If you follow professional hockey at all you will recognize the name Sidney Crosby, whose family lives about 10 blocks away from me (photo by Keith Srakocic/Associated Press) Yes, that Sidney. Captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins, winner of the Stanley Cup championship. Captain Crosby turns 22 today. To celebrate he is bringing the Cup home to show his closest friends. All estimated 40,000 of them.
This morning he will and the Cup will land by helicopter on one of our military ships in the harbour. The first event will be for military families at Shearwater, our air force base. Later in the afternoon he and the Cup will be in a parade, ending up at the community ice rink. There he will have photos taken with fans and the Cup.
When I saw this schedule I immediately declared today as "work at home day" because I anticipate the traffic around my house to be, in a word, gridlocked.
If I get any good pictures of the festivities from my balcony vantage point I'll post them here.
Finally, Sidney Crosby's parents deserve hearty congratulations for guiding their son's growth into a hardworking, respectful, successful young man. I hope they can relax and enjoy this day.
Friday, August 7, 2009
There might be 40,000 people outside my window today