Monday, June 19, 2006

The greatest trophy in sports... 

Now resides in Raleigh, North Carolina. Kudos to the Carolina Hurricanes for winning the Stanley Cup. And kudos to me for predicting that they'd do it in seven games. Man, I'm a freaking genius (says the guy who didn't get even one semifinalist correct)! Crazy series. At multiple points, momentum shifted between Carolina and Edmonton and, when you get down to it, this was a three game series. Games 1 and 5 were won as a result of stupendous blunders (one for each team). Games 2 and 6 were absolute blow outs (one for each team), so they cancel each other out, too. That left games 3, 4, and 7 as the true barometer of who the champ should be. People forget that Carolina also had the top seed in the Eastern Conference heading into the last day of the regular season, but faltered and ended up with the 2-seed. Didn't matter much in the end, did it? Cam Ward, the 22-year-old rookie goaltender, won the Conn Smythe (MVP of the entire playoffs, not just the Finals. This is something that I believe every sport should adopt). Anyone else realize just how stunning that is? Here's an idea: the only two other rookie goalies to win the Conn Smythe are Ken Dryden and Patrick Roy. They're only arguably the best goaltenders in NHL history. So, you know, that's something.

This makes two seasons in a row, now, that the Stanley Cup was won by a team in the Southeast. There are a lot of "purists" and novices out there who don't like this one bit and firmly believe that the Cup should only be won by Canadian teams and teams with extensive hockey history, like Detroit. To all those people, I ask, "Do you even like hockey?" If the answer is "yes," then surely you're all for the expansion of the sport and it's efforts to extend it's fan base to the masses -- something hockey has notoriously failed at for several years. It took a guy by the name of Wayne Gretzky before this country (and I do, of course, mean people outside of Boston and Minnesota) even gave a fart about hockey. If the answer is "no," then why do you care at all? Go watch your retarded Nascar or something.

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