Thursday, June 9, 2011

Touching the Calder Cup

 No, I didn't touch it.  But I know someone who did.

The Binghamton Senators are AHL champs.  Fans are thrilled. There was a parade 6pm yesterday in downtown Binghamton.  I'm told over 5,000 people showed up, which isn't bad, considering that would be at least 10% of our population.

I wasn't there, not being a sports fan any longer, but I know several people who were there. For them, it was the experience of a lifetime.

One of the nice things about being in a smallish city is that you can actually participate in stuff like this.

I got an account from one of those people.  After the parade, he went to a bar.  About 6 players came in, carrying the Calder Cup.  They allowed people to take pictures of it and this person got to touch it.

Try that in, say, New York City.

Years ago I would have given anything for such a thrill.  But having become disenchanted with professional sports about 30 years ago, I don't miss the feeling at all.

This person told me that for him, it was something "he would remember for the rest of his life."

Yes....the wonders of small city life.  Having grown up in New York City, this is the kind of stuff I love about small cities.  It can be boring (and I know people who call this place "Borington") but...when it's exciting, it's something special.

Even second hand.

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