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  • Bill Chastain

TOYS AND GAMES: Pucking with Putin

In case you missed this last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin played hockey on his 63rd birthday.

Competition and teammates in the game included NHL stars — among them Vyacheslav Fetisov and Pavel Bure, along with Russian officials and assorted big shots.

Putin Hockey Putin to the right

The grand contest turned out to be a high-scoring affair in which Putin’s team claimed a 15-10 win. Guess who was the star of the game? You got it, Big Poot.

The bear-grappling president scored seven goals. Based on the reality that nobody in their right mind was going to play defense against Big Poot, the big question is: Why didn’t he score more?

Kind of reminds me of the time Kim Jong-il, the late supreme leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, proved that he was easily the best golfer in the universe — the first time he ever played.

During that memorable outing — as reported by the government-controlled media — he carted a 38-under par that included five hole-in-ones. After that, he always made three or four hole-in-ones every time he played.

Of note, the North Korean media also reported that Jong-il enjoyed similar success at bowling as he rolled a 300 in his inaugural game.

I’m telling you, it’s Ripley’s.