08 June 2004

Hello? Is this game on?

No disrespect to anyone in Florida, but how is it that Tampa Bay wins the Stanley Cup instead of Calgary?  Hockey is Canada's national sport, kids play it all the time.  They don't even have winter in Tampa.  This is like a team from Iceland beating the Yankees for the World Series.

Calgary got jobbed-with-a-capital-J Saturday when what would have been the Cup winning goal was disallowed.  It's easy to say in hindsight, but as soon as game 6 went to overtime, I knew Tampa would win the championship in 7.  Losing that game at home in OT was a collective punch in the stomach and by the time they got their wind back the series was over.

My guess is that most people don't care.  Hockey's done a great job of messing itself up.  There's more teams in places where ice never forms naturally than there are in Canada.  Here in Chicago, hockey is dead and has been for a long, long time.  It's too bad, I used to love going to Blackhawks' games.  It rivaled baseball as the best sport to see live, but I won't go again until the team is sold.

There's a good chance that there won't be a season in the NHL next year due to contract squabbling between the players and owners.  But like I said, I'm not sure that anyone really cares.  If a game collapses on itself but there's no one there to hear it, does it make a sound? 

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