Maybe if you don’t like hockey anyway, don’t know anything about it, or you’re a reporter who never stayed up to watch games on the West Coast, or if when you say “hockey” you mean “ad revenue and/or network ratings for hockey.” Or you’re Shane Doan.
And we’re off…
- Yes, suddenly Lewis is 6’4″ and menacing. No, Mike, that was Dwight King.
- I wonder if we can go the whole game without hearing “regathers.”
- I would like to keep it to under 10 incidences of “knifes” as a verb.
- I guess Eddie Olczyk never really watched the Terry Murray Kings. I think he just said that Sutter taught the Kings to defend.
“Disappointment” is an odd choice of words. I’m sure Marty McSorley is disappointed that, essentially, everyone blames him for losing the 1993 finals. Of course, no one blames him really, or at least not 100%. We all know the laundry list of blame: the Kings could have killed the penalty, they could have scored in…
By definition, a team that wins in the playoffs is better than a team that doesn’t. Teams that lose games do not get to say they’re the better team because they were leading after two periods. The point of the game is not to win the first 40 minutes. The point of the game is…
Frankly, I think the bandwagon gets a bum rep. Bum rap? They get a bum something or other. We WANT a big bandwagon. That’s what success looks like. People take notice and want to be a part of it.
So if you are leaping on the bandwagon, welcome. Find a seat. Make yourself at home. The natives are generally friendly.
“Was I using an illegal stick? Yes, I was [...]. They came from the factory that way. I used the same stick in the next game and tied Game 4 with what might have been the same stick.”
Why? Are you an idiot?
With regard to dangerous hits, we often hear that “respect” has gone out of the game. I doubt it. It’s the risk of injury for the checker that’s gone out of the game. And — for some reason — it’s easier to get players to respect (read: protect) themselves than it is to get them to respect their opponents.
(1) yes, it’s true, Brown suckers people into taking penalties and one of his techniques is to hit someone and then go down easy when the player retaliates; (2) the key here is “WHEN THE PLAYER RETALIATES.” If you don’t want the penalty, don’t retaliate.
I keep thinking about W. P. Kinsella’s short-story, “The Last Pennant Before Armageddon.” The Cubs are on a historic hot streak, about to win the World Series, and their manager is having a recurring nightmare that the Cubs win it all and then the world blows up. He believes it’s a premonition. And he has to decide whether he should throw the series to save the world, or win it all and let the world explode.
What’s most remarkable (and hilarious) about MacLean’s comparison is how halting and bumbling his delivery is, the pregnant pauses, caused (I imagine) by the sound of his producer in his earpiece screaming “WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU SAYING SHUT UP ABORT ABORT!”