Two lucky Pittsburgh area fans landed a free pair of the hottest tickets in the city thanks to a minor gesture of patriotism on Monday.
Penguins fans Nick Comito and Mitch Bell spent the morning of Memorial Day as part of a band playing “Taps” at a memorial service in a nearby town. The two college students then headed to the outdoor watch party outside of Consol Energy Center for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Comito and Bell brought an American flag to the watch party with them and secured it to a hockey stick. Getty Images photographer Bruce Bennett spotted the pair and their flag and took what was an iconic photo for Memorial Day and an important hockey game.
Naturally, the NHL posted the photo to their Instagram account. According to the Sporting News, Comito and Bell’s friends started bombarding the Instagram account with comments, NHL representatives were able to locate the pair and came outside to offer them two seats in Section 224 for the game. The friends made what was likely an easy decision to ditch Bell’s sister and girlfriend outside and take the NHL up on their offer.
As the popular saying goes, a picture can be worth a thousand words. But in this case, a picture was worth two seats to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. That’s a pretty good deal.
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What is Patriotism?
Patriotism is an emotional attachment to a nation which an individual recognizes as their homeland. This attachment, also known as national feeling or national pride, can be viewed in terms of different features relating to one’s own nation, including ethnic, cultural, political or historical aspects. It encompasses a set of concepts closely related to those of nationalism.An excess of patriotism in the defense of a nation is called chauvinism; another related term is jingoism.
The English term patriot is first attested in the Elizabethan era, via Middle French from Late Latin (6th century) patriota, meaning “countryman”, ultimately from Greek πατριώτης (patriōtēs), meaning “from the same country”, from πατρίς (patris), meaning “fatherland”.The abstract noun patriotism appears in the early 18th century.