My home, Raleigh, has gone Caniac-crazy over the Hurricanes and the Stanley Cup. That last week of school, it seemed that almost every kid was wearing a Hurricanes shirt and every other car is flying flags or sporting stickers.
However, yesterday's game was played right after a tropical storm dumped over seven inches of rain on the city. At the major mall in the city, people parked their cars in the parking lot and then came out to find the cars covered in rain to the roof. OF course, that is what happens when you build a mall in a flood zone. Low-lying areas were ruined.
It does seem odd to have a Stanley Cup finals match in a city that just endured a tropical storm. I bet that that is a first. Somehow, the Stanley Cup and tropical zones don't seem to belong in the same paragraph.
And now it's gone to at least one more game. It might be for the best since our city is so unused to the idea that we might have a championship team that they can't even plan a decent celebration. If the Hurricanes had won last night, Raleigh couldn't find a place to hold a celebration except for the parking lot of the stadium. No parade and the governor wasn't even going to make it. Can you imagine a politician elsewhere skipping out on the celebration of a team winning its first national championship? Maybe, with the added time, the city leaders can figure out a less lame way to celebrate a win....if it should be necessary.