Hootie, Tiger, & The Stanley Cup Walk Into A Bar In East Lansing
Cool story bro...
The bar is Rick's East Lansing. Hootie is Darius Rucker. Tiger is well...Tiger Woods. And Lord Stanley's Cup. And on one night, the stars aligned and these three were in this popular East Lansing hang. Darius Rucker retells the story courtesy of our friends at 97.1 The Ticket.
Oh God, that's a great story, OK. When Hootie and the Blowfish was starting to have some success, we were still playing clubs and then the bigger places started booking us. They wanted us to cancel the club dates and we told them that we wouldn't because the clubs were so good to us coming up and we didn't want to screw them. We're going to play them all out and then start the other tour. So we're finishing up a string of clubs and we're playing this club in East Lansing, Michigan. … We'd play a show and then we'd go out to a bar called Rick’s American Café. We were sitting at the bar and I look over the bar and I'm like, ‘Isn't that that Tiger Woods kid that everybody's talking about?’ He's 18. And he was going to Stanford and (our bass player Dean Felber) says like, yeah. So I went over and I said, ‘Are you Tiger Woods?’ and he says, ‘Are you the guy from Hootie and the Blowfish?’ and I sat down and we just hung out all night. But the thing that tops the story, I'm sitting there with this kid Tiger Woods, 18, and we're sitting there and then somebody (a former Michigan State hockey player) comes in with the Stanley Cup. It was his week. Here I am in the bar with Tiger Woods and sitting on the bar was the frigging Stanley Cup. That was a crazy night.
Further investigation shows that the Michigan State hockey player was Danton Cole who played with the New Jersey Devils. (97.1 The Ticket)