We pulled up to the house and heard everyone out back so we walked towards the deck and lo and behold, there was the Cup in all it's beautiful shining silver glory! What a site to see, I thought someone needed to pinch me. It was on a table and as gorgeous and shiny as I expected it to be. I think my eyes were as big as golf balls, my husband got a laugh just watching me drool over it. I practically sprinted over to touch it. When I met his baseball friend, before getting near it, he was so nice and I thanked him in advance telling him you have just made my year! First thing I did was rub my fingers all over it! Every little nook and inscription, all the scratches, marks and indents that are on it. I wanted to look in the bowl but being vertically challenged I wasn't able to see too well. I grabbed it and started to tilt it over to see inside the bowl when I hear, "Hey, can you put the Cup down please!" in a very exasperated voice. The Cup Keeper just had a minor heart attack. It wasn't Phil Pritchard or Mike Bolt, maybe Walt Neubrand? I don't know. It was actually pretty funny. He had a very dry, tongue in cheek sense of humor, amusing chap. So, I have about 10-15 pictures of it, me with it and my husband and I together and tried to get some close ups of the Devils' names. I put my home jersey on for the pictures and once everyone (there were only about 8 or 9 people there at the time, we were lucky enough to get there early so I could
It's awesome to think that three weeks ago tomorrow, this was the same Cup that Stevens hoisted over his head before letting the rest of the team hold it and skate with it, drink out of it. Really thrilling! A few other friends of this guy came over, some neighbors and some people who just saw it gleaming on the porch as they drove by. We went to a bar later on and it turned out some guys who had Devils' hats on knew my husband's teammate growing up and they then went up to see it. (*Dew one of them had a strong resemblance to our Danish! Aiye! Some afternoon I had!*)They were so happy they bought us a few drinks and had the same thrill we did in seeing the hardware in person. For a hockey fan, there is no greater joy! Being that we got to see it and it was "ours" this year made it all the better! If I could have, I would have picked it up or wrapped myself around it! To have the opportunity to spend so much time with it in such a private setting is definitely a once in a lifetime deal, no doubt about that. I have been quite blessed this year!
Had to share the story with my cronies and friends here!