I was plugging away at TeddyJ, rolling the rock up the hill, when a company email came in offering a Special Company Event Opportunity.
I registered for it the instant I read the first sentence, not because I wanted it so much, but because it's the type of thing other people want, and you have to grab those opportunities immediately.
What was it? A chance to have my photo taken with the Stanley Cup. Not me drinking out of the cup or anything, mind you, just me and nine TeddyJ strangers photographed in the same frame as the Cup. I'm a fair weather playoffs kind of hockey fan, not like my Dad, who bought season tickets for a decade plus before he realized they would not be winning the cup until after he died.
While I say "The" Cup, Wikipedia says:
There are actually three Stanley Cups: the original bowl of the "Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup", the authenticated "Presentation Cup", and the spelling-corrected "Permanent Cup" on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame.
The Presentation Stanley Cup has been whoring around touring the city since the St. Louis Blues Hockey team won earlier this year. It already visited Friends #2 and #4 at their new place of employment. For the first month after the big win it dropped in at random bars and drew huge crowds via Twitter and Facebook.
TeddyJ had two stipulations:
- “You are not allowed to touch the Cup.” Fans touching the cup at certain times in the season is supposed to be good luck. As for players touching the cup, the rules are so convoluted they get their own Wikipedia page.)
- You shouldn't ”share with people outside TeddyJ that the Cup is coming until after the event," because they didn't want to draw crowds of rowdy true hockey fans ready to beat down the doors of the TeddyJ headquarters.
But, now the event is passed, the photo has been downloaded, and the secret can be revealed. Be jealous!
And yes, that's a photo of Dad I'm holding up.