In 1893, Lord Stanley of Preston paid 10 Guineas, the equivalent of $48.67 USD, for the Stanley Cup. Adjusting for inflation, that would be $1,340.29 today.
Two things come to mind upon hearing this:
1. Even adjusted for inflation, that seems like a heck of a bargain price.
2. To anyone that loves hockey, Lord Stanley’s mug is truly priceless.
Once again, the final is here. The final battle for the Cup. Either the Pittsburgh Penguins or the Nashville Predators will hoist the prettiest trophy in all of sports.
One of the moments I look forward to the most, is that exact moment when the Cup is won. Particularly, how the play-by-play announcer calls that moment. If the game has already been won and the clock is winding down, that final 30 seconds is always fascinating to hear what they will say (and not say to let the moment breathe and completely soak in). Or, the range of their emotion in their voice if the Cup-clinching goal is scored in overtime.
Sometimes, the moment is magical. Other times, it’s confusion (see 2010). But most of the time, it’s a poetic lyric to the best part of a beautiful song.
Here are some calls from different play-by-play announcers and teams over the years (and decades), at that exact moment when the Cup had been won: