Jesus and Jews at Frozen Four During Passover
(If you're a religious person, you might want to skip this episode.)
The Frozen Four semifinals were held at Verizon Center on the second night of Passover. I know of at least one fan who planned a "Montreal Seder," in which you get a pass to go watch hockey and then do the traditional Passover meal on a later night.
Then there's Boston University, the tournament favorites, who happen to have two guys named Cohen on their team. Zach, a junior forward, actually made it to a Seder yesterday afternoon; longtime college hockey writer Elliot Olshansky hosted a Seder for college hockey loving folks at the Mayflower yesterday afternoon, and both Zach and Vermont forward Justin Milo and their family members made it by. (They're friends from the Jewish World Cup, where they both represented the U.S.)
(If you're not Jewish, scroll down.)
Milo even rocked the Four Questions, in Hebrew, according to Elliot's account. But four cups of wine, a few hours before the puck dropped?
"Nope, grape juice," Zach told me with a smile.
(If you're curious, the Caps' Eric Fehr is NOT Jewish, despite the fact that Wikipedia claims he is. Definitively, absolutely not Jewish.)
I also asked Zach whether Gatorade was Kosher for Passover; "that's a tough question," he said. "I'd like to think it is."
While the Cohens were breaking figurative Matzohs over the heads of Milo and the Catamounts, Jesus watched approvingly from above. With a (non-kosher) hot dog. Three days before Easter.
You see, Jesus and The Hot Dog are perhaps the two most famous BU fans, and they were posing for photos by the Terriers band when I found them.
"We've been dressing like this for all our college life," Hog Dog told me. "We see no reason to stop now."
Why Jesus and The Hot Dog?
"For the hell of it," Jesus said, which was startling. "To show our spirit, show how ridiculous we are, show how dedicated we are, show our love of our team."
Yeah, but how does that relate to a Hot Dog and Jesus?
"Very little," The Hot Dog admitted. "But we made them go hand-in-hand."
The Hot Dog had the costume from high school, and pledged to wear it to every collegiate sporting event he attended. He charged Jesus with coming up with a similar trademark, and Jesus went with Jesus.
"BU hockey's my life," Jesus said, on the day before Good Friday. "It's like my religion. That's why I dress like Jesus."
Now they're famous on campus. A school official said they're easily the best-known student fans. They even have a blog, called The Hot Dog and Jesus Blog.
I was expecting the arena last night to be filled with costumed fans--at least one or two Pharaohs or something--but I didn't see too many costumes. That made The Hot Dog and Jesus stand out even more.
"G*d D*mn," said one concession worker, when she saw Jesus walking by.
Seriously, it was a bad night for religious observance.
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