For NFL fans, hockey represents the only major sport that covers much of the offseason that involves significant hitting. That's part of the draw of hockey as well as the NFL.
Last night, the Chicago Blackhawks capped an amazing season by scoring two goals in the final 1:30 of game six of the Stanley Cup finals to win 3-2. As Chicago's players passed around the storied trophy, I wondered. Is that the greatest trophy in all of sports?
With apologies to the NBA, the MLB and the soccer world, for my money, the NFL and NHL have the two best championship trophies.
On one hand, the NFL's trophy is a simplistic design, but each team gets to keep their trophies for all eternity. On the other hand, the Stanley Cup carries the name of every player that has ever been fortunate enough to win the NHL's championship.
Both trophies represent their league's history, but the Stanley Cup embodies that history in a very real way. Many football fans will be missing hockey over the coming months, especially in July and August. Congratulations to the Chicago Blackhawks, the new owners of the holders of the greatest trophy in sports.