Friday, June 6, 2008
Well after terrible storms yesterday where some us saw tornados, today we celebrate a Cyclone! The Cincinnati Cyclones today became the ECHL Kelly Cup Champions. In front of over 12,000 fans, which is the largest in league history, the Cyclones won Cincinnati a championship. Something they haven't had since 1990 when the Cincinnati Reds swept the Oakland A's in four games. Nicole, and I took in the game from the fifth row and the crowd was buzzing and frankly a little confused. It was almost like they didn't know what to do or how to act. The cheering was not really consistant, well can they be blamed, Cincinnati is not used to rooting for a winning team. Even after the game people where looking at each other like, "should we flip a car and set it on fire?"
One thing I found refreshing in all of this, is that this wasn't the Reds or Bengals. It was a minor league team, making minor league wages, and winning because they want to be champions. Not because they can renegoiate a multi million dollar salery. Watching them, you could see it on their faces, they took pride in being winners. Not only that, but they where doing it for their fans. I think there is a lesson to be learned for the other professional teams in town. Play from your heart and give it all you have, because hard work makes champions, not gold teeth or fancy cars.
Thank you Cyclones for a great season!