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We may have finally found the reason why the San Jose Sharks can't win in the playoffs: Joe Thornton(notes) obviously hasn't unleashed the persuasive powers of Slappy, his ventriloquist's dummy, for an inspirational locker room speech.

Here are Joe and Slappy pimping Sharks tickets in a commercial that preys on our weakness for fart jokes. (Note: Same ad loops three times.)

Jeez, we haven't seen Joe Thornton improve something that wooden since he skated with Mike Knuble(notes) in Boston ...

We'll let the obvious debt Joe owes to Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo go after seeing that Thornton's unrehearsed giggle after Slappy launches one.

Kudos to the Sharks for creating a memorable ad, and for choosing a dummy that's the spitting image of Torrey Mitchell(notes) (right).

H/T Kukla's Korner for finding this YouTubage.

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