During Sunday night's Washington Capitals playoff game, rookie Tom Wilson lost a skate creating one of the funnier scenes of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs as he struggled to get to the bench on one leg (cool GIF here). The play caused "Tom Wilson" to start trending locally on Twitter.
So why were some people confused about this?
I'm sure you've seen the great Back to the Future movies. And if you have seen them, then you know Biff, Marty McFly's nemesis in all three films in the series who is always crashing into manure trucks and botching cliches (screen door on a battleship).
What you may not have known is that the actor who plays Biff is Thomas Wilson (Tom Wilson). So once non Caps fans saw 'Tom Wilson' trending, they assumed something happened to Biff. Their tweets:
"Tom Wilson" was trending. Thank God it's the hockey player. I was afraid Biff from "Back To The Future" was in trouble or worse. #BTTF
— L.N. Smithee (@LNSmithee) May 12, 2013
Tom Wilson is trending. Thought it was about Thomas F Wilson (Biff from Back to the Future). Nope, just some hockey player.
— Steve None (@radiometricx) May 12, 2013
When I saw 'Tom Wilson' trending, I freaked out and thought "Oh God, please tell me that Biff isn't dead." #itsjustsomehockeyshit
— Jeremy Wilcox (@blueduck37) May 12, 2013
tom Wilson is trending. not the actor, the hockey player... the actor is better @tomwilsonusa
— John Krauser (@IAmJohnKrauser) May 12, 2013