Pictured above: The logo for Vegas‘ brand new NHL team, the Vegas Golden Knights.
After months of hype, speculation, and arguing, the Las Vegas NHL hockey team’s name and logo have finally been announced. Although many names were tossed around, including the Vegas Black Knights, the Vegas High Rollers, and the Vegas Aces, Golden Knights won out above all.
The Golden Knights will play at the T-Mobile Arena beginning in the NHL’s 2017-2018 season, and is the league’s first expansion team since 2000. Even more impressive, the Golden Knights are the first professional team ever to set up home base in Las Vegas. The team will be comprised of one player from each of the existing 30 NHL pro teams; fans can look forward to the draft in fall of 2017.
With the announcement of the team name and logo came the more tangible addition to a hockey fans’ repertoire – clothes! The kiosks at the T-Mobile Arena on the 22nd (the day the name announcement was made) were a bit crowded and sold out of popular items like child’s shirts and fitted caps rather quickly. If a fan couldn’t snag exactly what they wanted, they’d have no need to fear – the NHL’s website is selling Golden Knights swag, and jerseys will be available to the public in February of 2017.
Pictured above: The Chicago Cubs parade and rally on Friday, November 4th.
At the end of a baseball World Series, the winning team enjoys a victory lap around their home city, waves to their fans, and goes home to enjoy the spoils of their victory – and the Chicago Cubs are no exception. In fact, the Cubs have brought so many people together than the train stations in Chicago, which were built to accommodate traffic before there were airplanes, couldn’t keep up when over 5 million people showed up to celebrate the win.
The 2016 World Series win for the Cubs was more than just a win – it was the demolition of a 108-year loss. The Cubs last won the World Series in 1908, and hadn’t even been to the Series since 1945. To say that the victory in 2016 was a big deal would be an understatement: people had waited their entire lives to see the team win, and once they did… Well, it was time to party. Instead of just a parade, a crowd of 5 million people deemed the celebration ‘Cubstock 2016’.
The celebration was so massive that it became the largest gathering in United States history, and the 7th largest gathering in human history. Outranking even the Pope, it’s safe to say that the Chicago Cubs left their mark on history this year – and they deserve to celebrate that.