What?: Lil' Jon meets Lord Stanley.
posted by aupa_athletic to hockey at 12:49 PM - 31 comments
posted by blarp at 12:58 PM on April 18
Three great links in a row! I don't know why I get all happy when Rap superstars dig hockey. I remember when Snoop wore a Leafs third jersey on Arsenio Hall for the love of Pete (obstensibly because it most resembled a marijuana leaf). Perhaps secretly I seek the approval of them. Or perhaps I'm sick in the head with hockey.
posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 01:04 PM on April 18
That is a kick-ass pimp cup and I can't believe there is an Atlanta Flames fan left.
posted by yerfatma at 01:22 PM on April 18
Great link, but I have to admit it always bothers me when I see anyone other then hockey players or the Keeper carrying The Cup around. It feels almost sacrilegious. I have no problem with fans giving it a reverant touch when it's on tour or display, but beyond that bothers me.
posted by commander cody at 02:03 PM on April 18
posted by Succa at 02:06 PM on April 18
*clears throat* The Stanley Cup kicks the ass of every other trophy, ever. That's pretty cool, for him at least.
posted by gspm at 02:09 PM on April 18
This doesn't surprise me at all. Lil' Jon is spotted rinkside at Phillip's Arena watching the Thrashers (as evidenced by his jersey) for a big percentage of their home games, his schedule permitting I'd guess. I haven't seen him banging on the glass though. As for Flames fans, I've met many who still bear the scars of them moving to Calgary (big props for the Atlanta style "A" on their jerseys though). Also, there are a tons of Atlanta Knights hockey fans here as well. It does get a little annoying when they yell "Knights" at the appropriate portion of the national anthem every game, but they view it as an homage to the minor league hockey team that departed to make room for the Thrashers. Too bad the Thrashers couldn't finish that playoff run (I'm scowling at you Mike Dunham).
posted by trox at 02:37 PM on April 18
From gypsum's link: Have Cup, Must Drink: You can drink out of it. Surely stuff tastes better out of the Stanley Cup. Drinking out of trophies is cool. Besides the Hurricanes being my favorite team, I want them to win the Cup so somebody can sneak some grits and barbecue into it. You'll never be able to completely rid the Cup of the indivdual grit nubs. And it will always have a faint whiff of tender, hickory-smoked pig. But which barbecue? Eastern NC or Western NC? That's why it would never happen. The NCians would be too busy arguing over which kind of barbecue to throw in there.
posted by NoMich at 03:36 PM on April 18
That's why it would never happen. The NCians would be too busy arguing over which kind of barbecue to throw in there. That's why the team had to leave Hartford -- better to worry about what type of barbeque to put in there than to have to try to clean out the whiff of Old Spice and bits of digital watch from throwing an insurance agent into the Cup.
posted by BullpenPro at 03:48 PM on April 18
The Commanders sentiment is one that I heartfully share. Please don't soil the Stanley Cup by having non-NHL'ers carry it down the street and put it in their car like it was a bowl from Walmart. I stood in line for 2 1/2 hours a half dozen years ago to see the Stanley Cup when it was in Southern California. When I got up to where I could see it there was a velvet rope around it so it couldn't be touched. I was perfectly fine with the velvet rope. It's The Stanley Cup!
posted by Termite at 06:08 PM on April 18
Please don't soil the Stanley Cup by having non-NHL'ers carry it down the street and put it in their car like it was a bowl from Walmart. The only exception I would have to this rule is if the non-NHL'er is a good friend of a NHL player who just won The Cup and is helping him celebrate his 24 hrs with The Cup. But the Thrashers have not won, so this guy has no business carrying on with The Cup and should to be drawn and quartered.
