As you probably know, the Philip K. Anschutz trophy — aka the MLS Cup — has been touring the Puget Sound. Among its recent stops was Pike Place Market, that place where there’s a bunch awesome small businesses and artisans. There’s also some people who throw fish that you’ve probably heard of a time or two.
Well, the fish-throwers got their hands on the trophy and you can guess what happened. OK, you don’t have to guess as there’s video:
When in Seattle... ⬅️ #SoundersTrophyTour pic.twitter.com/m8iGqwjmBX— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) December 17, 2016
As you might imagine, there are some people who aren’t super happy about this, and some of them are even Sounders fans. Just check out the replies to that tweet above.
I’ll admit my initial reaction was a bit ... it just seemed a bit much, ya know?
But then I got to thinking about it and changed my mind. One of the things that’s great about winning a cool trophy is doing inappropriate stuff with it. The Stanley Cup’s legend is built on this kind of activity. Even the Cascadia Cup and, to a lesser-degree, the Supporters’ Shield are too. These things are used as expensive beer mugs, and plenty of far less PG activities.
Winning the Cup has its privileges, and if the Sounders want to throw fish into it? Have a blast.
I’ve long said “staying classy” is overrated and “acting like you’ve been there” is boring, especially when you never actually have!
The worst thing the Sounders could do is lock the cup away and only let it be seen through a trophy case window.
These things are meant to be shared and enjoyed. If that means some dudes are going to throw fish into it, just make sure it gets cleaned. Plus, that was a pretty nice catch.