The Stanley Cup is in town……so go see it while you can

Posted: April 16, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Stanley Cup. Photo courtesy of RDS.

Stanley Cup. Photo courtesy of RDS.

I had been expecting the Stanley Cup to make an appearance in Montreal sometime around July 1, to be hoisted by wee Brian Gionta – quick someone help him lift that big hunk of burning love – at the Bell Centre after P.K. Subban slammed home the game-winner in overtime of game seven against the Chicago Blackhawks.

But now all bets are off. After getting out-scored 12-4 since Saturday at 7, I am mentally preparing myself for Les Boys to be swept by the Islanders in the first round of the playoffs. Actually I’m kidding. I’m not that hysterically upset after the Habs played two of the worst games of the season. They clinched a playoff berth on Thursday night in Buffalo and they’ve looked downright awful since.

I’m not surprised. They have performed way beyond expectations all season and it’s clear the tank is just empty right now. The good news is they have a couple of weeks to refill that tank. Better to go into a funk now than in the first round against the streaking Isles.

But let’s face the brutal facts – we may not get to see Gionta and his team-mates parading the Cup down Ste. Catherine St. on Canada Day.

So that’s why you’ll want to head down to the corner of Papineau and Rene Levesque between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday to get your picture taken with Lord Stanley’s Cup. It’s an event being organized by RDS – whose studios are right on that corner – and all you have to do is show up. The first 500 people there will get to have their snapshot taken with the Cup. Then you can later download the photo from RDS’s Facebook page. Sounds like fun.

One of the few entertaining moments during Monday’s horror-show of a Canadiens-Flyers game was when I got into an exchange on Twitter about the Stanley Cup, after RDS announced this event. JE Sheey tweeted to say he thought it’d be a great idea to have the Cup as a guest on L’AntiChambre, adding: “Alors Coupe Stanley, ta manchette?” “J’me suis pas lavé hier, donc ça sent la coupe.” Ba-da-boom!

I actually have – no kidding – a private audience with the Cup later today but I cannot divulge any more details. If I did tell you, I’d have to kill you and I don’t want to do that.

– Brendan

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