posted by njsk8r20 at 06:17 PM on April 18
"...I'm really looking forward to seeing them walk away with this thing right here one day- the Stanley Cup. That's what I'm talking about. Bring this back to the A-T-L." I have absolutely nothing against Lil' Jon, but that picture of him slinging The Cup over his shoulder made me see red. Call me kooky, but I think that you need to be a little more gentle with it. And another thing -- the A-T-L Flames never won Lord Stanley's Cup. They never made it out of the first round of the playoffs! So how could they bring The Cup back if they've never had it in the first place? The Cal-gary Flames have been to The Finals three times, including a Stanley Cup Championship in 1989. I'm sure that they wouldn't mind bringing it back to the C-A-L.
posted by wingnut4life at 07:03 PM on April 18
C'mon the Cup will be carried down Wooward Ave. With millions of Wing fans cheering.
posted by Parbreaker at 07:13 PM on April 18
posted by Parbreaker at 07:14 PM on April 18
C'mon the Cup will be carried down Wooward Ave. With millions of Wing fans cheering. Yes, but it will be carried by NHL players who earned the right to carry it by winning it. No self-respecting player would touch it unless they won it, because the legend has it they'll never win it if they touch it first.
posted by commander cody at 07:18 PM on April 18
I think that the Senators will win. I would be interested in the lamborghini a little more than the stanley cup.
posted by united-soccer at 07:32 PM on April 18
I would be interested in the lamborghini a little more than the stanley cup. There are many Lamborghinis. There is only one Lord Stanley's Cup. It is priceless. Other trophys are won, The Cup is worshipped.
posted by commander cody at 07:35 PM on April 18
I'm sure that they wouldn't mind bringing it back to the C-A-L. For the record, I think that'd be more likely to be the C-G-Y or Y-Y-C should there be a cowtown hip-hop scene searching for a hook.
posted by gspm at 10:24 PM on April 18
I happen to know two Thrashers fans personally. They may be the only two, given how awful a sports town the ATL is, but still.
posted by chicobangs at 11:23 PM on April 18
I never got the impression that Lord Stanley's Cup was made to be coddled. Worshipped, sure. But coddled? Please. It's the roughest, toughest, most travelled trophy in all of professional sports. If any prize can take its lumps and still retain its glory unscathed, it's the Cup. Give it the tough love it demands!
posted by The_Black_Hand at 07:48 AM on April 19
Give it the tough love it demands! Exactly, toss it into the streets and let it fend for itself until it realizes its just a freakin cup. (ok im kidding....no really i am)
posted by Folkways at 08:05 AM on April 19
Atlanta isn't the awful sports town everyone makes it out to be. It's just another boring narrative that was reported once and now everyone buys into it. And it gets a little tiring, so I'm going to defend the ATL once, and let the subject slide into oblivion. Do we have empty seats at baseball playoff games? Yes. The division series is seriously old hat down here. No other team anywhere has had this kind of run, so any comparison is apples and oranges. And we know full well the Braves history of disappointment. I guarantee that the Ted would be rockin' when (if) they get back to the World Series (Heck even the NLCS at this point). Atlanta is no where near the bottom attendance over the course of the year. Do we not sell out basketball games? Have you seen how bad the Hawks are? Seriously. I'd go if I thought they had a snowball's chance in hell of even slightly contending for he playoffs. Right now, they are a joke and everyone here is knowledgeable about basketball to know this. I don't even want to see a good team take apart a crap team like the Hawks, because they are just going through the motions. I offer as evidence the home games in the Thrashers late push (on TV Saturday even). Capacity crowds brimming with energy. I know tons of Thrashers fans--all of them are passionate fans who go out of their way to see all the Thrashers games either in person or on TV (which can be pretty hard at times). The Falcons have sold out the Dome every game for a couple of years now too. Fair weather fans you say? I say, how many years of sucky teams has Atlanta had to endure. Only recently have any of them had any kind of sustained successs. People pay to see teams that entertain them. Teams that may post successive winning records perhaps. Atlanta is a good sports town. It may not be the most passionate place (no excitement please we're southern), but people here are knowledgeable and interested in all kinds of sports. Where else do you have access to so many sports with somewhat competitive teams (err, except for the Hawks) at both the college and pro level? And don't forget The Masters is just down the road. All we lack is an MLS franchise, but the Silverbacks did just build a new stadium.
