You may have heard the phrase “no cheering in the press box” when it comes to reporters covering a sporting event. When you sit on the press line, you are expected to sit quietly and not act like a fan. Denver Post’s Mike Chambers probably did it in this year’s Stanley Cup Finals, but what we’re talking about is what happened after the Colorado Avalanche won it all on Sunday night.
As you can see above, Chambers, a beat writer for the team, celebrated with one of the sport’s most prestigious trophies after Game 6. It raises this debate: is it too little? professional for a team beat writer? Twitter said… YES!
Here’s what I’m going to say – I don’t think beat writers should party with the team after winning the Stanley Cup. Do I care enough to *really* get mad about it? Absolutely not. And I believe there are times when team media members can celebrate with the team.
When I was the play-by-play voice for the University of Vermont men’s basketball team in 2019, the Catamounts won the America East championship and clinched their ticket to March Madness. Players and coaches gave me the chance to climb the ladder and cut the net (which was a very, very cool experience), but there’s a difference between a beat-maker who’s supposed to be neutral and doing part of the team a traveling party, attend movie screenings and have team meals together.
In this case, Mr. Chambers is representing an outlet that has no affiliation with the team. So the roasts seem justified, but people will probably forget that by next week and the Colorado Avalanche beater will have a picture with the Stanley Cup forever.