, feel good, watch the game good and hope the team does well" theory. The shoes are undefeated, and he only breaks them out for big games.
He also owns a black pair that he got about year ago, but this pair was given to him in December by his girlfriend, who works at Aldo and got them on discount. It may be before Memorial Day, but undefeated shoes of any color are always in style.