I can’t speak for everyone on this, but then again I’m a fairly awkward individual. Maybe this is just something I don’t understand, and so that’s why I’m asking. Here’s my story:
I was at the Hockey Hall of Fame on Saturday. If you’ve ever been before you know what the big deal is at the HOF: the Stanley Cup. In fact, for most people that’s the only deal when you get there, and that bank vault and showroom is one of the cooler buildings in the world for that reason.
So I’m standing there watching people look at the Cup and I thought to myself: “I wonder who’s going to touch it.”
Now I’m a fairly superstitious guy, so there was no chance I’m touching it. Sure, I got pretty close and checked out the new names, but there was no way my hands were even getting near it. The Cup is seen as something deserved by the players, and I clearly didn’t win anything, so it’s not mine to touch.
Besides, it’s just bad luck. Whether you’re a player or a fan or anyone, if your team hasn’t won a Cup you’re not supposed to even sniff it. Those are just the rules. I was pretty sure most people knew this, and for the people I was with it didn’t need to be said.
Still, a lot of people touched that trophy. Better yet, they were all over it. Two hands, hugs, grabbing it from the top and tipping it down towards them. One guy even got up on top of a step stool and used the bowl to support himself as he looked at engravings on the inside of the Cup. These people were all up on that thing, and I have to admit I was a bit thrown by that.
So I have to ask you guys: what’s the rule as fans with the Stanley Cup? I think we all know that, like Sabretooth, there are two Stanley Cups; and so perhaps different rules apply for each? Is it okay for the HOF Cup to get molested because that’s not the trophy the players get?
Does it depend on what team you root for? Can Red Wing fans touch the cup while Sabres fans need to hold off until the apocalypse? For example, Captain Step Stool was a Blue Jackets fan. Completely uncalled for, or true visionary?
Like I said I’m an awkward individual, so maybe I just don’t know how to act around a pretty statue. Maybe someone can fill me in here.