Brad May on the Tournament of Roses Parade.

I watch the Rose Bowl. My mom watches the parade before the Rose Bowl.

It’s been this way for so long now, I sometimes forget there is a parade before the Rose Bowl; I’m sure my mom sometimes forgets there’s a football game.

But I found myself talking to Brad May after practice today for the first time since Dec. 15 that’s how long it’s been since he took a puck off his foot and broke it at the VERY END of practice. During his injury down time, he did a lot of TV work, gave a lot of kids tours through the clubhouse and he was in the Rose Parade, along with the Stanley Cup, on the City of Anaheim’s float. It was the first appearance in the Rose Parade for both Stanley and Brad…

“It was a good experience. It was strange. I didnt know about standing, waving, by myself. The longer the
Rose Parade went on, the more I appreciated what it was. Its an amazing event to
be invited, to be a part of the city of Anaheims floats. I was the only one
with the keeper (of the Stanley Cup). It was hours, it was unbelievable how
long it is.

“I asked the guy I thought it was almost over one of the guys
came around on one of those mopeds. I said, How much longer? He said, Only
about five more miles. Thats when I said, right there, This is big. “

K, mom. You were right.
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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

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