In a perfect world for Cup, Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr would skate on the same line again, and people would stop confusing him with the oldest and most well-known sports trophy in North America.
"Sometimes it's hard just to order a pizza," Cup said. "As soon as I tell them that the pizza is going to Stanley Cup's house, they hang up on me."
Cup, a Pittsburgh Penguins fan, has agreed to serve as U.S. network OLN's "ambassador" during the conference finals, so he'll get to hold his namesake after years of declining invitations and keeping a low profile -- or, as low as he could:
Eight years ago during the N.H.L. playoffs, Cup, then a coal miner in Maysville, Pa., visited Toronto with several co-workers. One night during that trip, they entered a bar filled with Maple Leafs fans. One of Cup's friends eventually told a bartender that Stanley Cup was in the house.
"At first I had to prove it," Cup said. "But after showing the bartender my identification, he spread the word and the place just went crazy. They wouldn't let us pay for anything after that."
A JABS standing O for Stanley Cup.
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