The San Jose Sharks have had a decidedly average season by their standards. Four games over .500, the Sharks can’t seem to quiet rumors that head coach Todd McLellan is on the hot seat. They currently have no captain. Their biggest off-season shake up came with the firing of long-time color analyst Drew Remenda.
They have elected to make a change in the boards at the SAP Center, so priorities still seem to be high. They’ve partnered with a couch accessory called ButtKicker, which is a vibration device for your sofa, loveseat, or recliner. If you are watching a television program that syncs with the technology, the ButtKicker vibrates at appropriate times.
The Sharks apparently think that turning fans’ couches into DualShock controllers is a good idea, because they’ve embedded sensors into the boards to facilitate the rumble whenever a player gets checked during board play. No word yet on what the ButtKicker will do to simulate being boarded by Adam Burish. Also no word on if this technology will be adapted league wide. The Sharks seem to’ve ButtKicked themselves into a nice winning streak, so maybe opportunities to further test the technology through hard checking their opponents into the boards are upcoming.
Are you a Sharks fan? The Buttkicker’ll set you back $300 bucks. Perhaps that money’d be better spent just going to the games.