Congratulations to the Anaheim Ducks for winning the Stanley Cup against the Ottawa Senators yesterday. The Ducks are the first West Coast NHL team to ever achieve this victory--one that was won in five games of what could have been a seven-game series, no less.
I will admit that I am not a hockey fan, but love for any and all local team victory/superiority is a given.
Also, there is one member of my family who is most definitely a hockey fan. It's my oldest nephew, Reed (15). Reed has played hockey for a long time in kid years and has a hockey stick in his bedroom as decoration. I don't know whether he is a Ducks fan, but I do have a good idea of what he's been looking at on the tube for the last few weeks.
Reed, a big guy, also plays football and basketball, but his mother (my sister) keeps encouraging him to keep up his hockey skills in order to be one of the few black men to have ever played in the NHL--not for the "affirmative action" factor, but merely for the novelty/coolness factor.
I will admit that it would be kind of fun to see the looks on faces of all colors if I could casually mention the fact that my nephew plays in the NHL, not to mention that it would would be nice to see at least one member of my family "gettin' seriously paid" for doing what he/she loves.
Trust me, if Reed becomes an NHL player, I will gain a new television-viewing habit.