One Dumb Tradition Down
Well, thank goodness for Sidney Crosby.
The Kid ended (hopefully) one of the truly moronic semi-traditions in hockey Tuesday night after the Pittsburgh Penguins clinched the Eastern Conference crown by sweeping the Carolina Hurricanes.
In recent years, team after team had declined even to touch the trophies for winning the Eastern or Western Conference, with the silly excuse being "that wasn't the trophy they wanted" in their pursuit of the Stanley Cup.
Even Crosby bought into it last year when the Pens won the east. But Tuesday night, he gratefully accepted the Prince of Wales Trophy from NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, then carried it away into the arms of his joyous teammates.
And not one of them was struck by lightning from the hockey gods. Of course, if the Penguins don't win the Cup, some dope will blame Crosby for taking the trophy.
It's a terrific accomplishment to win one of the NHL conferences, and a trophy is a suitable reward that teams and players should embrace, not ignore. Even better, it was evidence of the fact Crosby thinks for himself, rather than robotically following whatever hockey tradition "purists" believe should be followed.
Now, we'll see what the Red Wings do Wednesday night if they clinch against Chicago.
Hopefully they'll follow the example of The Kid.