Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Penner is a lot like Superman when you think about it. Superman, a mild-mannered part-time reporter and full-time protector of the world was great at what he did, but he wasn’t impervious to attacks. When his foes wanted to bring him down, they would utilize the one thing that could make Superman weak in the knees – kryptonite.
Along the same lines, in an effort to keep Penner out of commission for the foreseeable future, some mysteriously evil beings decided to make use of the forward’s own personal brand of kryptonite – pancakes. Yes, pancakes. You know, the Devil’s food of choice when he wants to terrorize unsuspecting agents of good.
As reported by Rick Hammond of LA Kings Insider, Penner went down for the count after enjoying some “delicious pancakes.”
"I woke up fine, sat down to eat and it locked right up. It never happened to me before. I couldn't stand up. I was probably at the third stage of evolution. So my wife helped me get dressed, and then I drove to the rink here, to hope they could do some magic and get it opened up. Kinger [trainer Chris Kingsley] just looked at me and said, 'Go home.' So I got some treatment and went home.
"Apparently it's one of those mysterious things, where you can throw it out (from) sneezing. I just leaned over to dip into some delicious pancakes that my wife made. It's just like it [the pain] wraps around you and squeezes. … So it was disappointing. Hopefully it's just an isolated incident, and not something that's going to become chronic."
So there you have it – never eat pancakes again.
(Kudos to Yahoo! Sports for the find)