ALBANY -- The Stanley Cup is making the rounds at the state Capitol this morning, and yes, diehard New York Rangers fan and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver did touch the Cup on its Boston Bruins' victory lap.
Indeed, Silver even took the offer from Delaware North's Jeremy Jacobs, the owner of the Boston team, to wear the championship ring. He then faked not being able to get it off his hand.
The Cup has already been to the governor's office, and after being greeted by a growing line of hockey fans outside the Assembly chamber, will head down to the Senate. A day earlier, Jacobs and his team were at the White House for a ceremony with President Obama.
The Cup - which has its constant watchers and even a couple plain clothes state troopers watching after it -at one point disappeared behind closed doors into Silver's Capitol office. Silver, a longtime hockey fan and Rangers' season ticket holder, then held a brief meeting with Jacobs and other officials from Delaware North, which has much in the way of business before the state government. Chief among them are proposals floating about to expand casino gambling in the state, a business the Buffalo company has been involved in at several racetracks in New York.
--- Tom Precious