Is there a word for the feeling that the man standing behind you at Dunkin Donuts is Mike Eruzione, captain of the 1980 gold medal-winning US Olympic hockey team?

Because I do know that such a sensation exists. I felt it this very afternoon, while I was out running errands. “I have the most uncanny sense that the man standing right behind me here in Dunkin Donuts is Mike Eruzione,” I thought. “The captain of the 1980 gold medal-winning US Olympic hockey team.”

My estimable powers of logic commanded me not to turn around for a closer look. Either he was Mike Eruzione, captain of the 1980 gold medal-winning US Olympic hockey team, in which case he was probably tired of being gawked at…or he wasn’t, in which case I’d be wasting a good gawk on a mere civilian.

Mike Eruzione sightings here in Massachusetts are by no means unheard of. Thanks to an ambitious banding and captive breeding program, the species has been brought back from the brink of extinction. The hardiest are returned to the wild, after spending an additional seven months at a facility in New Bedford where they are taught to forage and recount stories of the final three minutes of the US/USSR final without the assistance of humans.

Surely as more and more Mike Eruziones enter the wild, a special word for this sort of thing will only become more and more necessary.

3 thoughts on ““Talealudishomoerumponominephobia”?

  1. Moeskido

    Great. Now I have to go dig out my Time-Life 1980 Winter Olympics Field Guide. Are Eruziones given to migrating along the East Coast, or do they tend to remain in New England for life?

  2. Dave from Twinsburg

    I had the opportunity to share a beer with the original Mike Eruzione at a sales meeting in Ohio about 18 years ago. Don’t ask me how this came to be since I am an HR guy.

    I share your glee at the prospect. Everybody else in the room ignored the guy….so I said “what the heck”. He is EXACTLY what you think he is. I floated out of the room as a childhood hero gave me the time of day. He would have appreciated you saying hello. Trust me.

    By the way…..the new website is OUTSTANDING. It is worthy of you.

  3. Ihnatko Post author

    I’m fairly certain that it wasn’t Mike Eruzione, but instead one of those Mike Eruzione-type people (of whom there are many here in New England). Everyone I know who’s met him comes back with the same story as yours, incidentally.

    And thanks for the compliment about the site! It’s starting to come together.

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