I’m in the midst of writing a much longer and angrier musing about the live pro sports that occurred in downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul on Tuesday night, but there are better ways to start a day.
So let’s pause for a moment and be reminded that not all sports end in sadness and not all the world is failure.
Observe: A young Wild fan, during last night’s game between Minnesota and Vancouver at Xcel Energy Center, is leaning over and trying to the the attention of Canucks players as they come off the ice. He is asking players if he can have a stick — a pretty nice souvenir, and probably a long shot.
The fan — wearing a jersey of Zach Parise, the Wild forward who had back surgery Tuesday and will be out 8-10 weeks — looks to be out of luck. And then Vancouver’s Sam Gagner doubles back and hands him one. The expression on the kid’s face is pretty much perfect. Via the Canucks’ Twitter feed:
He knows only one word and it’s “stick”!
And it totally paid off!!! ���� pic.twitter.com/G0mD9Co7kp
— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) October 25, 2017
If it was the only good thing to happen Tuesday at either Xcel Energy Center or Target Center — which I’m pretty sure it was — it was at least a very nice moment.