Watch Your Step
One of my favorite hockey writers, Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated, has a funny column about one of the game's quirky traditions: Don't tread on the team logo in the dressing room. It's a respect thing, I guess.
Almost every club has its logo imprinted on the carpet, smack in the middle of the floor. Farber writes about an Ottawa intern's struggle to keep media members from walking all over the centurion's face.
The Caps also have this problem. Except reporters and bloggers aren't only ones guilty of stepping on the logo.
Late last season, I was talking to Chris Clark after a win when I noticed he was getting distracted.
"Hey!," Clark said, turning his attention to something over my shoulder. "Gordo! That's a $100 fine."
Boyd Gordon stopped dead in his tracks, looked down and noticed he was standing on the logo. I don't remember exactly what he said, but I'm pretty sure it can't be repeated on a family blog. (I've seen owner Ted Leonsis inadvertently step on the logo, too. But I didn't hear any players asking him to move.)
I learned my lesson years ago during the Stanley Cup finals. I was in the crammed Tampa Bay dressing room when I got a stern warning from a PR guy after stepping on the Lightning Bolt logo. Apparently, I wasn't the only one to commit the misstep. Because the next day, the team had roped off the logo.
Now, my feeling is this: if you don't want somebody to step on something, you probably shouldn't put it on the floor.
I tend to agree.
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