posted by trox at 08:16 AM on April 19
Yeah - the Cup isn't an delicate flower. It's the perfect pinnacle for it's sport. Guys worship it - then drop kick it into the swimming pool of a rock band. That's a big part of the cool; the ownership. The tradition dictates that only those that win it get to hoist it over their heads in the classic pose. Lil' Jon isn't quite doing that. It's close, but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. However, his near hoist is likely the reason that Altanta slipped out of the 8th spot in the East. The Hockey Gods are serious as cancer. Karma dude, kar-ma.
posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 08:31 AM on April 19
Trox, congratulations. You've just described Atlanta as it is in relation to sports -- frontrunning and uninterested. The Hawks: 29th in attendance in 2004-05(72.3%), 28th this season (74.8%). The Thrashers: 23rd in 2003-04 (81.5%), 25th this season (83.9%). The Braves: 15th in total attendance in 2005 and 18th in percentage of seats filled in 2005 (62.9%), 9th in total attendance this season and 12th in percentage of seats filled this season (69.4%). I'm not going to use the NFL's stats because I believe them to be unfair to Atlanta. The Falcons ranked 17th in 2005 by filling 99.2% of their seats, but Green Bay ranked first by filling more than 115% of its seats. Layering fans may be how they stay warm at Lambeau. I'm also mystified at your explanation of the playoffs being "old hat" for Atlanta. Can you back this theory up by finding other cities where the playoffs don't sell out because the fans are bored of the postseason? Red Wings fans? Yankees fans? Blues fans (okay, bad example for this season)?
posted by wfrazerjr at 09:29 AM on April 19
yeah i think lil jon jinxed a-t-l hopes of makin lord stan's show....maybe next year,eh?
posted by ktown at 10:06 AM on April 19
I'm just saying my experience actually living here doesn't match the accepted narrative (and I've spent a fair amount of time in supposedly great sports cities such as Boston and they didn't seem that didn't seem that much better overall--not enough to make the distintion between great and awful). 15 years of postseason for the Braves make the divisional series like an extension of the regular season, one where the Braves usually lose lately. Even the Yankees run only goes back to 1996. I never said Atlanta was a great sports city, but it certainly isn't awful.
posted by trox at 10:49 AM on April 19
But the Thrashers have not won, so this guy has no business carrying on with The Cup and should to be drawn and quartered. njsk8tr, are you trying to whip up a hiphop-hockey blood feud? Both crews have some fierce playas but I think guns beat sticks most days of the week.
posted by billsaysthis at 03:15 PM on April 19
Just like a hockey-player, bringing a stick to a gun fight.
posted by trox at 08:20 PM on April 19
A gun only wins if the person holding it knows how to aim. Of course by the time you get in close enough with a stick aim isn't that important. However a well placed slapshot would remedy that. *no hockey players or rappers were harmed during the filming of this movie. These are trained professionals. Do not try this at home.
posted by njsk8r20 at 08:43 PM on April 19
Please don't soil the Stanley Cup by having non-NHL'ers carry it down the street and put it in their car like it was a bowl from Walmart. I have to disagree here. The fact that this is not only possible but desirable is one of the crucial things that separates the Stanley Cup from other trophies. (Can you imagine the World Series Trophy being brought to parties? Too many easily breakable parts. And the Vince Lombardi Trophy might be sturdy enough, but no one gets to go near the thing. It's just how the NFL is. They treat it like the Nucular Launch Button is inside it. And the FIFA World Cup? Well, that's made of solid gold, so no touchee there for sure.) This, more than any other trophy on any other continent, is a prize in which the people get to share, and that's no small part of why, regardless of what's happening in the game, far as I care, the Cup itself is beyond cavil.
posted by chicobangs at 01:45 AM on April 20
Like, totally chico-dude. Totally.
posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 08:22 AM on April 20
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