For hockey fans in Boston and Detroit, last night's Bruins-Redwings Stanley Cup quarterfinal series game 2 was a big enough deal without the unscheduled appearance of Jesus - but it happened.
In what is traditionally a big weekend for Christ, you'd think that he would have no problem gaining entry to a major sporting event, but he - or at least his alter ego who goes by the Twitter username of Thor - had to tweet a request for a spare ticket.
Who has an extra ticket to the Bruins game on Sunday? Jesus must make his return to the garden for Easter. Please RT pic.twitter.com/Pqp4jBORyZ
— Thor (@svenlylethor) April 18, 2014
The request was successful and Thor/Jesus - sure they're both bearded, mythical deities - was named fan of the game.
— Nicole Grady (@nicole_grady19) April 20, 2014
— KERRI SENNOTT (@KERRISENNOTT) April 20, 2014
The initial response from the crowd was positive, but Thor was escorted from his seat by a staff member soon after. Reports differ as to why he was removed - he might just have been moved to his correct seat, but others claimed he was booted from the Garden. Either way, he received a few boos from the crowd.
In spite of the torment of his removal, he was afforded the small mercy of a crafty cigarette. The Bruins won 4-1 to even up the series.
Jesus is at the bruins game smoking I repeat Jesus is at the bruins game smoking #BecauseItsTheCup
— Nicole Rego (@NicoleRego__) April 20, 2014
Earlier this year, 'Tupac' appeared at a Celtics game and was received more warmly by the crowd when he showed up on the JumboTron.
It's not the first time we've covered an apparent apparition by Christ at a popular sporting event - a bloke with a beard was escorted out of a darts event in tears after the crowd bombarded him with chants of "stand up if you love Jesus".