Thomas
DeChastelain
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Family Values Gone Beserk
posted Jun 19, 2006 at 11:57PM

I don't know when it started but I wish professional team sports, and particularly hockey, would stop this practice of allowing wives, children, and girl-friends/groupies onto the ice when championships are won.

It is, in the end, a competiton between men who quite literally battle each other for victory. It is a test and a celebration of qualities that are now too often denigrated in many aspects of our society. It seems ridiculous that the "field of battle" be turned into a nursery school the minute the siren goes off.

Seeing trophy wives and girlfriends getting thier picture taken kissing the Cup, only cheapens the achievement of winning it. If the little toddler wants to be on the ice with the Stanley Cup, then he better start practicing his wrist shot, because that is the only way anyone should be able to get close to this trophy.

Things hit a nadir when I saw someone plop thier rug rat into the bowl of the Stanley Cup for some "cute" pictures. The Cup was made for champions to drink champagne from - it is not a toilet seat for the diaper set.

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