It’s one of the many great things about the NHL’s Stanley Cup: Every member of the winning team gets to keep the trophy for a full day. What they do with it is for the most part their business, so long as they stay on the right side of the law. So it’s hard not to watch this video of Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown’s children, Jake and Mason, drinking chocolate milk out of the gigantic trophy’s cup without imagining the gigantic awwwws going up from all corners of the Internet.
Except for this corner, where the response is more of an Eww.
Because basically, the Stanley Cup is one of the grossest trophies on the planet. Over the course of its 119-year history it’s been used as a communal beer keg, a dog food bowl, a urinal and probably worse. Countless sweaty hands have rubbed it. Countless drunken, slobbering lips have kissed it. As TIME’s Sean Gregory points out in his heroic history of the trophy, “the Stanley Cup is, without question, the most colorful — and potentially contagious — title trinket in sports.” For example:
The great Mark Messier, winner of six championships during his Hall of Fame career, was fond of taking the Cup to strip joints. After his New York Rangers won the title in 1994, he brought the Cup to a Manhattan venue called Scores. “It was the first time I’d seen our customers eager to touch something besides our dancers,” the club’s spokesperson said. The Animal House antics of those ’94 Rangers — Eddie Olczyk let Kentucky Derby winner Go for Gin eat out of the Cup at Belmont Park, and a couple of other Rangers took it to an MTV beach house — prompted the NHL Hall of Fame to hire minders to keep the Cup out of jail. The Cup Cops, however, will still let Stanley go bar-hopping. And they’re kind enough to give players private time with the trophy. They weren’t standing in Steve Yzerman’s bathroom, arms folded like bouncers, when the former Red Wings captain took a shower with the Cup a few years ago.
Does Brown know that his kids are blowing chocolatey bubbles in a trophy that once took a shower with Steve Yzerman? We fear not.