Thursday, December 02, 2010

High Shticking: Florida Panthers Give Out Kippahs to Fans for Hanukkah

It's become expected that there will be some sort of a giveaway at sports events. Fans leave the stadium or arena with everything from posters of the star player to bobble-heads and t-shirts. Every once in a while, a team gets a little more creative.

And that's exactly what happened in Florida. According to Greg Wyshynski in a Yahoo! News article, the Florida Panthers are scheduled to have their Hanukkah celebration during next Tuesday's home game against the Colorado Avalanche. The Panthers are publicizing the game as "the biggest Hanukkah party in South Florida."

So, what does it mean to have a Hanukkah party at a pro hockey game? Using jelly donuts for the pucks would pose some obvious logistical problems. I'm sure they'll be lighting a menorah at some point in the game, but what is sure to make news is the Florida Panthers' choice for a Hanukkah giveaway at Tuesday's game.

The official Florida Panthers yarmulke, or kippah, will be handed out to all ticket holders before the game. No word on whether the NHL team is egalitarian in this regard and will be giving the kippahs out to the ladies as well.

I know from experience that these round, black leather kippahs will fly like a frisbee when thrown. And that's exactly what the home team will do if a Panthers player scores three goals for a Hat Trick. Although, on this night it would be a Kippah Trick of course.

Who knows if the fans will even wait for a Hat Trick to throw the yarmulkes on the ice? I suppose it's better than throwing a live octopus on the ice like Detroit Red Wings fans throw come playoff time. I mean those things aren't even kosher!

While "Hanukkah Night" at the hockey game sounds like fun, the Florida Panthers deserve to go to the penalty box for the kippah giveaway, which just sounds to me like a High Shtick!

Hat Tip to Dave Alberts of Seattle


Panthers said...

Rabbi Miller-
Great blog! However only those ticket purchasers who bought the Hanukkah Celebration Package will receive a kippah ($18 or $36). We will give out between 1,000-1,500 kippahs on Tuesday night.

Happy Hanukkah!
Florida Panthers

Prayer shawl said...

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Leather has a wonderful feel to it that you may wish to have in your kippah. Leather kippot may sometimes be a bit more expensive, so
it's more suited towards single custom orders then bulk ones. Leather is also not a common material you would find in kippot -
it is a little heavier and may not stay on your head as well as satin or silk, which is much lighter.

Purchasing a leather kippot also means you have to maintain it every once in a while, to keep the leather from cracking or breaking.
You can do this with leather treatment chemical that you rub over the kippah every once in a while. If you do this, your leather
kippah can last many years and maintain it's original condition longer.

Some popular leather kippah colors are the following:

White leather kippah

Ivory leather kippah

Silver leather kippah

Black leather kippah (hot item!)

Navy blue leather kippah