Severus Alexander Posted June 15, 2022 · Supporter Share Posted June 15, 2022 Since my Canadian citizenship would be revoked otherwise, but also because I love it, I will of course be watching the Stanley Cup Finals starting tonight, June 15th at 8pm ET. The Tampa Bay Lightning (Eastern champions) will be trying to win their third Cup in a row, this time against a very formidable Colorado Avalanche team (Western champions). Both hockey clubs have had amazing runs to the final... should be a great series! Since hockey is of course the fastest, most entertaining spectator sport, this is truly the sporting event of the year. 😄 🇨🇦 No boring waiting around like in American football and baseball. Admittedly soccer has even less waiting around, but geez, getting the ball from one goal to the other seems to take forever (tick, tick tick) and they almost never shoot! In hockey, players regularly skate the length of the ice in a few seconds, then shoot the puck at a hundred miles an hour. Which the defense then tries to block, never mind the actual broken bones that sometimes result. Now that's commitment! There's not enough scoring in soccer, but don't get me started on basketball which has the opposite problem. The scoring is so constant the only portion of the game that actually matters is the last five minutes! Sheesh. OK, now that I've thoroughly offended everyone (see * below)... what the heck does this have to do with ancient and medieval coins? 😆 Well, nothing, of course. But I wanted to celebrate the start of the Cup series with a post. So I invite you to post any ancient or medieval coin that you can somehow connect with hockey! One obvious way is that hockey is a real battle. Perhaps not quite like it used to be... 😬 ... thanks to some sensible rule changes, but a battle nonetheless. I'll start with my ex Doug Smith gladiator coin, which is probably my favourite action scene in my collection: T. Didius AR Denarius. Rome, 113-112 BC. Helmeted head of Roma right, monogram of ROMA behind, mark of value below / Two gladiators fighting, each holding a shield, one attacking with a flail, the other defending with a sword; T•DEIDI in exergue. Crawford 294/1. (Sorry, @dougsmit, definitely needs a new photo!) Other themes could include speed, armour, sacrifice... and winning! That should leave lots of scope, but if you have an idea for a hockey <--> ancient/medieval coin connection, please have at it! * In good Canadian fashion I apologize for any offense caused by my shameless attempt to draw attention. 16 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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