What is With the Octopus, Detroit?
Back in 1952, when only six teams comprised the NHL (Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadians, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers ), two brothers by the last name Cuzimano flung the first octopus on the ice at the Olympia Stadium. The eight legs of the octopus were to represent the eight games necessary to secure a Stanley Cup (two best of seven series, so four and four).
Clever Girls do not say “ewwww!” or “gross!”, they marvel at the fact they are in attendance of a playoff game, where they are witness to one of the longest running traditions in hockey. The octopus doesn’t necessarily make it onto the ice for away games- but you can almost count on seeing one at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
Clever Girls not only know the lore surrounding the sacred cephalopod, but also it’s status as a good luck charm. Knowing the original six teams in the NHL will definitely get attention from any man devoted to the sport.
Again, do not begin a statement with … “Did you know …” or “Do you know …” or “What are …”- instead try something which will lead him to impart more information not put him on the spot. “Wow! So cool- I can not believe I got to see an octopus thrown on the ice!” or “There were six teams in the NHL when it was formed, right? And we are watching two of them compete? How cool is that?”
I have been told more times by more men than I can count that he would prefer a supportive girl with a positive attitude and great smile over a smoking hot chick with dramatic tendencies and a penchant for complaining and pouting. Who wouldn’t?